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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Rhode Island CTC Cluster 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Rhode Island CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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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Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with a dependency on opioids. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, Subutex is a safe treatment option when taken as directed and within a licensed treatment center. The use of Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts that are often experienced during the process of withdrawal while simultaneously eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Rhode Island Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides patients with multiple options for medications that can be prescribed within treatment. Because of this, it is extremely important that patients work closely with their treatment providers in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Subutex, which possesses addictive properties. Because of this, there is an increased risk for addiction when taking this medication. However, when patients take Subutex as prescribed and under the close supervision of an addiction treatment expert, the risk of abuse and addiction is extremely low. The staff at Rhode Island Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitors the administration of all medication to ensure the safety of our patients throughout the course of treatment.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Should a patient be required to complete a drug screen while taking Subutex, he or she will not produce a positive result as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, patients should be aware that the use of opioids and other substances may result in a positive test result.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient remains on Subutex for will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment requirements. While some individuals will only utilize this medication for a short period of time, others may remain on it long-term. Patients are urged to work closely with their treatment providers in order to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will benefit them for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

As the use of Subutex can cause dangerous interactions when taken with other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications, patients should first discuss its use with their treatment providers. Individuals who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using alcohol and/or recreational drugs during the course of treatment due to the adverse effects that can take place when combined with Subutex.

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

If a patient no longer wishes to remain on Subutex, he or she should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely wean off of their medication. Patients who suddenly cease use of Subutex are at an increased risk for experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Once Subutex is out of an individual’s system, he or she may then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assistance of medications.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Rhode Island Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with a highly customizable treatment experience. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary based upon the treatment that is provided to each of our patients. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your individual treatment needs, please contact a member of our intake team today. We look forward to assisting you as you take the first steps toward a future without addiction.