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 CTC Programs 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 CTC Programs.

  • 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

About Comprehensive & Integrated Treatment Centers

Comprehensive treatment centers (CTCs) and integrated treatment centers (ITCs) provide medication-assisted treatment and counseling to adults age 18 and older who are struggling with opioid use disorder. By offering a personalized combination of prescription medication and counseling, CTCs and ITCs help adults achieve successful long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

Features of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Learn about medication-assisted treatment for adults who have been struggling with opioid addiction

When a person has developed opioid use disorder, any attempt to stop using these substances can quickly trigger intense withdrawal symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, incorporates the use of certain prescription medications to help individuals end their use of opioids without experiencing the physical or psychological distress of withdrawal.

When you take part in medication-assisted treatment at a comprehensive treatment center (CTC) or an integrated treatment center (ITC), you’ll meet with an experienced healthcare provider to determine which medication is best for you. This compassionate professional will assess your symptoms, discuss your options with you, and answer any questions you may have.

Depending on a variety of factors, you may receive a prescription for methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone. Each of these medications has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in licensed medication-assisted treatment programs, and studies have determined that they are all safe for both short- and long-term use when taken as directed.

These medications prevent the onset of cravings and other symptoms of opioid withdrawal, yet they do not elicit the disorienting high opioid use produces. Thus, when you take an approved prescription medication as directed while you’re receiving care at a CTC or an ITC, you can work, attend school, drive a car, and otherwise fully engage in a healthy and productive lifestyle.

Benefits of MAT & Counseling

Discover how counseling works in conjunction with medication-assisted treatment to help adults achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction

Medications such as methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone can alleviate the distress of opioid withdrawal. But medication alone can’t prepare you to achieve successful long-term recovery from opioid addiction. That’s why comprehensive treatment centers and integrated treatment centers offer counseling in addition to prescription medications. Prescription medications allow you to regain your physical strength and mental clarity, while counseling helps you make the lifestyle changes that will enable you to pursue an opioid-free future.

Counseling sessions at CTCs and ITCs are safe and supportive environments where you can learn about addiction and recovery, identify and address the challenges that may have contributed to your opioid use, and learn how to avoid relapse. Depending on a variety of factors, including your unique needs and the center at which you receive treatment, you may participate in individual counseling and group counseling.

Individual counseling sessions are one-on-one meetings with an experienced professional. During individual sessions, you can process your experiences, address topics that you may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting, and receive focused feedback from a member of your treatment team.

Group counseling sessions at CTCs and ITCs typically involve a small number of individuals who are also receiving care for opioid use disorder, along with one or more treatment professionals. During group sessions, you can share your experiences; learn more about opioid addiction, treatment, and recovery; practice healthy communication and self-advocacy skills; and share support with others who have experienced similar struggles.

Comprehensive Treatment Centers (CTCs)

Explore the features of care at comprehensive treatment centers (CTCs) for adults who have developed opioid use disorder

Comprehensive treatment centers, or CTCs, provide medication-assisted treatment and counseling for adults age 18 and older who have developed an addiction to heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers, or other opioids.

When you enter treatment at a CTC, you’ll consult with a healthcare provider to determine what type of medication is best for you. Depending on which CTC you choose, your medication options may include methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone. The CTC staff will monitor your progress and, if necessary, adjust your dosage level to ensure that you’re receiving maximum benefit from the medication that has been prescribed to you.

At first, you will be required to visit the CTC every day in order to receive your daily dose of the medication you have been prescribed. After a certain period of time, you may be able to earn the privilege of receiving a limited number of take-home doses so that you don’t have to visit the center every day. When you start treatment, the CTC staff will explain their policies and procedures about medication use, including the criteria for take-home doses.

Your treatment at a CTC will also involve counseling. Your treatment plan may include individual counseling, group counseling, or both. As described in greater detail in the “Benefits of MAT & Counseling” section, this service will help you make the lifestyle changes that will empower you to resist relapse and successfully pursue long-term recovery from opioid use disorder.

Integrated Treatment Centers (ITCs)

Understand the elements of care at integrated treatment centers (ITCs) for adults who are experiencing opioid use disorder

Integrated treatment centers, or ITCs, offer personalized care for adults age 18 and older who have become addicted to heroin, prescription painkillers, fentanyl, or other opioids.

ITCs offer a service that is referred to as office-based treatment, with an environment that is similar to a doctor’s office. Office-based opioid treatment is sometimes referred to by the acronym OBOT.

Treatment in an ITC begins with an initial consultation to assess your needs, determine which type of medication is right for you, and establish your counseling schedule.

Unlike CTCs, which provide you with one dose of medication each day, treatment at ITCs involves receiving a prescription for medication, which you can have filled at your local pharmacy. This means that you will not need to visit the ITC every day to receive your medication. During the early days of your ITC treatment experience, the center’s medical staff may adjust your dosage to ensure that you’re taking the optimal level to best treat your symptoms.

Your personalized treatment plan at an ITC will also include a counseling component. Depending on a variety of individual factors, you may participate in individual counseling, group counseling, or both. The ITC staff will explain the goals and benefits of counseling, identify the types of counseling that are right for you, and schedule your sessions.

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– Jen R.