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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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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Understanding Heroin Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Heroin

Physical dependence takes place when the body of an individual becomes reliant on the presence of a substance so that withdrawal symptoms do not take place. Heroin is no exception. When an individual becomes addicted to heroin and the drug is lacking from his or her system, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms. The length of time that it takes for an individual to develop a dependence to heroin will differ for each individual person pending the amount that is being consumed, the individual’s unique biological interactions, as well as the quality of the substance itself.

Heroin creates a euphoric high when consumed. When this high begins to weaken and the drug’s effects begin to decrease, individuals will begin to crave more of the drug. When their system does not receive the drug, they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms.

The period of withdrawal for those on heroin starts between six and 24 hours post last dose. The peak of withdrawal is between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose was consumed.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Heroin

During the course of withdrawal, many individuals will experience painful withdrawal symptoms. While the specific symptoms will vary between individuals, most experience both physical and psychological upsets.

Physical heroin withdrawal symptoms can include some, most, or all of the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Watery eyes
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Chills/cold flashes
  • Muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscular movement
  • Slowed breathing
  • Headaches
  • Labored breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Hypothermia (body temperature dropping to a level that is below normal)

Individuals may also experience any or all of the following psychological symptoms during heroin withdrawal:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Jitteriness
Dangers of Heroin Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Heroin Withdrawal

It is extremely beneficial for an individual going through heroin withdrawal to do so under the supervision of a trained medical professional. Professional assistance can aid in easing the pain and distress associated with withdrawal and also ensures that a person’s safety and wellbeing are not put at risk during detox. For those who have had prolonged addiction to heroin, receiving treatment under medical supervision can ensure that immediate medical interventions will be available should any severe withdrawal symptoms arise.

Many individuals resort back to heroin use due to the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that take place. When this cycle continues, users are putting themselves at an increased risk for overdose.  Overdose takes place when an individual consumes more heroin than his or her body is capable of metabolizing. Overdose is considered a medical emergency and immediate medical treatment should be received. Overdosing on heroin can be fatal if medical attention is not immediately received.

The highly trained medical staff at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers understands how painful and stressful heroin withdrawal can be. We offer safe and effective treatment options that can lessen the painful symptoms associated with withdrawal. Our team provides each patient with the medical and emotional tools necessary to pave the way towards a sober life.