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 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Approved decades ago by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependency, this medication safely eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Methadone provides patients with the mental clarity that allows them to participate in daily life while also playing an active and productive role in their recovery.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Methadone can be addictive, especially when misused. However, at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island we closely monitor all patients to ensure that they are taking their prescribed methadone as directed. When methadone is taken as prescribed under the close supervision of trained medical professionals, the risk for addiction to methadone is minimized.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should a drug screen be required while in treatment, the use of methadone will not cause patients to test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system. Patients who abuse opioids or other substances while in treatment will test positive on a standard drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that a patient remains on methadone will be dependent upon their unique treatment needs. The use of this medication is clinically proven safe for long-term use which allows individuals to remain on methadone as long as necessary. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients are able to determine the appropriate length of time for them to continue to take prescribed methadone.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of methadone can negatively interact with other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and substances. Due to this, patients should first discuss the use of other substances with their physician prior to incorporating the use of methadone into their treatment plan. Of course, alcohol, opioids, and other recreational substances should be avoided while taking methadone.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on methadone should work closely with their treatment team to slowly wean off of their medication. Individuals who attempt to abruptly cease use of methadone often experience painful symptoms of withdrawal. Once methadone is no longer in their system, patients are able to either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

Treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. Due to this, the final cost of care may vary among patients. To learn more about the treatment options available as well the cost of care based upon your unique requirements, please contact a member of Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island’ intake team today. We are here to provide you with the education, support, and tools that are necessary in order to achieve and maintain and opioid-free lifestyle.