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

Naltrexone Maintenance Programming for Opioid Addiction

With opioid addiction treatment centers located across the country, we provide adults with the support they need to find lasting recovery from addictions to prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids. 

Learn About Naltrexone

Naltrexone is a safe, effective medication that can help adults maintain long-term recovery from opioid addiction. A healthcare provider can prescribe naltrexone as a daily pill or administer naltrexone by injection monthly or every four weeks. When used as directed as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, naltrexone can reduce opioid cravings and lower a person’s chances of future relapse. 

As an opioid antagonist, naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids such as morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers. This decreases a person’s urge to use opioids, but if they do experience a relapse, naltrexone stops them from feeling the euphoric or sedative effects of the opioid. 

To avoid withdrawal symptoms, you must wait seven to 14 days after you have successfully stopped using opioids to start taking naltrexoneSome people use naltrexone at the beginning of their recovery journey, while others transition to naltrexone as a long-term support tool.  

Your care team will collaborate with you to determine whether naltrexone is the best medication for you by completing a detailed assessment of your medical history, past drug use, and recovery goals. This will allow our expert team to identify the most beneficial medication and dosage for your needs. 

Safety & Effectiveness of Naltrexone for Treating Opioid Addiction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved naltrexone in pill form to treat opioid use disorder in 1984 and the injectable extended-release form in 2010. Healthcare professionals have been successfully using naltrexone in medication-assisted treatment for more than 30 years, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness says that there have been no known concerns associated with long-term use of naltrexone to help adults maintain recovery from opioid addiction. 

In a 2018 comparative effectiveness trial published in The Lancet, 283 participants took naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder, compared with 287 participants who took a different medication for the same purpose. The researchers found that naltrexone is equally as safe and effective as other medications used in medication-assisted treatment. Although naltrexone can cause some side effects, which are discussed later, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that naltrexone can have many positive effects, including: 

  • Reduces a person’s urge to misuse or abuse substances 
  • Helps people remain in long-term recovery 
  • Increases a person’s likelihood of avoiding relapse 
  • Keeps a person from wanting to continue using substances if they experience relapse 

As with all prescription medications, it is important to take naltrexone under the supervision of a medical professional who can monitor how you respond to the medication and determine whether any adjustments need to be made throughout opioid addiction treatment. Naltrexone can increase your sensitivity to opioids, so if you use opioids while taking part in a MAT program that includes the use of naltrexone, it can put you at risk for opioid overdose. Working closely with your care team throughout your time in treatment greatly reduces your risk for experiencing any negative outcomes from taking naltrexone as part of a medication-assisted treatment program. 

Benefits of Utilizing Naltrexone Within Medication-Assisted Treatment

Taking naltrexone as part of a medication-assisted treatment program has proved to promote better recovery outcomes for countless adults. By reducing overwhelming opioid cravings and stopping you from feeling any effects from using opioidsnaltrexone can help you function better in your daily life. While taking naltrexone, you can go to work, take part in therapy, and play a more active role in your home. 

Addressing the physical symptoms of opioid addiction is an important first step in your recovery process. When you are able to safely stop using opioids, you can approach other areas of your life with a clearer mind. And without powerful cravings driving you to continue seeking opioids, you can truly focus on your recovery. 

But medication alone isn’t enough to address every aspect of opioid addiction. When you take part in a medication-assisted treatment program, you’ll also participate in group and individual counseling. This whole-person approach allows you to identify any traumatic experiences or troubling emotions that may be contributing to your struggles with opioid addiction. 

Throughout your time in a MAT program, you’ll work with trained counselors who will help you make the behavioral and lifestyle changes needed to achieve recovery. Your care team will also support you in developing healthier coping skills and strategies to prevent relapse, empowering you to remain in recovery for years to come. 

Side Effects of Naltrexone

It is essential to tell your care team if you are taking any medications that contain opioids before starting naltrexone, including medications for pain, cough, colds, or diarrhea. Like with all prescription medications, using naltrexone can lead to certain side effects. Talk to your care team if you experience any side effects so that they can adjust your dosage. 

Common side effects of naltrexone include: 

  • Upset stomach 
  • Vomiting 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache 
  • Dizziness 
  • Joint pain 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Coldlike symptoms 

If you experience a strong adverse reaction to naltrexone, contact your care team immediately. When taken under the supervision of qualified professionals, naltrexone is a safe and effective medication that can help you find lasting recovery from opioid addiction. 

This place saved my life. Yes it was hard and yes it took time, but you know it's all worth it if you want to change.

– Jen R.