Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Southeastern Pennsylvania 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 Southeastern Pennsylvania 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

Southeastern Pennsvylania Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving southeastern Pennsylvania, 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

There are a variety of different medications used for the treatment of opioid addiction, however none have been more studied than methadone. This medication is administered via a liquid solution or dissolvable tablet, and stimulates the central nervous system in ways that help stop withdrawal symptoms and lessen drug cravings. Having been used in opioid recovery programs since the 1960s, methadone has yielded decades of research that supports its safety and effectiveness.

Several studies have shown that when methadone is consumed as prescribed by a qualified medical professional, it does not cause any short- or long-term risks. Experts who carefully study methadone rave over its non-toxicity and medical safety. In addition, they also champion the fact that the side effects that are associated with methadone are often temporary and generally only occur at the beginning of treatment when a patient and his or her physician are determining the most appropriate dosage.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS), pregnant women who are battling opioid addiction can safely consume methadone. Additionally, the DHSS also stated that the use of methadone during pregnancy does not provide the baby or mother with any detrimental side effects.

However, as with all medications, methadone can be dangerous if abused. The possibility for a methadone overdose is very real, especially for those who abuse this medication recreationally and/or in conjunction with other substances. Currently, about one-third of all prescription medication overdoses each year are caused by methadone abuse. It is important to understand that these methadone-related deaths are a result of abuse, not use that is monitored within a medication assisted treatment program and under the supervision of a professional.

When taken as directed and under the watch of a medical professional who is a part of a medication assisted treatment program, the use of methadone for opioid addiction treatment is safe.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Decades of data on methadone have allowed experts to confidently state that methadone is both safe and incredibly effective in treating opioid addiction. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment that incorporates methadone into a comprehensive plan for opioid addiction is the best form of treatment currently available.

Not only is methadone cost-effective in stopping addiction, but the CDC also states that a number of successes come from this type of medication when it is used in a treatment program These successes include the following:

  • Improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
  • Reduced or total cessation of drug use
  • Improved family stability and possibility for employment
  • Reduced likelihood of contracting hepatitis C, hepatitis B, or HIV/AIDS
  • Lessened chance of participating in illegal activity
  • Increased life expectancy (on average, those who participate in a medication assisted treatment program live 30% longer than those who do not)
  • Reduced risk for overdose

When taken as directed and within the guidelines of a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is effective in treating opioid addiction.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone, while incredibly beneficial, is just one part of a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program. This medication is designed to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, which allows patients to be able to maintain a stable mental state that helps keep them involved in their treatment. In other words, methadone helps keep physical symptoms at bay, while therapeutic resources work to address the underlying emotional causes of the addiction’s development and continuation.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Even though methadone is known for its safety and effectiveness, it is not a miracle drug and cannot fix all of a patient’s issues surrounding addiction. There is no one drug that can provide a patient with lasting sobriety. Instead, accomplishing this goal requires effort, time, and dedication. Once you become a part of a medication assisted treatment program, you will start to establish partnerships with doctors, counselors, and nurses who have experience in treating individuals, such as yourself, and guiding them towards recovery. If you take their advice to heart, adhere to their directions, and remain active in your treatment process, you can dramatically increase your chances of sustaining long-lasting recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Above all else, if you are going to be a solid source of support for a loved one who is obtaining medication assisted treatment, you must care for yourself first. While your loved one has caused obvious damage to his or her life, it is important to recognize that you have suffered as well. Therefore, to provide him or her with the support he or she needs, consult with his or her treatment program so that you can be referred to the appropriate resources for your own support and guidance. Obtain an education on opioid addiction and recovery, learn what your loved one’s limitations and benefits of treatment will be, and find out what he or she will need from you throughout the recovery process and beyond. Attending family therapy, support groups, and individual counseling can be an incredible option for you and other loved ones. Always remember that in order to care for someone else, you must first care for yourself.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are a handful of possible side effects that can result from the use of methadone:

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

To obtain more information about methadone’s side effects and to learn how this medication can help release you or your loved one from the grips of addiction, please reach out to Southeastern Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.