Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southeast Massachusetts CTC Cluster to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southeast Massachusetts CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a safe and effective way to treat addiction to opioids like morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a medication-assisted treatment program, patients have reported a dramatic decrease in the physical symptoms of withdrawal that are experienced, as well as reduction in cravings for additional opioid use.

By working closely with a medical professional, you can determine if Subutex is the appropriate form of treatment based on your individual requirements and treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Since Subutex is an opioid medication that uses buprenorphine as its active component, there is potential for addiction. However, the risk for becoming addicted to buprenorphine is extremely low when taken as directed under the guidance of a medical professional.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Subutex will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen as a specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine within the system. However, the urine tests that are typically utilized for screening purposes will detect other opioids within the body.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time during which a patient is required to utilize Subutex will vary based on his or her individual needs. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will be of benefit you.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Because Subutex can cause adverse reactions when taken with other medications, it is extremely important to notify your physician of any other medications, substances, or over-the-counter drugs that you may be taking prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment program. Individuals who are prescribed Subutex are advised to refrain from using alcohol and recreational substances due to the dangerous effects that can take place. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to learn more about the effects that may take place while on Subutex.

What if I no longer wish to take Subutex? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Because withdrawal symptoms can take place if use of Subutex suddenly ceases, it is important to work closely with a trained medical professional in order to safely wean off of your medication or transition onto another prescription. While some individuals are only prescribed Subutex for a short period of time, others will begin treatment on Subutex and later transition onto Suboxone for long-term treatment maintenance.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided through Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly individualized based on the needs of each individual patient. Due to the customized nature of treatment, the final cost will vary patient to patient. To further discuss the treatment options available, as well as learn more about the cost of care, please contact one of our dedicated intake coordinators today.