What is the Selection Criteria for Outpatient Alcohol Detox Therapy?

Individuals that exhibit symptoms or signs or have certain medical conditions may not be eligible for HRI’s Alcohol Detox Program. Our screening questionnaire will aid us in identifying who is at high risk and would benefit from inpatient detoxification program, instead.


ABSOLUTE Contraindications:


  • Coexisting acute or chronic illness requiring inpatient treatment
  • Current severe alcohol withdrawal, especially with delirium tremens present
  • No possibility for follow-up
  • No reliable contact person to monitor the patient
  • Pregnancy
  • Seizure disorder or history of severe alcohol withdrawal seizures
  • Suicide risk


RELATIVE Contraindications:


  • Coexisting benzodiazepine dependence
  • History of unsuccessful outpatient detoxification
  • High risk for severe alcohol withdrawal or Delirium Tremens
  • Age > 40 years
  • Heavy drinking > 8 years
  • Drinking > 100 g of ethanol daily (e.g.,about one pint of liquor or eight 12-ozcans of beer)
  • Symptoms and signs of withdrawal whennot drinking
  • Random blood alcohol concentration e.g. >200 mg/dL
  • Elevated mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
  • Elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
  • Cirrhosis