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 Northeast Massachusetts 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 Northeast Massachusetts 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

Northeast Massachusetts Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Northeast Massachusetts, our methadone 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 Methadone Treatment Works

Out of the many medications that are utilized by medication assisted treatment programs for the treatment of addiction, none have been more widely reviewed than methadone. This medication, supplied in either a dissolvable tablet or liquid solution, is taken daily and is capable of impacting an individual’s central nervous system in ways that block the onset of withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings for continued use. Methadone has been used to treat opioid addictions in recovery programs for over 50 years, and extensive amounts of research back its safety and effectiveness.

Numerous studies have shown that when methadone is taken as prescribed by a licensed treatment provider, it does not cause any short- or long-term health concerns. Professionals who have studied methadone also note that it is non-toxic and medically safe for use. These professionals also stated that the side effects linked to methadone use are often temporary, and typically only develop during the induction phase of treatment, when a patient and his or her provider are working to establish an appropriate dose.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) has confirmed pregnant women who are grappling with an addiction to opioids can safely use methadone. The DHSS also found that monitored methadone use during pregnancy does not cause any harm to the mother or her baby.

However, as with any other medication, methadone can pose a number of dangers if it is used in ways outside of what a medical professional recommends. Methadone overdose is a big risk for those who abuse it recreationally, especially when it is abused with other medications or substances. Methadone overdose makes up one-third of all prescription medication deaths each year. However, please be advised that these deaths are strictly related to those who abuse methadone, not those who are taking it within a certified medication assisted treatment program.

When taken as directed and under the monitoring of a professional treatment provider, methadone is safe to use.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Due to years of research and collected data, experts are confident in stating that while methadone is not only safe to use, it is also highly effective in the treatment of opioid addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most effective form of care available today for those who are struggling with opioid addiction is methadone treatment.

In addition to methadone being a cost-effective means of treating opioid addiction, the CDC also backs numerous studies that have reported the following successes linked to the use of methadone within a medication assisted treatment program:

  • Improved family stability and employment potential
  • Better outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
  • Decreased risk of overdose
  • Reduced or complete cessation of drug use
  • Improved life expectancy (those who participate in a medication assisted treatment program that offers methadone have a 30% higher life expectancy than those who do not)
  • Smaller chances of engaging in criminal activity
  • Decreased odds of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV/AIDS

When methadone is utilized as a part of a licensed medication assisted treatment program, it is effective in treating opioid addiction.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is only one aspect of a complete treatment plan. This medication is effective in reducing cravings for opioids and withdrawal symptoms, which helps patients obtain the mental wherewithal to actively engage in the therapeutic elements of their program. In other words, methadone is capable of controlling the physical aspects of opioid addiction, while therapy works to address the hidden issues behind an individual’s addiction development.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Methadone is cleared for both its safety and effectiveness. As a result, it is imperative that patients understand that this medication is not a cure-all for addiction. There is not a single medication that can address all areas of an individual’s issues surrounding addiction. In order to obtain a healthy life, time, dedication, and effort are required to make treatment work. When you begin a medication assisted treatment program, you will engage in a partnership with nurses, counselors, and doctors who are trained in aiding individuals in recovery rather than staying in the dangerous cycle of addiction. By following their directions, listening to their advice, and actively partaking in your treatment, you can dramatically increase the chances that your time spent in treatment will help you establish long-lasting recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: The first rule of being supportive to a loved one in treatment is that you effectively care for yourself. Your loved one’s life has been impacted negatively by his or her opioid addiction, however it is important to recognize that your life has also been impacted. To be able to supply the most support possible to your loved one, work with his or her treatment provider or other professionals who can connect you to the resources and support that you will need at this time. Obtain as much information about the disease of addiction, learn what the benefits and limitations of treatment are, and find out what your loved one will need from you throughout the entire process of treatment and recovery. Seek out family therapy and support groups to help yourself at this time, as well as individual therapy. Make it a priority to care for yourself so you can support your loved one.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are the many possible side effects connected to methadone use:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Sleep problems
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Skin rashes

For more detailed information about the side effects of methadone use, as well as to find out how this medication might impact you, contact Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers right now.