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    I was wondering what the protocol is for emergency room visits for opiate withdrawal. What do they do? Do they try to put you into a detox program, or will they give you a take home prescription of clonidine and something to help you sleep, or will they tell you to get lost. I am sure they would definately NOT give you any opiates like suboxone or methadone right? Anyone have any experience with going to the ER for withdrawals?

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    Hi rnewton
    I think every place will be different,just like all the doctors are.
    You could always call them to see what there protocols are.
    Good Luck,Melinda

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    The state I live in does not believe in treating opiate withdrawls with any kind of narcotics. They stick you up in the detox ward and monitor you..that's it. No clonidine, valium, anything. If you have a doctor that has already prescribed a Benzo, then they cannot take that away from you, you continue to stay on the meds your on. If you don't have a doctor, your appointed a psyciatrist that will most likley put you on an antidepressant and talk to you about treatment. I have been up there so many times. I know what to expect when I go there for withdrawls and I just couldn't go through that again. I was scared to death this time of withdrawls, thats why I went into the methadone program. I have only been on that for about 10 days now. It's alot better than wihdrawls!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rnewton8 View Post
    I was wondering what the protocol is for emergency room visits for opiate withdrawal. What do they do? Do they try to put you into a detox program, or will they give you a take home prescription of clonidine and something to help you sleep, or will they tell you to get lost. I am sure they would definately NOT give you any opiates like suboxone or methadone right? Anyone have any experience with going to the ER for withdrawals?
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    Every state is different. It definitely helps if you have a dr wanting to admit you prior to hitting the ER. Some drs actually believe that an opiate detox SHOULD be done in a regular hospital. My dr had me admitted in 2002 after I was released from detox. No way I was ready for the street yet. My dr kept me in the hospital for an additional three weeks almost. Of course I had good insurance too.

    IF you are lucky enough to live in a state where they will admit you for detox specifically and don't just stick you on a psych ward or something similar it can be pretty positive. They will bring in an addictionologist who will most always prescribe either clonidine or guanabenz to help. They will usally add some librium or xanax as well. They don't treat you like a piece of garbage as so many rehabs do.

    You go to the ER and you are in a state where they don't help you with opiate detox then you will receive exactly as HEYHAZE shared. I would check into a hospital's policies before taking action. Good luck and God bless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rnewton8 View Post
    I was wondering what the protocol is for emergency room visits for opiate withdrawal. What do they do? Do they try to put you into a detox program, or will they give you a take home prescription of clonidine and something to help you sleep, or will they tell you to get lost. I am sure they would definately NOT give you any opiates like suboxone or methadone right? Anyone have any experience with going to the ER for withdrawals?
    If you live in a small town like I do, and go to the ER as I did a long time ago with withdrawal symptoms, please be aware that most likely you will be labeled as a drug addict & your medical records will be flagged as such.

    I was not given anything at all to help; in fact, I was shown the door along with a suggestion to take Benadryl and to follow up with my primary care physician.

    A few months later when I herniated another disk in my back, I was given ibuprofen. The doctor had requested all of my medical files and there sat the ER report on top. Just a "heads up" on the possibility of what can happen.

    If you need treatment, you'd be better off to find an addiction specialist rather than to rely on an emergency room physician.

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    Same thing here at our sister hospital Jess. They won't do anything for opiate withdrawl. They will give you meds to stop a seizure caused by a withdrawl, but then they would sadly usher you on your way. The town where I live has a couple of places that will help you, but their waiting list is ridiculous.

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