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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Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in medication-assisted treatment programs, methadone is a safe and effective prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction. Research has proven that methadone is an effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to morphine, prescription painkillers, and heroin. When utilized as a part of a comprehensive treatment program, methadone works by lowering intense cravings for additional opioids, while also lessening the severity of withdrawal symptoms once the use of opioids has ceased.

If you or someone you love would benefit from medication-assisted treatment that incorporates medications to overcome an addiction to opioids, please contact San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers to decide if methadone is the appropriate course of action to take. Since there are other options available within a medication assisted treatment program, it is important to work closely with your treatment provider to decide which medication will be the most effective based on your individualized needs so that you are provided with the opportunity to achieve the most positive treatment outcome.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for addiction. However, when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, the prescription and administration of methadone is closely monitored to ensure that patients receive the appropriate dosage. By closely monitoring the dosages and the frequency in which they are given, the risk for developing a dependency and addiction to methadone is extremely low.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not show up on a standard drug test if an individual is required to take a drug screen during treatment, as a specialized test is required to detect methadone within the system. However, other opioids and substances will produce a positive result if a test is given.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time an individual uses methadone for will vary between patients. Depending on the specific needs of each individual patient, some will remain on methadone long-term while others will utilize it for a shorter period of time. If you or someone you love is considering utilizing methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, it is important to discuss the length of time you can or will be taking methadone with a treatment provider.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

It is extremely important for patients to openly discuss other medications they may be taking with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment regimen due to the possible interactions that may take place. Since methadone can interact with other medications, physicians are able to decide if methadone is the appropriate medication to utilize for each individual patient depending on what other medications they may be taking. It is important to note that the use of opioids, other drugs, and alcohol is not advised while taking methadone due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

While some patients continue to use methadone for long-term maintenance, others only use this medication for a short period of time. Since withdrawal symptoms can take place if methadone use abruptly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment provider to safely wean off of the medication. By working with a medical professional within a treatment center, patients are able to taper off of the medication before either transitioning onto a new medication or no longer utilizing medications within their treatment.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

Since the treatment available at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers is modified to meet the requirements of each individual patient, the cost of treatment will vary between patients. The final cost of care will fluctuate depending on the medication used, the specific services utilized within a patient’s treatment plan, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction and would benefit from the services provided at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our dedicated intake experts to learn more about the cost of treatment, as well as the programs available.