Drug Withdrawal Protocols

Remember: Always check with your resident before starting any of the protocols. In poorly supervised settings these protocols can lead to hypotension or excessive sedation.

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Alcohol (EtOH) withdrawal protocols

EtOH-Ativan, EtOH-Valium

Opioid (Heroin) withdrawal protocols

Opioid-Ultram, Opioid-Clonidine, Opioid-Buprenex

Cocaine withdrawal protocol

Cocaine protocol


Resources:
Pain Management Contract - a sample from Maine State Office of Substance Abuse

Poem: "My Brother" by Denver Butson from Writer's Almanac (Dec 30, 2004) depicts the life of a drug abuser from a personal perspective


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