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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 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 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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Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Prescribed within medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, Subutex is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration- approved medication that is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are addicted to opioids such as heroin and/or prescription painkillers. When taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, Subutex eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional substance use at bay.

By discussing your individual treatment requirements with the team of professionals at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center, you will be able to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for your needs. There are multiple medications that can be prescribed within treatment, which is why finding the appropriate fit based upon your unique needs is important.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Subutex includes buprenorphine as its active ingredient, which carries addictive properties along with its use. Because of this, there is a risk for addiction when taking Subutex. However, when Subutex is taken as directed and under the supervision of a medical professional, the risk for abuse and addiction is minimal.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex will not test positive as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, should a patient attempt to abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, he or she will test positive on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that an individual will remain on Subutex will be based upon his or her unique treatment needs. While some patients utilize this medication for a short period of time, others may remain on it long-term. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time that Subutex will benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Subutex alongside other medications, prescriptions, and substances can cause extremely dangerous side effects. Because of this, patients who which to incorporate the use of Subutex into their treatment plan should first discuss any potential side effects with their prescribing physician. Individuals who are prescribed this medication should avoid using alcohol and recreational drugs due to the dangerous interactions that can take place.

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

If a patient no longer wants to take Subutex, he or she should work closely with his or her  treatment provider in order to safely tapper off of this medication. Because withdrawal symptoms can occur if the use of Subutex suddenly ceases, patients are advised to follow their treatment provider’s guidelines in terms of safely weaning off of their medication. Once Subutex is no longer in an individual’s system, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment available through Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique requirements of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary based upon the treatment requirements of each patient. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment needs and goals, as well as to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, please contact Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center today.