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

Northeast Pennsylvania Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving northern Pennsylvania, 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

Out of the numerous medications used for treating addiction, none have been more thoroughly studied than methadone. Given as dissolvable tablet or as a liquid solution, methadone is taken once daily and impacts an individual’s central nervous system to help prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Methadone has been used in opioid addiction treatment programs for over 50 years, as the clinical research behind it proves its safety and effectiveness.

Various studies have demonstrated that when methadone is taken as prescribed that it does not lead to serious short- or long-term risks. Experts who have studied methadone deem it both safe and non-toxic, and also note that the side effects associated with it are often temporary and occur when a patient is first getting adjusted to his or her appropriate dosage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) released a statement saying that methadone is safe to use by pregnant women who are addicted to opioids. They have confirmed that these women can use this medication while pregnant without causing harm to themselves or their babies.

However, as with most medications, methadone can be dangerous if used outside of the prescriber’s guidelines. Methadone overdose is a very strong possibility for those who abuse it recreationally and/or with other substances. In fact, methadone overdoses are responsible for one-third of all prescription drug-related deaths yearly. However, when someone uses methadone within a medication assisted treatment program and is under the supervision of a professional, this risk of overdose is eliminated.

When taken as directed and under the watchful eye of a certified professional, methadone is safe to consume when being treated for an opioid addiction.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Because of decades of data, experts are happy to report that not only is methadone safe, but it is also highly effective in treating opioid addiction. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), methadone is the most effective form of treatment available today.

The CDC also reports that methadone is a cost-effective way of treating opioid addiction, and it is capable of providing the following benefits when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program:

  • Improved family stability and employment potential
  • Reduced risk of overdose
  • Improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
  • Reduction or total cessation of opioid use
  • Lesser likelihood of engaging in criminal activities
  • Reduced risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • Increased life expectancy

When methadone is used as prescribed and within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program, it is effective.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is just one aspect of a complete medication assisted treatment program. This medication is capable of relieving cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which allows patients to have the mental wherewithal to remain active in the therapeutic aspects of their care. While methadone works to treat the physical symptoms of opioid addiction, counseling and therapy address the emotional and psychological issues that have added to an individual’s addiction.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Methadone has a superb record of safety and effectiveness, however it is imperative to understand that it is not a medication that can cure every aspect of an individual’s addiction. A singular cure does not exist that can alleviate all of an individual’s addiction concerns, and full recovery requires time, patience, and dedication. When you take part in a medication assisted treatment program, you will begin working with nurses, counselors, and doctors who are experienced in treating individuals, such as yourself, who have endured the strife associated with addiction. By actively participating in your therapy, listening to your provider’s advice, and applying their recommendations, you can dramatically improve the likelihood that the time you spend in treatment will help you stay on a solid path towards recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: To be the most supportive family member or loved one of someone who is receiving medication assisted treatment, you must first take care of yourself. While your loved one has been impacted by his or her own substance abuse, you have likely been impacted as well. Speak with his or her treatment program or other professionals who can help link you to the necessary resources that you require at this time. Become educated about addiction as a disease, learn what the benefits and limitations of treatment are, and find out what your loved one is going to need from you at the start of his or her recovery, during, and after. Support groups, family therapy, and individual therapy can be incredibly beneficial in terms of providing encouragement and support. Never forget to take care of yourself.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are some of the side effects linked to methadone use:

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

For more detailed information about the side effects that methadone can produce, as well as to learn how it can affect you, reach out to Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.