Outpatient Ambulatory Detoxification
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Detoxification Program also offers referrals to outpatient substance
abuse treatment, Level I (Outpatient Treatment), Level II.I
(Intensive Outpatient Program), and Level III.I (Transitional
Treatment). All Tangu Outpatient staff is experienced credentialed
Tanguís Outpatient Detoxification Program and Outpatient follow-up programs provide treatment services that usually allow the patient to continue their jobs and daily routines while receiving detoxification/outpatient treatment.
Services are offered mornings, evenings and Saturdays (this flexible schedule allows the patient to continue other daily routines).
Tangu believes that the primary objective of detoxification is to relieve withdrawal symptoms while patients adjust to a drug-free state. Detoxification is not in itself a complete treatment for addiction. However, detoxification is a useful step only when it leads to follow-up long-term treatment that is either drug free in outpatient/and or residential program. Other acceptable follow-up treatments may include use of non-addictive medications to support a sober lifestyle.
Because detoxification is often the only element covered in many health insurance programs, detoxification is often thought of as addiction treatment; however, medical detoxification is only the first step in the treatment process.
Detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal while the patient adjusts to a drug-free state. Tangu recommends that all patients who go through the detoxification program follow-up with the Tangu Outpatient Program to support a lasting recovery.
Criteria for Admission:
- Patient must have no history of DTs withdrawal or seizures;
- Patient must not be taking any mood altering substances;
- Patient must be escorted by responsible drug-free adult (21 years and over) that will monitor patient during acute detoxification phase (initial 3 days of detox). Adult must escort patient to and from ambulatory detox program. Adult must also hold patient medication to monitor patient only takes medication as prescribed;
- Patient must bring in all prescription medications to be reviewed by ambulatory program, nurse and/or physician;
- Patient must consent to take ambulatory detox medication as prescribed;
- Patient must be medically stable.