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).