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 Southern California Comprehensive Treatment Centers to keep our patients/clients/guests, 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, visitation is no longer allowed at Southern California 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, including telehealth, 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.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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

Southern California Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Southern California, our subutex 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 Subutex Treatment Works

Subutex, a prescription medication that is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, is used to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction achieve recovery. The active ingredient of Subutex is buprenorphine hydrochloride and it is given on a daily basis via a tablet that is taken orally. In medication-assisted treatment programs, Subutex is used to help stop withdrawal symptoms that develop when opioids like heroin, prescription painkillers, or morphine are stopped. Subutex also works to decrease the cravings for continued use. As a result, those individuals who are taking Subutex are afforded the opportunity to focus solely on their recovery without suffering from withdrawal symptoms or cravings along the way.

Since receiving approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Subutex has been regarded as a safe medication used for treating an opioid addiction. A number of studies have proven that taking Subutex is greatly superior to continuing to abuse opioids, as it is much safer and individuals are less likely to develop long-term side effects such as organ damage. In addition, someone who is taking Subutex is not going to get high like they would if they were abusing opioids. Therefore, he or she is able to function normally and accomplish daily goals. When taken while engaged in a medication-assisted treatment program, Subutex can help individuals remain focused and responsible enough to follow through with treatment, as well as carry out their every day lives.

As with any other medication, the use of Subutex can cause side effects. Despite Subutex being a safe medication when taken under the watchful eye of a medical professional, it is still important to discuss potential side effects. Individuals should feel comfortable asking questions so all concerns pertaining to the use of Subutex can be resolved prior to use in a medication-assisted treatment program.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Insurmountable data gathered from years of studies have shown that the use of Subutex is effective in treating an opioid addiction. Patients of a medication-assisted treatment program overwhelmingly report that their cravings for use, as well as their withdrawal symptoms, were significantly decreased while taking this medication.

When Subutex is included in the treatment for an opioid addiction, such as a heroin, morphine, or prescription painkiller addiction, patients often yield positive results and are able to focus on their recovery.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Treatment that utilizes Subutex frequently includes three different treatment phases and involves therapeutic elements to help further the process of recovery along. When taking Subutex, individuals will likely experience the following three phases:

Induction: When a person is initially introduced to Subutex, it is referred to as induction. This phase begins after opioid abuse has stopped and withdrawal is beginning.

Stabilization: During this phase, individuals are most likely not having any symptoms related to withdrawal. Instead, they have moved past withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. At this time, individuals can have their dosage of Subutex altered based on their needs.

Maintenance: Once an individual becomes stable in his or her recovery, he or she can begin weaning himself or herself off of Subutex or begin taking another medication for long-term care.

It is beneficial to an individual to obtain counseling throughout each one of these phases. Counseling, such as individual therapy and group therapy, can help a patient identify and address emotions surrounding each phase, as well as develop skills that will help him or her stay focused on his or her recovery. In addition, they can discuss successes and setbacks, as well as obtain support from others who have experienced similar issues. Studies have proven that those individuals who participate in additional counseling throughout medication-assisted treatment are less likely to relapse in the future.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: If you have a loved one who is involved in a medication-assisted treatment program and is taking Subutex, you can be an excellent source of support throughout their journey towards recovery. It is imperative that at this time, you obtain support for yourself, especially considering the fact that when a loved one has an addiction, it can impact you as well. If possible, do whatever you can to remain active in your loved one’s recovery. Doing so can help you understand and appreciate what he or she is going through, as well as give you the opportunity to mend your relationship with him or her.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: If you are looking to participate in a medication-assisted treatment program that offers Subutex, there are a number of ways that you can achieve success:

  • Follow treatment recommendations regarding Subutex that are set by your provider.
  • Be present, both physically and mentally, for all group and individual therapy sessions.
  • Discuss any concerns that you might have while on Subutex, as your provider can help you navigate these issues successfully.
  • Do not use other opioids while taking Subutex.
  • If you have any concerns regarding your treatment, speak with your provider immediately, as he or she can help provide options for care that support your personal needs.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

Anytime an individual takes a medication, there are likely to be side effects. Prior to taking a medication like Subutex, it is important to talk to your provider to be aware of any and all risks. Discuss possible food interactions, health conditions that might be present prior to taking this medication, and other drug interactions that can be dangerous. Before taking Subutex, know that there are side effects, many of which develop when the dosage is increased:

Most common side effects:

  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Back pain
  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Sleeplessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

Fairly common side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Runny eyes
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting

Less common side effects:

  • Fever
  • Abscesses
  • Upset stomach
  • Accidental injury

At Southern California Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are always open to discussing the treatment that we provide, as well as answer any of the questions that you have in regards to Subutex. Reach out and contact us today.