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

Pain Medication Withdrawal

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Prescription pain medications can be highly beneficial for individuals who are using them responsibly and under the supervision of their doctors. However, prescription painkillers are highly addictive, which means they are easy to abuse.

Understanding Painkiller Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Painkiller

Misusing prescription painkillers directly impacts the central nervous system by blocking the brain’s pain receptors. This use also leads to a heightened sense of euphoria. These desirable effects are often what keep individuals continuing to abuse prescription painkillers in a deadly cycle.

As soon as a physical dependence to prescription painkillers has developed, an individual is no longer able to stop using on his or her own without experiencing a significantly painful (and potentially deadly) withdrawal period. If an individual stops using painkillers suddenly, or decreases their intake, then the withdrawal period will begin.

For some, withdrawal will begin as soon as their last dose has worn off. For others, it might take a few days for withdrawal to begin.

Symptoms of Painkiller Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Painkiller

The symptoms that develop in response to painkiller withdrawal will vary based on a number of things, including the user, the types of painkillers he or she has been using, and how much he or she has used. In addition, withdrawal symptoms can also be dependent on how long a painkiller addiction has lasted, as well as various biological factors. Physical and psychological effects are to be expected during withdrawal, and can be incredibly painful.

The physical symptoms that can occur during a prescription painkiller withdrawal period can include the following:

  • Sudden loss of energy
  • Sleeplessness/insomnia
  • Cramping and aching of muscles
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/gastrointestinal issues
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Profuse sweating
  • Cold flashes
  • Decline in appetite
  • Shakiness
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Flu-like symptoms

Painkiller withdrawal can also produce psychological symptoms. These symptoms include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Intense irritability
  • Excessive agitation
  • Heightened levels of anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations

Dangers of Painkiller Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Painkiller Withdrawal

The nature of painkiller withdrawal is complex and upsetting. It is for these reasons that it is recommended to obtain professional, supervised care for the withdrawal process. Trained experts in this field will monitor an individual’s health throughout the withdrawal process so that any and all complications can be addressed immediately and professionally. In addition, receiving this kind of supervised care can help individuals receive relief from the discomfort that they would have otherwise experienced.

Because the withdrawal process can be both physically and psychologically uncomfortable, users who abuse prescription painkillers often find themselves using again in order to dodge these symptoms. Once these behaviors begin, it triggers the deadly cycle that is painkiller addiction. The individuals participating in this use are now putting themselves at an increased risk for overdose. An overdose can occur when an individual consumes more of a substance than his or her body can handle. Overdoses are potentially deadly and should always be treated as a medical emergency. If emergency care is not received for an overdose, an individual can easily lose his or her life.

Being aware of how upsetting prescription painkiller addiction can be, we, at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, offer customized treatment options that are safe and effective. All of our approaches help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and serve as a catalyst for the development of a sober lifestyle. Let us help you or your loved one get the help needed to make a prescription painkiller addiction a part of the past.