person has abused alcohol or another drug and has decided to
begin recovery through abstinence, life threatening health
consequences can arise. Glendale Adventist Alcohol & Drug
Services (GAADS) is committed to providing appropriate medical
services for those undergoing detoxification.
Ideally, the initial assessment takes place at GAADS, where
withdrawal risk is gauged through careful observation, obtaining
vital signs and eliciting an accurate alcohol and drug history.
Risk factors for a withdrawal syndrome that increase the
likelihood of a referral to detoxification include:
- Co-occurring medical conditions
- Over age 40
- History of withdrawal complications
- Heart disease
- Inaccurate drug and alcohol histories
- Elevated or lowered vital signs
- Exceptional pain
- High volumes of drugs or alcohol used
Acute detoxification is provided on a medical unit at Glendale
Adventist Medical Center. The nursing staff is specially trained
to understand the signs, symptoms and behavior of withdrawal,
along with practical medication protocols for the treatment of
alcohol, opiate and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndromes. Large
doses of medication may be indicated upon admission to assure
that the patient's vital signs remain within normal limits,
followed by tapering down the dose.
Sub-acute detoxification is used to finish a medication protocol
begun in acute care, or as an option for direct admission.
Sub-acute care includes a full-time registered nurse, physician
presence and supervision, and patient observation rounds every 20
minutes. Our clinical team members are required to undertake a
lengthy orientation plus quarterly observed competency
evaluations on their skills in the signs and symptoms of
withdrawal. Patient safety is our highest priority.
To reach GAADS, call (818)
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