24-Hour Medical Safety
Medically managed detoxification is an important first step in recovery from addiction. Our experienced, caring professional medical staff in CeDAR’s Assessment Detox Unit (ADU) understand how challenging this first step may be for patients. With compassion, respect, and dignity, our staff helps each patient move through this experience safely and as comfortable as possible.
Assessment Detox Unit
A patient’s stay in the ADU begins with a comprehensive assessment by our staff during the first twenty-four hours. All patients receive this assessment to determine their individual needs while in our care.
Our team of specialists understand the complexities of this process and are skilled at addressing and treating the many medical and psychiatric complications that are co-occurring in patients entering treatment for primary substance use disorders. Individualized care will be addressed by stabilizing any acute medical and psychiatric needs, as well as by safely managing detoxification in our 24/7 monitored program.
Medically Managed Detoxification
Sudden cessation of many addictive substances, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines, sleeping aids, and opioids can, in fact, be life-threatening and are most safely managed in a medical setting.
While many treatment centers provide medical detoxification, CeDAR patients are treated with a level of expertise that is rare in our field. Our integrated approach by an extensively trained and experienced staff specifically trained in Addiction Medicine allows for the best care possible throughout the detox process.
Our medical staff includes an addiction-certified primary care physician, addiction-certified registered nurses, several Addiction Psychiatrists and the University of Colorado Hospital emergency care team. As a UCHealth facility, the medical treatment provided at CeDAR is evidence-based and at the highest standards. In fact, CeDAR has numerous training programs for providers wanting to specialize in Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry. Several nurses in our program are Certified Addiction RN’s through the International Nurses Society on Addictions.
Many of our staff have been personally touched by the disease of addiction in some way, and have a passion for supporting our patients and their families as they return to wellness. CeDAR medical staff recognizes the person behind the addiction.
This program is designed to support medically significant detoxification in a comfortable yet medically sufficient manner, which includes intravenous fluids and medicinal support as indicated. The location of our facility on the Anschutz Medical Campus provides ready access to a higher level of care, when needed, for complicated withdrawal and medical acuity.