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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Northeast Massachusetts Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Northeast Massachusetts, 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

Subutex is classified as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, and is a prescription medication that helps provide treatment to those who are addicted to opioids. With buprenorphine hydrochloride as its primary ingredient, Subutex is given to patients in the form of a dissolvable tablet. This medication is used within medication assisted treatment programs, primarily because of its ability to stop the upsetting and painful withdrawal symptoms that develop once an individual stops abusing opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers. Subutex is also able to lessen the strength of cravings for continued opioid use, which allows individuals to remain dedicated to their recovery as opposed to focused on the physical symptoms of their addiction.

In 2002, Subutex was approved for use in medication assisted treatment programs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Extensive research has shown that this medication is not only a safe option for treating opioid dependence, but it is also safer to take Subutex than to continue using opioids, as this medication does not cause vital organ damage like many opioids do. Furthermore, when an individual is given Subutex, he or she will no longer battle with the cognitive struggles that he or she would face if not taking this medication. When Subutex is included into a medication assisted treatment program, an individual will be able to stay focused on all areas of his or her recovery, as well as hold strong to their responsibilities in their everyday lives.

It is important to recognize that, as with other medications, the use of Subutex can lead to a number of side effects. While this medication is safe to use when under the watch of a medical professional, those who are looking into obtaining Subutex for the opioid dependency should speak with a physician regarding the side effects that might develop. Additionally, they should also ask any questions they might have to help alleviate any concerns related to the use of this medication within this type of a program.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Numerous studies have proven that Subutex is highly effective in treating opioid dependency. Individuals who have included Subutex into their treatment plan have reported a significant decrease in their cravings for the use of opioids like prescription painkillers, heroin, or morphine, as well as a less intense withdrawal period.

Overall, when Subutex is included into an individual’s treatment for opioid dependency, individuals are often greeted with positive results that allow them to continue on in their recovery process.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Addiction treatment that includes the use of a medication such as Subutex typically involves three different phases. Each phase is best complemented by additional therapeutic methods that can ultimately help move the recovery process forward. When prescribed Subutex, individuals will likely experience the following:

Induction: This first stage of treatment occurs when an individual is just beginning on Subutex after stopping his or her opioid use. Those who are in this phase are just starting to withdraw.

Stabilization: During stabilization, individuals are typically not going through withdrawal anymore or struggling with cravings to keep using. At this time, an individual’s dosage can be adjusted if necessary.

Maintenance: Once an individual reaches the stage of maintenance, he or she can begin tapering off of Subutex fully or tapering off in order to switch to another medication.

As each of these phases occur, it is incredibly important that individuals obtain counseling services at the same time. Both group and individual therapy sessions can help an individual work through his or her emotions during each phase of treatment, learn what skills will be needed to stay in recovery mode, share achievements and setbacks throughout the process of recovery, and obtain support from professionals and peers. Research has proven that individuals who have obtained therapy at the same time as receiving medication assisted treatment are more likely to stay in recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Family and friends of a loved one who is in medication assisted treatment can be exceptionally helpful at this time. If you are a friend or loved one, it is important that you obtain help for yourself, too, as it is likely that your loved one’s addiction has negatively impacted you as well. If possible, play as active of a role as possible, as doing so can help you better understand addiction and help improve you and your loved one’s relationship. Remaining a constant source of support will help the person you care about in the long-run.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of Subutex to treat opioid addiction, there are a number of ways in which you can be successful:

  • Adhere to the recommendations of treatment provided to you by your physician when it comes to taking Subutex.
  • Go to all individual and group therapy sessions that you have scheduled and actively engage yourself in them.
  • Talk about any concerns that might develop while taking Subutex. If a concern or problem develops, your physician can help make adjustments to your medication if necessary.
  • Do not use opioids while taking Subutex.
  • Communicate with your provider if you have any concerns about your addiction during treatment. He or she can help guide you towards the right opportunities for support for you if needed.
Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

In addition, it is important for individuals who are starting on Subutex to be aware of the side effects that can develop, which can occur more frequently when an individual’s dosage is increased:

Most common side effects:

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

Fairly common side effects:

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

Less common side effects:

  • Upset stomach
  • Accidental injury
  • Fever
  • Abscesses

At Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are happy to discuss the treatment methods that we provide, as well as answer any questions you might have regarding your use of Subutex. Please contact us right now.