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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone is a prescription medication that is both safe and effective in aiding patients in overcoming an addiction to substances such as morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers. When prescribed within a medication treatment program, methadone lowers cravings for additional opioids and decreases the symptoms of withdrawal that often take place once opioid use has ceased.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would benefit from the treatment offered within a medication assisted treatment program, please contact a West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Center to learn if the methadone is appropriate based on your specific treatment needs. Since there are other medication options available within medication assisted treatment programs, it is important to work closely with medical professionals in order to determine which treatment option will provide you with the most positive outcome.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse. However, when taken within a medication assisted treatment program under the guidance of medical professionals, patients are monitored closely to ensure that the appropriate dosages are administered to avoid the risk of abuse. Medication assisted treatment programs require that patients obtain their methadone from the center where treatment is being received, which limits the dosage and frequency in which methadone is taken in order to minimize the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen unless a specific drug test is used to detect methadone within a person’s system. However, if a patient utilizes opioids or other substances, a positive result will show up on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time in which patients remain on methadone will vary depending on the specific needs of each individual patient. While some individuals only take methadone for a short period of time, others continue to take this medication for a longer period of time. If you or someone you love is considering incorporating methadone into your medication assisted treatment, the medical professionals at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers can provide you with a better idea of how long you will need to take methadone based on your individual needs.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can negatively interact with other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss their use of other medications with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment regimen. It is also important for patients to understand that the use of opioids, other drugs, and alcohol is not recommended when taking methadone due to the serious adverse effects that can take place.

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

While some patients continue methadone for long-term maintenance, others only take it for a short period of time. Since withdrawal symptoms can take place if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment provider to safely wean off of methadone in order to avoid any negative withdrawal symptoms. If a patient wishes to switch medications during treatment, his or her treatment provider can discuss this possibility prior to committing to a new type of medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since the treatment available through West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely individualized based on the needs of each specific patient, the cost of treatment will vary. The medication prescribed and the specific services used within each patient’s treatment plan, as well as the method of payment used can all affect the final cost of treatment.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the treatment available at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our dedicated intake experts today to learn more about the cost of care and the treatment options available.