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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Understanding Morphine Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Morphine

When used as a legitimate intervention for pain, morphine can provide individuals with much needed relief. Unfortunately, its highly addictive properties can cause individuals to develop a tolerance to this potent narcotic and this can lead to a substance abuse problem.

Withdrawal symptoms occur if an individual ceases use of morphine without the aid of a medical professional. Through the use of medication-assisted treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individuals can avoid the extremely unpleasant side effects that morphine withdrawal can create.

Symptoms of Morphine Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Morphine

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the dosage and the length of time that morphine was taken for. If, for example, an individual was a long-term user of morphine, withdrawal symptoms can take place sooner and create more intense physical pain in comparison to someone who has not been using as long. Common side effects of morphine withdrawal incorporate both physical and psychological symptoms, including the following:

Physical symptoms:

  • Chest pains
  • Feeling itchy
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain/cramping
  • Change in heartbeat
  • Fluctuation in body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Muscle weakness

Psychological symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Disorientation
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Drastic shifts in mood

Dangers of Morphine Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Morphine Withdrawal

Although the side effects of morphine withdrawal are extremely undesirable, there are symptoms that can be more detrimental to the health of the user than others are (difficulty breathing and changes in heart rate, for example). Because of this, it is extremely imperative that individuals going through the process of withdrawal do so under the supervision of trained professionals. Not only can trained healthcare professionals monitor the health of these individuals, but they can also provide medical treatment to ease any physical discomfort that may take place through medication-assisted treatment. Medication used in this type of treatment plan may include Vivitrol, Subutex, methadone, or Suboxone. These medications are used to decrease the side effects often associated with withdrawal so that patients can purely focus on their path to recovery.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we realize that the emotional and physical distress that can accompany morphine withdrawal can cause individuals to avoid seeking help. We offer the tools to make the transition back to sober living as smooth as possible while providing our patients with individualized treatment to meet their specific needs. Let us help you or someone you love take the first step to a substance-free life.