How does Caron determine whether detox is necessary?
As soon as a patient arrives at Caron, a physician or nurse practitioner conducts a medical assessment, which includes blood and urine screenings; medical history; psychological assessments; and HIV and STD testing (if applicable). In addition to informing the patient’s individualized treatment plan, assessment results determine whether the patient would benefit from medical detoxification or adjunctive medications, such as anti-craving medications.
Where can Caron patients detox?
At Caron Pennsylvania, patients undergo detox in an on-site, self-contained detoxification unit. Caron Renaissance is not an acute care facility and therefore does not offer detox services on site; however, we can arrange for transfers from hospitals and other healthcare centers once patients have finished detoxing.
Who oversees detox at Caron?
Our full-time, onsite medical team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and other skilled clinicians (most of whom are double-board certified) provide 24-hour care and supervision during detox. From chronic pain to diabetes to heart disease, we are proficient in treating even the most complicated cases.
The medical team remains involved throughout the patient’s course of treatment, working with other Caron staff members to address the medical, psychological, psychiatric and spiritual components of addiction and behavioral health rehab. Continuous evaluation of withdrawal symptoms, physical and emotional health, and the need for withdrawal medications helps keep patients comfortable during this difficult process.
Use of anti-craving medications. Sometimes, the medical team prescribes anti-craving medications. Anti-craving medications typically work by:
- Reducing one’s
experience of craving drugs
pleasure induced by drugs
- Causing severe
physical reactions, thus making the consumption of drugs a very negative
Caron’s approach to prescribing psychiatric medications, including anti-craving drugs, is conservative. Our medical staff and addiction specialists work together to diagnose each patient carefully, thus ensuring that all prescriptions are medically justified. Furthermore, in keeping with the latest research, we recommend that anti-craving medications as part of holistic treatment programs.
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Sometimes, detoxing patients require specialized care for co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. These patients are seen by onsite, licensed psychologists but may also be referred to outside providers for services. These outside providers have long-standing relationships with Caron and are well versed in treating addicted individuals.
Ultimately, the medical team determines when a patient is ready to join the Caron treatment community.