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 Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers 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 Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • 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

Maryland Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Maryland, our Subutex 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 Subutex Treatment Works

Subutex is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist that helps individuals get sober from an opioid addiction. With the primary ingredient being buprenorphine hydrochloride, Subutex is given once daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet. This medication is used in medication assisted treatment programs, as it is able to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings that often accompany addictions to opioids like morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. Since Subutex can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, it assists patients in being able to focus on their recovery without these distractions.

First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Subutex has been viewed as safe in treating opioid addiction. Extensive research has determined that taking Subutex in a medication assisted treatment program is dramatically safer than continuing on with an opioid addiction, as Subutex does not cause organ damage or additional dangerous side effects. In addition, someone who is taking Subutex will not experience any psychological disorientation as they would with other opioids, allowing them to continue to live their daily lives successfully. When taking Subutex within a medication assisted treatment program, individuals can be alleviated from the painful effects of opioid withdrawal and truly focus on the recovery process in ways that help them restore happy, healthy lives.

It is imperative to understand that, like other medications, Subutex can cause side effects to occur. Deemed safe to be taken under the watchful eye of a medical professional, anyone considering taking Subutex should talk through any and all side effects with their physician to not only be educated on what they are taking, but to also relieve themselves of any concerns they might have.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Numerous studies have proven that Subutex is effective in treating opioid addiction. Individuals that have utilized Subutex in their recovery reported experiencing lessened cravings to use opioids like morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. In addition, these same individuals stated that the painful withdrawal symptoms that accompany suddenly stopping opioid abuse were relieved while taking Subutex.

Typically, when Subutex is utilized in an individual’s overall treatment program, the outcomes are successful and encourage patients to continue the healing process.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Treatment for substance abuse that includes Subutex will generally include three separate treatment phases. Some of these phases incorporate therapeutic elements that help move the process of recovery along. Those taking Subutex will likely experience the following phases:

Induction: This is the first phase of treatment, and occurs when a patient is first given Subutex after stopping opioid abuse. At this point, patients are usually experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Stabilization: Patients are likely no longer experiencing withdrawal or the cravings that come with it during the stabilization phase. At this time, the dosage of Subutex can be adjusted if needed.

Maintenance: Upon reaching the maintenance phase, patients are stable and can begin talking about either tapering off Subutex or changing over to a different medication.

Throughout these phases, it is incredibly beneficial that patients simultaneously obtain counseling. Both individual and group therapy can help a patient start to process his or her emotions during each phase, develop coping skills that keep them in recovery, share successes and setbacks, and obtain support from professionals and peers. Studies have shown that patients who receive counseling during medication assisted treatment are more likely to stay sober and avoid relapse.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Loved ones of an individual who is taking Subutex in a medication assisted treatment program can be extremely beneficial to him or her just through offering support. If you have a loved one in medication assisted treatment, it is always a good idea to obtain support for yourself, as your loved one’s addiction has likely impacted you, too. If at all possible, you should do everything you can to remain active in your loved one’s recovery so that you can begin to understand what he or she is going through, as well as work on improving your relationship.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: There are a number of ways that you can be successful in a medication assisted treatment program where you are taking Subutex, consider the following:

  • Follow any and all treatment guidelines given to you by your provider.
  • Show up and actively participate in individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Discuss any concerns you have about Subutex so that if a problem occurs, your physician can potentially adjust the dosage of your medication.
  • Do not use other opioids while on Subutex.
  • Talk with your physician should you have any concerns about Subutex during your treatment so that he or she can provide you with additional resources you might need.
Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

Prior to taking any medication, including Subutex, it is important to discuss all aspects of the drug with a professional, including possible side effects. It is also imperative to discuss any food reactions, health conditions, or other possible drug interactions (including over-the-counter) that could occur while taking Subutex. In addition, individuals should also be aware of any and all side effects prior to use, which can occur more frequently when their dosages are increased:

Most common side effects:

  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Back pain
  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

Fairly common side effects:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Runny eyes
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting

Less common side effects:

  • Abscesses
  • Upset stomach
  • Fever
  • Accidental injury

At Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are open to talking about our methods of treatment and answer any and all questions you might have when it comes to Subutex. Please contact us today.