Rapid Detox Program Overview
Risks, Safety, and Benefits
Rapid detox under anesthesia is the medical treatment for rapidly cleansing your system of opioids while under sedation. It is essential to be aware of the differences between rapid detox centers, treatment providers, benefits, and risks.
Rapid drug detox should only occur in an ICU of a full-service accredited hospital. Patients are put under sedation during treatment, and detoxification is induced using opioid antagonists such as naloxone.
One of the main benefits is that complete opioid detoxification can be accomplished with a nearly 100% success rate — and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are mostly avoided. However, the treatment method is more controversial than traditional methods, mainly because most studies were done were paid by those who prefer long-term treatment methods instead of solutions.
For people struggling with opioid addiction, the idea of suffering through withdrawal symptoms is scary and often overwhelming—being able to sleep through the worst of it is extremely attractive. Furthermore, to overcome opioid use disorder, one must undergo a successful and complete rapid drug detox program.
It is important to understand that detoxification under sedation is a viable option for those who want to become opioid free, but it is not a miracle cure. There needs to be an inpatient assessment and stabilization before detoxification and a few days of inpatient recovery care after. Those are the basis to ensure safety, well-being and comfort of the patient.
Does Rapid Detox Work?
In the 1980s, rapid detox, also called anesthesia-assisted opiate detoxification, was introduced to the public. The goal of this type of treatment was to complete the withdrawal process as quickly, as comfortably, successfully, and as successfully as possible. Since more traditional detoxification methods were excruciating, rapid detox became a viable option. However, patients need to understand that although rapid detox under anesthesia is an excellent treatment option, it does not treat emotional issues. Instead, it allows the patient to be emotionally present, without the cravings and physical dependence, to better adhere to mental health care.
“Rapid detoxification has become more and more popular because it quickly eliminates the extremely uncomfortable and even life-threatening opiate withdrawal symptoms.”
Nearly all medical professionals agree that rapid opiate detoxification is not for everyone. A responsible doctor should provide a comprehensive physical evaluation before anesthesia detox, and other medical options should also be presently available for those not candidates. Furthermore, following rapid detoxification, the patient should have inpatient recovery care for a few days to ensure safety and comfort during the stabilization period.
A rapid drug detox program works when done responsibly, in the proper facility, by an experienced anesthesiologist, and with ample inpatient time. Also, realistic expectations are crucial for a positive experience. Claims of curing addiction or restoring the central nervous system to its pre-addiction status with an overnight hospital stay are misleading, irresponsible, and cruel. It places people in a state of over-expecting, of false security, leading to frustration, anger, and dangerous relapse.
Risks and Benefits
Waismann Method professionals clearly understand Opioid Use Disorder’s seriousness and the level of care required to safely treat those struggling with this condition. There are intricacies related to opiate dependence and addiction from physiological and psychological perspectives, which have adverse effects on the body and the mind. It is crucial for the success and safety of each patient that thorough inpatient care is provided. Furthermore, adequate recovery care for a few days is critical as rapid detox.
Rapid Detox Safety Components
Comprehensive Pre-Treatment Protocol
All the preparation leads to safer drug treatment. Having inpatient care at a hospital before rapid detox allows for:
- A better understanding of how each patient responds to medications will be critical during rapid drug detox.
- A thorough physical evaluation ensures candidacy and information necessary for an individualized protocol.
- Knowledge of what the patient has consumed or used in the last 24 hours. Drugs, vitamins, and even food can compromise the treatment.
- Additional time for IV Fluids and Electrolytes and whatever else is necessary to ensure smooth detox. Often opioid-dependent patients lack the essential elements to maintain healthy functioning.
Rather than having you adjust to our treatment, the Waismann Detox™ medical team will modify the procedure to your specific needs. Opiates often change how your body functions. Frequently, opioid dependence may result in a slower metabolism, impeding your digestive system, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Based on the results of the thorough medical assessment, a personalized program is designed just for you. It’s designed to reverse your opiate dependency. Designed to eliminate physical cravings. Designed to get you opiate-free.
The Importance of a Hospital ICU
Due to the rapid transition during anesthesia detox, having an ICU-trained staff is highly recommended. After detox, patients require close observation and monitoring. Specially trained nurses care for one or two patients at a time. ICU doctors and specially trained critical care nurses are available for assistance. ICU’s medical staff continually monitors the patient’s heart, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. Using an accredited hospital and an ICU, we enhance the rapid drug detox procedure’s safety while maintaining or improving its comfort.
Private Hospital Room
The medical staff’s attention must be solely directed to the treated patient. Some treatment centers often put patients side-by-side while going through rapid detox from opiates simultaneously to save money. Treating various patients at once is that others might not receive the attention they deserve in case of an adverse reaction from one patient. Treating patients together is unfair and can lead to unnecessary, dangerous results.
Rapid Opiate Detox Under Sedation Versus General Anesthesia
Old protocols using 4 to 8 hours of general anesthesia detox are archaic and unnecessary. A much safer approach is to detox under sedation within 1 to 2 hours. Moderate sedation usually allows the patient to continue oxygenation and airway control independently instead of general anesthesia, where intervention and airway support is often required. Typically, sedation allows your body to recover quickly and has significantly fewer side effects.
Inpatient Recovery Care
As fast as you go through rapid drug detoxification, your body needs to self-regulate and find its new baseline. After the procedure, you usually remain in the hospital overnight for observation and continued medical care. Once discharged from the hospital to our exclusive recovery center, Domus Retreat, you will continue to recuperate with around-the-clock professional support.
The recovery center provides personalized attention in a warm, home-like environment. This environment gives patients the comfort and support they need while physiologically adapting to a new natural chemical readjustment. These include but are not limited to endorphin production, fluid absorption, body temperature control, sleep patterns, and mood regulation.
Benefits of Rapid Drug Detox Under Anesthesia
- People suffering from opioid use disorder tend to seek help sooner, as there is little fear of withdrawal symptoms.
- Patients are entirely opiate-free in just a few days and can quickly return to a productive life.
- Much better tolerated and far more comfortable than other detox methods.
- Nearly 100% success rate in achieving opioid detoxification.
- Private and confidential.
- Complications are relatively rare when performed in a hospital with proper recovery care.
- Cost-effective in the long term.
- The individual can begin recovery sooner.
We believe that one of the reasons “Rapid Detox” has received so much criticism is because some centers try cutting costs by admitting patients on the day of the procedure without adequate time for evaluation and stabilization. They then discharge them the day after to a hotel room with family members who are not trained or ready to provide what patients need.
Waismann Method® Treatment Offers:
- Full-Service Accredited JCAHO Hospital
- Private Rooms
- Quadruple Board-Certified Medical Director
- Over 23 Years of Rapid Opioid Detox Experience
- Multiple Protocols, including Anesthesia Detox Options
- Reputation for the Safest and Best Rapid Detox Center
- Vivitrol shot included when medically indicated
- Inclusive Private Recovery Center
- Food, lodging, transportation, and companionship included.
- 5,7,10 and 14-Day Programs
Physiological adaptation is accompanied by psychological change. To further assist you through this transitional process, individualized services are available to you. From individualized psychotherapy to help you identify the underlying causes of addiction, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma, to massage and yoga for relaxation and endorphin productions. At Rapid Detox by the Waismann Method®, we have all the necessary tools available to help you embark on a healthy, happy and productive life.
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