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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Cape Cod 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 Cape Cod 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 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.

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Cape Cod Methadone Clinics for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Cape Cod, 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

Methadone is, by far, the most studied and researched medication used in the treatment of opioid addiction. This medication comes in the form of a liquid solution or a dissolvable tablet and is taken once daily. Methadone is capable of impacting an individual’s central nervous system in ways that stop the onset of withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings for continued opioid abuse. Having been used since the 1960s in opioid recovery programs, methadone has decades of clinical research backing its safety and effectiveness.

Numerous studies have proven that when methadone is utilized as prescribed by a treatment provider, it does not pose any serious short- or long-term harm to the individual who is consuming it. Those professionals who have reviewed these studies have also come out and stated that the use of this medication is medically safe, as it is non-toxic. They also noted that most side effects related to methadone use are temporary and typically only occur when an individual is just starting in his or her methadone treatment program and determining the appropriate dose – otherwise known as the “induction phase” of medication assisted treatment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also showed its support of methadone by releasing a statement saying that methadone can be used safely by pregnant women who are addicted to opioids. The HHS also noted that utilizing this medication during pregnancy does not cause any harm to the mother or child.

However, as with any medication, methadone can cause extreme danger to an individual if it is abused in ways outside of a medical professional’s prescribing guidelines. Methadone overdose is a serious concern for those who abuse it recreationally and/or in combination with other substances. Currently, methadone overdose is responsible for one-third of all prescription drug related overdoses each year. However, it is critical to understand that these statistics are strictly related to those individuals who abuse methadone, not those who are taking it safely within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program.

When taken as directed and under the guidance of a medical professional in a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is safe for consumption.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Due, in part, to years of research, experts are confident in stating that methadone is not only safe, but that it is also effective in the treatment of opioid addiction. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that the inclusion of methadone into a medication assisted treatment program is the best form of opioid addiction treatment currently available.

Additionally, methadone is a cost-effective means of decreasing addiction. The CDC also states that numerous studies have shown the connection between the successes listed below and those who participate in a medication assisted treatment program:

  • Reducing or stopping drug use
  • Improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
  • Reducing risk of overdose
  • Improved family stability and employment potential
  • Reducing risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, or hepatitis B
  • Lesser likelihood of participating in criminal activities
  • Increasing life expectancy (those who engage in a medication assisted treatment program have a 30% increased life expectancy rate over those who do not)

When used in a certified medication assisted treatment program, methadone is effective in treating opioid addiction.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is just one aspect of a medication assisted treatment program. This medication is effective in preventing drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which allows patients the mental clarity to productively engage in the therapeutic aspects of their program. In other words, methadone is effective in addressing the physical effects of addiction, while therapy can help address the psychological and emotional issues that have been attributed to the addiction’s development.

How You Can Be Success in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Even though methadone has a record of safety and effectiveness, it is not a “miracle drug” in the sense that it can cure all of your issues pertaining to addiction. Instead, this part of your recovery takes effort, time, and dedication. When you join a medication assisted treatment program, you will begin a partnership with nurses, counselors, and doctors who are specifically trained in helping individuals just like yourself defeat issues similar to the ones that you are experiencing. By following their directions, listening to their advice, and actively engaging yourself in your treatment, you can significantly improve your odds that your time spent in treatment will keep you in recovery for the long-term.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: In order to be a supportive spouse, friend, or family member, you cannot neglect your own needs. Your loved one’s addiction has caused damage to his or her life, however, it is important to understand that it has also impacted your life as well. To offer your loved one the support that he or she needs at this time, speak with the treatment program that your loved one is attending or reach out to other experts who can help guide you towards resources that may be helpful. Get educated about addiction as a disease, learn what your loved one’s benefits and limitations are during recovery and into maintenance, and find out what it is that your loved one will need from you to be successful. Family therapy, support groups, and individual counseling can be tremendous resources of education and encouragement. Always keep in mind that in order to care for your loved one, you must care for yourself first.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are the possible side effects linked to methadone use:

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

For more specific information regarding the side effects of methadone use, as well as to learn more about how using this medication may impact you, please speak with your treatment provider or reach out to Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.