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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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a prescription medication that is prescribed to individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids. Research has shown that methadone is safe and effective for patients to take if they are battling an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers. Methadone aids in lowering opioid cravings, while also decreasing the symptoms that can take place during withdrawal.

If you or someone you love would benefit from a medication assisted treatment program that uses prescription medications to aid in recovery, please contact Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers today to discuss our treatment options and the possibility of incorporating methadone into your treatment regimen. Since there are other medication options available within our medication assisted treatment program, it is important to discuss all options with one of our qualified healthcare providers so that we can provide you with the appropriate course of treatment to meet your needs.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance there is a risk for both abuse and dependency. When working with the medical professionals within a medication assisted treatment program, however, patients are given specific dosages to avoid the risk for abuse. Medication assisted treatment programs also require patients to receive their methadone at the specific center where their treatment is being provided. When the dosages and frequency of doses are under medical control, the risk of patients becoming addicted is minimized.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not create a positive result on a drug screen. If a patient is using opioids or other substances when a drug screen is required, however, a positive result will be detected. A specific type of test is required in order to detect methadone within the system.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient uses methadone varies depending on the specific needs of each individual. While some patients only take methadone for a short time, other patients will continue using methadone for a longer period of time.

If you or someone you love is considering the use of methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, please speak with one of our medical professionals to discuss the potential length of time that methadone will be used for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since adverse effects can take place from the interaction of methadone and other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss the use of other medications with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their medication assisted treatment program. Patients must also realize that the use of other drugs, alcohol, or opioids is not recommended when methadone is being used due to the serious health consequences that can take place.

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

Since withdrawal symptoms can take place should a patient abruptly cease the use of methadone, it is important to work with a treatment provider to safely wean off of methadone to avoid any withdrawal symptoms. While some patients take methadone long term, other patients only utilize it for a short period of time. The length of use varies from patient to patient depending on their specific requirements. If a patient wishes to change medications during their time in a medication assisted treatment program, they can discuss various treatment options with their treatment provider in order to ensure the best fit is achieved to accomplish long-term recovery.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with individualized treatment plans to meet their specific requirements, the cost of treatment will vary patient to patient. The specific medication used, the other services utilized within treatment, and the payment method used can all cause the cost of treatment to vary.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the services provided at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our intake experts to learn more about our services, as well as the cost of treatment. We look forward to speaking with 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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