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 East Wisconsin 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.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at East Wisconsin 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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • 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.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • 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

East Wisconsin Methadone Clinics for Opioid Addiction

Now accepting Medicare! Please call today for more information.

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Proudly serving Eastern Wisconsin, our methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How It Works and Is It Safe?

How Methadone Treatment Works

Of the many medications utilized in the treatment of opioid addiction, none have been more researched than methadone. This medication is effective by impacting an individual’s central nervous system in ways that stop withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Methadone is given once daily via a dissolvable tablet or as a liquid solution that is taken orally. Since the 1960s, this medication has been a go-to for treatment programs, and ever since, has yielded support from professionals based on its scientifically-proven effectiveness and safety.

Handfuls of studies have shown that when methadone is taken as directed by a medical professional, there are no dangerous short- or long-term health risks. Similar studies have also proven that the use of methadone is both non-toxic and safe. It has also been documented that if side effects do occur, they do so at the beginning of treatment (also known as the induction phase), as an individual is getting used to his or her dosage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has stated that methadone is safe for use by women who are pregnant and battling opioid addiction. In addition, the DHSS also stated that there are no risks to a mother or her child when taking methadone as part of medication-assisted treatment program.

However, despite its record of safety and effectiveness, methadone can be dangerous if misused. There is always a possibility of methadone overdose when taken recreationally and without the guidance of professionals within a medication-assisted treatment program. In fact, one-third of all prescription drug related deaths each year are caused by methadone overdoses. Again, these overdoses generally occur amongst individuals who abuse methadone, not those who take it within a medication-assisted treatment program and with the help of trained professionals.

When taken as prescribed under the supervision of a professional, methadone is safe to use.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Due to an enormous amount of data and research, experts say with all confidence that methadone is effective in treating opioid addiction. In fact, methadone is so effective that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that it is the most effective form of opioid addiction treatment today.

The CDC supports the proof that methadone is not only cost-effective, but also successful in helping bring about the below listed successes:

  • Reduced risk of overdose
  • Reduction or total cessation of opioid drug use
  • Decreased likelihood of engaging in criminal activity
  • Reduced risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
  • Increase in life expectancy
  • Better outcomes for women and their babies
  • Improved family stability and employment

When used as directed and under the care of professionals in a medication-assisted treatment program, methadone is effective and safe.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

For patients, methadone is only one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. This medication is extremely helpful in preventing withdrawal symptoms and lessening the temptation to use opioids. As a result, a patient is able to focus on the other aspects of his or her recovery. So, while methadone helps keep physical symptoms under control, a patient can work to process the emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues tied to his or her addiction.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Even though methadone is championed as being safe and effective in treating opioid addiction, that does not mean that it is a cure-all when it comes to working on recovery. Methadone is not a miracle drug, as transforming from an individual with an addiction to an individual in recovery takes times, effort, and persistence. Once you become part of a medication-assisted treatment program, you will begin working with nurses, doctors, and counselors who are trained in helping individuals, such as yourself, fight back against opioid addiction. If you follow their guidance, take heed to their advice, and actively engage in your treatment, you can put the odds in your favor that you will be successful in treatment and throughout your recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: The most important thing you can do if you want to support your loved one in treatment is put yourself first. While it is obvious that your loved one has caused damage to his or her life, you must also realize that his or her addiction has affected you as well. To help care for yourself in ways that allow you to support your loved one, speak with his or her treatment provider to help you connect with the appropriate resources. Learn as much as you can about addiction and recovery, including what to expect from your loved one as he or she embarks on his or her recovery journey. Look into family therapy, support groups, and/or individual counseling to continually receive your own encouragement and support. Never forget to take care of yourself.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are some of the possible side effects that can come from taking methadone:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Sleep problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Nausea or fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Skin rashes
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation

For more information regarding the potential side effects of methadone, as well as to learn more about this medication, contact East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.