Can’t I just detox on my own?
There is no doubt that self-detoxification is less of a drain on the wallet than a medically supervised program. But, going through withdrawal without any supervision can have serious health consequences- even death- if it is not done correctly.
Is it safe to detox from alcohol at home?
Technically, for the record, we recommend in-patient care when practical. It is the standard of care. At-home detox from alcohol can be dangerous since an individual may not have the support needed to overcome the body’s psychological and chemical dependence on alcohol. Detoxing from alcohol cold turkey might present severe side effects, such as hallucinations, Delirium tremens seizures, or even suicidal thoughts. However, often, busy executives and professionals of all types do not have time to be whisked away in isolation and confinement. The inconveniences of the typical detox facility cause many to delay seeking treatment. We bring physicians, nurses, sober companions, IV therapists, medications, etc., to you! We have relationships with multiple pharmacies, intervention professionals, and various personnel to make in-home care as safe as possible. Office-based care is an option in our private, discreet location in Alpharetta, Georgia. In our offices, we provide patients with numerous services besides addiction, so if you choose to come to one of our private locations, fees are less expensive, and it’s nobody’s business why you are here. Upon request, with proper notice and scheduling by appointment, we can make sure YOU are the only person being seen at the time of your visit.
I have been prescribed Xanax for years, and I believe I have become addicted. Can you help?
Yes. Xanax (or alprazolam) is a VERY addictive drug. It is extremely effective for anxiety. However, it is easy to become physically dependent. Xanax is a benzodiazepine. Like valium, Klonopin, Ativan, and other “benzos,” abrupt cessation can lead to VERY unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, even seizures. Detox requires a structured, medically supervised taper using less habit-forming drugs over 1 to 2 weeks or IV Therapies and/or other adjunctive prescription meds to enable a safe taper.
I am addicted to heroin, and I just learned that I am pregnant. What can I do?
More and more, current political realities are causing would-be mothers to continue pregnancies that in years past would have been electively terminated. No one wants their newborn baby to be born addicted to drugs or affected by mom’s consumption of alcohol. Withdrawal from heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, or other opioids increases the risk of a miscarriage. Continued use of opioid drugs or heroin during pregnancy. Our unique protocols can facilitate the mother to be off of all addictive substances by the time of her delivery – without having to experience withdrawal before her baby is born. Our success rate when a pregnant patient presents in the first trimester is >95%.
I am a former heroin addict. I have been “sober (for X months or years).” I am presently on Suboxone (or methadone), and I want to get off. The withdrawal is worse than coming off of heroin. Can you help?
We have several options that can help you get off of Suboxone (or methadone) without having to experience withdrawal. We can schedule a screening consultation to explain the process after verifying that you are an appropriate candidate.
I only use pain meds that were prescribed for me. Yes, I realize I am physically dependent, but why do they want to treat me like a street heroin addict?
Quitting opioids suddenly or going “cold turkey,” even after as little as 2-10 days of continuous use, can produce withdrawal symptoms. People may experience mental and emotional distress, increased pain from withdrawal, increased risk for suicide, and unmanageable withdrawal symptoms. Such experiences may lead to relapse and eventual abuse of street drugs, etc. In reality, prescription meds like morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine are biochemically VERY similar to heroin. The chemical name for heroin is diacetylmorphine. The clinical manifestations of withdrawal from oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, or heroin are essentially the same. At Detox with Dignity, we believe that people deserve to be treated as individuals and not be herded like cattle or forced to comply with cookie-cutter protocols where people are not sensitive to their position in society.
I have been advised by different people to get off heroin with Suboxone or methadone. Which is better?

Both are very effective ways to avoid illicit street drugs. Both can be legally prescribed. We don’t use methadone in our practice. However, methadone can be a useful tool for chronic pain management, and we therefore don’t condemn it. It is important to note, however, that Suboxone is not the same as methadone. You can request a PDF with more information about the differences using the Contact Us link below. It is worth mentioning that we often use buprenorphine, which is the active ingredient in Suboxone, to help people get off of methadone.

I tried Suboxone before, but it made my withdrawal worse. Are there any alternatives?
Yes, there are alternatives we can discuss. However, improper initiation of Suboxone can indeed cause precipitated withdrawal. This is completely avoidable. You can schedule a screening consultation to explain the process of proper initiation of Suboxone or to discuss the alternatives and to learn how we avoid precipitated withdrawal.
Are your services covered by insurance?
Generally, not. Our Concierge-type services are beyond the scope of what insurers call “medically necessary.” We do provide invoices upon request, which sometimes allows you to get reimbursed directly from your insurance company for covered services. Our patients generally don’t want their employer (or employees) or their insurance company to know about their addiction, so we don’t participate in any 3rd party coverages. Privacy, discretion, and confidentiality are the basic tenets of how we do things.
I have a key employee who is addicted to pain pills (or alcohol). Can you help?
Yes, of course. Investing in the recovery and rehabilitation of a key employee can be much less expensive than replacing them. Such gestures engender loyalty and commitment to the job. Addiction happens to GOOD PEOPLE! Treatment can facilitate their continuing or returning to being productive citizens. Privacy and confidentiality protect the reputation of your company.
I would like to detox from opioids without using other addictive drugs. Can you help?

Yes, we recently started using two modalities of treatment that will not entail the use of habit-forming drugs. One is our new NAD+ IV infusion protocol. NAD requires 5 to 10 IV infusions over 1 to 2 weeks, along with adjunctive non-habit-forming medications for symptomatic relief. (See question 11). The second modality is the bridge neuromodulator device. Bridge is the first FDA-cleared, drug-free, non-surgical device to use neuromodulation to aid in the reduction of withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

Bridge can be used for patients* experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms while undergoing treatment for opioid use disorder, when

  • Initiating treatment to avoid precipitated withdrawal
  • Transitioning to naltrexone monthly injections
  • Tapering off medication-assisted treatment

Bridge is a small electrical nerve stimulator device that contains a battery-powered chip and wires that are applied fairly painlessly around a patient’s ear. It requires a prescription and is available through “Detox with Dignity.”

I heard about NAD+ IV therapy. Is this treatment good for opioid withdrawal?
Yes, we recently added NAD IV therapy to our list of treatments. It is a very useful adjunct to several of our modalities of treatment. NAD+ binds to opioid receptors in the brain, which reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms. These treatments also help curb cravings and restore energy levels. Recovery from addiction entails a healing process for the brain. NAD participates in the repair of damaged cells caused by long-term drug or alcohol abuse. Replenishing AND restores cognitive function that is frequently impaired by long-standing alcohol or opioid use. A clinical evaluation by our physician is required to make sure of your eligibility for NAD therapy.