- Alcohol & Drug Treatment
The heart of our drug and alcohol treatment program is the participation of patients in the rehabilitation and continued care phases of our program. Detoxification is required for approximately 14% of our patients with alcohol disorders and 85% of those with opioid disorders (including hydrocodone and oxycodone). Kolmac has pioneered in outpatient detoxification from alcohol and other drugs, allowing patients with even severe physical addiction to avoid hospitalization. Since 2003, the availability of buprenorphine (Suboxone) has dramatically reduced the discomfort of detoxification from prescription pain pills and heroin.
Although we do not have any magic bullets, new medications have helped reduce the frequency of relapses and improved the odds for recovery for those seeking outpatient detox and addiction treatment. We have become one of the leading addiction treatment facilities in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metro areas – including Northern Virginia – by advancing the use of buprenorphine as a stabilizing agent for patients addicted to opioids. Our medical staff continuously monitors the safety and effectiveness of new medications. We think of these medications, however, as supportive and not as a substitute for therapy.
The Kolmac program was established in 1973 to replicate in an outpatient setting the successful results of inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation programs. The Kolmac model has now been copied throughout the country by many outpatient addiction treatment centers. Studies in academic centers have documented its equivalent effectiveness and significantly lower cost (Psychiatry Online) compared to inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We have now treated over 26,000 patients in our program and have presented our treatment model in many national professional forums.
Group therapy and transition to community recovery programs are the foundation of the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers treatment program for addictions to all substances. Medications, when available, can facilitate this process when used properly.