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

Opioid Withdrawal

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Opioids are extremely addictive substances that are frequently obtained as a prescribed medication for the purpose of managing and treating pain. Organically, opioids are a derivative of the opium poppy plant.

Understanding Opioid Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Opioids

The most common prescription opioids are OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Percodan, and Avinza. Opium, morphine, codeine, and thebaine fall into a smaller category of opiates, which means that they are directly produced from the opium poppy.

Under medical supervision, opioids are intended to be used for analgesic (painkilling) purposes by blocking pain. Pain is blocked by interacting with specific receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. By using opioids, the portion of the brain that controls emotions and automatic functions (breathing, for example) is affected. The transmission of pain signals to the brain is also impacted. Due to the extreme euphoric high that is generated with their use, opioids are often abused and taken recreationally. Dependence can result when a person abuses opioids and that can trigger intense cravings as well as strong physical and psychological side effects.

In both a medical and recreational setting, individuals taking opioids are at an increased risk for developing a tolerance to them. In other words, the individual will need to consume increasingly larger doses to experience the same euphoric high or painkilling effect. Due to the fact that opioids can create an intense euphoric feeling, can slow the user’s breathing and pulse, abruptly stopping opioid use can have an extremely dangerous effect on the body that can lead to both psychological and physical distress.

When an opioid is consumed, the intense euphoric feeling is caused by dopamine rushing throughout the body. Dopamine is the hormone that is commonly associated with pleasure. Issues arise when the body becomes accustomed to these intense feelings and the individual finds it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to experience happiness without consuming more of the opioid. Experiencing an average level of euphoria without the assistance of opioids becomes impossible since the neurotransmitters that convey dopamine have become overstimulated. Ceasing use of opioids does not return these individuals to their baseline emotional states. Abrupt use can, instead, plummet users into a more difficult state both physically and psychologically.

The emotional and psychological side effects of opioid withdrawal can range from a disruption of daily life to incapacitation. The physical side effects of withdrawal from opioids are the direct result of the body becoming accustomed to the presence of the substance and then quickly reacting to their absence. Tolerance and dependence for the opioid will increase the longer it is consumed. However, it is not uncommon for an individual to become dependent within five days of beginning to abuse these substances.

Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Opioids

The following are among the more common symptoms of opioid withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Hot flashes
  • Cold sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Pupil dilation
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Severe cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Dangers of Opioid Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Opioid Withdrawal

Due to painful withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks, individuals often return back to opioid abuse. This return then opens the door to a multitude of physical and psychological issues. Individuals who abuse opioids have an increased risk of developing liver damage, kidney problems, seizures, cardiac arrest, coma, and respiratory distress. Recurrent diarrhea and vomiting are common side effects, which can cause malnutrition and dehydration as the body is depleted of nutrients. Other side effects include weakness, dizziness, and various cognitive distortions (which can cause additional potential accidents when individuals trip and fall). Because the physical and emotional pains are often overwhelmingly difficult for individuals to handle, many users attempt to self-medicate with non-opioids (alcohol, for example), which is equally as dangerous. Opioid abuse can also result in death if left untreated.

Due to the dangerous nature of withdrawal, the ideal way to rid an individual of opioids is under the supervised watch of a trained medical professional at a licensed center.