Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 San Diego CTC Cluster 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at San Diego CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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 It Works and Is It Safe?

How Methadone Treatment Works

Used since the 1960s in opioid recovery programs, methadone has been proven to be a safe and effective method of treatment for individuals who are struggling with an opioid addiction. Methadone is given daily via dissolvable tablet or liquid solution and works on the central nervous system to lessen cravings for additional opioids, while also lowering the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

In comparison to other medications used within medication assisted treatment programs, none have been researched as much as methadone. Numerous studies have proven that methadone, when taken as directed under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, does not cause any short or long-term health risks to patients. Since side effects are short-term and typically only take place when methadone is first introduced into the system, patients are able to focus on recovery while taking this medically safe and non-toxic medication.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, methadone is safe for individuals to take during pregnancy as methadone treatment does not pose any harmful risks to the mother or baby when used within a medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction.

As is the case with most medications, there are risks involved when taking methadone. Taking methadone in a manner other than prescribed can lead to fatal overdose. Methadone overdose is the cause of one-third of all prescription medication-related deaths every year. It is important to note that these deaths are directly linked to illegal use of methadone and not methadone use within a licensed medication management program. When taken as directed under the guidance of a qualified medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is an extremely safe option for individuals who are struggling with opioid addiction.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment that utilizes methadone is the safest and most effective form of treatment currently available. Decades of data confirm methadone’s safety when utilized under the guidance of a medically trained professional to aid in the recovery of opioid addiction. Additionally, the CDC notes that the following are documented successes associated with methadone treatment:

  • Decreasing or ceasing drug use
  • Lowering the risk of overdose
  • Reducing the risk of developing hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS
  • Greatly increasing the average life expectancy (the average death rate of individuals abusing opioids who enroll in methadone treatment is 30% lower in comparison to those who did not receive treatment)
  • Less risk of engaging in criminal activities
  • An improvement in family stability and employment potential
  • Positive outcomes for pregnant women and their children

When taken as directed as part of a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is a safe and effective option for those struggling with opioid addiction.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

While methadone works to tackle the physical symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal, patients are able to gain support and guidance through the therapeutic interventions that are offered as a part of a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program. Methadone provides patients with the mental clarity required to focus on recovery and actively take part in their treatment.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: It is important to understand that there is no singular cure for opioid addiction. By taking part in a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program that utilizes methadone, patients are able to gain support from both a physical and emotional perspective. Patients join together with physicians, nurses, and counselors to increase the likelihood of long-term recovery. The expertise and information that San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers’ medical team provides patients with lays the groundwork for long-term sobriety.

How to Support Your Loved One during Medication Assisted Treatment: In order to provide support and care to those struggling with opioid addiction, you must first provide support and care to yourself. Since addiction touches all who are involved, it is important to recognize that your life has been impacted as well. By educating yourself about the disease of addiction, as well as understanding the limitations of treatment, you will be able to support your loved one throughout all stages of treatment. By attending family therapy, support group sessions, and individual counseling, you will gain a better understanding of how to support your loved one while also caring for yourself during this time. By taking care of your needs, you will be able to care for your loved one throughout his or her recovery process.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following are side effects commonly assisted with methadone use:

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

For more information about methadone or the treatments available within our comprehensive medication assisted treatment program, please contact one of San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Center’s dedicated intake experts today.