Dr. Aviva Fohrer offers a personalized and private outpatient detoxification program in the Philadelphia area.
What is Alcohol and Drug Detox?
Detoxification is a medical procedure for managing the withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs in a medically safe and effective manner with as little discomfort as possible. The success and safety of outpatient rather than inpatient detox is significantly enhanced not only with the appropriate medical care and supervision, but also with support from family members and/or friends. That’s why we encourage you to enlist the help of a family member or a friend during the detox process.
It is important to recognize that medical detoxification by itself does not constitute complete treatment for addiction, but only a first step. Ideally, medical detoxification should enhance your motivation and readiness to begin the recovery process in earnest.
Who is Eligible for Outpatient and In-Home Detox?
Your medical eligibility for our outpatient and in-home detox services will be evaluated by Dr. Fohrer. You will be given an extensive medical and psychiatric evaluation as well as laboratory tests, EKG, and any other diagnostic procedures deemed medically necessary to assess your eligibility. With your permission, we will encourage available family members and/or significant others to assist you through the detox procedure, as this often enhances the safety and success of the procedure.
What are the Advantages of Outpatient and In-Home Detox?
Compared to inpatient treatment, at-home detox offers greater freedom, privacy, and confidentiality. It is also more convenient, less expensive, and less disruptive to your daily life. Instead of being cut off from the outside world confined to a locked ward, you will be able to stay in your own home and maintain your contact with family, friends, and business associates while getting the medical help you need to end your physical addiction to alcohol/drugs– safely and effectively.
How Does the Detox Process Work?
I will help you withdraw from alcohol, opioids, and other drugs on an outpatient basis, while you continue to enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own home, without going into a rehab or hospital. You will be seen every day during your medical detox either in your home or in our office. Dr. Fohrer is available 24/7 during the detox period to guide you through the process.
The course of the outpatient detoxification process is highly individual and depends on a variety of factors. Among the most important of these are: (a) the particular types of substances that you are currently using; (b) the amount and frequency of your use; (c) the current status of any co-existing medical and/or psychiatric problems you might have; (c) the level of support available to you from significant others; (d) your history of medical complications in previous detoxification attempts; and, (e) your ability to follow prescribed medication regimens and other guidelines given to you by Dr. Fohrer.
The first step in the detox process is to place you on a medication regimen that keeps your withdrawal symptoms under good control and stabilizes your medical status. This will help you feel more comfortable and less anxious. Subsequently, the detox medication is reduced on a schedule that is determined by a day-to-day medical assessment of your progress. Completion of the detox is often defined as being medically stable and no longer experiencing significant withdrawal symptoms after the detox medications are discontinued. In most cases, complete detox from alcohol can be accomplished within a week whereas detox from opioids or benzodiazepines (tranquilizers) can take several weeks.
Will you work with my.....?
Dr. Fohrer will happily collaborate with any existing treatment providers, treatment centers, psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, therapists, recovery coaches that you are currently working with.
How long is the program and what does it include?
The standard seven-day outpatient program includes:
-An initial 60-minute consultation prior to the start of your detox with Dr. Fohrer.
-Daily face to face 30-minute follow-up consultations at our office as well as evening check in to monitor your withdrawal management.
How much does it cost?
The standard rate is $2,500 and may vary slightly depending on case complexity, frequency of visits, and time devoted to care. The standard rate is for alcohol or opiate detox. The rate and time required to detox from benzodiazepine (xanax, klonopin, ativan, valium) or from multiple substances will be discussed privately. In-home care (as opposed to coming to our office for treatment) is an additional charge not included in the standard rate. Insurance does not typically cover this level of concierge service.
Full payment for the program is due at the end of the initial 60-minute visit. If you choose not to proceed with the entire program, you will be charged $400 for the initial 60-minute visit.
Can I drive?
-If you are coming to the office for treatment during the detox, you should not plan on driving yourself. Please take an Uber, taxi or have a loved one/friend bring you to the appointments and back home. We can also arrange for a sober companion to transport you to our office.
When can I return to work or school?
For those eager to return to work or school, we can begin the program on a Friday and continue seeing you for in-person visits during the weekend. We usually ask that individuals plan to take at least two days off from work or school if we are helping you withdraw comfortably from opioids and at least three to four days off from work or school if we are helping you to withdraw comfortably from alcohol or benzodiazepines.
What about inpatient detox?
If you prefer and/or would benefit from an inpatient detoxification, we recommend contacting either Detox Services at Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville, PA, Mountainside Detox in Cannan, Connecticut or Serenity at Summit in Union, NJ.
To inquire if you are a good candidate for this program, please review the information on this page and send an email inquiry to [email protected]