What began as a six-month pilot program, the Ambulatory Withdrawal Management Program is now in its ninth month. We talked to one client, Carl, who has been at the rehabilitation facility Stella Maris for a month. At Stella Maris treatment center, clients are initially admitted to the detox center to receive skilled nursing care as the drugs completely leave their system.
After the detox period, participants may be admitted to the Stella Maris dorms where they begin their residential treatment program through group therapy and other activities. At that point, so soon after the initial detox, many patients are still suffering from the effects of withdrawal such as severe anxiety and depression.
That’s where the Ambulatory Withdrawal Management Program comes in.