Benzo Home Detox


Benzodiazepine Home Detox

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. At Unique Health, our team of highly trained and experienced addiction doctors, nurses, psychologists, and case managers will provide an ideal environment for the individual’s detox at home.

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.

DISCLAIMERS

  • Detox at home, like detox at the hospital, does not guarantee success.
  • Detox at home is a concierge model in our office. This is a unique practice model and not paid for by health insurances at this stage.
  • Health insurance may pay for one visit a day but rest of care for home detox is paid by the patient to cover the cost for nurses, doctor, social worker/counsellor to be on call and available 24/7 for telemedicine during detox at home.
  • Medicare patients will need to sign an advanced beneficiary notice.
  • We provide office-based care to Medicaid patients but due to insurance rules, we can not provide the concierge model home detox to Medicaid patients.

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