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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Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option that can be used to overcome the physical effects of opioid withdrawal.

By consulting with your medical provider, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you based upon your individual treatment needs and requirements. Because there are numerous treatment options available, it is extremely important to find the right fit for your needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex includes buprenorphine as its primary active ingredient which carries addictive properties along with its use. Because of this, there is a risk for addiction when taking Subutex. However, when taking this medication under the supervision of a medical professional, the risk for addiction is extremely low.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment, he or she will not test positive while taking Subutex. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, a drug screen will detect the opioids and other substances should a person abuse those types of substances.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient will be required to take Subutex will be dependent upon his or her treatment requirements. While some patients only take Subutex for a short period of time, others remain on it long-term. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine the length of time in which you will need to remain on Subutex.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes and because Subutex can cause negative side effects when combined with other medications, it is important to openly discuss the use of other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications with your physician prior to incorporating Subutex into your treatment plan. Your physician will be able to provide you with more detailed information regarding the potential interactions that may take place based on the specific medication(s) that are being consumed along with Subutex. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should avoid using recreational drugs as well as alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous effects that can take place.

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

Should you decide that you no longer wish to take Subutex, it is important to work closely with your prescribing physician in order to safely taper off of your medication to avoid experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Many patients will begin their treatment by taking Subutex and later transition onto a different medication for long-term maintenance. By working closely with your team of treatment providers, you will be able to determine the safest course of treatment based on your individual needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly individualized based upon the requirements of each patient. Our team of professionals works closely with patients to develop a plan of care that is based on their treatment needs. Because of this, the cost of care can differ between patients.

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