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 Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is used in medication-assisted treatment programs in order to provide relief to individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids. Use of this medication, which is composed of naloxone and buprenorphine, provides relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Suboxone also provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to play a productive role in daily life, including driving, working, and attending school without impairment. When taken as directed, Suboxone is an extremely safe treatment option for those who are struggling with a dependency to opioids.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

As is the case with many prescription medications, it is possible to abuse and become addicted to Suboxone. However, when Suboxone is taken as prescribed under the close supervision of a trained addiction treatment professional, the risk for addiction is minimized.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

The use of Suboxone will not show up on a standard drug screen, as these tests are not typically designed to detect buprenorphine within the system. Also, Suboxone is a legal medication as long as it is taken as prescribed by an addiction treatment expert at a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that you may need to remain on Suboxone will be determined by you and the members of your treatment team. Although Suboxone is clinically proven to be safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on it indefinitely.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Use of Suboxone can cause dangerous reactions when taken with other substances and medications. Because of this, patients should notify their treatment provider of any substances, prescription, and/or over-the-counter medications that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment program.

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

Patients who would like to stop using Suboxone should work closely with their treatment provider in order to gradually taper off their medication. Suddenly ceasing use of Suboxone can cause individuals to experience painful withdrawal symptoms and side effects. Once all traces of Suboxone are out of the system, patients can then either remain opioid-free without the assistance of medication or transition onto a different medication for the remainder of the treatment. These decisions, however, should be made in collaboration with the member of your treatment team.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Because treatment at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island is customized to meet the individual requirements of each patient, the cost of care will fluctuate from patient-to-patient. To learn more about cost of care based upon your individual treatment goals, please contact a member of our intake team today.