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Ambulatory Opiate Detoxification

Our program offers ambulatory detoxification under medical supervision for patients meeting appropriate medical criteria.

Opiate agonist maintenance therapy has long been considered the treatment of choice for opiate dependence, in large part due to the poor track-record of short-term opiate detoxification. Currently, opiate detoxification is most often conducted in inpatient settings and is rarely successful in initiating a meaningful recovery process. Inpatient detoxification regimens are usually very short (five to seven days) and patients usually do not successfully transition from detoxification to longer-term treatment. Ambulatory detoxification at WMMG allows for a longer and more individualized treatment process. As a comprehensive addiction treatment program, WMMG anticipates more success than inpatient detoxification by linking patients to ongoing treatment and counseling at the conclusion of the detoxification process. This is crucial as patients who are released from short-term inpatient detoxification stays are at great risk of overdose and even death. It is not an overstatement to say that appropriate medical treatment with medication can save lives.

Patients who might be considered favorable candidates for ambulatory detoxification include those:

  • With a shorter duration of opiate addiction
  • Who are using smaller quantities of opiates
  • Who have maintained abstinence from opiates following detoxification in the past
  • Who are not addicted to other classes of substances (other than opiates)
  • With more stable social settings and support
  • Without concurrent mental illness
  • Who are more highly motivated to maintain abstinence
  • Under monitored treatment (e.g. court ordered)

Please call Admissions at (212) 736-5900 ext.157 to set up an appointment.

Ambulatory Opiate Detox

“I used heroin most of my adult years. Now I’m taking Buprenorphine, have improved relationships in my family, and expect to continue in my recovery from drugs.”

– WMMG patient