The Doctors discuss the case of a family suing a detox facility, claiming their daughter died 72 hours after arriving. The family claim's their daughter's pneumonia was not treated properly. Attorney and psychologist Dr. Lisa Strohman joins to discuss and we also share tips on how to find a safe detox facility.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho notes that some patients might require a medically-assisted weening process when they begin a detox, in order to make the process more comfortable and also safer and possibly prevent death. The Doctors also note that some detox processes should take place in a hospital.
Dr. Strohman stresses that research should be done on the facility's history and any issues they may have had in the past before someone begins treatment.
In order to find a safe and effective facility, Dr. Judy suggests always checking accreditations, ask all the important questions related to the type of care you or your loved one needs, determine if they are using FDA-regulated medications, and find out if the family is involved in the detox process.
Also, Dr. Strohman says to ask someone you trust and a professional for a detox recommendation. She also says that places that feel like resorts might not be the best option. The Doctors also note that in the case of a medical emergency related to a detox, to use your local hospital's emergency room.
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