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

Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is safe and effective for use in medication assisted treatment programs for those who are battling opioid addictions. If you are afflicted with opioid dependency, taking Suboxone can help you stop your dangerous use of these substances without suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms. To better determine if Suboxone is right for you, speak with a professional who can evaluate your needs and decide what course of care is best.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a very strong substance and similar to other medications that can cause tolerance and dependency to develop if abused. However, when taken as prescribed and as part of a medically supervised program, Suboxone is safe and effective. Comprised of two ingredients (naloxone and buprenorphine), Suboxone is able to interact with the same receptors in the brain that are triggered by the use of prescription pain medications, heroin, or morphine. However, Suboxone does not cause an individual to become high like he or she would if he or she was abusing other substances. Additionally, Suboxone helps individuals avoid drug cravings, as well as painful withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

No, Suboxone will not show up on a drug test that is used for testing opioids. The primary ingredient in Suboxone, buprenorphine, can show up on a drug screen, but only if the screen is designed to detect it specifically. However, if you are a part of a certified medication assisted treatment program and you are taking Suboxone, your use of Suboxone is legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The ideal period of time that you will need to remain on Suboxone will depend on your own specific needs. Both you and your doctor will determine how long you will use this medication, as Suboxone has been approved for both short- and long-term use. Some patients take Suboxone for a few months, while others stay on it for years. Some of the many benefits of Suboxone include the medication’s ability to stop drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms all while helping individuals maintain mental clarity so they can continue working, going to school, participating in therapy, and more. The effectiveness of Suboxone does not fade over time, which means that individuals can use it as long as necessary.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, Suboxone can cause negative interactions when combined with other medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine. As with all other medications, you should always inform your physician of any medications that you are taking prior to starting on Suboxone. Those who are using Suboxone should not drink alcohol, consume sleeping pills or sedatives, or take narcotic pain medications. Regarding all other medications, please speak with your physician to decide how to proceed.

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

Suboxone is approved for long-term use, however that does not mean that you have to take it for a lifetime. Should you and your physician determine that Suboxone is no longer the medication that you should be on, or that you do not require any more medication assisted treatment, you can slowly begin to taper off Suboxone until your system is cleared of the medication. At this point, you can either stay medication-free or begin another medication for continued maintenance.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

At Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, the cost of care can vary, as we ensure that we provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan that includes therapy sessions and medications like Suboxone.

To talk with someone about your treatment needs, and to figure out how much your treatment might cost, please contact one of our intake specialists today.