Philosophy/Statement of Care

When you are physically dependent on a substance, the first step in the treatment journey to safely go through the detoxification process. This is achieved by using medications that directly counter the experience of withdrawing (e.g., alcohol: Librium, opiates: buprenorphine) as well as other medications that can work effectively together to counteract other symptoms such as aches and pains, upset stomach, anxiety, etc.

As this is the beginning of the recovery journey, the emphasis is placed on making sure you are comfortable and that you rest and recuperate in a stress-free environment. 

We really only ask one question while you are with us for this portion of your treatment: “On the day of discharge, where will YOU go next to continue your recovery pathway?” This is YOUR plan. Our single objective is to help you get there.

What Is Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (Outpatient Detox)?

Ambulatory detox is a process that allows those we serve to transition to our other outpatient recovery services safely.

There are two levels of care for Ambulatory Withdrawal Management.

Level I-D:

Ambulatory Withdrawal Management without extended onsite monitoring (e.g., physician’s office, home healthcare agency). This level of care is an organized outpatient service monitored at predetermined intervals.

Level II-D:

Ambulatory Withdrawal Management with extended onsite monitoring. At AAR Healthcare, this entails remaining onsite for several hours during especially challenging days of your treatment episode to access specific additional services such as counseling, group therapy, and care coordination.

Ambulatory and outpatient care are more appealing to many people due to their lower cost and greater flexibility. As individuals can remain at home, they can continue to engage in their family life, career, or any other responsibilities they deem important. However, it is worth noting that for some individuals, this form of treatment may allow for certain temptations, negative influences, or triggers to continue to exist in a person’s life, counterbalancing the benefit of treatment. This is why it is important, should you choose ambulatory detox and treatment, to ensure that you have an ample and supportive network of friends or family behind you to help you stay optimistic, accountable, and focused on your recovery. 

General Requirements:

Ability to attend the clinic daily

No history of delirium tremens or seizure

Ability to provide informed consent and follow treatment recommendations

Suicidal/homicidal tendencies or psychosis not present

Teachable caregiver

No significant medical conditions

Plan of Care:

Preadmission

We will collect some information from you regarding your medical history in general and your prior substance use treatment specifically to ensure that Ambulatory Withdrawal Management is the best and safest option for you to begin this journey. We will also discuss all costs of care as well as what is required of you.

Day 1

Arrive at the facility. The nurse/intake coordinator will explain the program again to you, focusing on what you can expect while you are here. The nurse/intake coordinator will spend some time with your caregiver explaining the process and how he/she will best be able to support you. The nurse will then do a brief medical assessment and set you up to connect to our medical doctor or a mid-level provider. The care coordinator will briefly meet with you to discuss how the next few days will look and any ideas you have for continuing treatment following your withdrawal, and then you will be able to go home and rest. The care coordinator will call your house in the evening as a check-in.

Day 2

Arrive at the facility. The nurse will check in with you to see how you are feeling and how your first night went. You will have a connected call with our medical doctor or a mid-level provider. Then you will meet with an AAR clinician who will conduct an assessment that will help us create – with you – an ongoing treatment plan. The clinician will continue to work on your discharge plan as well. The care coordinator will call your house in the evening as a check-in.

Day 3

Arrive at the facility. The nurse will check in with you to see how you are feeling and how your night went. You will have a connected call with our medical doctor or a mid-level provider. Your therapist will meet with you to finalize your treatment plan and focus on what comes next – ensuring those resources are in place for discharge. The care coordinator will call your house in the evening as a check-in.

Days 4 – 7

It is here that the model at AAR Healthcare is vastly different. There are several services available at AAR – individual, group, and family/couples therapy. Your clinician and care coordinator will work with you to design what would be the best use of your time during this withdrawal process focusing on those specific issues or areas where you need support to ensure your success in recovery.

Learn More About Ambulatory Withdrawal Management at AAR Healthcare

Reach out to AAR Healthcare today to learn more about outpatient detox and our many other valuable services. You can contact us using our convenient online form or by calling us at 844.967.1610.