Excerpt from Page 35 – “Types of treatment levels and facilities”Published September 8, 2016
HOOKED: A concise guide to the underlying mechanics of addiction and treatment for patients, families, and providers | Arwen Podesta, MD
Excerpt from Page 35 – “Types of treatment levels and facilities”
Finding the right treatment can be overwhelming. Most programs
will report excellent outcomes, but the data can often be skewed. It
is first essential to understand each type of treatment level and then
figure out what level and type is right.
Most people with opioid, alcohol, or benzodiazepine dependence
would benefit from a detox, although many people suffer through
detox on their own.
Hospital-based detoxification is for the patient who is going
through severe alcohol, benzodiazepine, or opioid withdrawal that
needs medications and twenty-four-hour nursing care, and may
need intravenous and emergency medications. The stay is usually
five to seven days and includes evaluations by a physician, a counselor
or social worker, and sometimes a psychologist. The patient
will receive comfort medications and sometimes replacement medications.
During the stay, there are usually some group and individual
sessions to start the recovery process and also to determine
the best place to refer after the medical need is treated.