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

Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved methadone for use within the treatment of addiction to opioids. When taken, methadone provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts associated with withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Because methadone will not cause patients to experience disruptions in their cognitive functioning, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to play productive roles in daily activities such as work and school.

By consulting with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine if methadone is the appropriate medication based upon your unique treatment requirements. There are multiple medications available for patients to utilize within treatment at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, which is why finding the appropriate fit is imperative to the safety of each patient.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Because methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk of abuse and dependency that comes along with its use. However, when methadone is taken as prescribed within a licensed medication-assisted treatment program, the risk for addiction is extremely low. The medical professionals at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center work closely alongside patients to monitor the administration of all prescriptions in order to minimize the chances of abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause an individual to test positive if he or she is required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment, as a specific test is required in order to indicate the presence of methadone with a person’s system. Patients should be made aware, however, that the use of opioids and other substances would be detected during a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient utilizes methadone will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment needs and goals. Methadone use is approved safe for both short and long-term use, which allows individuals to remain on this medication as long as deemed necessary by their treatment providers. By working closely with their treatment team, patients will be able to determine the length of time that methadone will benefit them for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since the use of methadone can negatively interact with other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications, it is extremely important that patients notify their physician of the use of other substances prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using alcohol, opioids, and/or other illegal substances due to the extremely 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 is approved safe for long-term use, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. Patients should closely work with their treatment team in order to safely taper off of their medication should they no longer wish to remain on methadone. The symptoms of withdrawal can take place should the use of methadone suddenly cease. Once methadone is no longer within a patient’s system, he or she can then work with their treatment provider in order to transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free. By working closely with the treatment team at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, patients are given the opportunity to develop a plan of treatment that meets their unique goals and treatment requirements.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center is tailored based upon the unique requirements of each individual patient who walks through our doors. Because the services utilized can differ between patients, so can the final cost of care.

To learn more about the treatment options available through Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center as well as the cost of care based upon your treatment needs, please contact our intake team today. We are here to help you take the first steps towards lasting recovery.