Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 are being vetted and 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

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Proudly serving western Pennsylvania, our methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from Fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and other opiates.

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is most commonly used as a prescription painkiller for individuals who are experiencing severe pain. Fentanyl is considerably more powerful than morphine, and its use is typically limited to hospital settings where it can be closely monitored.

Fentanyl interacts with parts of the central nervous system that are associated with heart rate, respiration, and other automatic functions. Fentanyl’s potency makes it an extremely dangerous drug, with overdose posing a risk of catastrophic outcomes, including death.

Unfortunately, the dangers of improper fentanyl use have not stopped individuals from abusing this drug for recreational purposes. The elevated mood and sense of euphoric relaxation that result from fentanyl use have proved to be extremely attractive to individuals who are in search of a recreational high.

Regardless of whether a person begins to use fentanyl for a legitimate medical purpose or for an illicit reason, the abuse of this drug can cause a wide range of negative outcomes including the development of addiction. When an individual becomes addicted to fentanyl, a condition that is known clinically as opioid use disorder, he or she will lose the ability to control the amount and frequency of his or her fentanyl abuse. And when a person who is addicted to fentanyl attempts to stop his or her abuse of this drug, he or she will experience a host of distressing psychological and physical symptoms. This experience is known as withdrawal.

The pain of fentanyl withdrawal, which can include paranoia, agitation, depression, severe abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, and profound fatigue, can quickly overwhelm even the most fervent desire to end one’s dependence upon fentanyl.

Thankfully, medication-assisted treatment provides a means for men and women to end their abuse of fentanyl without the excruciating symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal. At Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, men and women can participate in this type of treatment, which features the use of certain thoroughly researched medications along with individual and group therapy.

This combination of medical oversight and therapeutic intervention has proved to be an extremely effective means of helping individuals end their abuse of fentanyl and achieve long-term recovery.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at our Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Medication-assisted treatment at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is designed to help adult men and women ages 18 and above to achieve long-term freedom from fentanyl addiction and other forms of opioid use disorder.

The approach to treatment at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is based upon an understanding that men and women will be best prepared to overcome fentanyl addiction when they follow personalized treatment plans and work closely with teams of experienced professionals. With the support of doctors, nurses, counselors, and other experts, individuals who heal at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers are able to end their abuse of fentanyl and make the lifestyle changes that will enable them to achieve long-term recovery.

Depending upon a person’s specific strengths, needs, and goals, his or her care at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers may feature the following medications and therapeutic interventions:

Methadone: When taken on a daily basis as part of an authorized medication-assisted opioid treatment program, methadone can enable a person who has become dependent upon fentanyl to stop abusing this dangerous drug without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms. Methadone interacts with the same receptors that are affected by fentanyl and other opioids, but methadone does not elicit the disorienting high that occurs when a person abuses fentanyl. Thus, by taking methadone, a person who is working to overcome fentanyl addiction can have the mental clarity to fully engage in the therapeutic programming that will help him or her to make the behavioral changes that will support long-term recovery. Methadone has proven to be safe and effective for both short and long-term use.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Subutex, which contains buprenorphine, functions similar to methadone. Subutex allows a person who has become dependent upon fentanyl to stop abusing the drug without experiencing intense fentanyl cravings or other withdrawal symptoms. Daily doses of Subutex allow individuals who are participating in medication-assisted treatment to have the mental clarity that is needed to meet their daily responsibilities and fully engage in the therapeutic interventions that are included in their personalized treatment plans at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

Suboxone: Suboxone contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. As is the case with Subutex, the buprenorphine in Suboxone frees a person from the pain of fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone prevents a person who is taking Suboxone from abusing fentanyl or other opioids, as it will cause a person who abuses any of these drugs to immediately go into withdrawal. People who are prescribed buprenorphine as part of a medication-assisted treatment program for fentanyl addiction often start with Subutex and then transition to Suboxone when they enter the long-term maintenance phase of their recovery.

Individual therapy: Individual therapy can help a person develop the healthier thought and behavior patterns that will enable him or her to resist relapse and achieve long-term recovery from fentanyl addiction. At Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individual therapy sessions are ideal opportunities for men and women to process successes and setbacks during their medication-assisted treatment experience, address issues that they may be hesitant to bring up in a group setting, and receive personalized feedback and guidance from an experienced professional.

Group therapy: During group therapy sessions, individuals who are working to recover from fentanyl addiction can interact with a small group of other people who are in a similar situation. Group sessions are opportunities for sharing insights, learning from the experiences of others, practicing healthy communication skills, and gaining a greater understanding of important recovery-related topics. Groups at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers are safe and supportive environments that feature the guidance of trained and experienced professionals.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Fentanyl Abuse

It is difficult to overstate the devastation that can result from ongoing fentanyl abuse and untreated fentanyl addiction. Every time a person abuses this powerful opioid, he or she is at risk for overdose, which can be fatal. Individuals who survive may experience a wide range of devastating consequences including physical harm, psychological impairments, and socioeconomic damage. Fentanyl abuse has been associated with suppressed functioning of the immune system, gastrointestinal distress, and problems with both the heart and lungs. Individuals who engage in chronic fentanyl abuse may also experience paranoia, hallucinations and delusions, depression, and diminished cognition.

The cumulative impact of these physical and psychological effects can undermine a person’s ability to perform to expectation in school or at work, get and keep a job, maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, establish financial independence, and otherwise participate in a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.

However, when a person who has been struggling with fentanyl addiction participates in effective medication-assisted treatment at programs such as Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, he or she can avoid future harm and begin to heal from past damage. Regardless of how long a person has been trapped by the chains of fentanyl addiction, medication-assisted treatment can provide a path toward a much healthier and more promising future.

For more information about medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl addiction, or for answers to any aspect of programming at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to guiding you along your first steps toward a future that is free of fentanyl abuse.