Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 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

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Over 4.2 million Americans have admitted to having tried heroin at least once during their lifetime. Researchers are also noting that the use of this drug has greatly increased in recent years. Experts estimate that almost 25% of individuals who try the drug become addicted. The addiction to this powerfully hazardous opioid is extremely difficult to overcome on your own.

Benefits of Heroin Detox

Benefits of Receiving Heroin Detox Prior to Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment

In addition to the countless multitude of health problems that are caused by the use of heroin, those who use the drug through intravenous injection are at risk for numerous blood-borne diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. On top of the many health problems that are caused by heroin use, there is also danger in the drug’s high rate of abuse, tolerance, and addiction. Tolerance occurs when the individual using the drug needs to increase the dosage in order to achieve the same effect. This increased dosage also increases the risk of overdosing.

The first step in treating heroin addiction is removing all traces of the drug from the body (this is the route taken in most cases of chemical dependency). This first step is referred to as detoxification, more commonly known simply as detox. The body of an individual who has become dependent upon heroin has adapted to the presence of the drug and will negatively respond once the drug is not used as usual. This negative experience is also referred to as withdrawal, which can cause a considerable amount of both physical and psychological pain.

The most common symptoms that are experienced during heroin withdrawal are as follows:

  • Nausea
  • Agitation
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Dilated pupils
  • Powerful drug cravings
  • Diarrhea
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Disrupted sleep patterns, including insomnia
  • Extreme fatigue and weakness

These symptoms can last for weeks and are often compared to a powerful and painful strain of the flu. Once heroin is reintroduced into the bloodstream, these symptoms will disappear, which can result in individuals reverting back to the use of the drug.

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Benefits of Detoxing from Heroin with Medication-Assisted Treatment

Benefits of Receiving Heroin Detox Prior to Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment: The process of heroin detoxification does not need to be long, painful, or dangerous. Seeking treatment at a licensed treatment center can diminish the physical and emotional pain that is often associated with withdrawal. While the words “heroin detox” and “effortless” are rarely found together in the same phrase, going through detoxification while under the care of trained medical professionals increases the safety of the experience and lessens the potential perils.

Just as its name suggests, medication-assisted detoxification includes the use of regulated prescription medications. These carefully adjusted medications clear the body of heroin without producing the physical and emotional pains that would result if actual heroin were to be introduced into the body. Medications that have proven to be effective include methadone, Suboxone (which is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine), Vivitrol, and Subutex. When methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex) are used during detox, the onset of symptoms that typically occur with withdrawal are avoided. Powerful cravings for the drug are avoided since methadone and buprenorphine interact with the same brain receptors that become triggered when heroin is used. However, the euphoric high that is produced by heroin is absent in methadone and buprenorphine. Because these receptors become activated, withdrawal does not occur and the patient does not become cognitively impaired. Since mental capacity is not affected, individuals on methadone or buprenorphine can go about daily life in a normal fashion, including driving, attending work and school, as well as participating in therapy. Many patients decide to go through detox with methadone or buprenorphine and wean themselves off of these medications while other patients choose the route of moving from detox to long-term medication-assisted maintenance.

Benefits of Detoxing from Heroin with Medication-Assisted Treatment: Individuals who attempt to go through heroin withdrawal on their own often experience irritation and discomfort. Without working with a qualified professional, many heroin users fail in these unaccompanied detox endeavors. Many individuals who attempt to get themselves clean find that the pain (both physical and psychological) of withdrawal drives them back into using heroin. The subsequent irritation and sense of letdown can cause depression and low self-esteem. These emotions can increase the likelihood of resorting back to heroin use or the use of other illicit substances. Finding the path back to recovery becomes much more problematic once the use of heroin increases.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, specialists in every aspect of medication-assisted treatment are readily available to ensure that the entire process is tailored to meet the individualized needs of each patient. From initial detox through long-term maintenance, our medical personnel guarantee that all patients receive safe, suitable, and effective medications. Counselors and additional specialists assist patients to not only address, but to recognize the underlying circumstances that may have added to or have been caused by their heroin use. This customized process increases the likelihood of success for each patient. Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides not only the medication and knowledge required for detox but also the tools required for a successful long-term recovery.