INTER-Blogs

Here you will find the latest thoughts and updates from our highly trained clinical staff at INTER-CARE.

We know that a safe and successful detox requires an methodical approach – one where we can anticipate symptoms and treat before they become uncomfortable or dangerous.The first step is for the patient to call Ms. Alessandra Parisi at INTER-CARE: (212) 532-5804.  She will complete a phone screening to determine if a patient is a candidate for outpatient detoxification.  This half-hour interview – which covers various aspects of both a medical and mental health history…
What really stands out about INTER-CARE, and sets us apart from many other detox programs, is our individualized approach to care.  The disease of addiction presents differently in different people.  Therefore, a one size fits all treatment approach is not as likely to succeed as one that takes into account variables including severity of withdrawal, history of mental illness, work schedule and family structure and responsibilities. For example, in a patient with severe social anxiety…
For many years, the only real option for drug or alcohol detoxification was inpatient treatment, either at a hospital or hospital-like facility.  There were many reasons for the limited choices.  Medications were of variable efficacy and symptom control was more limited given the few medications available.  As a result, managing withdrawal was complex and patients were often uncomfortable during the process.  There was also the belief that taking someone away from the "people, places and…
Outpatient Detox is an individualized approach to detoxification, generally from opiates, alcohol or benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax) utilizing a variety of medications to control both withdrawal symptoms and to manage drug cravings.  When implemented properly and for carefully selected patients, outpatient detox is a safe alternative to the more traditional inpatient treatment approach and provides some significant advantages including a seamless transition between the detoxification and the intensive outpatient levels of care. Probably the most important…