Medical Detoxification

Effective Medical Drug Detoxification in Richmond, Virginia

Habitual use of any drug, from alcohol to heroin, can create physical dependence – the sickness that occurs when an addict tries to stop using. The sickness that sets in with every attempt to get clean is one of the greatest obstacles to recovery. Although physical dependence and addiction are not precisely the same thing, we know very well how they go hand in hand and that recovery from addiction cannot even be approached until the physical dependence is broken. At the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine, we have vast experience and expertise in the medical management of withdrawal syndromes from every dependence inducing drug. Furthermore, our approach is effective, affordable and incredibly accessible.

What Is A "Detox"?

There is a reason that we refer to being drunk or high as being “intoxicated” – the drugs we put into our bodies are, in a way, poisons. But when we refer to “detox” in terms of addiction treatment we are actually describing the often uncomfortable and sometimes medically treacherous syndrome of withdrawal that the body and mind experience when the drug of abuse is withdrawn. What we are actually doing when we “detox” a patient is to prescribe precise and effective medication to alleviate all of the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. By doing this we are removing a powerful obstacle to healing and making recovery possible, because it is only after detox that recovery begins.

A Supportive Program For Drug And Alcohol Detox

Our aim at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine is to accomplish detox in the simplest but most effective way. If you’re looking for a drug detox in Richmond, VA, whether it’s for yourself, a friend or a family member, we are always here to help. Our services are office based, and our outpatient detox treatments are so effective that our patients can usually carry on with normal life during the detox process. Because we realize how time is of the essence in the fight against addiction, we can often schedule an initial appointment within 24 hours. Furthermore, we provide these services at a fraction of the price for comparable services elsewhere.

Below are some of the types of drugs we have encountered and conquered, some on a daily basis, with excellent results and ever improving technique:

Opioid and Heroin Detox
Heroin, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl, tramadol. The shocking increase of opiate abuse and dependence is the primary reason that drug overdose surpassed auto accidents as the leading cause of death among young adults since 2014. Whether the result of medically prescribed painkillers or previously rare middle-class experimentation with fentanyl spiked heroin, opiate addiction is a deadly epidemic in Richmond, in Virginia and across the US. At VCAM we utilizing a specially designed buprenorphine “troche” that is extra safe in an expertly designed taper to deliver safe and comfortable opioid withdrawal management. No one does this better than we do. For more information about our Opioid & Heroin Detox please click here...

Benzodiazepine Detox
Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin. These drugs were never intended for long term use but their over-prescription and over-use has brought many people to a dangerous place of crippling dependence. Although these drugs are indeed powerful anxiolytics, studies show that long term use actually worsens overall anxiety. And withdrawal from benzodiazepines can not only bring nightmarish symptoms of overwhelming anxiety and insomnia, in sever cases it can cause seizure, coma and death. Yet, carefully monitored, tapering doses of reliable medication can bring about a safe and comfortable, outpatient liberation from the bondage of sedative dependence. Often, the patients granted freedom from sedative dependence at VCAM take advantage of the world class care of our addiction psychiatrists, led by the renowned Dr. Sherman Master, to achieve lasting and safe treatment of their anxiety and other mood disorders. For more information about our Benzodiazepine Detox please click here...

Alcohol Detox
After tobacco, the number one cause of sickness and death among addictive drugs is good old fashioned, fully legal alcohol – available absolutely everywhere you go. Alcohol withdrawal, like sedative withdrawal, can be severe and lead to medical emergency. We have found that, after carefully determining the safety of each case, that alcohol withdrawal can quite often be managed in an outpatient setting, perhaps in a majority of cases. Dr. Thompson and Dr. Swainey are both MCV trained internists and take the greatest care to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients seeking help with getting sober. For more information about our Alcohol Detox, please click here...

Suboxone Detox
One of our special skills is in taking on the difficult challenge of helping patients dependent on suboxone to get through what can be an arduous and long withdrawal syndrome. Using a technique developed and perfected by Dr. Thompson at Clean Life Medical, we are able to help most suboxone cases to get totally opiate free or to make a safe and comfortable transition to Vivitrol. For more information about our Suboxone Detox, please click here...

Kratom Detox
A new and controversial, psychoactive plant product from Southeast Asia that narrowly missed being outlawed recently by the DEA, kratom is promoted and sold as a “natural high” or even an aid in opiate detox. In truth, it contains a powerful chemical called mitragynine that stimulates opioid and other receptors in the central nervous system and can be powerfully addictive with a wicked physical dependence. Kratom withdrawal can be like a combination of opioid and sedative withdrawal, not something anyone would want to face alone.

DXM, high potency hashish, bath salts, research chemicals
We have seen it all and can help you, no matter what.

Detox alone has never been shown to bring real and lasting recovery from addiction. All detox services at VCAM are tied to a full and ongoing plan of treatment and recovery support.

How Medical Detoxification Can Help

For most addicts, the miserable physical, mental and emotional deluge that inevitably comes with any attempt to clean makes it so hard to gather the courage and energy to try one more time to escape the prison of addiction. We want to completely remove this obstacle and we know it can be done. In fact, our philosophy is that suffering through withdrawal never prevented any addict from relapsing, but the fear of it keeps so many living in miserable captivity. We want to make getting clean as easy as possible.

  • Take The First Step - Your brain can’t heal until you stop using. Getting clean puts you on the path to real recovery from the disease of addiction; it makes recovery possible.

  • Improve Your Mental Health - The constant barrage we unleash on our brains when we abuse drugs can make mental health issues impossible to solve. Accurate diagnosis and effective psychiatric care are impossible with drugs scrambling the signal. In fact, chronic use of alcohol and drugs can often create mental illness where no organic illness really exists.

  • Stop Risking Your Life - Every time a person is intoxicated with drugs or alcohol, they become a danger to themselves and to everyone around them. Every time you go back out there to get more you risk your safety, you put yourself in harms way, and you risk the lifelong consequences of being on the wrong side of the law. prevent significant complications from occurring in the future.


  • Contact Us Today For Addiction Treatment in Richmond, VA

    Whether it’s opiates, sedatives, alcohol or something you fear no one has ever heard of before, we can help you today. No one will take more care, bring more expertise or get a better outcome for you than the physicians at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. Contact us today by calling 804.332.5950.