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 Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center 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 Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center.

  • 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

Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

A safe and effective form of treating opioid addiction, methadone is a prescription medication that is utilized in medication assisted treatment programs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provided approval for methadone to be used in these programs after an enormous amount of data came back proving its effectiveness in treating individuals’ addictions to substances such as heroin and prescription pain medications. When methadone is taken in a medication assisted treatment program, it helps decrease painful withdrawal symptoms that come with the cessation of opioid use, as well as lessens drug cravings.

If you or someone you love is wanting to be a part of a medication assisted treatment program, discuss options with a treatment provider to help decide if methadone is the best medication for you or your loved one. Keep in mind that there are many different medications used to treat opioid dependence, therefore it is critical to obtain a professional’s opinion if you or your loved one should begin a methadone treatment program or not.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a potential for addiction to become an issue. However, when methadone is being used within the safety of a medication assisted treatment program, skilled professionals can provide supervision that helps prevent methadone from being abused and causing addiction concerns. In addition, in order to obtain methadone from a treatment center, individuals must go to the center daily to receive their medication, which helps control the level of use.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be required to take a drug test, his or her methadone use will not show up. A special type of drug test is required to pick up the presence of methadone, however standard drug tests can come back positive if other substances are being abused.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that an individual will stay on methadone will depend on his or her own unique needs. Some individuals take methadone for long period of time, while others utilize it for a little while.

If you or someone you care for is interested in a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, talk about the length of time that you or your loved one might be on this medication with the attending physician.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming prescription medications for physical or psychological purposes, it is imperative that he or she tells his or her doctor before taking methadone, as this drug has the ability to cause negative interactions. Conducting an open conversation about what additional medications are being taken can help ensure that methadone will not pose any risks to the person taking it. In addition, using opioids or alcohol while taking methadone is not recommended.

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

Some people continue taking methadone for long period of time, however every patient is different. Methadone can cause withdrawal symptoms to occur if a person is not properly weaned off of this medication. Therefore, a treatment provider can work with patients to decide what kinds of dosages he or she will need to safely come off methadone if it is desired. From there, if a patient wants to take a different medication, his or her provider can help assist with that transition.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center is personalized to fit the needs of each patient. As a result, the cost of care varies. The services that are provided, the medications that are received, and the method of payment can all factor into final costs.

If you or a loved one wants to learn more about how much treatment might cost at Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center, contact one of our compassionate intake experts right now.