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Emergency Rehab: Same-Day Admissions

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Emergency rehab goes by many names, including immediate rehab, same-day rehab, and same-day admission rehab, at the end of the day, these treatment programs are in place to help all those who are dealing with addiction problems.

Data from SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH 2020) shows that 40 million adults in the United States have substance use disorder and 28.5 million have alcohol use disorder. Unfortunately, most estimates show only one in ten people with addictions to drinking or drugs get the treatment they need.

Anyone diagnosed with substance use disorder is liable to suffer withdrawal symptoms upon quitting, and in some cases home detox is inadvisable. If you have severe heroin use disorder or chronic alcoholism, for instance, medical detox removes much of the danger, as well as minimizes the chance of relapse.

Fortunately, many rehab centers in the US offer emergency rehab for a range of situations where time is of the essence, particularly when unsupervised withdrawal could be dangerous or deadly.

What is Emergency and Immediate Rehab?

With emergency rehab, you can expect admittance for you or a loved one on the same day you initiate contact.

Most reputable rehab centers will make some provision for emergency admissions, although not all can offer this service, and the scope of the service will vary depending on the treatment center in question.

The very nature of emergencies means they typically emerge unexpectedly and without warning. If you or a loved one is addicted to alcohol or drugs, though, you should prepare for such an emergency, ensuring you have a suitable support framework in place.

The core purpose of emergency rehab is to help you detox from alcohol or drugs and then seamlessly transition into treatment.

You can expect the following during your initial evaluation upon admission at an emergency rehab center:

  • Background information: Your treatment team will want to know about the outcome of any previous detoxes or addiction treatment you have been through.
  • Substance abuse history: Expect to be questioned in depth about what substances you have been abusing, how often you used these substances and in what quantities. You will also need to inform your treatment team when you last used substances.
  • Lab tests: You will undergo tests to check your BAC (blood alcohol concentration levels), as well as tests to screen for health problems and nutritional status.
  • Physical assessment: You will undergo a thorough physical exam during admission to an emergency rehab center.
  • Overall health status: You can expect questions from the treatment team concerning any allergies, seizures, or mental health disorders, past or present.
  • Risk: The treatment team will determine whether you are at any risk of suicide or violent behavior.

This evaluation stage above is the first of three stages in emergency rehab, followed by stabilization and then transitioning into treatment.

The stabilization stage in emergency rehab involves your treatment team helping you to negotiate withdrawal and detox. Medications and psychosocial interventions are often used to streamline detoxification. With around-the-clock medical care, you can expect prompt intervention in the event of any complications during withdrawal. This stage takes a week or so.

The third and final stage of emergency rehab encourages your engagement with ongoing treatment. You may continue in a residential rehab facility, or you might step down the continuum of care to a more intensive form of outpatient treatment like a PHP (partial hospitalization program) or an IOP (intensive outpatient program).

Luckily, most people do not require emergency rehab. In some cases, though, emergency help for addicts and emergency help for alcoholics can mean the difference between life and death. What are these situations, then?

Emergency Help for Alcoholics and Addiction

In some situations, rapid admission to a detox program could help mitigate potentially dangerous consequences, while also alleviating some of the discomforts of withdrawal.

If there are any significant symptoms of a life-threatening emergency, you should contact the authorities immediately, calling for immediate medical assistance.

The following scenarios often benefit from admission into emergency rehab:

  • Severe alcohol withdrawal: Anyone with severe alcohol withdrawal is likely to suffer from serious withdrawal symptoms, possibly even delirium tremens. This is the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal and can be deadly. If you have been drinking heavily and/or long-term, it is inadvisable to stop drinking suddenly and without medical liaison. Instead, consider emergency alcohol rehab over cold turkey if time is of the essence.
  • Severe opioid withdrawal: Same-day admission to a detox and drug addiction treatment program is often advisable for those at risk of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Any abstinence from opioids decreases tolerance to the drug, meaning an overdose during a potential relapse is more likely to have serious adverse consequences. Opioid overdose can be fatal, so consider detoxing in a medically supervised setting like emergency rehab rather than trying to go it alone.
  • Sedative-hypnotic withdrawal: Withdrawal from benzodiazepines or barbiturates can be life-threatening, meaning emergency rehab is a preferable option to home detox in most instances.
  • Overdose: Drug overdose and alcohol poisoning are both medical emergencies requiring immediate rehab.

How can you go about finding this type of treatment center, then?

Finding a Same-Day Rehab

Research shows that for most substance use disorders, intensive outpatient treatment works just as well as inpatient rehab.

With immediate emergency rehab, though, inpatient treatment is typically most effective.

Most rehabs offering inpatient treatment will also allow for same-day admission in an emergency.

Ask for advice from friends, family, and your healthcare provider, too.

Alternatively, shortcut the process and consider engaging with one of our evidence-based addiction treatment programs here at Renaissance Recovery Center. What does that entail?

Renaissance Recovery’s Emergency Drug Rehab Center

Here at Renaissance Recovery, we specialize in the outpatient treatment of addictions. That said, we understand that some people need inpatient care and that some also require that treatment on a same-day basis. We have connections with many organizations across Southern California able to get you the immediate help you need.

Once you complete your course of immediate rehab, you can then engage with any of our outpatient programs for substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder.

Through an evidence-based combination of medication-assisted treatment, psychotherapy, and counseling, you can build on the work done in immediate rehab and create a firm foundation for lasting recovery.

To get started, call us any time at 866-330-9449.

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country