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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Vivitrol Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Southeast Massachusetts, our vivitrol clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How It Works and Is It Safe?

How Vivitrol Treatment Works

Vivitrol is a prescription medication that is taken once monthly via injection. It features an extended-release version of naltrexone, which is an opioid-antagonist. This medication is currently utilized for the treatment of alcoholism and opioid addiction. Naltrexone, the main ingredient in Vivitrol, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1984 to be used in opioid treatment programs. By 2006, Vivitrol was approved for use in alcohol treatment, and then in 2010 for opioid treatment.

In general, when Vivitrol is taken as recommended and under the watchful eye of a medical professional, it is perfectly safe for short and long-term use. However, naltrexone can cause an increased risk for liver damage, therefore individuals must receive a physical exam prior to taking it.

Pregnant women should not take Vivitrol, and neither should those who have taken opioids within the past seven days.

As with all medications, Vivitrol can cause side effects. Individuals can review the safety of the medication, as well as all potential side effects of Vivitrol with his or her healthcare provider.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Vivitrol Treatment

Various studies have recorded the effectiveness of Vivitrol in the treatment of opioid addiction. One recent study in particular showed that those who took Vivitrol had approximately 99.2% opioid-free days. In addition, individuals also reported a drop in drug cravings, as Vivitrol recipients experienced 10 times less drug cravings than those who were not taking Vivitrol.

Another study proved that those who were in medication assisted treatment and receiving Vivitrol were able to continue on in their recovery for an additional 12 months. Half of those who were taking Vivitrol said they had no reactions to the injection at the site, remained opioid-free, had decreased cravings to use, and an improved life.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Vivitrol Treatment & Counseling

Vivitrol is just one aspect of an individual’s recovery. At Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our patients will not only receive medications such as Vivitrol, but also therapeutic services to help them move along in their recovery. Additional support services can be offered based on the needs of the patients. Both patients and loved ones can benefit from understanding the following:

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Treatment is just one step of many that will make up your journey towards recovery. The entire process will ask that you commit to yourself and your wellbeing, as well as be ready to make changes to help restore your overall health. To obtain the most benefit from your treatment experience, understand that everyone who you are working alongside of has your best interest at heart and wants you to achieve your goals. You will be asked to be very honest with yourself about how you have been living, what decisions you have made, and what changes you would like to make. Maintain the mindset that you are ready to get sober and stay sober so you can begin making changes that are meaningful. Recovery is never easy, as it comes with its challenges and obstacles. However, if you remain committed, your goals can be accomplished.

How to Support Your Loved One during Medication Assisted Treatment: Watching your loved one battle with opioid addiction can be frustrating, scary, anger-provoking, and sad. However, do not think for one second that the efforts you have made to help your loved one have not been recognized. In many cases, it is the efforts made by the family that gets individuals to finally accept help. As your loved one starts his or her journey in a medication assisted treatment program, learn about this kind of treatment, understand what it is going to entail from both you and your loved one, support your loved one as he or she makes important changes, and find support for yourself. The best way you can be of effective service to your loved one is by taking care of yourself, which is why obtaining support for yourself can be an excellent means of self-care. Your loved one’s treatment center can help connect you to those who can address your needs at this time.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Vivitrol

Listed below are a number of possible side effective associated with Vivitrol use:

  • Pain, swelling, or scabbing near the injection side
  • Shortness of breath, persistent cough, or other respiratory problems
  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Liver damage
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea

To obtain more information on Vivitrol and its side effects, as well as how it can it can be effective for you, reach out to Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.