Outpatient/ Ambulatory Detox
Our detox program is an outpatient model for individuals requiring detoxification from drugs or alcohol, with many of the benefits of inpatient detoxification but in a less-restrictive, cost-effective environment. This is the first step in a continuum of substance-abuse treatment that ultimately leads to recovery.
Our Ambulatory Detoxification services consist of a medically managed, monitored and structured detoxification service provided on an outpatient, voluntary basis and delivered by physicians or other service personnel acting under the supervision of a physician.
Our program is unique in that it provides many of the benefits of inpatient detoxification but in a setting that is more, personalized, cost-effective and less restrictive. The program is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, where patients will be under the care of an interdisciplinary team that includes Physicians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Behavioral Health Technicians, in addition to a Substance Abuse Counselor, Medical Director, Nursing Director, and the Behavioral Health Services Director.
Services include assessment and patient observation, medical history, monitoring of vital signs, treatment of withdrawal symptoms and Substance Abuse counseling.
The acute care detoxification process at Liberation Way allows clients to be weaned off their alcohol or drug addiction immediately while under medical supervision. Detoxification is a serious medical process that usually takes 7 to 14 days, depending on the substance.
Clients will also receive genetic testing while in this phase of treatment to properly identify medications that will improve outcomes as their care continues.
We treat withdrawal symptoms for All Substances.
Patients Addicted to Opioid Painkillers Achieve Good Results With Outpatient Detoxification
There is evidence to prove that clients can maintain sobriety in the outpatient detox setting. In fact, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released an interesting report on the positive outcomes from a study on outpatient detoxification success rates.
“The recent clinical trial indicates that a significant portion of individuals who are addicted to opioid painkillers may initiate and maintain abstinence with a brief but intensive outpatient detoxification treatment followed by opioid antagonist therapy using naltrexone. Patients in the trial achieved higher abstinence rates than are typically obtained with detoxification regimens. The duration of a taper with buprenorphine/naloxone (Bp/Nx) was a determinative factor in patients’ success, with longer tapers yielding greater abstinence.”
NIDA. (2015, February 11). Patients Addicted to Opioid Painkillers Achieve Good Results With Outpatient Detoxification. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2015/02/patients-addicted-to-opioid-painkillers-achieve-good-results-outpatient-detoxification on 2017, June 1
Liberation Way Believes That the Outpatient Model is Simply a Better Way to Provide Detox Services
Our outpatient/ambulatory detox model offers patients an integrated approach that delivers a safe and comprehensive way to detox and begin your recovery process. Liberation Way uses an innovative approach to detoxing individuals from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opiates in an outpatient setting has proven to be effective.
Our Individualized Treatment Promise means the medication is customized for each patient depending on the substance of choice, the severity of use and other medications the patient is currently on. This ensures patient comfort and aids compliance.
By incorporating the family, in all phases of treatment, including our outpatient detox program. The focus is to involve the family in treatment, with the patient’s consent. Family interventions assure the patient has the support to maintain sobriety over the long-term and remain in the treatment program for the entire continuum of care.
Because the cost of Ambulatory detox is significantly less than many residential detox programs, health insurance providers can extend they length of stay which gives clients more time to heal. More time also means medication can be tapered more gently and patients are able to engage in therapy and start making lifestyle changes that contribute to sobriety.
It is important to know that in most cases, detoxing without medical professionals is extremely dangerous. The truth is that many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol may have experienced a measure of withdrawal before, as they may have attempted it on their own or even experienced detox within a program. Despite these prior experiences, it is still important to seek medical guidance, as certain factors within your life may have changed, leading to nuances that could influence the outcome.
In English: Don’t try this at home!
Drug and alcohol addictions do not fit neatly into a box. Just as the individuals who struggle with them are unique, so are these situations. Due to this, a variety of treatment options exist—not every treatment method is right for every person. It may seem daunting to you to consider the many options that exist to treat substance use and addiction; however, keep in mind the more you begin to know and understand your options, the better your chance of choosing the treatment that is best for you and the higher the likelihood that you will find success.
Fortunately, within addiction medicine, certain guidelines exist to aid individuals, their families, and their care providers in finding not only the type but the level of care that will best serve their needs. This is an especially pertinent concern when an individual is detoxing or withdrawing from drugs and/or alcohol.
Though many individuals may be familiar with the term, not everyone may fully understand the process. When a person becomes addicted to either drugs or alcohol, the substance exerts such a chemical force on their body and brain, that it actually changes the way the person’s brain functions. Specifically, a person’s brain experiences a profusion of chemical alterations within its myriad important systems.
Types of Detox Treatment Offered
We offer a wide variety of outpatient detox treatment programs at our in Ft. Washinton, PA, aimed at helping our clients comfortably and successfully detox from alcohol and substance addiction. Listed below are some of the most common substances we treat on a regular basis, but this is by no means a complete list.
- All Prescription Medications
- Crystal Meth
- Club Drugs
If you have questions about any of the drugs listed here, or others not on the list, call us for more information at 877-636-9322
Suboxone is a highly effective medication that we use to help reduce opiate addiction. Suboxone also helps ease any withdrawal symptoms and side effects. Suboxone is a medication containing buprenorphine and naloxone, combined in a single tablet.
Buprenorphine which has been used successfully as a treatment for heroin addiction which works by acting on the brain’s opiate receptors to relieve withdrawal and cravings without prompting the same intense high or dangerous side effects as other opioids.
When combined with naloxone, buprenorphine’s abuse potential is further limited because people who try to inject it experience severe withdrawal symptoms. However, when Suboxone is taken orally, as prescribed, these adverse effects do not occur.
Untreated and unmanaged alcoholism can cause major life challenges for everyone affected. For the alcoholic, withdrawal can cause seizures, delusions, delirium and it can even be fatal.
We ensure the alcohol detox is performed effectively and comfortably. Although it may not be easy for all patients, we know the best methods for complete recovery and ensure that all of those we treat are comfortable in our facility.
Heroin/ Opiate /Prescription Medication Detox
When someone stops taking any opiate, withdrawal begins. The detox process from opiates should always be done under the care of a licensed medical professional familiar with the opiate detoxification process. Opiate detoxification can last 7 to 14 days.
Benzodiazepines are a separate classification of prescription medication. They are primarily prescribed for anti-anxiety or insomnia. Ativan and Xanax are two of the more common drugs in this classification. Stopping Benzodiazepine without the proper medical supervision is dangerous and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms including seizures, delirium and even death. The moment someone stops taking a Benzodiazepine, the withdrawal will begin.
Oxycodone – OxyContin, Percodan, Vicodin and Percocet
Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract, and can effectively change the way a person experiences pain. Additionally, opioids affect regions of the brain, including the nucleus acumen (a key structure in reward, motivation, and addiction), resulting in initial euphoria. The high levels of Vicodin abuse may be linked to its widespread availability a fact that becomes even more troubling when considering the health risks of abusing hydrocodone and other prescription drugs.
Used by millions for insomnia, Ambien is a sedative. It affects chemicals in your brain that may have become unbalanced and caused sleep problems. Unfortunately, they are both frequently abused. Although they belong to separate class of drugs the withdrawal symptoms are very similar to alcohol and benzodiazepines.
Cocaine – Methamphetamine Detox
Cocaine and Methamphetamines are psychoactive stimulant drugs that increase alertness and energy. Abused in high doses, it can induce euphoria and enhance self-esteem. Its side effects, including nervousness, anxiety, paranoia and heart issues, are well known. During intoxication, these drugs can be life threatening. While withdrawing from the drug, it is usually not life threatening, but toxic effects can still occur, including heart attack and stroke, and that is why you need to be under medical care at an accredited facility when detoxing from this dangerous drug.
When managed by experienced addiction medicine specialist physicians, the outpatient detoxification process is well tolerated.
Once outpatient detoxification is underway, the patient may attend the Intensive Outpatient treatment sessions and begin to address the underlying cause for their addiction.
We can help stop the addiction, the pain, and the despair. Call 877-636-9322 and find out how you or your loved one can begin to recover.