The first step in recovering from an addiction is detoxification. Detoxification is the process of ridding your body of drugs or alcohol. When your body does not have the addictive drug, you experience withdrawal. Withdrawal can be difficult, uncomfortable and even life-threatening. In the past, the only option for a safe detoxification was inpatient, hospital-based, care. However, if you live in the New York City area, you now have another option – home detoxification. With this service, the physician – Dr. Seitz – comes to your house and prescribes the same medications you would receive in the hospital, making your detox both comfortable and safe, allowing you to take the first step towards a lifetime of sobriety and recovery.
Individualized and Customized Care
Everyone has a different experience with detoxification and withdrawal. An important aspect of our care is that it is individualized. Unlike busy hospital-based doctors, Dr. Seitz spends time with you, learning about your substance use history and creating a customized medication-based detoxification protocol. For example, your body type, health history , what substance or substances you were using and the amount and length of use will greatly impact your withdrawal symptoms. Likewise, concurrent medical problems such as chronic back or other musculoskeletal pain or mental health issues such as anxiety or depression will have a significant impact upon treatment. As many people became addicts precisely because they were self-medicating a debilitating condition, these issues must be addressed, both to make detox as safe and comfortable as possible and to assure long-term recovery.
Medication Assisted Detoxification
Patient safety and comfort are of paramount importance. To that end, Dr. Seitz, our medical director, will work with you to assess your specific situation and needs. Your medication regimen will be tailored to address likely withdrawal symptoms and then modified as needed during the detox process. In addition, medications will be provided to address chronic pain, depression or anxiety if your health history supports their use.
Medication-Assisted treatment may also include prescriptions that treat residual cravings for the addictive substance. In the case of opioid addiction, for example, both Suboxone and Vivitrol can be used to increase the probability of long-term sobriety.
We understand that withdrawal symptoms can be painful and severe. Cravings can be intense and often lead the patient right back to his/her drug of choice. Those who try and go it alone often become just another sad statistic. Dr. Seitz will do everything he can to ensure your experience is both safe and comfortable. He will monitor your progress several times a day and make medication adjustments accordingly, from Day 1 of detox to completion.
Detox in Comfort and Privacy
Leaving home to detox in an inpatient environment can be disruptive. Hospitals are often clinical and cold, and you may not wish to compromise your privacy through interactions with other patients and staff. With our at home detoxification, you stay in your familiar surroundings. We come to you, minimizing your exposure and keeping your care discreet.
Rather than having to adapt to uncomfortable hospital beds and bland hospital food, you can rest and recover in comfort. You may want to distract yourself by binge-watching a favorite show, walking your dog, or reading a good book.. Stretch out in the comfort of your own bed and sleep as much as necessary to as you give your body the time and space necessary to recuperate. There is no fixed schedule to follow.
Get the Support You Need
By detoxing at home, you are in control of your surroundings. This may include having friends and family present for support if you so choose. Ask people to visit who you will be positive, loving, and patient with you during your detoxification.
If you prefer not to see family or friends while you detox, that’s fine too. We will be there to support you and monitor your progress, ensuring that you stay safe and healthy. In addition, we can also connect you with other addiction treatment professionals to assist in the process. This may include recovery coaches, therapists, and other health professionals. We will also connect you with relapse-prevention resources such community support groups and/or outpatient rehab treatment.to assist you in maintaining sobriety once you’ve completed detoxification.
Doctor Directed and Monitored Care
One of the unique aspects of our program is that Dr. Seitz, our Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist (and not a nurse or other health professional) personally directs your care, monitoring your progress frequently adjusting your medication regimen as needed. Dr Seitz, has over 20 years of experience detoxing patients in both hospital and private practice settings and is triple board certified Addiction Medicine (ABAM and ABPM) and Family Medicine (ABFM).
Making a Fresh Start
Detoxification is an important first step on your journey to recovery. Give yourself the chance to make a fresh start and let your body rest and recuperate. You don’t need to turn your life upside down to get the support you need. We’re here to meet you where you are and to help you get back to the drug-free productive life that you deserve.