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 Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee 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

Milwaukee Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Milwaukee, 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

Out of the many different medications utilized for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone has been the most highly studied of them all. This medication works by impacting an individual’s central nervous system in ways that decrease withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Since the 1960s, methadone has been utilized in treatment programs for opioid addiction. The research behind methadone has proven that it is both safe and effective.

Numerous studies have shown that when taken as prescribed, methadone does not lead to serious short or long-term health issues. Those experts who have studied methadone state that it is safe and non-toxic. In addition, these same experts said that most side effects are temporary, and typically only occur during the first phase of treatment, which is known as the “induction” phase. At this time, an individual’s treatment provider is usually working to determine the dosage that is most appropriate for meeting his or her needs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a statement saying that pregnant women who are battling an opioid addiction can safely use methadone, as it does not pose any risks to the mother or the baby.

As with most other medications, using methadone outside of the prescribed guidelines can lead to health risks. It is possible to overdose on methadone, especially when it is taken recreationally and/or with other medications. Methadone overdoses are the cause of one-third of all prescription medication overdoses yearly. It is critical to know, however, that these overdoses occur when methadone is being abused, not when it is being taken as prescribed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program.

When taken as directed and under the watchful eye of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is safe.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Because of decades of research, experts can assuredly state that methadone is effective in treating opioid addiction. In fact, it is so effective that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went on record to state that treatment that utilizes methadone is the most effective form of care possible.

In addition to the fact that methadone is cost-effective, the CDC also notes that numerous studies have tracked the following successes linked to methadone treatment:

  • Reduction of drug use
  • Reduction of overdose risk
  • Reduction of developing HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • Increase of life expectancy (the average death rate amongst opioid users who participated in methadone treatment is 30% lower than those who choose not to)
  • Decrease in likelihood of participating in criminal activity
  • Increase in family stability and employment potential
  • More positive outcomes for pregnant women and their children

When taken as prescribed and as a part of a qualified medication assisted treatment program, methadone is effective.

The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

Methadone is only one aspect of a bigger treatment picture. When used within a medication assisted treatment program, methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, which allows patients to obtain a clear state of mind so that they can focus on the therapeutic aspect of their overall program. In other words, while methadone works to treat the physical effects of opioid addition, therapy helps address the deep-rooted issues that may have led to the addiction itself.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Even though methadone is regarded as highly effective and safe to consume when under the supervision of a professional, it is critical to understand that this medication should not be viewed as a miracle drug. No medication has the power to solve all of an individual’s problems or help him or her create a healthy lifestyle. Being able to accomplish those things takes effort, time, and dedication. When you participate in a medication assisted treatment program, you will build relationships with nurses, doctors, and counselors who are experienced in helping treat individuals such as yourself. Through adherence to their advice, taking heed to their direction, and remaining an active participant in your treatment, you can improve the odds that your time spent in treatment will help you achieve lasting recovery.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Before you can take care of any one else’s needs, you must be sure to take care of yourself. Yes, your loved one has caused damage to his or her own life, but he or she has also negatively impacted yours, too. Therefore, to support him or her throughout recovery, speak to his or her treatment provider so that you can obtain the proper resources and support that you need. In addition, educate yourself on addiction, learn what the benefits and limitations are for your loved one at this time, and uncover what your loved one will need from you. Family therapy, support groups, and individual counseling can be highly beneficial for you to obtain all of this information and support.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

Below are a number of possible side effects linked to the use of methadone:

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

For more information regarding the effects of methadone use and to learn more about how they can impact you, talk with your prescribing physician or contact Milwaukee Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.