Alcohol, Opiates & Benzo Detox
Duration: Normally 14 days
Alcohol, Opiates & Benzo Detox. We use a detoxification medication for the Alcohol detoxification, and also commence a Clonidine or Methadone – Opiate detox, whichever the client has chosen.
The client is assessed pre- admission and again prior to commencing detox to determine what dose of Librium is appropriate, based on the client’s withdrawal symptoms, height, weight and how much alcohol is being used.
This will cover both Alcohol and Benzodiazepine withdrawal.
Once the Alcohol and Opiate detox is completed,the client is assessed as to whether there is a need for further benzodiazepine detox.
If required, the Benzo detoxification would continue using Diazepam with Carbamazepine (Tegretol) to safeguard against Benzodiazepine withdrawal seizures.
If there is a medical reason for not using Librium (e.g.the client has liver failure) our G.P’s will prescribe suitable alternatives.
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is used to safeguard against Alcohol withdrawal seizures.
In addition to the above, all clients admitted for an Alcohol & Opiate detox will have the following medication:
Pabrinex I.M. daily for 5 days followed by Thiamine and Vitamin B co strong daily for the remainder of the detox period and for 2 weeks after discharge.
All females are pregnancy- tested prior to any dose of any medication being given. If a female client is pregnant our G.P’s will be consulted prior to commencing any medications. A letter from the client’s Consultant Obstetrician will be required to confirm that it is safe to commence detox prior to the client’s admission.
In addition to the Medical Detoxification, depending on which centre you choose, all clients have the benefit of:
1. Auricular Acupuncture to reduce anxiety and stress
2. 24- hour Qualified Nursing support
3. 24- hour project worker andqualified therapist support
4.Involvement in the Modified 12-Step Therapeutic Stabilisation Program, and the therapeutic community of the House
5.Sleepy Teas to help develop normal sleep patterns
6.Peer Support at all times.
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