Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers 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.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • 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.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • 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

Portland Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Portland, our methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How It Works and Is It Safe?

How Methadone Treatment Works

Out of the many medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction, none have been more closely studied than methadone. Given in a liquid solution or a dissolvable tablet, methadone stimulates the central nervous system in ways that help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Since the 1960’s, methadone has been used in the treatment of opioid addiction, and decades of research have supported its safety and effectiveness.

A great deal of studies have determined that when methadone is taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a medical professional, that there are no associated short- or long-term health risks. Experts who have reviewed research done on methadone have also determined that it is medically safe and non-toxic. These same individuals also reported that methadone’s side effects are generally temporary, and typically only occur during induction, when an individual is first working with his or her provider to determine the appropriate dosage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) released a statement that confirmed that pregnant women can safely take methadone if they are struggling with opioid addiction during pregnancy. According to the DHSS, the use of methadone throughout a pregnancy will not cause any health risks to mothers or their babies.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Decades of data have allowed experts to comfortably state that while it is not only safe, methadone is incredibly effective in treating opioid addiction. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that treatment that includes the use of methadone is the best form of opioid addiction treatment available.

Methadone, which is also cost-effective, can bring about a number of successes. According to the CDC, some of the associated successes from using methadone have included:

  • Reducing risk of overdose
  • Reducing or stopping drug use
  • Dramatically increasing life expectancy, as the median death rate of those who abuse opioids is 30% higher than those who receive treatment
  • Reducing the risk of developing hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C
  • Improved family stability and potential for employment
  • Decreased chance of participating in criminal activity
  • Improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies

When taken as directed and within a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is safe to use and is effective.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is only one aspect of a complete and comprehensive treatment program. This medication works to stop drug cravings and cease pain associated with withdrawal. As a result, individuals are able to maintain the clarity of mind needed to continue to actively participate in the therapeutic aspects of their treatment. One way to view this is to see methadone as a method of treating physical addiction symptoms, while therapy helps work out the underlying psychological issues that have led to the addiction itself.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Even though methadone is championed for its safety and effectiveness, it is imperative to recognize that this medication is not a miracle drug. There is no single medication that can cure all of an individual’s issues or make him or her want to live a healthy life. Recovery requires effort, time, and dedication. When you participate in a medication assisted treatment program, you will work alongside nurses, doctors, and counselors who are trained in helping individuals such as yourself overcome the challenges that you are experiencing. By heeding their advice, listening to their directions, and staying actively involved in your treatment, you can improve the potential success of your time in treatment.

How You Can Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Above all else, you must understand that the only way that you can be a supportive family member, spouse, or friend is that you have to take care of yourself. Yes, your loved one has caused extreme damage to his or her life due to opioid addiction, however your life has been impacted, too. To give the best support possible to your loved one, speak with the specialists at your loved one’s treatment program who can help guide you towards obtaining the information and support that you need. Spend time educating yourself about addition, learn what the benefits and restrictions of treatment are, and determine what your loved one will need from you during treatment and recovery. Keep in mind that you can obtain support and encouragement from family therapy, individual therapy, and support groups while your loved one is in treatment. Remember, to provide the most care for your loved one, you must care for yourself as well.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are the possible side effects associated with the use of methadone:

  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Slowed breathing
  • Skin rashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Nervousness or anxiety

For more information regarding the side effects of methadone, and to learn more about how using it can impact you, reach out to Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.