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 Vivitrol is right for me?

Vivitrol is a safe and effective means of treating opioid addiction. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vivitrol is injected once monthly and is able to prevent relapse once an individual has cleared their system of substances like morphine, heroin, or prescription pain medications. If an individual is still consuming opioids or is in the throes of withdrawal, he or she will not be prescribed Vivitrol. In addition, if an individual is allergic to the main ingredient in Vivitrol (naltrexone), he or she will also not be prescribed this medication.

If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that offers Vivitrol, it is imperative that you speak with a provider so that he or she can help you determine if Vivitrol is the right medication for you.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Since Vivitrol is highly controlled and only administered by a professional, it is unlikely that it can cause addiction. While individuals are on Vivitrol, they are monitored by professionals who can be sure they are receiving the proper dosages.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Like other medications that are used within a medication assisted treatment program, Vivitrol will not show up on a standard drug test. There are specialized drug tests that can detect Vivitrol, however they are not commonly used. If an individual is abusing other opioids while on Vivitrol, the substance or substances that are being abused will come up positive on a test.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

Vivitrol has been proven to be safe and effective for both short- and long-term use, which is a plus because individuals can stay on Vivitrol for as little or as long as they need based on their treatment goals. For example, while some individuals will continue to receive Vivitrol injections for a long time, others might only use it for a few months. Most medical professionals will recommend that Vivitrol be used for at least one year.

When speaking to a physician about Vivitrol injections within a medication assisted treatment program, it can be beneficial to also discuss how long you might remain on Vivitrol.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Vivitrol can cause negative interactions. While using Vivitrol, it is imperative that you avoid the use of alcohol or other opioids for the duration of your treatment. If you are taking Vivitrol within a medication assisted treatment program, you should always disclose all over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins that you are taking to avoid any dangerous interactions.

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

When you receive a Vivitrol injection, the medication will stay active in your body for one full month. Since this medication is extended-release, which means you cannot simply stop or switch to another medication without speaking to a medical professional first. If you take this medication but would like to switch to another, it is best for you to speak with your treatment provider to talk about your treatment options.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

At Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of Vivitrol treatment can vary depending on a number of things, including the services that you obtain in addition to this medication. To learn more about what you might pay for treatment, contact one of our intake experts today.