Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center 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 Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center.

  • 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

Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is prescribed to those who seek relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. When taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone also reduces cravings for continued opioid use. Because there are other treatment options available, individuals who are considering taking Suboxone should first consult with a medical professional to ensure that this medication is the appropriate choice based upon their unique treatment requirements and goals.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Like many medications, Suboxone can lead to tolerance and addiction if taken outside of its recommended guidelines. However, when taken as directed within treatment, Suboxone is an extremely safe option for individuals who are working to overcome opioid addictions. Suboxone is comprised of a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that work to eliminate the physical discomforts of withdrawal. Buprenorphine works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids. However, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience cognitive impairments, allowing them to play active roles in daily actives. The combination of both ingredients provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to progress in treatment.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are prescribed Suboxone will not test positive should a drug screen be required during the course of treatment. Patients who are enrolled in a licensed medication assisted treatment program and obtain a prescription for Suboxone under the guidance of a trained medical professional can legally consume this medication. However, patients should be made aware that the use of other opioids or substances will cause a positive result if a drug screen is administered.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that a patient remains on Suboxone will be determined by the patient’s individual treatment requirements as well as the recommendations from his or her treatment team. While some individuals will remain on Suboxone long-term, other patients will only utilize it for a short period of time. The short- and long-term use of Suboxone has been clinically proven to be safe, which allows patients to remain on this medication for as long as it will benefit them. In addition, the effectiveness of Suboxone will not decrease over time.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Patients who wish to incorporate Suboxone into their treatment plan should first discuss the potential interactions that can take place when this medication is taken with other prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications. Because negative interactions can take place between Suboxone and other substances, patients should openly discuss the use of other medications with their physician prior to beginning this medication. In addition, patients who are prescribed Suboxone should refrain from using opioids and alcohol. Lastly, patients should consult with their physician prior to utilizing any other medications once Suboxone treatment has begun.

What if I no longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

While the use of Suboxone is approved safe for long-term use, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to remain on it for the rest of their lives. By working closely with their treatment providers, patients can safely wean off of their medication once enough progress has been made in treatment, or if it is decided that another medication may benefit them more. Because withdrawal symptoms can take place if the use of Suboxone suddenly ceases, patients are urged to work closely with their treatment teams in order to properly taper off of this medication. Based upon the goals of each individual patient, once Suboxone is no longer in a person’s system, he or she may transition onto a different prescription or remain medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center provides patients with highly individualized care to meet the unique needs of each patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can differ between patients based upon a variety of factors. To learn more about the treatment that we offer and the cost of care, please contact our intake team today.