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 Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island 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 Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island.

  • 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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Proudly serving Rhode Island, 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

Methadone has been used in the treatment of opioid addiction since the 1960s, and decades of extensive research attests to its safety and effectiveness. Methadone provides patients with much-needed relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Methadone is typically used as liquid solution or dissolvable tablet that works with the central nervous system in order to provide relief and mental clarity.

When methadone is taken as prescribed under the close guidance of a trained addiction treatment expert at a licensed treatment facility, it is extremely safe. Methadone’s safety has been confirmed for both short and long-term use. Most side effects that may occur while taking methadone are typically temporary and only take place during the induction phase of treatment when the appropriate dosage level is being determined.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), pregnant women can safely take methadone for the treatment of opioid dependency, as use of this medication will not pose detrimental health risks to either mother or baby.

Individuals who consume methadone for recreational purposes or in any other ways contrary to the guidelines established by the prescribing physician place themselves at risk for dangerous side effects. Recreational methadone use can lead to overdose and death. However, when it is taken as directed, methadone is extremely safe.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that opioid treatment programs that offer methadone are among the most effective programs. The following are among the advantages that methadone provides when it is incorporated into a patient’s treatment program:

  • Eliminating opioid use
  • Lowering the risk of overdose
  • Decreasing the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • Dramatically increasing the average life expectancy
  • Reducing the likelihood of taking part in illegal activity
  • Increased family stability and career potential
  • Improving outcomes for pregnant women and their babies

When taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment program, methadone is a safe and effective option for opioid dependency.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

While use of methadone can be extremely beneficial in treatment of opioid addiction, patients must understand that lasting recovery requires treatment for both the physical and psychological aspects of their addiction. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island provides patients with opportunity to incorporate therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy into their treatment program. These therapy sessions are designed to address and treat the root causes of a patient’s addictive behaviors while providing patients with the groundwork for a substance-free future.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Although the use of methadone can provide patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, lasting recovery requires effort, time, and sincere dedication on behalf of the patient. Patients are able to dramatically increase the chances that lasting recovery will occur when they actively play a role in their treatment. Our team of medical experts is readily available to assist patients throughout the entire treatment process.

How to Support Your Loved One during Medication-Assisted Treatment: Before you are able to provide your loved one with the support that they require for lasting recovery, you must first receive support of your own. Addiction affects each individual that it touches, which is why everyone involved must seek out treatment. Individual therapy, support groups, and family therapy are excellent sources of education, support, and guidance that can productively assist individuals in strengthening their bonds with their loved one as he or she progresses towards recovery.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following side effects have been associated with the use of methadone:

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

To learn more about methadone as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island today. We look forward to answering all of your questions and preparing you for an opioid-free future.