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  • Detoxification/Withdrawal Management

    A detoxification/withdrawal management program is a time-limited program designed to assist the persons served with the physiological and psychological effects of acute withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Based on current best practices in the field, the program’s purpose is to provide a medically safe, professional and supportive withdrawal experience for the persons served while preparing and motivating them to continue treatment after discharge from the program and progress toward a full and complete recovery. The program is staffed to ensure adequate biomedical and psychosocial assessment, observation and care, and referrals to meet the individual needs of the persons served. Additionally, the program develops and maintains a rich network of treatment providers for referrals after completion of the program to ensure the best possible match for the persons served to ongoing treatment services. A detoxification/withdrawal management program may be provided in the following settings:

    Inpatient: This setting is distinguished by services provided in a safe, secure facility-based setting with 24-hour nursing coverage and ready access to medical care. This is for persons served who need round-the-clock supervision in order to successfully manage withdrawal symptoms or when there are additional complications or risk factors that warrant medical supervision, such as co-occurring psychiatric or other medical conditions.

    Residential: This setting is distinguished by services provided in a safe facility with 24-hour coverage by qualified personnel. Persons served need the supervision and structure provided by a 24-hour program but do not have risk factors present that warrant an inpatient setting. It may also be appropriate for persons who lack motivation or whose living situation is not conducive to remaining sober.

    Ambulatory: This setting is distinguished by services provided in an outpatient environment with the persons served residing in their own homes, a sober living environment or other supportive community settings. Persons served in ambulatory settings typically have adequate social supports to remain sober, family involvement in care planning, the ability to maintain regular appointments for ongoing assessment and observation, and the ability to successfully self-manage prescription medications. Persons served in ambulatory settings are concurrently enrolled in or actively linked to a treatment program.


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