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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 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 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.

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Commonly prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. The use of this medication also provides individuals with the mental clarity that is required in order to play a productive role in daily activities such as work, driving, and school. When taken as prescribed, use of Suboxone is entirely safe in the treatment of opioid dependency.

Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the option of utilizing various prescription medications within our medication assisted treatment program. Because of this, patients should work closely with our treatment team in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique treatment goals and requirements.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone does carry addictive properties along with its use as it consists of buprenorphine and naloxone as its active ingredients. However, when taken as prescribed under the close guidance of a licensed medical professional, the risk for addiction is low. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. Unlike opioids however, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Suboxone provides patients with the opportunity to productively play a role in daily activities, as well as their treatment, without interruption.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Should patients be required to complete a drug screen while in treatment, a positive result will not occur due to the use of Suboxone. A specific test is required in order to detect buprenorphine, one of the active ingredients in Suboxone, within a person’s system. Additionally, use of this medication is legal when taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

While Suboxone is clinically proven safe for long-term use, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. Patients are urged to work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the length of time in which Suboxone will benefit them.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Suboxone can interact with other over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, and substances, patients should openly discuss the use of other substances with their physician prior to incorporating the use of this medication within their treatment. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from taking opioids and alcohol while in treatment due to the dangerous effects that can occur when taken with Suboxone.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on Suboxone should work closely with their treatment team in order to gradually wean off of their medication. Individuals who abruptly cease their use of this medication place themselves at an increased risk for experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Once a patient gradually tapers off of his or her medication, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription. The staff of experts at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to assist patients in progressing in treatment in a safe and effective manner.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment available through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients.

To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment requirements, please contact Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. Our team of experts is here to assist you in taking the first step towards a future free from the dangers of opioid abuse.