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 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.

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 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.
  • 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?

Methadone is a safe prescription medication that medication assisted treatment programs use in the treatment of opioid addiction. After an extensive amount of research proving its effectiveness in aiding individuals towards recovery from heroin, prescription pain medications, and morphine, methadone received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. When taken in conjunction with a well-rounded treatment plan, methadone can stop withdrawal symptoms and decrease drug cravings to use opioids.

If you or someone you care for desires to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone for opioid addiction treatment, speak with an experienced physician who can help determine if methadone is the best medication for you or your loved one. Methadone is just one of many different medication approaches to opioid addiction treatment, so it is a good idea to speak with a physician to ensure that methadone is the most appropriate treatment for you or your loved one prior to starting a methadone regimen.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a higher risk of abuse and dependency. It is important to keep in mind that when taking methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, medical professionals are able to monitor each patient’s intake of methadone to help prevent abuse and addiction from developing. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center on a daily basis to receive their methadone dose, which helps control the substance and decrease abuse potential.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be asked to take a drug screening test while on methadone, his or her use of the medication will not make the test turn positive. Drug tests can and will test positive if there are other substances (like opioids) in an individual’s system. Only specific tests will be able to pick up medications like methadone.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

Each individual patient will remain on methadone for a different period of time than the next. When taking methadone, the period of time that you will use it will depend on your specific needs. Some individuals take it for a little while, while others use it for long-term maintenance.

If you or someone you care for is interested in participating in a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, speak to your physician to determine how long you may be on this medication.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If you are taking any prescription medications for physical or psychological reasons, be sure to notify your physician prior to taking methadone. It is possible for methadone to cause interactions when combined with other medications; therefore, you should always keep a line of communication open between you and your physician about all medications you are on so you can preserve the safety and effectiveness of methadone and other medications you might be taking. It is also not recommended for you to use opioids, other recreational drugs, or drink alcohol when taking methadone.

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

Some individuals take methadone for longer periods of time than others, however it is important to understand that not everyone takes methadone for the same length of time. It is possible for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms if methadone use stops suddenly. Therefore, the staff at a medication assisted treatment program can work with patients to help them to taper off of methadone safely. Should an individual desire to switch to a different medication for maintenance, he or she can speak to his or her doctor to determine if a switch is the best decision for them.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment that is offered at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers is personalized based on each patient’s needs. As a result, specific services are offered, which causes the cost of treatment to vary. Services that are rendered, the type of payment method, and more can all impact a patient’s cost of care.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about methadone and the cost of care provided at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please reach out and contact one of our experienced intake specialists today.