April 6, 2017 | by Haven Staff
America’s addiction epidemic has taken on momentum calling for innovative treatment programs that can deliver higher efficacy. The cost of sticking to the status quo in terms of human lives is too great.
An Ambulatory Detox model offers patients an integrated approach that delivers a higher success rate at a lower cost, relative to the traditional inpatient model. Although not initially welcomed by the treatment community, this innovative approach to detoxing individuals off alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates in an outpatient setting has proven to be effective. The hesitancy to welcome this novel treatment method is understandable; detoxification from alcohol and benzodiazepines had never been attempted on an outpatient basis due to risk of seizures and stroke, and, patients would be returning home at the end of treatment each day.
This model saves payers significant money when compared to inpatient detoxification. Although the length of stay at the detoxification level of care in the ambulatory detox setting is much longer than in an inpatient setting, the cost of care is far lower - by 40% - driven by eliminating the overnight stay. Ambulatory Detox delivers “nirvana” because, in the field of medicine, better outcomes usually come at a significantly higher cost.
By making adjustments, such as those listed below, to detox medication protocols and introducing innovative therapeutic approaches, including network therapy that drive better outcomes this course of treatment is very effective.
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