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 Maine 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 Maine.

  • 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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Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication that is commonly prescribed to individuals who are battling addictions to opioids. When taken as prescribed and under the guidance of a trained professional, the use of Methadone is safe. Methadone provides relief from the physical discomforts that occur once use of opioids has ceased. Methadone also keeps cravings for continued opioid use at bay, which provides patients with the opportunity to achieve the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully focus on the remainder of their recovery.

There are multiple medications available for patients who take part in the treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine. Because of this, patients are advised to work closely with our team of addiction treatment experts to determine the appropriate fit based upon their unique treatment needs and goals.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since Methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for addiction that accompanies its use. However, when this medication is taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained professional, the risk for addiction is extremely low. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine ensure that patients are closely monitored to further decrease the risk of Methadone abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Methadone will not test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. However, should a patient abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, he or she will then test positive.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that a patient remains on Methadone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment needs. Although the use of Methadone is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. By working closely with our treatment team, patients will be able to determine the length of time that Methadone will be beneficial for.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Methadone can negatively interact with other substances, patients who are prescribed this medication should avoid taking other prescriptions, substances, and/or over-the-counter medications until they are able to confirm their safety with their treatment provider. Patients should inform their physician of any other medications or substances that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of Methadone into their treatment plan. The use of opioids, alcohol, and other illegal substances should not occur while taking methadone due to the extremely dangerous interactions that can take place.

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

Patients who no longer wish to remain on Methadone should closely work with their treatment provider in order to safely taper off of this medication. Many patients experience painful withdrawal symptoms when use of Methadone abruptly ceases. Once Methadone is no longer in a patient’s system, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain substance-free without the aid of a prescription.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine is highly individualized to meet the unique goals of each individual patient. Because of this, cost of care can vary patient-to-patient. To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your individual treatment requirements, please reach out to Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine today. We are here to assist you in taking the first steps towards a life free from the dangers of addiction.