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.