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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Carolina CTC Cluster 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Western Carolina CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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 Methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependence, methadone is a safe and frequently used prescription medication. Extensive clinical research has confirmed its safety when taken as directed and under the supervision of a medical professional for alleviating the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids. Methadone also works to keep cravings for additional opioid use at bay.

By working closely with your medical provider, you can determine if methadone is the appropriate course of treatment to take based on your individual needs. Since there are other medications available within medication assisted treatment, it is important to work with your provider to find the medication that will fit with your treatment goals and requirements.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse and dependency. However, when taken as directed and under the supervision of trained medical professionals, methadone is extremely safe and the risk for abuse is low. By closely monitoring the prescription and administration of methadone, the staff at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers ensures the safety of each patient. Our program requires that patients receive their methadone at the center where their treatment is being received, which significantly minimizes the risk for abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should a drug screen be required while taking methadone, a positive result will not be produced. Although a positive result will take place should an individual abuse opioids during the course of treatment, a specific test is required in order to detect methadone within a person’s system.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will vary based on his or her individual needs. While some patients will only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others may continue taking it long-term. If you or someone you care about is considering utilizing methadone for the treatment of opioid addiction, please discuss the length of time that methadone will benefit you prior to beginning treatment.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, and because methadone can negatively interact with other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss their use of other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plans. It is also important for patients to refrain from using opioids, other substances, and alcohol while taking methadone due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Although methadone is safe for long-term use, patients are not required to continue taking it for the rest of their lives. Since the symptoms of withdrawal can take place if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment provider to safely wean off of their medication. In doing so, a patient can avoid experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Should a patient wish to transition onto a different medication, he or she can discuss his or her options with his or her treatment provider prior to beginning a new form of treatment.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment provided through Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized based on the needs of each individual patient. The medication that is prescribed, the additional services that are utilized, as well as the method of payment that is used can all cause the final cost of care to vary between patients.

To learn more about the cost of care as well as the treatment options that we offer, please contact one of our intake experts today.