Ambulatory Opiate Detox Program
Windmoor Healthcare’s Ambulatory Opiate Detox program is designed to treat individuals addicted to opiates/narcotics (“pain pills”) in a safe, medically supervised, confidential setting. The program has two major components: Medical Management and Therapy.
The Medical Management portion is designed to provide clients with a safe medical detoxification program. The primary medication provided is Suboxone, However, various PRN medications are prescribed during the detox period, as individually prescribed. Medical Management is TIME LIMITED, meaning the goal is to provide only short term Suboxone in conjunction with other medication required to ease symptoms and increase the possibility of long-term recovery. The Medical Management component consists of 13 days of medication. Below is an example of the Suboxone protocol.
Prior to the initial treatment in the Medical Management component, each patient is assessed by the clinical team. The team is led by a psychiatrist, specially trained and licensed to prescribe and administer Suboxone. A physician conducts a History and Physical exam, and a licensed therapist will complete a full Psychosocial Assessment. An Addictions Assessment, Psychiatric Evaluation, and Nursing Exam are performed by appropriately trained team members.
Daily urine drug screens, vital signs and withdrawal assessments are performed, ensuring patient safety and comfort. Additional medical tests, including lab work, may also be ordered. This is dependent upon the individual needs of the client and the treating physicians.
The Therapy component is designed to provide emotional support, as well as education on the chemical dependency disease process. Each patient participates in an individualized plan of care, including two daily therapy groups facilitated by a licensed therapist. Therapy topics include, but are not limited to, Psychotherapy, Addictive Behaviors, Relapse Prevention, Coping Skills, Self-Esteem, Medication Education, Diagnosis Education and Discharge Planning. One to One and/or Family Therapy will be conducted on an individual basis.
In combination, the Medical Management and Therapy components provide a safe, supportive therapeutic foundation for the beginning of the recovery process.
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