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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Madison 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 Madison 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 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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Madison Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Madison, Wisconsin, 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

In comparison to all other medications prescribed for the treatment of addiction, methadone has been the most studied and monitored amongst patients. Methadone has been utilized within opiate recovery programs since the 1960s and has over five decades of clinical research to verify its safety and effectiveness. Methadone is given in the form of a daily dissolvable tablet or liquid solution that works in collaboration with a patient’s central nervous system to lower the symptoms of withdrawal while also diminishing the cravings for additional opioid use.

Numerous studies have indicated that there are no short or long-term health risks when methadone is taken as directed under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional due to its non-toxic status. Experts have also noted that the side effects of methadone are typically temporary and usually only take place during the induction phase of treatment when the patient’s dosages are being adjusted by his or her provider in order to determine the ideal dosing level.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, methadone is a safe option for pregnant women who are battling an addiction to opioids, as methadone treatment during pregnancy does not cause any health risks to either the mother or the child.

As is the case with most medications, there are risks involved if methadone is taken in a manner other than that which is prescribed. Overdosing on methadone is a real risk for individuals who consume it for reasons other than its intended use. One-third of all prescription medication fatalities that take place every year are due to methadone overdose. It is important, however, to note that these deaths took place when methadone was taken in an illegal manner and not as part of a medication assisted treatment program. When taken under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone is extremely safe.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Decades of studies have verified the safety and effectiveness of methadone when used in treating opioid addiction. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment that utilizes methadone is the most effective form of care for treating opioid addiction currently available.

The CDC has also documented that multiple studies have confirmed the following successes directly linked with the use of methadone within a medication assisted treatment program:

  • A reduction or complete discontinuation of drug use
  • A reduction in the risk of overdose
  • A reduction in the risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS
  • Drastically increasing life expectancy (the average rate of death amongst those addicted to opiates who take part in a methadone treatment program is 30% less than those who do not receive treatment)
  • A lower chance of taking part in illegal actives
  • An improvement in family stability and career potential
  • Increased outcomes for both pregnant women and their children

When taken as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is an extremely safe and effective option for individuals who are struggling with an opioid addiction.

The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling

Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

While methadone tackles the physical symptoms associated with withdrawal, as well as lowering the cravings for additional opioid use, it is imperative that patients also receive treatment for the emotional components of addiction as well. By incorporating therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy into treatment, patients will be provided with the tools necessary to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. Individual therapy provides patients the opportunity to meet with a counselor in a one-on-one setting, while group therapy brings together patients to provide a sense of community and support in a counselor-led setting.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Although methadone is an extremely safe and effective method in treating opioid addiction, it is important that patients understand that it is a not a singular cure. In order to achieve and maintain sobriety long-term, patients must put forth the time, effort, and dedication necessary to truly make the most out of their treatment. Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers employ a team of highly qualified physicians, nurses, and counselors who provide patients with the highest level of care throughout the entire treatment process. By following their advice and playing an active role in one’s own treatment, patients are given the opportunity to drastically increase the likelihood that they will be able to successfully progress toward recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: In order to provide your loved one who is struggling with an opioid addiction the care required to progress through treatment, you must first provide yourself with care and support. Addiction affects everyone involved, including those who are not physically using the substance. By educating yourself about the disease of addiction while also understanding the limitations of treatment, you will be able to gain a better understanding of what is required of you throughout the treatment process. Attending both support groups and family counseling sessions are extremely helpful tools to obtain more information and support so that you can properly encourage and care for your loved one as he or she progresses in his or her recovery.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following are potential side effects often associated with methadone use:

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

For more information regarding the use of methadone within a comprehensive treatment program, please contact the dedicated intake team at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.