Los Angeles — Promises Treatment Centers has launched its Detoxification from Suboxone Maintenance Program in Malibu. The program began accepting clients on Jan. 17. Clients may admit for as short a period as 10 days or as long as 21 days. If they choose to remain longer they can transition into the 31-day Malibu treatment program.
“We believe there are many people who want to be completely free of these drugs,” explains Dr. Shari Corbitt, Vice President of Promises Treatment Centers. “At Promises we have always believed these drugs are best used for detox and stabilization, and that our clients are best served by helping them become completely free of them. We want to help those whose previous treatment has not given them this opportunity.”
The detoxification program will focus heavily on integrative services, provided in both individual and group formats. These will include Chinese medicine and acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, hypnotherapy, restorative yoga, nutritional wellness groups, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, EEG biofeedback, and other support as needed.
Promises Treatment Centers has long taken the lead in developing effective treatment for drug addiction, being the originator of the Malibu Model which focuses on assessing each individual’s underlying issues then treating those issues that could put them at risk for relapse.
Dr. David Sack, addiction psychiatrist and CEO of Promises, explains, “We will focus on stability of the nervous system. We must address any underlying anxiety or mood disorders that Suboxone might be masking. The truth is, we believe many people have not successfully withdrawn from drugs such as buprenorphine, Suboxone, and Subutex because they did not have sufficient clinical support to manage symptoms upon withdrawal. We intend to fill that gap in addiction treatment.”
By focusing on integrative services, Promises believes they can help clients deal with the anxiety of withdrawal, as well as learn how to better cope with stress. Acupunture, one of the alternative treatments used by Promises, is known to have a sustained effect in relieving anxiety. EEG biofeedback, also known as neurofeedback, helps clients train their brain to reduce reactions to external stressors. Studies show that neurofeedback has cumulative effects and can significantly shorten the length of reaction time to stress.
“Clients leave with new knowledge about how to manage stress,” says Corbitt.
Promises decided to launch this program because studies have shown that 60 to 70 percent of people put on maintenance drugs quit on their own within a year. They quit because the drug still gives them a feeling of intoxication and it can blunt emotions. The problem, according to studies, is that many of these people who try to manage their own withdrawal relapse to the original opiate.
“People relapse if they aren’t given clinical support during withdrawal, and if they aren’t given tools to address anxiety and other issues that may trigger cravings for the original opiate,” said Sack.
Clients will primarily live in Promises’ new Barlowe House, which is adjacent to the main Malibu campus. They will have a distinct clinical program to address their specific needs and requirements during the withdrawal process. They will be seen by a consulting Internal Medicine physician who will regularly assess their progress.
For more information about the program, visit www.promises.com/suboxone-maintenance-detox.php.