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 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.

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for treating opioid addiction, and it is frequently used within medication assisted treatment programs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication after a tremendous amount of research determined that it is effective in helping those addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers recover from their addictions. When used within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone is able to prevent overpowering cravings for the continued use of opioids, as well as decrease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that develop once an individual stops abusing these substances.

If you or someone you love wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications that can help defeat opioid addiction, you must speak with your provider to determine if methadone is the best medication for you or your loved one’s needs. There are other medication options that can be provided within medication assisted treatment programs, which is why it is important to work with a provider to determine if methadone is the appropriate form of care for you.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, it can lead to an addiction if it is used outside of prescribed parameters. However, when it is utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, skilled and educated professionals continually monitor each patient’s use of this medication to help prevent an addiction from developing. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center daily to obtain their dosage, thus reducing the likelihood of misuse amongst patients.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to take a drug screen while on methadone, his or her use will not be detected. However, a drug screen will pick up other substances that are present within a person’s system. Generally speaking, it takes a specialized test to detect methadone in the body.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that you remain on methadone will be a decision that both you and your provider will make together, as it depends on your treatment needs. While some people use methadone for a short period of time, others use it for much longer.

If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, speak with your provider about how long you or your loved one might be taking this medication.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming prescription medications for mental health or medical reasons, it is imperative that he or she lets his or her provider know of these medications before starting on methadone. Methadone can trigger dangerous interactions when mixed with other substances, therefore it is critical to speak with a provider regarding the use of multiple medications while on methadone to preserve the safety and effectiveness of not only the methadone, but the other medications that a person taking as well. In addition, while on methadone, it is important to not take any other opioids or drink alcohol, as doing so can cause negative interactions.

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

Some people stay on methadone for a long period of time, however that does not mean that you have to. Since an individual can develop withdrawal symptoms and cravings when the use of methadone suddenly stops, it is important to allow your provider to help you decide the appropriate dosages needed to taper off safely. In addition, if an individual wants to obtain a different medication within a medication assisted treatment program, his or her provider can help make this possible as well.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely personalized to meet the needs of each patient who obtains our care. The cost of treatment can impacted by the services rendered, the medication received, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about the treatment at Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our intake specialists right now.