Detox Services

Detox services for chemical dependency are available for ALL substances at The Phoenix Program. Here treatment for all chemicals and chemical combinations can be managed on an outpatient basis. Each case is managed safely and comfortably, almost always requiring no time away from work, school, and family. All treatment regimens are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual, and take into account the specific clinical details of each case. We do not use generic protocols that overlook each individual’s specific needs.  There are many different options available for comfortable detox off of every substance and multiple substance combination.

Opiate Detox

Opiate withdrawal is widely known to be very uncomfortable and difficult if attempted without skilled medical intervention.  Highly specialized options have been developed for comfortable opiate detox, including the use of Buprenorphine (Subutex/ Suboxone) and Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol). The use of these and other medications greatly reduces the intensity of opiate withdrawal symptoms.  When implemented properly, most patients can continue working full time while undergoing the detox process.  Outpatient opiate detox costs just a fraction of what an inpatient detox would cost, with additional savings coming from the lack of work interruption.

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Methadone Detox

Methadone withdrawal can be extraordinarily uncomfortable and difficult, even with skilled medical intervention.  In patients who have tried to detox, the Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can be incredibly long and difficult, lasting up to a year or more sometimes.  Many facilities will not even attempt to detox someone off of Methadone.  Specialized options have been developed for Methadone detox, including the use of Buprenorphine (Subutex/ Suboxone) and Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol). The use of these and other medications greatly reduces the intensity of opiate withdrawal symptoms. At our program, patients are able to come off of Methadone doses exceeding 200mg and sometimes even 300mg daily. Outpatient Methadone oftentimes must be done on an extended outpatient basis, due to the potential severity of withdrawal symptoms.

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Alcohol Detox

Alcohol detoxification is widely known to be very dangerous, uncomfortable and potentially deadly if attempted without skilled medical intervention.  The danger increases drastically if Delerium Tremens develops, which can be life threatening.  Highly specialized medical options have been developed for safe and comfortable alcohol detox at an outpatient level of care. The use of specific medication combinations can completely contain and control alcohol withdrawal symptoms, with avoidance of DTs or seizures.  Almost all patients can continue their normal day-to-day activities when receiving proper outpatient care for alcoholism.  Outpatient alcohol treatment is also significantly more cost-effective than traditional inpatient hospitalization.

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Benzodiazepine and Sedative Detox

Benzodiazepine and sedative withdrawal and detox is widely known to be difficult, dangerous, and potentially deadly if attempted without the direction of a physician.  The intensity is much worse if alcohol is used regularly as well.  Individuals going through benzodiazepine withdrawal are at especially high risk of having seizures.  Many treatment options have been developed for safe and comfortable benzodiazepine and sedative detox on an outpatient basis. The use of specific medication combinations can completely contain and control benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, leaving the patient completely comfortable in most cases.  Almost all patients can continue working full time while undergoing this process, due to the stability achieved.  Outpatient detox costs much less than inpatient detox, with substantial additional savings coming from almost no opportunity cost from missed work days.

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Mixed Drug Detox

Many individuals present with a full dependence on multiple drugs from more than one drug category.  These patients typically need a mixed drug detox, also known as a “double detox”.  A mixed drug detox poses a number of special challenges and risks.  The symptoms and risks of one type of detox can directly complicate the other detox, if not managed carefully.  These detoxes are especially high risk and need to be managed by a highly experienced specialist.   Medical treatment plans have to be custom catered to meet the needs of each case.  The expert use of intricate medication combinations can contain and control withdrawal symptoms, leaving the patient safe and comfortable.  Most patients can continue working full time while undergoing this process, once stability is achieved.

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Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine has become increasingly common as a social use drug and a 2nd drug of choice.  It can easily become the new drug of choice, especially if consumed in the form of crack.  Although it does not have the obvious and full-scale physical dependence of an opiate, alcohol or benzodiazepine, it has a severe psychological addiction that can be worse than any of those three.  There are more subtle withdrawal symptoms that do exist though, that intensify the psychological addiction symptoms.  These symptoms can be effectively controlled with medical treatment.

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Amphetamine and Stimulant addiction treatment

Amphetamines have become increasingly common as social use drugs, performance enhancement drugs, and as 2nd drugs of choice.  They can easily become the new drug of choice, especially if consumed in the more illicit forms of crystal meth.  Although it does not have the obvious and full-scale physical dependence of an opiate, alcohol or benzodiazepine, it has a severe psychological addiction that can be more debilitating than any of those three.  There are more subtle withdrawal symptoms that do exist though, that reflect the internal chemical disruptions in the brain.  These symptoms can be effectively controlled with medical treatment.

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Rapid Outpatient Detox

There are modern methods that have been developed that allow for an accelerated start and completion of opiate withdrawal.  Certain medication combinations can induce withdrawal symptoms that will completely resolved in a matter of hours, all on an outpatient basis.  This is known as rapid outpatient detox.

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Ibogaine Detox

Ibogaine is the most active ingredient from the purified extract of the roots of an African plant known as Tabernanthe iboga.  Ibogaine hydrochloride was first extracted by the French in the late 1800’s and was primarily used as a remedy for fatigue and depression.  The use for Ibogaine in the treatment of opiate addiction was discovered in 1962.   It has since been used as the primary active ingredient for Ibogaine detox in the treatment of opiate dependence.

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Suboxone and Subutex Treatment

The FDA approval of Subutex and Suboxone for the treatment of opiate dependence has dramatically changed addiction treatment.  These medications, which are classified as partial opiate agonists/ antagonists, will dramatically suppress opiate withdrawal symptoms without creating the same intoxication created by a regular opiate.  Subutex and Suboxone can be used both for opiate detox and for relapse prevention maintenance treatment.

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Outpatient Kratom Detox Treatment

The nature and severity of the physical dependence caused by regular Kratom use resembles that seen with opioids such as oxycodone and heroin. Affected individuals experience flu like symptoms, sweating, goose flesh, hot and cold flashes, body aches, leg cramps, weakness, fatigue, depression, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms usually last a week or longer in a dependent individual.

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Post Acute Withdrawal (PAWS) Treatment

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is an extremely common and very disruptive condition seen in the treatment of addiction.  Dependence on any substance that requires a chemical detoxification can predispose an individual to developing Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is a state of low grade yet still present withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable and typically trigger severe cravings and relapse.

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