Medical Detox Centers For Opiates, Medication And Alcohol In the District Of Columbia

Created On Thursday, 29, January 2015
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


There are some good options available for medical detoxification in the District of Columbia. Many addicts will struggle and fail when it comes to stopping the current drugs they are using. The biggest reason it is so difficult is because of the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms; many drugs are very difficult to stop using because of the physical symptoms, and in some cases, they are also very dangerous to stop using. Medical detox is set up to help an addict get over the initial withdrawal; this is typically done using other medications to help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. By the end of the program, the individual has completely weaned off all drugs and is ready to attend drug rehabilitation.

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Substance Abuse Detox Centers Using Buprenorphine in D.C.

In the District Capital, there are many different drug problems that local authorities have to face and work to handle, and heroin is one of the bigger problems that plague inner-city streets and the people living within the area. There are many different treatment resources available throughout the state, and some of these treatment programs use the drug Buprenorphine as part of the treatment and medical detox method to help opiate addicts get clean off of the drugs they are using. These services can be provided in short-term and long-term treatment along with residential and outpatient services. Detox facilities can also use this drug to help a heroin addict get through the withdrawals and remain off of the drugs while they are going through drug rehab. Drug treatment can be effective, but it does take some willingness from the addict to want to get help and become clean off of drugs. Heroin is a very addictive drug, and most addicts are stuck on the drug over long periods of time and have not been able to create an opportunity to get the effective help they need.

Depending on the amount the user is taking the withdrawal could potentially be risky. When addicts are taking substantial amounts of the drug, the withdrawal process will take longer, as the dosage must be slowly lessened. Unfortunately, with these large amounts of the drug being taken, the person will have a high dependency on the drug. The body will react very poorly to not having the drug, and this is why a Buprenorphine detox is an important step for people on the drug.

Substance Abuse Detox Programs Using Suboxone in D.C.

All throughout the District Capital are many different treatment options available to addicts, and one of these options includes treatment and medical detox using the drug Suboxone, which can be effective in treating opiate addiction. Most opiate addicts cannot overcome the initial withdrawals and will have to rely on other drugs to help them over this hump.

One of those other drugs is Suboxone, and there are some treatment centers throughout the area that are able to provide help for these substance abuse problems using Suboxone. It has been proven to work and help addicts remain off of other opiates, along with helping to prevent overdose, which can lead to death or permanent brain damage and long-term health problems. Heroin has become quite an epidemic throughout the United States, and so many young people are becoming hooked on it, and dying because of it. Most states have taken different measures to help curb this problem, but there is still much to do, and many people help.

Medication-Assisted Treatment in D.C.

Medication-assisted treatment is the process of treating opioid addiction with medication. When an opiate addict attends an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab center, buprenorphine and suboxone are used to manage withdrawal symptoms. The drugs are also given throughout treatment to manage cravings. MAT programs are typically always used for opioid addicts and are often part of opioid treatment programs. However, the effectiveness of a medication-assisted treatment program depends on what other forms of therapy are provided. It is important that some type of behavioral counseling is made available, and the addict can work on the underlying issues and reasons why connected to his or her addiction. Opioid treatment programs using MAT are required by federal law to provide behavioral counseling. Some of the inpatient or outpatient drug rehab centers in Washington D.C. will help opioid addicts with medication-assisted treatment. Well-rounded treatment is essential when treating addiction. Along with this, the addict should go to aftercare treatment but be detoxed off the medication first.

Can medical detox be done at home?

It is not recommended that a medical detox or any type of detox be done at home, despite home detox kits offered through some drug rehabilitation programs. Unfortunately, when withdrawing at home, there is a greater chance that the individual will not abstain from using drugs or alcohol. The detox process can be difficult, to begin with, and this is why a medical detox center is the best option for an addict or a person dependent on narcotic drugs.

Opioid Addiction Trends and Withdrawal Management Services in Washington DC

Per a Washington DC Strategic Plan to Reduce Opioid Use, Misuse, and Related Deaths, overdoses hit a peak in 2017 with 279 deaths. However, since then, the number of overdose deaths began to trend downwards in 2018 reaching 213 deaths. Many of the addicts began their drug use experimenting with prescription drugs and gradually progressed to heroin use. Between 2014 and 2016, there was a 178% increase in fatal overdoses due to opioids. During 2016, roughly 62% of cases involved fentanyl or an analog of fentanyl. In 2017, approximately 71% of cases involved fentanyl or an analog of fentanyl. Overall, 80% of all the overdose deaths occurred among adults between the ages of 40 and 69 years old and were most prevalent among those aged 50 to 59 years old.

Fatal overdoses within Washington DC were most prevalent among men, and approximately 74% of deaths were males. Between 2014 and 2017, most of the drug-related overdose deaths occurred within Wards 7 and 8. Among the opioid users in Washington DC, roughly 89% are over the age of 40, and 58% are more than 50 years old. Additionally, 22% of drug users have been using heroin for more than 40 years, 59% for more than 25 years, and 88% for more than ten years. Struggling with opiate addiction is dangerous and requires specific detox approaches. Withdrawal management and medication-assisted treatment help opioid addicts safely withdrawal from the drugs they are taking. Withdrawal management is a broad spectrum of detox methods, and medication-assisted treatment is more specific.

Detox alone does not sustain sobriety because counseling and therapy address the underlying issues connected to addiction. There are a variety of treatment approaches used in Washington DC, yet detox must occur first. Withdrawal management will mitigate the withdrawal pain and discomfort, making it easier for a patient to transition into a drug and alcohol treatment program.


Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

Dr. Rohit S. Adi, MD, DABAM - Medically Reviewed on September 17, 2021

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Dr. Rohit S. Adi is certified in addiction medicine, through examination, by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. While in Louisiana, he worked as an emergency-room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, but then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he works to this day. Holding numerous positions throughout his medical career, Dr. Adi has seen the devastating effects caused by drugs and alcohol. Having the ability to do something about the problem, he co-founded a holistic drug rehabilitation center in Louisiana, where he serves as the facility's Medical Director.