At Gallus Medical Detox, it’s not uncommon to see patients with polysubstance use disorder. Our IV and oral medication protocol is industry leading and incredibly successful in treating patients who are addicted to more than one substance.
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.
PATIENT SATISFACTION RESULTS from 2016 – 2021
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.
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.
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).
There are a number of medications approved for IV 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
With withdrawal symptoms comes decreased appetite and water consumption. IV therapies allow the patient to receive vital nutrients, vitamins, and water while reducing nausea or vomiting that often accompanies polysubstance withdrawal.
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.
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.
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.