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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center 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 North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center.

  • 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 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.

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of methadone will not cause any detrimental health risks to patients. The use of this medication also provides individuals with relief from the physical discomforts that take place during the process of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for additional opioid use.

Individuals who are interested in incorporating methadone into their treatment plan should first discuss its use with their treatment provider. There are multiple medications that can be prescribed for treatment at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, which is why finding the appropriate fit based upon a patient’s unique goals and treatment requirements is imperative to achieve recovery success.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Because methadone is a controlled substance, there is risk for abuse and dependency when it is taken outside of its prescribed guidelines. However, when taken as directed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program under the close supervision of a medical professional, the use of methadone is extremely safe and the risk for abuse is minimal. The staff at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center ensures the safety of each patient by closely monitoring the administration of all medications.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are prescribed methadone and are required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment will not test positive as a specific test is required to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. However, a drug screen will detect the presence of opioids and other substances should a patient attempt to abuse them while in treatment.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment requirements. While methadone is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on it long-term. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time that methadone will benefit you for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since the use of methadone can cause negative drug interactions with other mediations, substances, and prescriptions, it is extremely important for patients to openly discuss the use of other substances with their treatment team prior to incorporating methadone into their plan of treatment. It is also important for patients to refrain from the use of opioids, alcohol, and other illegal substances during the course of treatment due to the dangerous interactions that can take place.

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

While the use of methadone has been clinically proven safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. Because symptoms of withdrawal can occur should the use of methadone suddenly cease, it is important for patients to follow their treatment provider’s guidelines to safely taper off of their medication to avoid experiencing these symptoms. Once a patient’s system is completely free of methadone, he or she may then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assistance of a prescription medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center is personalized to meet the unique needs of each of our patients. The medication that is prescribed, the additional treatment services that are utilized, and the method of payment that is used can all cause the final cost of care to vary between individual patients. To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your individual treatment needs, please contact the intake team at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center today. We are here to assist you in breaking free from the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction.