Benzodiazepine Home Detox Treatment Boston, MA
Incidence of benzodiazepine use disorder has increased gradually over the last several decades, particularly within the last decade coinciding with opiate and amphetamine abuse. Benzodiazepines are most often abused in combination with other drugs of abuse.
Benzodiazepine withdrawals are one the most difficult to manage and are more protracted than other drugs, like opiates and even alcohol. Benzo detox options include detoxing with the primary prescriber and tapering benzos over a couple of months, an at-home detox approach which takes 1-2 weeks, or a hospital-based detox in high-risk patients in about a week. Sometimes bed availability is limited for inpatient detox which is made worse by Covid-19 pandemic. Pandemic has not only made people more stressed and anxious but also limited options of in person counseling and relapse rates have gone up. Even more importantly patients are scared to seek help at hospitals. At Unique Health, our team of highly trained and experienced addiction doctors, nurses, psychologists, and case managers provide an ideal environment for the individual’s detox at home if we determine that it can be safely done.
What Does Benzo Detox at Home Entails
The first visit requires a history and a physical exam performed by our addiction medicine doctor.
Blood and urine testing is performed to see the overall health and liver status and rule out other drugs of abuse
Based on the above information, the decision is made to detox at home or refer the patient to a hospital based acute detox.
If the decision is at-home detox, comfort medicines are generally prescribed for one day at a time.
The patient starts comfort medicine in our office and is seen at least twice a day from home using online video consultation (telemedicine).
Starting on day two or three, our addiction counsellors will engage the patient with individual counselling using online consultations.
Patients have access to our nurse on call 24/7 who will is also in direct communication with the physician.
What Are Results After Benzodiazepine Home Detox
We try our best to help patients achieve long term sobriety. Having said that, addiction is a complicated disease and sobriety depends on multiple factors including motivation, support, and access to medical and psychological support. We do our best to provide the support that opens the door to a lifetime of health and sobriety.