Detoxification and Addiction Treatment:
Many alcoholics and/or drug addicts are unable to successfully “work” a recovery program until successful medical detoxification is accomplished. Medicine may be prescribed to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms, cravings, depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, tremors, memory loss, stomach and intestinal issues, hypoglycemia, and/or other problems which prevents alcoholics and/or drug users from controlling their addictions.
After the acute phase of detoxification is completed or for the individual who needs substance abuse treatment without detoxification, we develop an individualized treatment program for the person. We strongly suggest that in conjunction with medical treatment, the individual attend a program that provides therapy, education and support. The core of our substance abuse treatment is a program developed by Dr. Agresti called Cognitive Restructuring (CR). Cognitive Restructuring empowers the individual to accept responsibility for changing his/her life. It aims to alter a person’s thinking which leads to a change in behavior. This change in thinking becomes the basis for a change in lifestyle without the use of mind altering substances.
Why Choose us:
Dr. Agresti has developed a State-of-the-Art detoxification and treatment program for effective substance abuse treatment. He has successfully treated addictions to both prescription and street drugs as well as alcohol in an outpatient setting. Treatment may include involvement in our Cognitive Restructuring Program, work with a sober coach, and psychotherapy. Cognitive Restructuring is based on principles very different from traditional 12 Step programs but patients who are involved or prefer the 12 Step Model will be encouraged to continue with meetings.
There are many different methods and places that “do” detoxification. It stopping the use of drugs and substances were easy, it would not matter where you go. There is no one-size-fits-all program. The essential component of our program is an individualized medical and psychological plan.
If your substance of abuse is one or more items, we deal with the total individual – not the drug! We work with the person to meet their goals for changing their personal habits while meeting their detoxification needs as well as dealing with withdrawal symptoms which may last as long as a month and a half. Inpatient programs will “detox” the individual but not deal with the long term withdrawal symptoms or teach you what you need to succeed in beating the drug/substance that is controlling you!
Outpatient Detoxification Programs:
While carrying out your activities of daily living, you are medically assisted to deal with your clinical addiction, which is defined as the compulsive, often uncontrollable use of a substance/drug. After identifying your needs, we develop an individualized plan with you to accomplish detoxification safely and humanely.
Which Drug Dependencies can be Successfully Treated with Outpatient Detoxification?
We have successfully detoxified individuals from every substance and drug available. It doesn’t matter if the drug was medically prescribed &/or taken recreationally- it is still a physical and mental dependence on a substance that develops. Some of the more common substances/drugs that results in dependence &/or addiction are benzodiazepines, opiates, and alcohol.
Benzodiazepine tranquilizers such as:
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxid)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Xanax (aprazolam)
Benzodiazepine tranquilizers have the ability to alter normal brain function by producing feelings of well being. Long-term users typically develop a tolerance to the drugs, requiring larger doses to achieve the desired effects. A psychological &/or physical dependence develops, making it difficult to discontinue use of the drug producing an addiction.
Opiate derivatives such as:
- Codeine (Tylenol #3, Actifed with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, & Empirin # 3)
- Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin)
- Percodan ( Roxicet, Roxiprin, Tylox, Percocet)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Merperidine (Demerol)
- Propoxyphene (wygesic, Darvocet)
Opiate derivatives are among the most widely abused drugs of addiction. They are commonly medically prescribed for their pain and relief of properties when used for a short period of time. Chronic use can result in a tolerance to the drug so that higher doses must be taken to obtain the same effects. Once an addiction develops the person needs to use it to feel “normal”. Long-term use leads to physical dependence on the opiate- withdrawal symptoms occur in the use of the opiate is reduced or eliminated abruptly.
Most people use alcohol socially to change how they feel – they want to feel better or different. Personality traits, peer pressure, &/or psychological stress can all contribute to the early stage of alcohol abuse. Alcohol dependence develops when the alcohol takes over the individuals behavior & the normal psychological behavior is no longer effective. Many people describe this as a “loss of control”. People who are physically dependent on alcohol usually develop a tolerance. This means that they need to drink more & more to get the same effect. School & job performance may suffer & responsibilities may be neglected either from having a hangover from an actual intoxication on the job or at school. It makes no difference if you drink a beer or hard liquor – they are and cause the same effects. .Judgment is affected & risky behavior occurs often leading to legal problems such as being arrested for intoxicated compulsive behavior related to alcohol abuse, violent arguments with significant other (s) while intoxicated, child abuse, &/or DUI (s). Individuals with alcohol abuse problems may continue drinking despite the knowledge that continued consumption poses significant social &/or interpersonal problems for them. The diagnosis of alcohol addiction is made when alcohol tolerance is present &/or when withdrawal symptoms occur when alcohol use is suddenly stopped.
A multidisciplinary treatment program including psychotherapy and medical management has shown to be the most successful. Many individuals require multiple interventions to conquer their addiction (s).
- Outpatient Detoxification
- Medication Management of Psychiatric Illness
- In-Patient Psychiatric Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization Programs
- Intensive Out-Patient Programs
- In-Patient Drug Rehabilitation
- Drug Detoxification of All Drugs
- Detoxification/Opiate Maintenace Suboxone
- Insight Oriented and Supportive Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Marital Therapy
- Parent-Child Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Smoking Cessation Using Laser Therapy
- Half-Way House Programs
- 12 Step And Addiction Counseling
Why do people use drugs and alcohol?
Binging on Drugs and Alcohol
Family or Friend is suffering from Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol Detox: Alcohol Addiction – Detox Wisely!
Detox: What are Suboxone and Subutex? Part 1
Detox: What are Suboxone and Subutex? Part 2
Detox: What are Suboxone and Subutex? Part 3
Detox: What are Suboxone and Subutex? Part 4
Psychological and physical problems of stopping opiates
Why is it important to have a Psychiatrist help you with drug detox?