Before a patient can begin treatment at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, he or she must complete our admissions and intake process. To ensure that this process is efficient and effective, please carefully review all of the information that is presented on this page.
First, in order to be eligible to receive treatment at one of our two centers, a prospective patient must be an adult, aged 18 or above, who has been opiate dependent for at least 12 months.
Individuals who meet these admission requirements will be scheduled for an intake appointment at the location where they will receive treatment. The following items must be brought to this appointment:
- Valid photo identification (state-issued ID card, Driver’s license, or a U.S. passport)
- Payment for intake fees at the time of intake, regardless of whether or not the patient intends to pay for treatment with insurance benefits
- Insurance card, if intending to pay for treatment with insurance
- If the prospective patient is pregnant, she must provide written consent from her OB/GYN to receive medication assisted treatment.
- If the prospective patient is transferring directly from detox or from another medication assisted treatment center, he or she must provide all relevant records from the prior program.
Important note: Unless they are pregnant, prospective patients must arrive at their intake appointment in a state of withdrawal, with 20 to 24 hours having passed since their last use of opioids. Pregnant women should not be in withdrawal when they arrive for their intake appointment.
The intake session will take between two and four hours. Within this time frame, patients will accomplish the following:
- Complete paperwork that will inquire about their personal, treatment, psychiatric, and medical histories
- Take a TB test (unless presenting proof of having taken a similar test in the previous two years)
- Undergo a complete physical examination
- Provide a urine specimen for a drug screening
- Take a pregnancy test (if female)
- If pregnant, sign a release of information form so we can coordinate care with the treating OB/GYN
- If pregnant but not currently seeing an OB/GYN, consult with one of our staff members will take place in order to receive referrals for prenatal care
It is important to note that completing the intake process does not guarantee that patients will receive medication on the first day of services. The decision to prescribe medication on the first day of treatment is made by our medical staff on a case-by-case basis.
For additional information about our admissions requirements and intake processes, or for answers to any questions you may have about treatment at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you take your first steps toward a drug-free future.