Can I Still Detox Off Opioids While Coronavirus Is Spreading?

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While these are uncertain times, Coleman Addiction Medicine remains committed to helping patients while we all navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At this time, Coleman Addiction Medicine is continuing to treat patients who need a detox off opiates including oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, buprenorphine, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, kratom, poppy tea, and heroin.

The Accelerated Opioid Detox using the Coleman Method, does not include standing in lines like some methadone clinic settings. Our patients are seen each day of the detox individually in examination rooms. On the final day of the detox, both the patient and their support person are in a comfortable, private suite.

Extra Safety Precautions

Needless to say, we are taking extra precautions at our office to ensure the safety of our staff and our patients, and to do our part in mitigating the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We screen all of our patients coming for detox, but the screening questions will now include information pertinent to the current situation. Patients desiring a detox who have symptoms such as cough or fever, or who have been exposed to people with Covid-19 or who have traveled recently to areas known to have significant levels of the disease, will be asked to postpone treatment.

We are not able to perform testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at our offices.

We are streamlining our process, so on intermediate days of the detox, patients will spend minimal time in the office and in the public waiting room. As usual, we are available by phone 24/7 for any questions that might arise.

Many people are being asked or required to work from home and to avoid gatherings that put them in close contact with others, and certainly from crowds. The Opioid Detox offered by Coleman Addiction Medicine is efficient by design, accelerating a “cold-turkey” detox off pain medications or street drugs like fentanyl and heroin from a difficult 7-10 day process to a comfortable, safe 3-5 day process.

Perhaps a silver lining in this strange situation is the opportunity to get some help to stop using opioids. If you would like to explore this further, please give us a call at 877-773-3869.

Joan R. Shepherd, FNP

 

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