When considering a medical detox program, the first step should be to determine the safest program that best fits your health needs. Once the safety requirements are established, it is time to review each treatment center’s reputation, accreditations, and experience. Learning as much as you can about available options can help you decide to enter treatment much more manageable, and the likelihood of successful results is much higher.
The first phase of total recovery is detoxification. After physical opioid dependence is developed and the dose is reduced or discontinued altogether, the person will likely start going through withdrawal syndrome. Common symptoms of opioid withdrawal include diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, restlessness, and anxiety.
Withdrawal symptoms are often uncomfortable and quite intense. They can last days or even weeks.
Medically supervised detoxification may occur on an outpatient basis or in a more structured and monitored inpatient hospital setting. Although outpatient options are available, inpatient provides a much higher success rate and fewer risks of early relapse.
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What is Medical Detox?
For many people, one of the biggest hurdles in seeking help with addiction treatment is the fear associated with going through withdrawal. The anticipation alone of a painful and lengthy withdrawal can be enough to derail a person’s motivation and courage to enter drug treatment.
Medical detox such as Waismann Treatment™ makes the process way less daunting. As one of the nation’s first specialized opioid dependency in-hospital programs, we have the experience, knowledge, and medical resources to safely support and guide patients through what can be a challenging and determining time.
Patients are admitted to a private room of an accredited hospital, where specific medications prevent discomfort and medical complications. A comprehensive evaluation determines patients’ health conditions and the most effective and safe medical detox protocol.
Choosing the Best Medical Detox Program
Choosing the best medical detox program will rely on researching available treatment options and understanding your unique health needs. Although medical opioid detoxification is supposed to serve as a safe and effective way to get through a withdrawal syndrome, each program’s results and detox methods are not the same. Neither are the results they provide.
Remember, medical detoxification is just the first part of a complete recovery process. Detox is the process of clearing toxins from the body to help patients defeat physical dependency. Once you undergo complete detoxification and the opioids are out of your body, the heart, the cardiovascular system, liver, and all other systems start the process of healing. Drug detox is often followed by some type of behavioral therapy or emotional support.
In-Hospital Withdrawal Management Detox
In a supervised environment like an accredited hospital, doctors and other medical staff can provide various services, from diagnostic to comfort care. Medications to help patients get through the detox process are also available in more variety and higher doses than outpatient clinics.
Opiate withdrawal is different for everyone. The duration of the detox process and the types of medications used will vary based on many factors, including health condition, dosage, drug, and length of use. Being in a hospital allows the treating physician to tailor the treatment specifically for the patient without worrying so much about the available facility resources.
Medical Detox Process
In most cases, medical detox is a multiple-step process, starting with evaluation.
- Pre-Admission Assessment
An assessment usually involves a questionnaire and preliminary consultation with adequate health care providers. At that time, both the patients and healthcare professionals can discuss history, expectations, and available options. This consultation also provides an opportunity to reassure candidacy, inpatient length of time, and possible costs.
- Medical Evaluation
The medical evaluation usually occurs on the day of admission, which includes a comprehensive physical examination. This evaluation can consist of blood work, cardiac and pulmonary function analyses, and other screening tests the treating doctor believe are needed. The information gathered from these tests allows the physician to develop the best and safest treatment plan.
Patients frequently come into treatment completely dysregulated. They are often dehydrated, malnourished, or suffering from gastrointestinal issues. Providing hydration, electrolytes, and physiological stabilization increases patients’ comfort and allows smoother detoxification.
Medical opiate detoxification is a process for patients who wish to become opioid-free instead of maintenance, which is indicated for patients who wish to reduce their use but is not ready to come off opioids completely.
Opioid detoxification is also more successful when performed in a hospital on an opioid-dependent patient ready for abstinence. Candidacy and treatment options for detoxification should be determined during the assessment and evaluation process. The goal of the procedure should be safe and effective discontinuation of opiates with minimal withdrawal symptoms.
Rapid Medical Detox
Some people choose sedation detox, also known as rapid detox. Rapid Medical Detox is a safe and effective treatment for patients addicted to opiates such as Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and methadone. The process uses FDA-approved intravenous medications to quickly remove all opioids from the receptor sites while the patient sleeps under sedation. This highly successful opioid detoxification brings together two essential parts of the recovery process. It significantly reduces the discomfort and time of an opioid withdrawal, and patients can immediately be put on a non-addictive craving control therapy like Naltrexone or Vivitrol.
Although medical detoxification is a necessary first step for a successful recovery plan, it is NOT a substitute for emotional treatment. An inpatient treatment facility that offers medical detox, such as Waismann Method® and a few days at Domus Retreat, can help patients feel stronger and more stable to sustain an opioid-free state.
Waismann Method® Medical Detox Difference
What is the Waismann Method?
Although the word “method” might sound like one single process, Waismann Method is the idea of providing the safest and most comfortable way to get through opioid detoxification. There are several options available for medical detox, and within these options, there are also modifications based on each patient’s health needs.
Among the available treatment options, the most renowned one is rapid detox. Rapid detox is a detoxification method to help patients get through the worse of the withdrawal while sleeping in an ICU private room under sedation. The process is a relief for patients taking a higher dose of opioids, methadone, or buprenorphine-based drugs.
For those who prefer to detox without being under anesthesia or those who are not candidates for rapid detox, Waismann Method offers a medically assisted opioid detoxification. Specific medications are given to block the withdrawal response.
“Part of Waismann Method team’s commitment is to support patients struggling with opioid use disorder by offering innovative treatment approaches to help mitigate the physiological challenges during an opioid withdrawal,” said Clare Waismann SUDCC/RAS, WAISMANN METHOD® and Domus Retreat founder. “For over two decades, we continue to improve our opioid treatment protocols, incorporating new approaches to help people achieve full recovery. We understand that the physiological symptoms of opioid withdrawal are often the greatest barrier for patients seeking help. The fear of experiencing the pain of not getting through a withdrawal prevents many people from seeking treatment. Even worse, the few that attempt might relapse due to lack of medical assistance. We continue to improve our work in providing medical and therapeutic solutions for those suffering from opioid use disorder, so they can successfully achieve lives of sobriety.”