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ALCOHOL & Benzodiazepine Detoxification & Stabilisation Treatment
Duration: Normally 14 -21 days, depending on the amount of Benzodiazepines being used by the client prior to admission.
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The client will be assessed pre- admission and then again prior to commencing Detox, to determine the appropriate Librium dose, based on the client’s withdrawal symptoms, utilising CIWA-Ar (Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol Scale) the Client’s height, weight and how much Alcohol is normally used by the Client.
Initially we use a Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) detoxification for the Alcohol detox which is a symptom triggered regime and not fixed dose.
This will cover both Alcohol and Benzodiazepine withdrawal. We also use Tegretol (Carbamazepine) to safeguard against alcohol withdrawal seizures.
Once the Librium detox for Alcohol is completed, we will assess whether there is a need for a further Benzodiazepine detox.
If required,we would continue the Benzodiazepine detoxification using Diazepam with Carbamazepine (Tegretol) to safeguard against Benzodiazepine withdrawal seizures.
If there is a medical reason for not using Librium (e.g.the client has liver failure) our G.P’s will use suitable alternatives.
In addition to the above, all clients admitted for an Alcohol and Benzodiazepine detox will be prescribed the following;
Pabrinex I.M.on a daily basis for 5 days followed by Thiamine and Vitamin B co strong daily for the remainder of the detox period and for 2 weeks after discharge.
All females are pregnancy tested prior to any dose of any medication being given. If a female Client is pregnant and this is known prior to the Client being admitted, a letter from the client’s Consultant Obstetrician will be required to confirm that it is safe to commence detoxification prior to the client’s admission.
In addition to the Medical Detoxification, all Clients have the benefit of:
Auricular Acupuncture to help reduce anxiety and stress.
Massage sessions to help reduce any aches and pains which may be experienced
24 hour support from Qualified Nurses, Support Workers and Addiction Therapists.
Involvement in the Modified 12-Step Therapeutic Stabilisation Programme,and the therapeutic community of the House
Herbal Teas to help develop normal sleep patterns
Peer Group Support at all times
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