Addiction Assessment & Detoxification

The first 24 hours at CeDAR is used to assess and plan for any detoxification needs, and to assess and plan for any co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. Detoxification is only available to patients who have been admitted into a residential program.

Medically monitored and managed detoxification

The average patient spends 1 to 3 days in detoxification, a 24/7 medically monitored program for drug and alcohol withdrawal. Our medical professionals understand the complexities of this process and are skilled at addressing and treating the many medical, psychiatric and nutritional complications that are common in patients entering treatment for substance abuse. CeDAR’s Denver, Colorado location on the University of Colorado Hospital campus assures that all levels of detoxification can be provided rapidly if the need arises.

UCH Emergency

Prolonged and repeated substance and alcohol use often leads 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 assessed and treated. 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. Generally, withdrawal from marijuana and stimulants does occur but is not life-threatening.

Since detoxification is a prelude to the rehabilitation process, CeDAR providers understand the importance of a safe, comfortable and medically sound experience to encourage further engagement in treatment. At CeDAR, our practitioners recognize the complexities of not only drug and alcohol withdrawal management, but are skilled at addressing and treating the many medical, psychiatric and nutritional complications that are common in patients entering treatment for substance abuse. CeDAR’s location on the University of Colorado Hospital campus assures that all levels of detoxification can be provided rapidly if the need arises. Our goal is to provide comprehensive detoxification services that include a thorough assessment of the patient’s medical condition, psychiatric co-morbidity and substance use history and deliver efficient and complete medical treatment based on the needs of the patient.

Integrated approach to addiction treatment

The addiction assessment and detoxification components of our program work together in helping to 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 detoxification (if needed) to the primary care setting.

Please call us at 720-848-3000 to learn more about our drug and alcohol addiction assessment process. We Can Help.