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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg 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?

When taken as directed, methadone provides patients with relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids such as morphine, prescription painkillers, and/or heroin. Because the use of methadone will not cause individuals to experience cognitive interruptions, patients who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily actives in an uninterrupted manner.

Individuals who are interested in incorporating methadone into their treatment plan should first discuss this medication with their treatment provider. As there are multiple medications that can be prescribed within treatment, it is extremely important that the appropriate medication be prescribed in order to meet the unique requirements of each patient.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

There is a risk for abuse and dependency when taking methadone, as this medication is a controlled substance. However, when taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a licensed treatment center, the risk is extremely low. The staff of medical professionals at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center closely monitor the prescribing and administration of methadone to ensure the safety of each of our patients.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause an individual to test positive should he or she be required to complete a drug screening during treatment. In order to detect methadone within a person’s system, a specific test must be administered. It is important to know that if a person consume other illicit substances or certain medications, a drug test will result in a positive.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time in which a patient will remain on methadone will vary based on the unique needs of each patient. While some patients will only utilize methadone for a short period of time, other patients may continue taking methadone long-term. By discussing your specific needs with your physician, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time in which methadone will benefit you for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Using methadone in combination with other substances can cause extremely dangerous drug interactions. Because of this, patients who are considering utilizing methadone within treatment should first discuss the use of any other medications, prescriptions, and/or substances with their prescribing physical to ensure adverse effects do not take place. Patients should also refrain from using alcohol and other opioids during the course of treatment due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Patients who no longer wish to continue using methadone should work with their treatment provider to safely taper off of their medication. Uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal can take place when the use of methadone suddenly ceases, which can cause additional complications. Once methadone is safely removed from a person’s system, he or she can then talk about other treatment options or remain medication-free.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient who seeks treatment in our center. The medications that are prescribed, the additional therapeutic services that are utilized, as well as the payment method can all cause the final cost of treatment to vary between patients.

To learn more about the cost of treatment based upon your treatment requirements or to learn more about the treatment that we offer, please contact the intake team at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center today.