Ambulatory Detoxification in Ohio

Ambulatory detox, also known as withdrawal management, is an outpatient detoxification from substances.  Clients will be assessed for appropriateness of this service upon their intake based on history, presenting withdrawal symptoms, current needs and other considerations.

Ambulatory detox differs from medically-monitored detox, which is a residential, 24-hour supervised detox program. Ambulatory detox provides the flexibility for our clients to meet their work, school or family responsibilities, and some people find that continuing with their daily schedule provides stability as they receive detox treatment.

If you are unsure of what kind of detox services you require, please call our team to speak a specialist who can help you find the treatment you need.

What is Detoxification?

During detox, you refrain from using drugs or alcohol so that your body has time to rid itself of all traces of toxins. By the end of the process, your system will be entirely free of drugs or alcohol. While the process sounds relatively simple, it is typically challenging to go through withdrawal and wean off dependency, which is why it’s important to have clinical care and support during the detox process.

After long-term substance use, the body can develop a chemical dependency to alcohol and drugs. Sudden removal—or withdrawal—of these substances from the body can cause physical discomfort or even death depending on usage.

Withdrawal Symptoms

While each substance may present with its own unique withdrawal symptoms, some common physical symptoms are:

  • Chills and/or shivering

  • Muscle pain

  • Sweating

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Shakiness

  • Runny nose/congestion

  • Difficulty sleeping/insomnia

  • Nausea

  • Headaches

  • Tremors

  • Changes in appetite

Detoxing also comes with psychological and emotional challenges. Some of the psychological withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression

  • Mood swings and changes
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Sensitivity to environmental stimulation
  • Increased sensory awareness
  • Overwhelm
  • Confusion
  • Delusions/hallucinations

Intake: Our intake process includes evaluation, diagnosis and assessment of treatment needs and may include a physical examination and laboratory testing if necessary for treatment.

Observation: The clinical team monitors the client’s course of withdrawal to ensure safety during the detoxification process.

Medication Services: An addiction-certified physician will oversee the prescription and administration of appropriate medication, as well as the assessment of any side effects and results of that medication.

Treatment Program: Clients will be encouraged to attend educational groups that address addiction, coping skills, symptom management and learning about community resources.

Discharge Planning: Following stabilization, our specialists will prepare the client for referral into another level of care or re-entry into the community and address any special needs related to community treatment, housing and human services.

Continuing Treatment at Pyramid Healthcare in Dayton: We offer 3 levels of treatment for substance use disorders, mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP), is designed to stabilize more severe substance use disorders. We also offer intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), as well as outpatient treatment to support those in long-term recovery. We offer psychiatric services, medication management, comprehensive case management to connect our clients to community resources and more to help our clients reach sustained recovery.

In Ohio, we accept Medicaid, CareSource, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Buckeye Community Health Plan, United Healthcare Community Plan of Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerihealth Caritas, Humana Healthy Horizons in Ohio, most commercial insurance and self-pay.

Our admissions team is available to help. Contact us or call (937) 637-1860.