Polysubstance and IV Detox Protocol for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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At Gallus Medical Detox, it’s not uncommon to see patients with polysubstance use disorder. Our IV therapy and oral medication protocol is industry leading and incredibly successful in treating patients who are addicted to more than one substance.

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Solutions For Polysubstance Detox

If you or a loved one is struggling with dependence on multiple substances, there is hope. We offer effective and evidence-based treatment options to help you or your loved one restore the balance in life and pursue personal wellness. Medication-assisted alcohol & drug detox is the safest and most comfortable way to navigate the discomfort of painful withdrawal symptoms.

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Our patients are the best judge of the quality of our care. Here’s what they have to say.

I was hopelessly dependent on opiates for day-to-day living and would have never believed I would become comfortably sober ever again. I simply did not believe it, even as I was reassured by staff that it would happen, until they made it happen. I’ll never forget the people that I met here and the treatment that I received.

Really can’t say enough about how kind, caring, and professional they are. I was scared to death my first day and they made me feel safe. They helped me through the tough times and were always compassionate and accommodating!

Very nice and safe, clean and comfortable. Enjoyed the staff and the fact you are able to keep your devices, laptop to a cell phone. It was a nice piece of mind to be able to detox and still be able to talk to family.

Our patient satisfaction results speak for themselves. We are proud as an organization that our patients leave feeling their best and ready to take on their sobriety.


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The Gallus Method Utilizes IV Therapy To Detox Patients from Drugs & Alcohol

Through industry-leading intravenous therapy and our oral medication protocol, known as the Gallus Method, we can easily prioritize each patient’s safety and comfort as they’re smoothly guided through the detoxification process helping to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. We also offer NAD+ IV Therapy drips (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) as an adjunct to the Gallus method protocol.

Our signature protocols allow us to adjust any interventions to match the patient’s needs and ensure their comfort level is maintained. Our highly qualified staff all bring prior experience in ICU or Emergency Medicine and will provide the highest possible levels of care for mental health and addiction treatment.

Polysubstance Use

Polysubstance use refers to the consumption of multiple types of drugs, either prescription medications or illicit drugs. Polysubstance dependence also refers to the use of at least three different classes of substances indiscriminately. 

Substances such as opiates, Valium, Xanax, marijuana, Clonidine, sedatives, benzodiazepines or benzos, methamphetamines, and stimulants will have negative interactions when consumed together or with alcohol.

In these cases, patients may experience cravings and severe withdrawal when attempting to discontinue use and will require specialized substance abuse treatment and an individualized treatment process.


Polysubstance Use With Alcohol

Some patients suffering from substance use disorders may attempt withdrawal management on their own and mix illicit drugs or prescription medications with alcohol use. This could lead to increasingly dangerous health issues, severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and life-threatening health conditions.

Our polysubstance detox treatment program is equipped to treat patients who find themselves in this position and seek to overcome a blend of alcohol, stimulant, sedative, or opioid addictions


Withdrawal Symptoms

The severity of withdrawal symptoms varies from patient to patient and substance to substance. 

Any substance that affects the central nervous system (CNS) could have severe consequences.

Mild symptoms would include drowsiness, confusion, nausea, and vomiting, to more severe withdrawal symptoms like depressed respiration, irregular heart rate, changes in blood pressure, and delirium tremens (a potentially fatal withdrawal syndrome associated with alcohol addiction).

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Medical Polysubstance Abuse Treatment Options

There are a number of medications approved for IV treatment or oral detoxification programs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The most common detox drugs are methadone, naltrexone, diazepam, and the more recently approved is buprenorphine

These medications are used to stabilize or reduce opioid withdrawal while simultaneously tapering the dose of sedative­ or anti­anxiety medications. After the tapering off of the primary sedative is complete, the tapering off of the substitute opioid can begin. 

Depending on the individual patient’s response and condition, it may be possible for them to successfully detox from both sedative­s and opioids at the same time, but this would require increased or prolonged inpatient care. Most patients will see the most benefit from long-term opioid maintenance after polysubstance detox


Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Treatment Options

There is a valid and effective place for outpatient treatment to treat drug addiction, mental health, and co-occurring disorders. However, there are limitations. An inpatient drug detox program offers constant medical care to treat polysubstance or opioid abuse, and comfortable patient stabilization to manage the complex or dangerous symptoms of withdrawal.

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The Benefits of IV and Oral Medication Protocol

Every form of drug use comes with varying degrees of withdrawal symptoms, from mild to severe. The Gallus Method implements a signature protocol for combining IV drips and oral medication interventions during detoxification. We believe this is the best way to safely treat substance use disorder and manage symptoms before they become more serious or intensify.


Comfort In Withdrawal

Patients suffering from polysubstance abuse or prescription medications may be tempted to quit “cold turkey” rather than seek medical help. While this may work for some mild cases, it is never recommended due to the risks to patient safety. Gallus patients often experience notable relief within just a few minutes of starting treatment. 


Effective For Maintaining Health and Hydration

With withdrawal symptoms comes decreased appetite and water consumption. IV drip therapies allow the patient to receive vital nutrients, vitamins, amino acids and water while reducing nausea or vomiting that often accompanies polysubstance withdrawal. 


Medical Monitoring For Patient Safety

During our inpatient detox, each patient has 24/7 access to premium medical and nursing care. Our team is monitoring their progress, comfort, and safety every step of the way. This qualified medical supervision allows our providers to adjust treatment as needed and prevent dangerous symptoms or side effects


The Best Chance For Long-Term Success

Our signature protocol for IV and oral medication detox is not a long-term treatment. This phase will only last for the first few days of an inpatient treatment plan. The benefit of staying at our detox treatment center is to navigate those first few days safely and comfortably.

Many who attempt this on their own are not successful, put themselves in a dangerous position, or end up reverting back to substances. But this critical first step must be endured in order to successfully evacuate harmful substances from the body. 

But it doesn’t have to be miserable. Medically managed detox reduces the negative experience of withdrawal and monitors the patient to ensure constant safety. 

Polysubstance Detox Frequently Asked Questions

What type of drug is a polysubstance?
A polysubstance is the use of any more than one drug simultaneously and could be unintentional. This could be taken at the same time or simply in your system at the same time.
Is alcohol a polysubstance?
Yes, alcohol could be part of a polysubstance use disorder if drugs and alcohol are taken together. Many drugs negatively affect the central nervous system and can exacerbate the natural effects of alcohol. Most prescription medications for stimulants, opioids, benzos, or sedatives indicate that they should not be mixed with alcohol.
What drugs should not be mixed?
Any substances that slow the patient’s breathing rate (opioids, CNS depressants, alcohol, antihistamines, etc.) should not be taken together. The combined effects of these substances increase the risk of life-threatening respiratory depression and other dangerous side effects.
How many pills a day is too much?
This depends greatly on the medication in question. No prescribed medication should be taken in any fashion other than as prescribed by a psychiatrist or primary care provider. If you believe you require a greater or lower dosage, speak to your doctor before making any self-directed changes.
How can you tell if someone is overmedicating?
Overmedicating can have life-threatening consequences, and it’s important to be able to identify the warning signs. Potential warning signs include dry mouth, ulcers, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, uncharacteristic reclusive behavior, lack of enjoyment in beloved hobbies, hallucinations, seizures, and frequent unexplained falls.
How long should you wait between taking different pills?
Again, this varies depending on the substance and the dosage. However, the standard recommendation is to wait at least four hours after taking one drug or medication before taking another.
Why should you not cut pills in half?
There is no way to get an exact dose amount by manually splitting or “dry cutting” a pill in half. It’s much safer to see your prescribing doctor and get your prescription adjusted.

About Our Treatment Facility For Polysubstance Detox

Dr. Patrick Gallus is the founder and medical visionary behind the creation of our medical detox treatment facility. His signature emphasis on medical safety and patient comfort is at the forefront of every treatment plan and protocol. 

Our team of hand-selected and highly qualified personnel ensures Gallus Medical Detox always offers a safe, effective, and individualized treatment path. We wish to help any individuals struggling with polysubstance use disorder and alcohol addiction to recover in safety and heal in comfort. 

Our inpatient medical detox and long-term outpatient treatment programs are directly tied to our core values and allow us to embody compassion, collaboration, and excellence in patient healthcare. Everything from our environment and our team to our modalities and amenities is designed to ensure patient safety and comfort at every turn.

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Other key features of our substance abuse program for benzodiazepine dependence include:

Uniquely individualized treatment plans
Comprehensive physical, psychological, and biosocial assessments
Evidence-based IV and oral medication protocols
24/7 medical supervision with daily physician interaction
State-of-the-art cardiac telemetry and video technology
Flexible treatment plans that adapt to fit dynamic patient needs
Long-term aftercare plans for long-term recovery success

Get Practical and Comfortable Treatment For Polysubstance Dependence or a Complex Substance Use Disorder

Overcome addiction and reduce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms including cravings with safe and effective medical detox. Our addiction professionals are ready to ensure your safety and comfort to help you recover with dignity and peace.

If you or a loved one are experiencing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, or are seeking dedicated support on your journey to recovery, call us today.

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