Advances in outpatient alcohol treatment and drug detox now allow people to be detoxified from alcohol and opioids safely and comfortably on an outpatient drug treatment basis. As a local drug detox and treatment center, we are leaders in outpatient drug treatment in Metro Atlanta. Patients spend one or two days at the Clinic receiving oral medication and being monitored by our medical staff. They participate simultaneously in the outpatient rehabilitation program. At the end of the day, they return home with a limited amount of medication for evening use.
Because the relapse rate is extremely high for drug detox programs if detoxification is given without other treatment services, we only offer detoxification to patients willing to participate in the Kolmac intensive outpatient rehabilitation drug detox program.
Outpatient Alcohol Treatment & Detox
For outpatient alcohol detox, the medication of choice for many years has been benzodiazepines. This class of medications can quickly relieve symptoms of anxiety, tremor, and insomnia. In addition, they can completely prevent serious withdrawal symptoms such as grand mal seizures or delirium tremens. It is long acting and provides a smoother transition to abstinence than do the shorter acting benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Ativan. It is also less likely to cause cross-addiction than other benzodiazepines. We give Librium for two to three days, after which the body gradually eliminates it over a period of weeks.
In recent years, for mild to moderate withdrawal, we have also begun to use medications such as Neurontin, which were initially developed as anticonvulsants. These medications have the advantage of not being sedating and of having no potential for cross-addiction. They are given over a period of six days in our outpatient drug treatment.