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Medical Stabilization Service

Alton Memorial Hospital offers medical stabilization services to adults suffering from alcohol and other substance use disorders.


Alton Memorial Hospital’s Medical Stabilization Service admits adults who are showing signs and symptoms of withdrawal. Our program consists of a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization. The inpatient stay includes the following:

  • Assessment
  • Admission
  • Medical Stabilization
  • Appropriate Discharge Planning

Medical Treatment Team

A multidisciplinary treatment team works with each patient to ensure a safe, supportive, medically monitored hospital stay. The team also works with each patient to create a tangible, individualized discharge plan.

Admission Process

Upon admission to the hospital, an assessment of the patient's essential needs are conducted. These assessments include a medical history, a physical, a complete laboratory workup and a nursing assessment. Prior to admission, a multidimensional assessment is conducted addressing not only a patient's substance use history, but also health and mental health histories, readiness to change, and living situation. 

After prolonged use of drugs and alcohol, it is sometimes necessary to admit patients to the hospital. This is to ensure that each patient minimizes his/her risk of medical complications and keep distressing physical symptoms of withdrawal at a minimum.
Admission is based on each patient's clinical presentation, which includes intoxication and withdrawal potential, medical history and potential complications, as well as emotional, behavioral or cognitive conditions. Length of stay is generally 3-7 days, as determined by each patient's response to treatment. 

Medically Assisted Withdrawal

Alton Memorial Hospital's Medical Stabilization Service is intended to safely detoxify patients who have symptoms of withdrawal from using drugs and alcohol. 

During the inpatient stay, each patient will work with a Peer Recovery Specialist. They provide support and will work with the patient to create a robust discharge plan, provide seamless linkage to treatment programs, medication assisted treatment, community support, and other resources that are instrumental in maintaining sobriety.

Substances Alton Memorial Hospital Treats

Alton Memorial Hospital provides medically monitored detoxification for individuals with substance and alcohol use disorders. Substances that often require a brief medically monitored inpatient stay are the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax)
  • Opioids (Heroin, Fentanyl, OxyContin)
  • Combined Substances

For more information, call 618.463.7780

Find a doctor or make an appointment: 618.463.7220 or 800.392.0936
General Information: 618.463.7311
Alton Memorial Hospital
One Memorial Drive
Alton, Illinois 62002

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