Inpatient Medical Detoxification

Bakersfield Behavioral Health offers Medical Detoxification for adults 18 years and older in a hospital setting, while also addressing additional psychiatric issues during the treatment process. The Adult Co-occurring Treatment Program provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment for a range of substance abuse disorders in adults including alcohol, opioids (OxyContin, Oxycodone and heroin), benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin), prescription and illicit drugs.

The multidisciplinary team, which includes psychiatrists, social workers, registered nurses, dietician and mental health specialists, works closely with patients and their families to enhance their strengths, and to develop effective coping mechanisms. During a patient’s hospital stay, co-occurring disorders groups will focus on education and skill development.

Topics addressed in these groups include:

  • Biological, psychological and social aspects of psychiatric illness and addiction
  • Interactions between psychiatric illness and addiction
  • Holistic perspective of addiction
  • Identification and management of symptoms
  • Denial and defense mechanisms
  • The effects of co-occurring disorders on families
  • Development of coping skills
  • Loss and grief
  • Stress and anger management
  • Shame and guilt
  • Health education and nutrition

We begin to plan for each patient’s return to the community from the day of admission. As a result, collaboration and communication among staff are key components to ensure the success of each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Treatment may involve psychological and behavioral components, medical management, group therapy, family education and professionally directed activity therapy.