“The helping hand needs to be extended to those suffering in this cycle,” said Altomare. “Looking at getting people into treatment has to be a huge part of it.”
The facility will bring patients in, evaluate them with medical staff and treat them with medication in order to get them over the hump of detoxification. After the patients are feeling better, they will be referred to other treatment providers so they can continue their recovery.
Addiction specialists say easing withdrawal symptoms can be a helpful step in getting patients onto a successful path.
“If you are down the line into the cycle of addiction with opioids — if you’re not using every 10, 12, 18 hours, you are getting deathly ill,” Altomare said. “I’ve heard it described as the worst flu you can have times 100.”
Maryland House Detox will be different from the typical residential rehab facilities that take people in for long stretches of time. It plans to handle patients for a period of days rather than weeks, potentially treating 80 to 100 patients every month.
Delphi Behavioral Health Group will be operating the facility.
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