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 Western 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 Western 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

Western Virginia Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving western Virginia, 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

Utilized within opiate recovery programs for over five decades, methadone has numerous clinical trial studies behind it to verify its effectiveness and safety. In comparison to all other medications that are utilized for the treatment of addiction, methadone has been the most studied and monitored to ensure its safety. Methadone works with a patient’s central nervous system to prevent additional opioid cravings, as well as any withdrawal symptoms that often take place once the use of opioids has ceased. Typically, methadone is taken daily in the form of a liquid solution or a dissolvable tablet.

Studies have indicated that when used under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional, there are no substantial short or long-term health risks since methadone has been researched and proven as a medically safe and non-toxic medication. Side effects are rare and temporary and typically only take place during the induction phase of treatment when patients are working with their healthcare provider to determine the specific dosage needed.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, methadone can be safely used by pregnant women who are battling an addiction to opioids, as methadone does not pose any serious health risks to the mother or her baby.

As is the case with most medication, there are risks involved with the use of methadone if taken outside of the prescribed guidelines. Overdose from methadone is a reality for those who abuse the medication for recreational purposes and specifically for individuals who abuse additional substances simultaneously. While methadone overdose is the cause of one-third of all prescription medication deaths every year, it is important to note that these deaths are due to illicit abuse of this medication, not when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program. When taken as prescribed under the supervision of a qualified medical professional, methadone is extremely safe.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Due to decades of data and research, it can be stated that in addition to its safety, methadone is effective in the treatment of opioid addiction. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), programs that include methadone to treat opioid addiction are the most effective form of treatment currently available. Multiple studies have confirmed the following successes are directly associated with methadone treatment:

  • A reduction or complete discontinuation of drug use
  • A reduction in the risk of overdose
  • Reduction in the risk of contracting hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS
  • Drastic increase in life expectancy (the average death rate of individuals addicted to opiates who take part in a methadone treatment program is 30% lower than those who do not receive treatment)
  • A lower chance of taking part in illegal activities
  • An improvement in family stability as well as the potential to obtain and maintain employment
  • More positive outcomes for both pregnant women and their babies
The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is just one piece of the comprehensive medication assisted treatment program. While methadone reduces the cravings and physical pain associated with withdrawal, it also provides patients the mental clarity required to be productive participants within therapeutic components of their treatment program. Methadone tackles the physical symptoms associated with withdrawal and recovery, while therapy helps patients work on the emotional and underlying issues that may have aided in the development of addiction in the first place.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Although methadone has a proven record of being safe and effective, it is important for patients to realize that it is not a “cure all” for their addiction. There is not one simple answer or cure for addiction. Long-term recovery takes patience, dedication, and effort on the part of the individual patient in order to maintain a healthy life. By partnering with the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and counselors at a Western Virginia Comprehensive Center, patients are given the opportunity to obtain guidance, support, and expertise from a dedicated team of medical professionals. By following the advice given and playing an active role within treatment, patients can drastically increase the chances of achieving and maintaining long-term recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: It is important to first realize that in order to provide support to your loved one who is struggling with an opioid addiction, you must first obtain help for yourself. By consulting the experts within a treatment program, you will be able to educate yourself about the disease of addiction and understand the limitations of a treatment program, as well as learning what your loved one will require from you throughout the course of treatment. Individual counseling, family therapy, and support groups specifically targeted to the loved ones of recovering addicts provide family members the support and guidance required to move forward in offering the appropriate support to their loved ones. Remember, in order to provide the highest quality of care to the ones you love, you must take care of your needs as well.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following are side effects that have been associated with the use of methadone:

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

Please contact Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers today to learn more about methadone and the other treatment options that are available.