Detoxification, or detox, is the critical first step in addiction treatment. It is the process of removing toxic substances from a person’s body. By completely abstaining from drugs and/or alcohol, the body rids itself of the harmful substances and their affects.
While most patients undergo detox in residential care, some are able to complete detoxification in an outpatient setting. Our addiction specialists at Henry Ford Maplegrove Center, the home for addiction therapy at Henry ford Behavioral Health Services, can determine if outpatient detox is right for you.
Outpatient detoxification in Michigan
We recognize that addiction is an illness, not a moral issue or matter of self-control. Treating it requires a comprehensive evaluation to diagnosis the addiction and a multi-step treatment plan to help patients recover. Our addiction therapy team works with patients and families to tailor an individualized treatment plan that meets each patient’s needs. The goal of therapy is to help patients successfully reintegrate into family, work and community life. Meet the Maplegrove team.
Outpatient detox: The first step in addiction treatment
Patients undergoing outpatient detox are under the expert care of an experienced physician. Outpatient detox requires commitment and regular participation. Detoxification is part of the “interruption” phase of our three-phase addiction therapy. After completing this first step, patients can participate in ongoing treatment.
The three phases are:
- Interruption. Stopping the cycle of addiction and establishing abstinence
- Rehabilitation. Facilitating education and therapy so the patient recognizes and accepts the addiction, as well as beginning daily routines of recovery.
- Recovery. Implementing ongoing support, including counseling and 12-step meetings, to promote stability and long-term wellbeing.
Outpatient detox: Who is a candidate?
We work closely with our patients and families to determine if outpatient detox is the right approach. Candidates for outpatient detox:
- Are in relatively good health
- Have a high level of motivation
- Have strong family support
- Are not ready to participate in residential care but need medical assistance to achieve a safe detoxification
- Cannot afford to enter residential care
Outpatient detox: What to expect
We begin with a comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s pattern of addiction and medical history. An addiction counselor will determine each patient’s specific counseling needs. Patients will also see a physician and nurse each day during detoxification.
Components of our outpatient detox program include:
- Evaluation. Intake with a counselor to establish the right outpatient counseling and support program
- Physician visits. Daily contact with physicians for the first three to five days
- Nurse visits. Daily contact with nurses for the first three to five days
- Counseling. An individualized plan for continuing outpatient counseling
- Medications. We may prescribe medications such as Suboxone®. Learn more about opiate addiction and Suboxone at Maplegrove Center.