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.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, 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, including telehealth, 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.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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

Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

When taken as prescribed, methadone provides relief from the painful symptoms that often accompany withdrawal from opioids while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Methadone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction when taken as directed within a licensed treatment center. The use of this medication will not cause patients to experience cognitive impairments, which allows individuals to productively play a role in daily activities in an uninterrupted manner.

Individuals who would like to incorporate methadone into their treatment plan should first discuss its use with their treatment provider. Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the ability to utilize several prescription medications within treatment, which is why finding the appropriate fit based upon the unique requirements of each individual patient is critical for their safety and treatment progress.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is potential for abuse and addiction. However, when taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of trained medical professionals, the risk for addiction to methadone is extremely low. Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitor patients to ensure their safety throughout the course of treatment, which minimizes the risk of medication abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be required to complete a drug screen while on methadone, he or she will not test positive as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. Patients should not consume opioids or other illegal substances while in treatment as these substances will show up on a standard drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment needs. While some individuals only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others may continue using it long-term. Patients should work closely with their treatment teams in order to determine the length of time that methadone will most positively benefit them for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Individuals who combine methadone with other medications and substances place themselves at an increased risk for experiencing dangerous side effects. Patients who are interested in using methadone should first consult with their physician and notify him or her of any medications, prescriptions, and/or substances that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of methadone into their treatment. Patients who are prescribed methadone should refrain from using opioids and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous interactions that can occur.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on methadone should work closely with their treatment providers in order to safely wean off of their medication. Withdrawal symptoms can occur should an individual abruptly cease use of methadone, which can result in addiction complications. Once methadone is no longer in the person’s system, patients can then transition onto a different medication or remain substance-free without the assistance of a prescription.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized to meet the unique treatment goals and requirements of each individual patient. The medications prescribed and the therapeutic services that are utilized can all impact the final cost of care.

To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your treatment goals and individual requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today. At Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are here to provide you with the education, tools, and support that are required in order to help you successfully progress towards a substance-free future.