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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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

Western North Carolina Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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

How It Works and Is It Safe?

How Methadone Treatment Works

Utilized within opiate recovery programs since the 1960s, methadone has decades of clinical research behind it to confirm its safety and effectiveness. Working with a patient’s central nervous system, methadone is prescribed in the form of a liquid solution or dissolvable tablet and is used to eliminate symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay.

When taken as directed under the supervision of a qualified medical provider, methadone is a safe and non-toxic treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Medical experts have noted that the side effects of methadone are temporary and typically take place during the induction phase of treatment.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, methadone is a safe treatment option for women who are pregnant and struggling with an addiction to opioids. Utilizing methadone during pregnancy will not pose any detrimental health risks to the mother or her child.

As is the case with most medications, taking methadone in a way outside of its intended, prescribed use can be dangerous. Overdosing on methadone is a reality for individuals who abuse it or take it for recreational purposes. One-third of all prescription medication deaths that take place each year are due to methadone overdose. However, it is imperative to note that these deaths are linked to illegal use of methadone and not due to methadone use within a licensed medication management program.

When taken as prescribed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, methadone is an extremely safe and effective treatment option for individuals struggling with an opioid addiction.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Decades of clinical research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of methadone for the treatment of opioid addiction. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment that utilizes methadone as a treatment option for opioid addiction is currently the most effective form of care available. The CDC also notes that numerous clinical studies have concluded that the following achievements are directly linked to methadone maintenance treatment:

  • Ceased or reduced drug use
  • Decreased risk of overdose
  • Lowered risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • Drastically increased life expectancy (The average death rate of those addicted to opioids who enroll in methadone treatment is 30% lower than those who do not receive this treatment.)
  • Decreased chance of taking part in illegal activities
  • Improved family stability and career potential
  • Increased positive outcomes for pregnant women and their children

When taken as directed under the supervision of a trained medical professional, methadone is an extremely safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

The use of methadone is just one portion of a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program. While methadone works to eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal, as well as cravings for continued opioid use, patients must also obtain treatment for the emotional components of their addiction as well. By utilizing the therapeutic interventions available through Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients are able to address the underlying causes that led them to abuse opioids in the first place.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Although methadone is a safe and effective treatment option to aid individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids overcome their addiction, it is important to understand that it is not a “cure all.” In order for treatment to lead to recovery, patients must understand that it is a process that takes time, dedication, and patience. By working closely with the team of nurses, physicians, and counselors at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients are able to obtain the treatment and support necessary to achieve their goals.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: In order to provide treatment for someone you love who is struggling with an addiction to opioids, you must first take care of your own needs. Addiction impacts everyone who is involved, not just the individual who is physically abusing a substance. By educating yourself about the disease of addiction, you will be able to understand the limitations of treatment and what your loved one will need from you throughout the course of his or her journey towards recovery. Individual counseling, family therapy, and support groups are excellent sources of information and encouragement. In order to provide care for your loved one, you must first take care of yourself.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following side effects have been linked to the use of methadone:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Slowed breathing
  • Skin rashes
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

For more information about methadone, as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.