Drug and Alcohol Detox Treatment Programs in San Francisco Bay Area
The abstinence model of detoxification has been shown not to work, but there are effective options. A medication-assisted approach has superseded the old methods, and it’s been verified as effective thanks to an evidence-based approach to treatment.
A modern detox program can push the reset button on unhelpful patterns of living and lay the groundwork for recovery that endures, and it needn’t be uncomfortable either. Medication assistance provides much-needed relief on the symptoms of withdrawal, together with a safe and comfortable environment that greatly increases patients’ chances of success.
Our expert staff is on hand to deliver the all-important human touch, giving encouragement and motivation because they want all our patients to consign addiction problems to the past. When the last of the chemicals have left their system, we smooth the way to the next stage.
We provide acute medical detox in our dedicated facility, catering to the specialized needs of patients affected by chemical intoxication.
Trying to detox from alcohol on your own can result in serious withdrawal symptoms including seizures and even death. When your brain cells become used to consistent exposure to alcohol, they actually change and adapt to it. Once the alcohol is removed the sudden shock can cause seizures and delirium tremens, which can be life-threatening.
Our alcohol outpatient detox program lasts from 3-5 days.
Day 1: you will receive IV fluids with vitamins and minerals to restore needed nutrients to your brain. You will also receive medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of seizures.
Days 2-5: For the next few days, you will come to the office daily and receive medications to help you with withdrawal symptoms.
For relapse prevention, we can prescribe medications to help you with cravings and prevent relapse. We also recommend AA and other 12 step recovery programs in order to continue to stay sober.
Opiates include heroin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Dilaudid. Our opioid detox lasts 3-7 days. The length of the detox depends on whether you on long or short-acting opioids, how heavy your usage is and other medical conditions. We prescribe Suboxone for opioid detoxification.
We also provide guidance for relapse prevention and monitoring long-term sobriety.
Stopping Benzo use suddenly can cause withdrawal seizures and severe psychosis which can be dangerous and life-threatening. Our Benzo detox lasts 5-7 days. Patients are prescribed medications to control withdrawal symptoms.
What Will Happen in Detox?
Our priority for every new patient entering the detox program is to make them medically stable. Their neurological status and vital signs are monitored continuously by our medical staff. They are on hand to alleviate the unpleasant consequences of chemical withdrawal, and the use medication to bring relief from agitation, anxiety, muscle and bone pain, nausea, chills, and cravings.
People detoxing in the past were expected to abstain from all substances and endure the symptoms of withdrawal without anything to cushion their experience. We take a more compassionate (and more effective) approach, using pharmaceutical assistance to smooth their journey to wellness.
Our staff is aware of the physical effects of substance abuse and ready to offer nutritional replacement and ensure patients remain hydrated.
To minimize the unpleasant effects of withdrawal and speed the journey to a life lived free from drugs, we use various medications including buprenorphine (Suboxone), which is indicated for opiate addiction, or Naltrexone (Vivitrol), which reduces alcohol and opiate cravings.
The Benefits of Detoxifying in An Outpatient Setting
- Be seen straight away: Our clinical staff will see you promptly, so no marathon sessions in a hospital waiting rooms.
- More attention: Our medical staff checks you every hour, not the 2 hours or more you experience in a hospital.
- We don’t taper medication too quickly: Hospital sometimes rush the detox process because they have to cope with pressure on their resources. We take as long as necessary, tapering detox medication to manage prolonged withdrawal symptoms.
To learn more about our compassionate approach to recovery, please get in touch with us at 866-530-5486, or complete the form below.