What is it like to go through Ambulatory Detox?  

Ambulatory Detox is a method of managed withdrawal from addictive substances.  It is less-restrictive and far more cost-effective than an inpatient program.  Most clients find that they are able to return to regular responsibilities, work and school, right away or in a few days.

To find out if Ambulatory Detox is right for you read more Here.

Described below is the process we take our clients through once it is determined that the client is a good candidate for Ambulatory Detox. 

Your Treatment Support Person

We’ll be asking that you involve another responsible, sober adult (such as a spouse or friend) in your treatment. Roles for this person might include:

  • Helping ensure you do not consume alcohol or take drugs other than what the doctor has approved
  • Helping ensure you take the drugs you have been prescribed
  • Helping you to stay hydrated
  • Observing you and referring you to additional medical support if needed

Your First Appointment

If it is determined that you are eligible for Ambulatory Detox, you will meet with Ascendant’s Medical Director who will be overseeing every step of your detox.

You will have a physical exam where your vital signs will be checked and your medical history will be gathered and reviewed.  You will also have a urine test which is evaluated in our own onsite CLIA laboratory.  The urine test helps determine what types of substances are in your system.

Our Licensed clinical staff will perform a thorough assessment to identify your underlying or co-occurring issues.  Once we have an understanding of your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and other relapse-prevention needs we can customize a treatment program for you from detox to recovery that will offer the best chance for your long-term recovery from addiction.

You will be prescribed the appropriate medications to best manage your withdrawal. You will then head to our relaxing and comfortable Withdrawal Room and receive your first dose of medication.  While you are in the Withdrawal Room, your Treatment Support Person can receive instructions on how best he or she can support you during detox.   Your Case Manager is assigned and then it’s time to head home with a plan to return in 24 hours.

Assignment of Case Manager

You will be assigned a Case Manager.  Your Case Manager will help ensure that you make and keep all of your appointments, you obtain medications, potential transportation challenges are addressed, you are connected with appropriate support groups and that you are empowered to maximize the effectiveness of treatment.

Daily Follow-Up Appointments

Your safety is extremely important.  For the first several days you will return to our center daily to meet with our medical and clinical staff.  You will have your vital signs checked and take a urine test and breathalyzer to evaluate the substances in your system.  The goal is to get you through detox as safely, quickly and comfortably as possible.  You will likely complete detox in 5 to 10 days.  Typically you can anticipate daily office visits for the first five days.

 Withdrawal Symptoms

You will experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms.  To find out more about withdrawal symptoms, read more Here.

 Support Programs

After your first few days of detox, when you’re feeling comfortable enough, you can start with the agreed-upon types of Relapse Prevention Treatments: Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Program or General Outpatient Program.   Detox is just the first step in reclaiming your life from addiction.  Detox will stabilize you, but the real work of recovery is in the outpatient programs.

Ongoing Medication Treatment

After your initial detox you will remain on the appropriate medication to best manage your recovery and prevent relapse.  Important medications that can be very helpful include Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Campral and Antabuse.

Typically, after you have completed detox, we will see you for a medical appointment to check on your recovery once a week for the first month and then just once a month for the next six months. The goal of medication is to stabilize you.  The important and lasting work of recovery is in the support programs which include treatment of co-occurring issues, such as therapy for past trauma, and developing life skills.

Are you ready to consider Ambulatory Detox?  Call us today at (801) 212-9591