Home Detox program re-starts

Staff writer
February 1, 2013 01:00 AM

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is pleased to announce that Addiction Services of the Sunshine Coast is reintroducing a Home Detox program.

Detoxification is the safe management of physical withdrawal symptoms from alcohol or other drugs so that the associated risks are minimized. Home detox is a medically monitored detoxification process facilitated in a person's home by trained addictions staff. It consists of the following services:

An initial assessment by a physician and addictions nurse.

Daily nursing visits to monitor the client's condition for up to one week.

Supervised medication dispensing/medication monitoring.

Advice and support to the client and the support people in his or her life.

Identification and discussion of further treatment options.

Coordination of aftercare and follow-up.

Patients must meet the following admission criteria to be accepted: an individual lives in a home. The home is safe for VCH personnel to enter. The individual is not living with someone whose alcohol or drug use is a problem. A partner or friend must be available to see the individual daily. There is no history of seizures or other medical complications. There are no mental health concerns such as psychosis or suicidal ideation. A physician is involved.

Referrals will be accepted from a number of sources, including: physicians, family members, clergy, workplaces and the client him/herself.

For more information or to make a referral, call Addiction Services at 604-885-8678.

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