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 Central Virginia 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 Central Virginia 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 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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Understanding Heroin Abuse

Understanding Heroin Abuse Recovery

Heroin addiction is, by far, one of the most dangerous and damaging addictions within our society. Heroin is a drug that is derived from morphine, another powerful and addictive pain-relieving medication. Heroin works by interacting with an individual’s nervous system in ways that cause feelings of physical and emotional pain to be numbed. When heroin is present in the system, an individual is likely to feel swings of euphoria and a strong sense of wellbeing. As heroin is ingested, it goes directly from the blood to the brain, creating a high that is beyond appealing to users, not only because of these effects, but also because it creates a sense of relaxation and detachment. In fact, the high is so great that it is usually what keeps users coming back for more. However, once this high wears off, coming down will cause withdrawal symptoms to begin, which can be both uncomfortable and life-threatening.

In addition to chasing after a desired high, heroin users will continue to use just to avoid the painful withdrawal period that is inevitable. Even if an individual desires to end his or her abuse of heroin, he or she might keep using so that he or she does not experience these effects. Luckily, there are numerous options for treatment for individuals looking to end their heroin addiction once and for all, including medication-assisted treatment.

Medication-assisted treatment is a popular method used to help treat heroin and other opioid addictions. In many cases, this form of care is the first step in treatment. Through the use of medication-assisted treatment, individuals will experience a reduction in their cravings to use, as well as the cessation of their withdrawal symptoms. Medication-assisted therapy is incredibly beneficial to recovering users, as it can help prevent them from suffering serious consequences of use, as well as provide them with the ability to fully focus on their recovery with a clear head.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our expert staff comprised of medical and mental health professionals will work with you to both monitor and execute your treatment plan so that you can get your life back. Here at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, it is our goal to help you in every way we can, so that you can live a happy and healthy life, free from heroin abuse.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Heroin Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is comprised of a solid network of providers who are not only trained in outpatient care, but specifically in medication-assisted treatment for both men and women, 18 years of age or older, who struggle with heroin addiction. This talented and understanding staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is devoted to developing unique, personalized treatment plans that meet each individual’s unique needs. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer a variety of different medication-assisted treatment services, including the following:

Methadone: Research has supported the fact that methadone is both safe and effective in helping to treat opioid addictions, including heroin addiction. Methadone, which works by triggering the same receptors in the brain as opioids do, does not provide the same high that heroin would. As a result, this allows individuals to take methadone, but also continue going to work or school, drive a car, and live a normal, every day life without having cravings or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone: Suboxone, which is a common drug utilized in medication-assisted treatment programs, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the early 2000s. Like methadone, Suboxone works by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms in individuals who are addicted to opioids like heroin. Suboxone is simply the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a craving reliever and decreases withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone prevents overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex shares some similarities with Suboxone, such as reducing heroin cravings and the withdrawal symptoms that come with it. However, there are some major differences between the two, as Subutex only contains buprenorphine. In most medication-assisted treatment programs, individuals will start off taking Subutex, and then switch over to Suboxone for a longer period of time.

Vivitrol: Each one of the medications listed above is administered orally and on an every day basis. Vivitrol, however, only needs to be given once monthly, as it lasts much longer. Generically known as naltrexone hydrochloride, Vivitrol stops cravings and reduces withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction.

Individual therapy: At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that medication-assisted treatment plans are much more effective when combined with therapeutic mental health care. We recognize that therapeutic interventions are necessary in treating the entire addiction. Medications are successful in helping individuals focus on other aspects of their care, including individual therapy that can address all psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. The individual therapy that we offer helps patients interact with a trained counselor, discuss progress and setbacks, and address any issues that might arise during treatment.

Group therapy: Group therapy is not just a great compliment to individual therapy, but it is also beneficial in its own right. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer group therapy sessions that are geared towards developing helpful and supportive relationships with others, as well as effective interpersonal interactions in a supervised setting. Through group therapy participation, individuals who are battling a heroin or other form of addiction can share their stories, obtain and provide encouragement, and continue on in their recovery. All group therapy sessions are led by skilled professionals who maintain a safe, informative, and structured therapeutic environment.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Heroin Abuse

When someone is struggling with a heroin addiction, he or she is bound to run into numerous obstacles that make living a day-to-day life increasingly challenging. If treatment is not executed properly, there can be a handful of long-term consequences that can include death. Those who are addicted to heroin frequently find themselves experiencing work-related issues, financial troubles, and unemployment. In addition, heroin users might also experience strained personal relationships within their family and/or circle of friends. In addition, a user is also at incredible risk for suffering physical side effects like cognitive impairment, vital organ damage, heart attack, stroke, seizures, and diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, that are passed intravenously. Chronic heroin use also often leads to the development or exasperation of existing mental health issues. Unfortunately, the more that heroin is abused, the more likely it is that a user will lose his or her battle permanently.

Overcoming a heroin addiction can seem impossible, especially to those who are feeling trapped by the disease. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our talented and experienced staff of professionals know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that you or a loved one can overcome heroin addiction. Let us help you restore your life back into one filled with happiness and good health.