Withdrawl management is most appropriately considered a precursor to treatment, because it is designed to address the acute effects of stopping drug use. The primary objectives for this phase are to provide safe, medically supervised withdrawl management from all mood-altering chemicals, instruction in the nature of addiction, and motivation to further treatment. Treatment is completed when the person is physically stable and mentally alert enough to make an informed choice about the next step in his or her recovery.
It is important to note that withdrawl management is a process of stabilization whereby individuals are systematically withdrawn from mood-altering chemicals in an inpatient or outpatient setting, typically under the care of a physician. It is not designed to address the psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with addiction and therefore does not typically produce the type of lasting behavior changes necessary for recovery.
What is outpatient withdrawl management?
Outpatient withdrawl management is available to those clients with less severe addictions and who are experiencing minimal withdrawal. The program is implemented by trained Addiction Nurses. Outpatient withdrawl management allows people suffering from chemical dependencies to participate in treatment and remain in their own home. The outpatient program offers flexibility for people with personal commitments which make attending a residential program difficult.
This program offers longer follow-up support service with nursing staff. Clients will meet with an outpatient nurse once a day to have their withdrawal monitored, however, the program is flexible and allows for longer support if required. Clients typically attend one morning educational session per day for approximately six days. They are also encouraged to attend acupuncture sessions, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.