Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Sandhills CTC Cluster 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sandhills CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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Sandhills Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving North Carolina, 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

First used in opioid recovery programs in the 1960’s, methadone has decades of clinical research studies behind it that support its safety and effectiveness. Given in the form of a liquid solution or as a dissolvable tablet, patients are given methadone to help aid in their recovery process from opioid addiction. Methadone is a non-toxic medication that works within an individual’s central nervous system to lessen opioid withdrawal symptoms, while also decreasing cravings for additional opioid use.

Studies indicate that when methadone is used under the supervision of trained healthcare professional, it carries no significant short or long-term risks to the user’s health. Studies show that patients that do experience side effects only experience them temporarily during the induction phase of treatment, at which time the patient is likely becoming accustomed to this medication physically.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, methadone is safe to prescribe to pregnant women who are addicted to opioids.  Additionally, taking methadone when engaged in addiction treatment while pregnant does not cause any harm to the baby or mother.

As is the case with most medications, methadone can be unsafe if taken outside of the prescribed directions. Overdose on methadone is a possibility for individuals who abuse it for purposes other than what it is prescribed for. One-third of all prescription medication deaths are due to methadone overdose. However, it is important to note that these deaths are linked to illegally abusing methadone and are not linked to taking this medication within a medication assisted treatment program.

In sum, methadone is extremely safe and effective when used under the supervision of healthcare professionals within a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment that includes the use of methadone to combat opioid addiction is the most effective form of treatment currently available. Decades of clinical studies and data verify the safety and effectiveness of methadone within a medication assisted treatment program to fight opioid addiction.

Below are examples of the positive effects that are known to occur for those who are prescribed methadone within a medication assisted treatment program:

  • Decrease in drug use
  • Lowered risk of overdose
  • Decreased chances of developing HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B
  • Increased average life expectancy
  • Decreased likelihood for taking part in illegal activities
  • Improved family relationships
  • Improved potential for employment
  • Decreased health risks for pregnant women and their babies when working on recovery from opioids
The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is just one component of a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program. While methadone works on the physical aspect of addiction by lowering drug cravings and the pains associated with withdrawal, patients must also address the emotional components of addiction. Methadone gives patients the clear minds required to focus on treatment and utilize therapy sessions to address the underlying causes of their addiction.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Although methadone has proven to be a safe and effective route for many patients to take, it is also important to realize that no medication is a “cure all” for addiction. Since recovery requires commitment, time, and effort, patients must be willing to partner with the physicians, nurses, and counselors within a treatment program in order to achieve the building blocks necessary to achieve sobriety.

By following the suggestions and advice of our dedicated medical team, as well as playing an active role within your own treatment, you can increase your chances of long-term recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: In order to provide support and care to someone you love who is struggling with an addiction, you must first provide care for yourself. Although you may physically not be the one addicted to opioids, addiction affects you as well. By learning more about the disease of addiction and understanding the boundaries of treatment, you will be able learn what your loved one requires from you throughout the course of his or her treatment. Attending family support groups, as well as counseling, will provide you with support and encouragement from others who truly understand the impact that addiction can have on a relationship. Remember, before you are able to provide care for someone you love, you must take care of yourself.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following are potential side effects that have been reported by those who have been prescribed methadone:

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

Please contact a Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Center today to learn if methadone is the right fit for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Adults who meet certain financial and residential criteria may be eligible to receive free treatment at Pinehurst CTC through June 30, 2021.

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