Addiction Assessment & Detoxification

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Medically Managed Detoxification

The first 24 hours at CeDAR is used to assess and plan for any detoxification needs. We account for any co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. Detox at CeDAR is only available to patients who have been admitted into a Residential Treatment Program.

Assessment Detox Unit

CeDAR's Assessment Detox Unit (ADU) is a building on our campus devoted to 24/7 medically-monitored drug and alcohol withdrawal. Our UCHealth medical staff provides comprehensive drug and alcohol detox services that include a thorough assessment of the patient’s medical condition, psychiatric issues, and substance use history. We deliver efficient and complete medical treatment based on the individual needs of the patient.

All levels of drug and alcohol detoxification can be provided rapidly in the ADU.

Since detoxification is the first part of the rehabilitation process, CeDAR provides a safe, comfortable and medically sound experience to encourage further engagement in treatment. Our experienced staff recognizes the complexities of drug and alcohol withdrawal management. We specialize in addressing and treating the many medical, psychiatric and nutritional complications that are common in patients entering treatment for addiction.

Treating Withdrawal

Prolonged and repeated substance and alcohol use often lead to physical dependence, which means that if the substance is no longer used, an acute withdrawal condition will occur. The symptoms of withdrawal vary depending on the type of drug that has been abused.

Alcohol and benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin can produce withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, nausea and vomiting, agitation, anxiety and more serious problems such as seizures and delirium that can lead to death if not properly managed and monitored. CeDAR's team of credentialed detox staff treat alcohol and benzo withdrawal as a medical condition and apply the highest standards of hospital care.

Withdrawal from opioids such as Oxycodone, Morphine, Heroin, Hydrocodone, and Methadone can cause a flu-like illness, nausea, vomiting, muscle aching, runny nose, and eyes, yawning and gooseflesh. While such symptoms are miserable unlike the sedative medication, opioid withdrawal is not associated with life-threatening complications. CeDAR utilizes medically managed strategies to ease the discomfort of opiate withdrawal.

Generally, withdrawal from marijuana and stimulants does occur but is not life-threatening.

Integrated Approach to Addiction Treatment

The addiction assessment and detoxification components of our program work together to help determine appropriate levels of treatment for each patient.

Our integrated approach relies on a team of addiction experts from multiple specialties, including a triple-boarded addiction-certified internal medicine physician and addiction psychiatrists to address co-occurring mental health as well as physical needs. Other members include addiction case managers, behavioral health doctors, family therapists, spiritual care professionals, nurses and more specialists to care for the whole patient—mind, body, and soul.

This team collaborates on an individualized behavioral care plan as the patient moves from addiction assessment through detox (if needed) to the primary care setting.

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