Outpatient Detox Treatment
Outpatient detox goes hand-in-hand with therapy and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Outpatient detox or ambulatory withdrawal management is provided at Sanford Outpatient Center, under the direction of a licensed physician. Outpatient detox is for individuals who are either intoxicated or withdrawing from alcohol or other substances who do not have acute withdrawal symptoms or require residential treatment. Outpatient monitoring occurs hand-in-hand with outpatient therapy and Sanford’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT). All patients are assessed to make sure they are not experiencing medical or neurological symptoms because of their substance use that would require a higher level of care.
What is Outpatient Detox?
Outpatient detox services occur Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during hours of operation at Sanford Outpatient Center. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Oral intake of fluids
- Food if indicated
- The taking of vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure)
- And documentation of fluid and food intake a minimum of one time per visit, or more often as indicated by the patient’s physical condition.
Patients actively using cocaine, marijuana, and amphetamines do not require withdrawal management services; however, we refer these patients to the Sanford Outpatient Center for addiction treatment and could be eligible for residential services at Sanford House at John Street for Men, Cherry Street for Women, or Sanford West SUD.
Environment - Why Sanford for Outpatient Detox?
We provide outpatient detox services in a safe, welcoming, trauma-informed, and culturally/age-appropriate environment. At Sanford Outpatient Center, our focus is to create and provide an uplifting space with a group of passionate clinical therapists and medical staff. Intensive outpatient and outpatient groups, The Family Program and individual and family therapy are all conducted both in-person and via telehealth at Sanford Outpatient Center. We address post-acute withdrawal smptoms at every therapeutic modality.
Outpatient Detox Team
A licensed physician providing supervision of withdrawal management is on site or on call during the hours of operation at the Sanford Outpatient Center. Staff members are trained and knowledgeable in:
- The physical signs of withdrawal
- Taking of vital signs
- Implication of the vital signs
- And emergency procedures.
An RN or LPN provides on-site monitoring, and statutorily approved personnel administer medications in accordance with our physician’s orders. Staff members are knowledgeable regarding Sanford-required education, evidence-based practices, training and policies.
We complete a medical assessment, documented by a licensed physician, for appropriateness of placement during admission to the program. We also develop an individualized case management plan for each client prior to discharge.
Continuum of Care
At Sanford, we create a consistent system of treatment that guides and tracks our clients through all levels of medical detox and treatment intensity. Our goal is to determine a clinically appropriate placement for everyone in the least restrictive level of care. However, we recognize the importance of a long-term continuum of treatment programs, classes and resources. Successful treatment of substance use disorders typically requires continual evaluation and adjustments, similar to the approach taken for other chronic diseases. And we work directly with our patients to transition them into a safe living environment after residential treatment.