Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 are being vetted and 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

West Virginia Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving West Virginia, our Subutex 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 Subutex Treatment Works

Categorized as a partial agonist-antagonist, Subutex is a prescription medication given to aid individuals in treatment for opioid addiction. Comprised of buprenorphine hydrochloride as its main ingredient, Subutex is given daily via a dissolvable tablet that is absorbed into the body. Subutex aids patients in overcoming addictions to morphine, prescription pain medications, and heroin by reducing cravings for additional opioids, as well as alleviating the painful symptoms often associated with withdrawal. When patients no longer have to grapple with the physical symptoms of withdrawal, they are able to focus on the emotional aspect of recovery.

Subutex was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and is one of the few medications noted as being a safe and effective option for treating opioid addiction. Extensive research has indicated the taking Subutex is safer than continuing the use of opioids, as Subutex does not cause vital organ damage when taken. In addition, patients will not experience any impairments to their cognitive functioning while taking Subutex and allows patients to continue their daily functioning without disruption to their personal lives, such as work, relationships, and school.

It is important to note that, as is the case with other medications, side effects can take place while on Subutex. Although Subutex is safe to take under the supervision of a qualified medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, patients should openly discuss any side effects with their treatment provider in order to alleviate any concern regarding its use while engaged in treatment.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Subutex for the treatment of opioid addiction. Individuals who have utilized Subutex within their treatment plan within a medication assisted treatment program have reported a decrease in the cravings for additional opioids, such as heroin, morphine, or prescription pain medications. In addition, patients have also noted that the withdrawal symptoms typically experienced when opioid use ceases are kept under control when Subutex is utilized. By lowering the physical effects of withdrawal, patients are able to focus on the psychological aspects of recovery.

The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Typically, treatment that utilizes Subutex often incorporates additional therapeutic interventions in order to achieve long-term recovery and sobriety. When prescribed Subutex, patients will often experience the following treatment phases:

Induction: This first phase of treatment takes place when patients are first given Subutex and takes place shortly after the use of opioids has ceased. Patients in this phase are normally in the beginning stages the withdrawal process.

Stabilization: Patients are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms or craving additional opioids during the stabilization phase of treatment. The dosage of Subutex can be changed during this time depending on the specific treatment requirements of each patient.

Maintenance: When patients enter the maintenance stage of treatment, they are stable enough to begin discussing weaning off of Subutex or changing to another medication while in treatment.

During these phases, it is extremely beneficial for patients to receive counseling services simultaneously. Both individual and group therapies can provide patients with the opportunity to process their emotions during treatment, learn techniques in order to maintain sobriety, as well as share successes and setbacks with others who understand the struggles associated with addiction. Research has shown that patients who receive counseling at the same time as receiving medication assisted treatment are much less likely to relapse.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Those who have a loved one in a medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction can be of great support to their loved one throughout the course of treatment. As someone who has a loved one in treatment, it is important for you to obtain support for yourself in order to understand the best way to provide support to your loved one. Since substance abuse affects all those who are involved, it is a good idea to actively play a role in your loved one’s treatment in order to gain a better understanding about addiction and improve the relationship that you have with your loved one. 

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: If you are contemplating taking Subutex within a medication assisted treatment at a West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Center, the following are ways in which you can maximize your experience during the treatment process:

  • Follow all treatment suggestions put in place by your treatment provider in terms of taking Subutex.
  • Attend and play an active role in all group and individual counseling sessions.
  • Voice any concerns that may arise while taking Subutex. Should an issue arise, it is important to notify your treatment provider immediately so that adjustments can be made to your treatment plan.
  • Do not use any opioids while taking Subutex.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

Prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment regimen, it is important to openly discuss any adverse reactions that could take place due to the medication. By openly communicating any and all medications currently being taken with your physician, you will be able to avoid any serious adverse health reactions from taking place. It is important for individuals considering Subutex to be aware of the following potential side effects that could take place:

Most common side effects:

  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Infections
  • Pain

Fairly common side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Runny eyes
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms

Less common side effects:

  • Fever
  • Accidental injury
  • Upset stomach
  • Abscesses

Please contact West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers today to further discuss our treatment options available, as well as to answer any questions you may have regarding the use of Subutex within our medication assisted treatment program.