Outpatient 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.
A longer, methodical, and carefully paced detox follows the natural neuro-physiologic withdrawal patterns of the different receptor symptoms involved, unlike uncomfortable and dangerous 5 to 7 day detoxes. A poorly managed mixed drug detox can be particularly dangerous as a destabilization of one receptor system can indirectly destabilize other receptor systems. A common example would be an individual who develops vomiting from opiate withdrawal, is unable to hold down his benzodiazepines because of the vomiting, develops benzodiazepine withdrawal and ends up having a seizure. These complications can be completely avoided with very specific medication combinations given in a specific sequence. Comfort equates to safety when it comes to mixed drug detoxification, even more so than with a any single drug detox. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) and managed promptly and effectively, which further improves comfort and reduces relapse rates. Inpatient facilities often struggle with mixed