Restore Detox Centers is Certified by the State of California to provide Incidental Medical Services. This enables our staff to provide oral and intravenous medications as well as alternative non-narcotic treatment methods for withdrawal symptoms. These treatments are provided and monitored by qualified medical staff on site. IMS certification allows Restore Detox Centers to provide admissions 24 hours seven days a week.

What is IMS?

Incidental Medical Services” (IMS) is defined as services provided during detoxification and during the provision of alcoholism or drug dependence recovery or treatment services to assist in the enhancement of treatment. IMS services is related to the patient’s process of moving into long-term recovery. IMS services can safely be provided in compliance with the community standard of practice at the licensed alcohol or drug dependence detox facility.

Why is this Important?

The State of California has authorized Restore Detox Centers to allow a licensed physician, surgeon or other health care practitioner to provide incidental medical services (IMS) to a patient of the facility at the facility premises under specified limited circumstances. These circumstances include, but are not limited to an admission agreement signed by the patient and approval from a physician, surgeon or health care practitioner that these services are appropriate for the patient.

The acute pain of withdrawals as measured by C.O.W.S. (clinical opiate withdrawal scale) is one of the greatest barriers to detoxification and rehabilitation in the industry. While most in-patient and out-patient facilities have protocols in place, may who suffer from this acute and painful time need access to new, safe, non-narcotic options in pain management.

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