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 Suboxone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving North Carolina, our Suboxone 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 Suboxone Treatment Works

Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone is a safe and effective medication when used within a medication assisted treatment program.

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that works with the brain’s opiate receptors to reduce the intense cravings and painful symptoms that accompany withdrawal. Buprenorphine utilizes the same brain receptors as opioids without creating the euphoric high that accompanies opioid abuse.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that works by offsetting the unwanted effects that opioids have on the body. When a patient is given Suboxone, they avoid the painful symptoms that take place during opioid withdrawal, while also experiencing less intense cravings for additional opioids.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment

Research has confirmed that Suboxone is an effective and safe way to treat an addiction to opioids. Since Suboxone does not produce the euphoric high that is associated with opioid use, patients are able to focus on treatment without experiencing the painful symptoms of withdrawal or the all-consuming cravings for additional opioids. If a patient attempts to abuse Suboxone by overdosing, they will not achieve a euphoric high as they normally would by abusing opioids, such as OxyContin or heroin.

Studies confirm that when Suboxone is used within a comprehensive treatment plan, patients are able to achieve the mental clarity required to fully focus on their recovery. By working with your treatment provider, you can determine if Suboxone is the correct route for you to take.

The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment & Counseling

Overcoming an addiction to opioids can be an overwhelming task. Once addicted to an opioid, individuals will experience withdrawal symptoms if the opioid use suddenly ceases. Because of this, many individuals will continue using opioids to avoid having to go through the uncomfortable process of withdrawal. By utilizing Suboxone, however, patients can avoid experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings for additional opioids. Recovery is achievable once Suboxone is incorporated into their treatment regime.

Although Suboxone can help patients overcome their addiction to opioids, the emotional component of addiction must also be addressed in order to maximize the chances for long-term recovery. By implementing group and individual counseling into a treatment plan, patients are able to gain the skills necessary to achieve sobriety. Individual therapy provides patients with the opportunity to discuss their struggles, progress, and treatment in a one-on-one setting with a dedicated counselor. This provides the opportunity for patients’ progress to be individually tracked and monitored to ensure that steps forward are being made. Group therapy allows individuals to come together in a counselor-led session with other patients who are also struggling with addiction. Patients gain support and encouragement from others who truly understand the struggles associated with opioid addiction. Group therapy also affords patients with a safe environment in which to openly communicate any questions or concerns that they may have.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Since addiction touches all who are within its reach, it is important to seek help for yourself if someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids. If someone you love is taking part in a medication assisted treatment program, the following are important tips to keep in mind as they progress in their treatment:

  • Learn about medication assisted treatment as a whole, as well as Suboxone as a potential medication option. This will provide you with information and understanding of what your loved one may be going through throughout the treatment process.
  • Encourage your loved one to attend any appointments that are scheduled.
  • Show your support by asking how your loved one’s therapy is progressing, how their medication is working, etc.
  • Praise your loved one on all successes.
  • Remind yourself that the road to lasting recovery may not always be a smooth one. Time and patience are required for both yourself and your loved one. Share your optimism with your loved one especially when he or she feels discouraged.
  • Find support for yourself.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Partaking in a medication assisted treatment program is a great first step to take to defeat an addiction to opioids. In order for treatment to be successful, you must play an active role in the entire process. Committing to your recovery is imperative for successful long-term sobriety. Below are some things to keep in mind during treatment:

  • Obey all instructions given by your treatment provider, while also adhering to any suggestions they may have regarding treatment.
  • Remain consistent in showing up for appointments to receive the Suboxone.
  • Follow any guidelines provided, such as avoiding alcohol and other drugs while on Suboxone.
  • Actively play a role in group therapy sessions.
  • Pledge to openly and honestly communicate with your counselor during individual therapy sessions. You are not being judged or criticized and your counselor is there to help you. Dishonesty will only hinder your progress.
  • Openly communicate any questions or concerns that may take place while on Suboxone. By discussing your treatment openly, your healthcare provider will be able to monitor your progress, as well as make any adjustments to your dosage.
  • Do not consume any type of opioid while on Suboxone.
Side Effects

The Side Effects of Suboxone

As is true when taking any form of medication, side effects can possibly arise when taking Suboxone. Suboxone has several known side effects, which can include:

  • Numb mouth
  • Generalized pain
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sleeplessness
  • Blurred vision
  • Low blood pressure
  • Painful tongue
  • Weakness
  • Runny nose
  • Infections
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Coordination problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Back and abdominal pain
  • Attention disturbances
  • Dizziness

Please contact your physician right away to report the presence of any of these side effects. If necessary, alterations to your dosage can be made to ensure your health and safety.

The dedicated and compassionate staff at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Center is here to provide individualized treatment to every patient that comes through our doors. We welcome the opportunity to openly discuss our treatment methods as well as to answer any questions that you may have regarding the use of Suboxone. 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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