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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North Carolina Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving western North Carolina, our subutex 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 Subutex Treatment Works

Subutex is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist that is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Subutex includes buprenorphine hydrochloride as its primary active ingredient and is typically administered daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet that is absorbed into the body. Approved in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex eliminates the symptoms of withdrawal that take place once an individual stops using opioids such as heroin and/or prescription painkillers. Subutex also provides relief from cravings for additional opioid use.

Because Subutex will not cause patients to experience cognitive impairments, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily activities in a productive manner. Extensive research has confirmed that utilizing Subutex is substantially safer than continuing to abuse opioids, as Subutex will not cause vital organ damage. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to progress in their treatment.

As is true with most medications, Subutex can cause patients to experience side effects. Prior to incorporating Subutex into your plan of treatment, patients are urged to discuss these potential side effects with their physician in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication based on their individual needs and treatment requirements.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Extensive clinical research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Subutex when taken to treat opioid addiction. Patients who have utilized Subutex when engaged in medication assisted treatment program have reported a decrease in the symptoms of withdrawal that were experienced as well as diminished cravings for continued opioid use. In general, when taken under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical aspects of withdrawal in a safe and effective manner.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Treatment that incorporates the use of Subutex typically involves three phases of treatment. Additional therapeutic interventions complement this medication well as they assist patients in progressing in their treatment. When taken, patients will most likely experience the following phases:

Induction: This first phase of treatment takes place when a patient is first introduced to Subutex and typically occurs after the use of opioids has ceased. Patients who are in the induction phase are typically in the beginning stages of withdrawal.

Stabilization: During the second phase of treatment, patients are no longer experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal, nor are they craving additional opioids. It is during this time that the dosage of Subutex can be altered based on their specific needs.

Maintenance: Patients in the maintenance phase of treatment are stable enough to discuss weaning off of Subutex or transitioning onto another medication if necessary.

During these phases, it is extremely important that patients take part in therapeutic interventions in order to properly progress in their treatment. Individual and group counseling sessions allow patients to openly discuss their behaviors and emotions with a trained counselor in a safe and supportive environment. These sessions provide patients with the support, encouragement, education, and psychological treatment that are required in order to prevent relapsing in the future.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment:Family members and friends of an individual who is taking part in medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction can play integral roles in their loved one’s recovery process. By providing support to your loved one as he or she navigates through recovery can provide him or her with the encouragement that is necessary to successfully achieve lasting recovery. In addition, as a loved one of someone who is struggling with addiction, it is also important that you obtain support for yourself as addiction affects everyone that it touches. By playing an active role in your loved one’s treatment, you will be able to gain a better understanding of what he or she is experiencing while improving your relationship with him or her.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program:The following are ways in which you can be successful during your journey towards sobriety:

  • Follow the treatment recommendations provided to you by your medical team regarding taking Subutex.
  • Attend all individual and group counseling sessions that are scheduled and play an active role in these sessions.
  • Openly discuss any concerns that you may have while taking Subutex. Should a concern or issue arise, your treatment provider can potentially adjust your medication.
  • Refrain from using opioids while taking Subutex.
  • Communicate with your provider should any concerns arise during the course of treatment, as the treatment professionals you are working with can suggest additional opportunities for support or treatment if necessary.
Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

Prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment regimen, it is important to openly discuss the use of other medications, prescriptions, or substances with your physician due to the adverse effects that can take place when combined with Subutex. Like many medications, there is a risk for side effects when taking Subutex.

The following side effects have been reported by patients who have taken Subutex within treatment:

Most common side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Infections
  • Pain
  • Back pain
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Fairly common side effects:

  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Runny eyes
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea

Less common side effects:

  • Accidental injury
  • Upset stomach
  • Abscesses
  • Fever

To learn more about the treatment methods available through Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us today.