Every day in New York City, individuals with a range of opiate, alcohol, benzodiazepine, cocaine and other substance addictions present in hospital emergency departments needing medically-managed detoxification (detox).

The majority are admitted to an inpatient unit because of the dearth of ambulatory alternatives.

Regrettably, there is a high readmission rate for hospital-delivered and residential detox – locally and nationwide – largely because quick detoxification treatment is not effective.

Nationally, patients often leave detoxification units without effective linkage to the outpatient treatment needed for long term abstinence.

To help address this challenge, CBC is creating a safe, patient-centered outpatient treatment alternative to or next step after inpatient detox. In community settings, CBC Ambulatory Detox will:

  • Assess patient treatment and support needs;
  • Rapidly address the symptoms associated with mild to moderate or persistent withdrawal;
  • Facilitate biomedical stabilization and withdrawal symptom reduction;
  • Connect participants with a Health Home if eligible and if not provide ongoing case management;
  • Facilitate access to CBC’s comprehensive service network for medical care, mental health services, supportive housing and more; and
  • Offer longer term treatment, support and follow-up services.

CBC will work closely with the individual’s primary care physician to coordinate care and facilitate referrals in all phases of treatment.