People seeking a Chicago rapid detox treatment center often rely on the Waismann Method to fill the gap in professional medical private opioid detoxification. Many people wish to find a treatment that offers a fast, safe and more comfortable opioid detox than residential facilities can provide. These individuals fly to Southern California for the Waismann Method® of rapid detox or our other medical detox procedures. We are the leaders is rapid detox with a 23-year history of successfully detoxing thousands of patients. Moreover, all patients receive individualized care and a personalized treatment plan based on their unique needs.
Chicago, Illinois Fighting for Opioid Treatment
As the opioid crisis intensifies throughout the U.S., there has been an increase in opioid overdoses in midwestern states, like Illinois. In fact, in 2017 there was a 66% increase in emergency room visits related to opioid overdose. This jump is worse in large urban cities, such as Chicago.
Tracking this data can help officials determine where to allocate resources in order to have the most impact. The ER is also a good place for professional intervention, especially with repeat overdose victims. Having the appropriate referrals available after reviving an overdose victim is critical. After a person receives a dose of Naloxone, they immediately begin withdrawing. Therefore, without opioid treatment options in Chicago, many users are likely to go back to the streets to use again.
City of Chicago Suing Drug Companies
Just last month, Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, filed a federal lawsuit against three major opioid distributors. Chicago was the first to file a suit in 2014, and many other cities across the country have joined the federal lawsuit. The defendants are AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Cardinal Health, and McKesson Corporation. These companies are being accused of unlawful distribution of opioids into Chicago.
Furthermore, these three companies took in 90% of all revenue for prescription drug distribution in the United States. Many believe they turned a blind eye to evidence of illicit drug distribution and they should be held accountable. This lack of oversight leads to a public health crisis and the need for increased funding for many cities to combat the crisis.
Opioid Treatment in Chicago
The mayor proposed an additional $500,000 be allocated to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and recovery homes. MAT is generally a method of harm reduction but is not a cure or a comprehensive treatment method. This type of treatment involves a physician prescribing opioid replacement medications to stop withdrawal symptoms and cravings when users attempt to stop using heroin or painkillers.
The most commonly prescribed replacement drugs are suboxone and methadone. These long-acting drugs bind to opioid receptors throughout the body. Although these drugs reduce the harm associated with heroin use, they are also opioids. Patients taking these drugs are not detoxed and will experience painful withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop or cut down their use. Therefore, prolonging the inevitable and often leaving patients stuck in the chains of opioid dependence.
Chicago Rehab Centers
Along with educational resources, Chicago residents have access to recovery homes and inpatient residential programs. Inpatient programs usually last 30 to 90 days and staff supervises clients during the withdrawal phase. Although there isn’t medical care, a physician is typically available to prescribe medications to assist with the detox. Additionally, some programs prescribe Suboxone then taper clients down while under their care.
The city’s new budget includes an expansion of community-based interventions and support. These types of programs include peer support from others who have experienced opioid addiction. For example, peer support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Although peer support is necessary, there is still a lack of adequate medical detox services and professional counselors who can address underlying mental health issues.
Rapid Opioid Detox and Medical Detox Options in Chicago
The multi-board certified medical director performs all detox procedures in a full-service, accredited hospital. Therefore, patients have access to the full spectrum of medical specialists and hospital resources. We are the only rapid detox program performing services in a hospital and we attribute our unmatched success rate to our high safety standards. In addition, our trained medical team can detox patients from high doses of methadone and suboxone.
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