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 Western Washington 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 Western Washington 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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Western Washington Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Washington, 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 agonist-antagonist that is prescribed to individuals addicted to opioids. With buprenorphine hydrochloride as its active component, Subutex is given daily via dissolvable tablet that is absorbed into the body. Subutex is used within medication assisted treatment programs to prevent the painful symptoms that take place during withdrawal. Symptoms often take place when opioids, such as prescription pain medications, heroin, and morphine, are no longer in a person’s system. Subutex also lowers any cravings that may take place, which allows patients to focus on their recovery without any painful physical side effects.

Subutex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 as a treatment option for opioid dependence. Research has proven that no vital organ damage occurs when Subutex is taken. Additionally, when a patient is prescribed Subutex, he or she will not experience any disruptions in his or her daily life from both a physical and cognitive perspective. This too allows patients to focus on their recovery and other obligations.

As is the case with all medications, side effects can occur while using Subutex. Although taking Subutex is safe under the guidance of a trained medical professional, individuals considering moving forward with this type of treatment should openly discuss any potential side effects with their physician.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Studies have shown that Subutex is an extremely safe and effective route to take for individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids. Individuals who have Subutex incorporated into their medication assisted treatment plans have reported a decrease in cravings for heroin, prescription pain medications, and morphine. Several patients who have used Subutex reported that they did not experience the withdrawal symptoms commonly associated with ending opioid use.

Patients experience extremely positive outcomes when Subutex is used within a medication assisted treatment plan. This usage allows patients to focus on their recovery without having to deal with the painful symptoms associated with withdrawal.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Treatment that utilizes Subutex often involves three phases of treatment. When Subutex is prescribed, patients will most likely experience the following phases:

Induction: This phase takes place shortly after the use of opioids has ceased. This is when Subutex is first introduced into the system and patients are typically in the beginning phases of withdrawal.

Stabilization: During this phase of treatment, patients are no longer dealing with cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. During stabilization, the dosage of Subutex can be altered pending the needs of the individual patient.

Maintenance: The maintenance stage of Subutex treatment is when the individual can talk about tapering off of Subutex or changing over to another medication assisted treatment option if a change is desired.

During these phases, it is extremely beneficial for a patient to receive counseling services. Group and individual therapy sessions can aid an individual in processing his or her feelings during treatment, understanding what is required to stay on the path towards recovery, openly communicate victories and setbacks, and receive support and encouragement from others who understand the struggles of addiction. Research has proven that individuals who have received therapeutic interventions during their time in a medication assisted treatment program are less likely to relapse and begin abusing opioids again.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: The loved ones of an individual receiving medication assisted treatment can provide unwavering support to their loved one during treatment. If you are the loved one of an individual receiving treatment, it is also important for you to obtain support for yourself as well. Addiction can affect an entire family, not just the individual who is physically using the substance. By playing an active role in the care of someone you love who is addicted to opioids, you are able to gain a personal understanding of addiction, as well as how to strengthen your relationship with your loved one.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: If you or someone you love is thinking about a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes Subutex, there are several things that you can do to greatly gain from the process:

  • Follow the treatment recommendation put in place by your provider regarding taking Subutex.
  • Attend and actively take part in both scheduled group and individual therapy sessions.
  • Openly discuss any concerns that may arise while using Subutex. If an issue arises during treatment, your healthcare provider can possibly adjust the dosage and type of medication you are taking.
  • Do not use opioids while using Subutex.
  • Communicate with your treatment provider if any additional issues arise during the course of treatment. The professional team at Western Washington Comprehensive Treatment Center can help you receive additional support or treatment if it is needed.
Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

Prior to taking Subutex, it is important to openly discuss the medication and its potential side effects with your physician. By openly communicating any allergies or health conditions that could cause adverse responses, as well as any additional drug interactions that may take place, you are able to gain a better understanding of how to safely take Subutex. The following are potential side effects that could take place while on Subutex or when a patient’s dosage is increased:

Most common side effects:

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

Fairly common side effects:

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

Less common side effects:

  • Fever
  • Abscesses
  • Upset stomach
  • Accidental injury

Our dedicated and compassionate team is here to discuss the treatment options available, as well as to answer any questions that you may have regarding the use of Subutex. We look forward to speaking with you.