Outpatient Detox / Ambulatory Detox
The first phase after the assessment is detox. If an individual has been assessed and found to be physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, Northland’s physicians will meet with them again to determine their eligibility for outpatient detox. Northland offers ambulatory, or outpatient, detox, which allows the client to go home at night and return each morning for treatment.
Special Precautions for High-Risk Detox
At times during assessments, our physicians will find that an individual needs a higher level of supervision during detox, and these clients are referred to inpatient, hospital-grade detox at a facility we work with. This is common among those who have a history of heavy alcohol use or who are dependent on benzodiazepines. Both of these substances can pose a threat to the individual’s health and wellbeing during withdrawal. Serious symptoms of withdrawal from heavy alcohol addiction and benzodiazepines include psychosis, seizures, hallucinations, and tremors, and can lead to serious medical conditions and even death. Clients’ safety is our number one concern, and for this reason, we partner with medical facilities that we refer certain clients to for detox. Those who need medical supervision during detox can go through withdrawal at one of our partner facilities and then return to Northland for the rest of their treatment.
Those who have been assessed and qualify for ambulatory detox can be treated by an internist on our staff. Approximately 75% of patients we screen meet the qualifications for this form of outpatient detox, which is generally a more comfortable program because it allows them to live at home and commute to our facility during the day for treatment.
Ambulatory Detox for Alcohol Withdrawal
If eligible and approved by our physician, the Ambulatory Detoxification Program typically lasts 3-5 days for alcohol and requires attendance at Northland for 5-6 hours daily under the care of a nurse and the supervision of a physician. Medication-assisted detox means we are able to give medications that will ease withdrawal symptoms, making the patient more comfortable and better able to focus on their recovery. During medical detoxification, it is important for patients to participate in individual and group education and counseling sessions as they are capable. This lays the foundation for the full treatment program and rehab they will participate in after detox. Because our detox program is offered on an outpatient basis, clients who need it are provided with medication to use overnight until they return the following day until discharge from the program. All patients must have good social support, a safe living environment, and reliable transportation in order to participate in our ambulatory detox program.
Ambulatory Detox for Drug Withdrawal
Ambulatory detox for other drugs (sedative-hypnotics and opiates) typically lasts longer, depending on the substance of abuse. In the case of opiate addiction, we use the medication Suboxone to prevent withdrawal symptoms and to free the person from cravings and keep them from a fast relapse. Most clients who participate in our Suboxone assisted detox program generally spend most of their first day at Northland, and then two to three hours per day during the rest of their detox. Patients withdrawing from drugs in our ambulatory detox program participate in group and individual counseling sessions, in order to help keep the person motivated and on the right track, and to get an early start on the rehab that will take place in the next phase of treatment.
The Cost of Ambulatory Detox
Medication-assisted detox is usually covered by insurance, and Northland works with all major insurance companies to make the most of clients’ benefits. We help clients by obtaining pre-authorization from the insurance company when required. Northland also accepts Ohio Medicaid, which usually covers much of the costs associated with detox, including outpatient detox. For those who do not have insurance, Northland works with clients on self-pay prices and options. We also accept most types of credit cards for self-pay and co-pays. Northland can also assist in signing up patients with emergency Medicaid coverage.
Benefits of Outpatient Detox
Ambulatory detox differs from other detox programs because it is shorter, less intensive, and much more convenient. Outpatient detox and treatment have been shown to be safe and effective for selected patients, and because of Northland’s comprehensive screening program, you can rest assured that if you or a loved one are referred for our detox, it will be a good match. Because it does not require a stay at our facility, this type of detox is far more cost-effective than in-patient care. In addition, while attending outpatient detox, a patient does not have to explain absences from home to those who don’t need to know about the addiction.
Outpatient detox is an effective and more convenient detox protocol for most patients. Call now to schedule your first appointment.