There are no currently known, established, FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment options for people struggling with addiction to other drugs (i.e. not opioids or alcohol). Sunrise will employ all other resources that it has for the outpatient level of care that we can provide to best help patients struggling with such substances as benzodiazepines (i.e. anxiety medications), barbiturates, illicit and prescription stimulants (i.e. cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamines), marijuana, hallucinogens, hypnotics, muscle relaxants, dissociatives, ecstasy, PCP, etc. The primary treatment modalities will be on-site individual counseling, intensive outpatient group counseling, case management and crisis intervention. The medical providers may be able to utilize medications to manage any minor withdrawal symptoms on a case by case basis. Underlying co-occurring mental health conditions can be treated by our psychiatrist and mental health clinicians. Patients struggling with addiction to other drugs will be encouraged to establish with community recovery groups where they can obtain a sponsor and be around other positive peer supports.
There are certainly situations where patients are abusing or addicted to multiple substances. Other treatment modalities for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder can still be utilized on a case by case basis in the situation where other drugs are also being used. It is not uncommon for a person in such a circumstance, though, to require initial treatment, detoxification and stabilization in an inpatient or residential setting before stepping down to an outpatient level of care to continue their treatment. This is especially true for someone who has become dependent on benzodiazepines or barbiturates as both of those substances have a risk of serious, complicated and potentially fatal withdrawal syndromes.
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