The first goal of Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center is to provide each patient with a smooth and efficient admissions experience.
We understand the worries and fears that can be associated with the decision to enter treatment for opioid dependence, and we want to help dispel those concerns while welcoming all patients into our program with an efficient, stress-free intake process. A key element of this effort is ensuring that new patients have all the information that they need prior to arriving at the center where they will receive treatment.
If you or someone you care about would like to receive treatment at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center, please carefully review the criteria and processes that are listed below.
First, to enroll in our program you must meet the following requirements:
- Age 18 or older
- Dependent upon opioids for at least one year
Individuals who meet the above criteria will then be scheduled for an intake appointment. Please note the following information about this appointment:
- Patients are expected to arrive for their intake in a state of withdrawal, having not used any opioids for 20 to 24 hours. (Pregnant women are exempt from this requirement and should not be in withdrawal when they arrive for intake.)
- Patients must provide proof of identification with a Driver’s license, state-issued photo ID card, or passport.
- All patients, even those who intend to use insurance to pay for treatment, must be prepared to pay their intake fees during their initial appointment. We will accept cash, cashier’s checks, or money orders. We cannot accept personal checks or payment over the phone.
- Patients who are currently taking any medications that have been prescribed by a physician must bring their medication bottles with them to their intake appointment.
The admissions process at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center has four steps:
- Clinical intake
- Biopsychosocial assessment
- Physical examination
- Medical admission
These steps will be completed over a series of days. Please note that patients may or may not be medicated during this first appointment. It is up to our clinical team to decide when medication administration is appropriate.
All patients will complete the following prior to admission:
- Meet with a staff person from the admissions department for intake paperwork and assessments and have picture taken for internal identification system.
- Sign a variety of confidential releases of information for insurance purposes, to coordinate care with any other healthcare providers that are currently seeing the patient, and to identify emergency contact information.
- Receive educational literature and a copy of the patient handbook.
- Provide a urine drug screen to assess opioid and other drug use.
- Be seen by a clinician to complete a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment.
- Be scheduled for blood work and TB testing. Be given a pregnancy test if female.
- Meet with a medical director and potentially a physician’s assistant for a physical examination and admission decision.
To learn more about Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to helping you or your loved one take the first steps toward a healthier and happier future.