Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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

Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone, a proven effective and safe medication, is utilized in the treatment of those who are grappling with an opioid addiction. If you have found yourself dependent on opioids, consuming a medication such as Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can allow you to put an end to your dangerous abuse of opioids all while no longer being burdened with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. To be sure if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you, speak with your provider who can evaluate what your treatment needs are so that he or she can recommend the best course of care.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a potent medication that can cause tolerance and addiction to develop if it is taken outside of how it is prescribed. When used within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program, however, Suboxone is a safe and effective medication. Suboxone is comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is responsible for stimulating the receptors in the brain that are triggered through the presence of heroin or prescription painkillers, however, a high is not produced as it would be through the use of these substances. Therefore, buprenorphine allows you to go through your day without the nagging cravings for continued use or painful withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone does not cause a drug test to turn positive, as most drug panels are unable to detect this medication. Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Suboxone, and is only detectable on a drug panel that has been created specifically to recognize it. However, if you are participating in a medication assisted treatment program and are consuming Suboxone as a part of your programming, your use is legal. If you elect to abuse opioids and take a drug test, your screening will render a positive result.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

It is important that you and your provider speak at length regarding how long you will remain on Suboxone. Extensive research has shown that Suboxone is effective and safe for short- and long-term use. Some individuals take Suboxone for a handful of months prior to tapering off, while others continue to use Suboxone for years. Among the numerous benefits of Suboxone is that this medication is capable of curbing withdrawal symptoms and cravings, which allows you to continue on in your daily life and fulfill your responsibilities. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not erode over time, meaning that you can keep taking this medication until it is decided otherwise.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Similar to other prescription medications, you should make your provider aware of the medications that you are consuming prior to starting on Suboxone. This medication can trigger the onset of serious side effects, especially when combined with other opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, codeine, and hydrocodone. Additionally, side effects can develop if Suboxone is mixed with alcohol. Those who are on a Suboxone treatment plan should abstain from using sedatives, sleeping pills, alcohol, or narcotic painkillers. For information on all other types of medications, speak to your provider for details.

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

Suboxone is approved for long-term use, however, that does not mean that you have to take it forever. If you and your provider come to an agreement where you decide that Suboxone is no longer the best medication for your needs, or if you have moved through your recovery enough to start tapering off of Suboxone entirely, this can occur through gradually consuming smaller doses of the medication to clear your system of its presence. It will be up to you and your provider to reevaluate your treatment goals to determine if you can stay medication-free or start on a different medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is unique to each individual and includes the use of medications like Suboxone, numerous therapy sessions, and additional services that can be beneficial for you at this time. Since your treatment will be individualized to meet your needs, your cost of care will also depend on a variety of factors. To further discuss how much your medication and/or treatment might cost you, please call us right now to speak with one of our intake experts.