Our physicians are trained in the field of Addiction and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. Our addiction specialists have extensive experience with opiod deotx, benzodiazepine withdrawl, alcohol addiction, cocaine and other forms of addiction. Addiction medicine cannot be placed under any other medical specialty and requires a unique practice and knowledge. We also work with psychiatrists who are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPM). Addiction psychiatry, is a component of our treatment and is used when needed to help patients with detox and their addictions.
At MyConciergeMD our addiction specialists are classified under physicians who are trained and certified to treat a variety of addictions and detox. We are trained in high quality care for even the most unique cases of addiction and provide comfortable, reliable and expert treatment to get patients back on their feet. We take pride in providing the best outpatient care for drug and alcohol treatment through multiple pathways and as every case is specific, we personalize treatment plans to reflect the best most manageable care.
Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Outpatient treatment can vary; most will operate in a very similar way. Patients are required to partake in an initial assessment by an addiction doctor. Patients are required to be abstinent from drug and alcohol. They agree to attend seminars, therapy sessions, and activities. Can be one-on-one or in a group environment. Our physicians and clinical staff reserve adequate time per patient to spearhead a treatment plan for drugs and alcohol that will isolate the issue and provide proper treatment. Patient care is crucial for success and we provide the best possible care for our patients who are suffering with drugs and alcohol.
Benefits of outpatient care
- Does not disrupt a work or school schedule.
- Does not have to transition back to home routines
- Does not become stigmatized for having inpatient treatment
- Less expensive than inpatient treatment
- With support from friends and family, coming home is an advantage
Disadvantages of outpatient care
- Improper supervision can cause relapse due to temptations
- May not be able to contact a professional after office hours or on weekends
- Distractions from family and work can cause frustration and relapse
- Not as much help for withdrawal symptoms as an inpatient facility
Detox from Alcohol
Before any treatment protocol can be set in place, a systematic assessment of the patient’s medical conditions is needed. An assessment is performed by a qualified clinical staff member and will help create a personalized plan for the patient.
Some symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are the same as other illness. A urine sample is often taken to verify levels of alcohol in the system. The more benign of symptoms can subside on their own in a matter of days if no additional alcohol intake. More serious withdrawal such as tachycardia, fevers, hypertension, auditory or visual hallucinations, delirium, severe depression, suicidal or homicidal intention, or psychosis should be immediately treated by a qualified physician.
Medications such as Acamprosate, Disulfiram, Naltrexone, Benzodiazepines, including diazepam and chlordiazepoxide, Anticonvulsants such as Depakote or Tegretol or other antidepressants and anti-nausea medications are often found helpful to relieve alcohol withdrawal symptoms. An addiction specialist member at MyConcerigeMD will go over results with you upon arrival to our Los Angeles clinic.
Detox from Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are some of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. They are Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam, Ativan (lorazepam), and Klonopin (clonazepam). They are intended to be used on a short-term basis, not to handle prolonged addictions to other substances or personal problems. Withdrawal can be more severe than alcohol withdrawal and should always be monitored by a physician.
Our physicians do not advice a patient to stop taking benzodiazepines ‘cold turkey’ as various uncomfortable side effects can occur. Generally, a decreased dose tapering down to no dose is preferred. Often beta-blockers and antidepressant medications are used to help the patient while they are tapering down the dose.
Detox from benzodiazepines has an emotional and psychological aspect as well. More care should be taken to monitor the whole-body functions rather than simply dealing with the medical addiction. Our physicians are happy to go over possible treatment plans and complications with any medications considered within a treatment plan.
Detox from Opioids (Suboxone license)
Opioid addiction is common in the United States due to the large numbers of persons who use and abuse these drugs for the treatment of chronic pain issues. Though drugs such as benzodiazepines, methadone, and other drugs are used, withdrawal can be severe and relapses are common. Long term abuse of opioids causes other medical issues. They can affect the body, emotional, and mental status of a patient to render them unable to cope with daily activities.
Methadone, Subutex, Suboxone and Zubsolv are often combined with other antidepressants and antiadrenergic agent to aid in relief from opioid withdrawal.
Treating opioids stems from finding and managing the initial reason for the abuse. For example, if chronic pain was the problem, the patient should seek other modes of treatment. These can include electrical shock systems, tens units, non-opioid medications, exercise, diet and physical therapy.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Specialist
We have treated many patients using standard and alternative therapies to acheive the desired success. Our addiction specialists will utilize all appropriate treatment options and treat all underlying conditions in order to obtain optimal results.
Alternatives to the medications listed above and other forms of withdrawal symptom management is available such as:
Neurotransmitter restoration therapy is one avenue to treat withdrawal symptoms with the use of IV NAD & amino acids. NAD infusion therapy is a holistic approach to the treatment of dependency on alcohol, chemicals, medications, and other substances. It helps clear the mind and relieve withdrawal so the patient can explore other options with a greater chance of success long term.
Rather than relying specifically on drugs to treat addictions, using supplements can aid the transition in a more natural manner. Supplements such as B-Complex for stress relief, Calcium and Magnesium to help relieve anxiety in the central nervous system and help with muscle aches. Kava helps to improve mood. Passion flower can help with mental symptoms. Melatonin can help provide more restful sleep. A balanced diet can help restore the body’s natural functions after the medication or alcohol abuse.
Addiction specialists at MyConciergeMD are ready to help you on your path or a loved one’s path to recovery. Our experts are trained professionals in addiction and treat substance abuse with a wide range of detox techniques, therapy and more. Call us today for a consultation.