Opiate Home Detox Treatment in Boston, MA
Opiate dependence or opiate use disorder is an increasing problem in the United States, reaching alarming levels. Opiate related deaths have increased from 10,000 in 2000 to just over 49,000 in 2017. Sadly, the problem is so prevalent that it is a factor in the reduced life expectancy in the United States. Opiate detox traditionally detoxes patients in hospital settings, but addiction is posing such a burden on the health system that patients sometimes cannot find a bed. This problem is made even worse by Covid -19 pandemic. Many of patients suffering from opiate addiction are either scared or prefer not to go to hospital to spare the resources for patients who really need them at this critical stage of pandemic. Our at-home opiate detox program intends to bridge this unmet need.
What Does Opiate Home Detox Entails
The first visit requires a history and a physical exam performed by our addiction medicine doctor.
Blood and urine testing are performed to see the overall health and liver status and rule out drugs of abuse.
Based on the above information, the decision is made to detox at home or refer to a hospital-based acute detox.
If the decision I at-home detox, comfort medicines are generally prescribed 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 Alcohol 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.