Things you Should Know When Considering Rapid Detox
If you’ve ever considered a rapid detox program, you’ve likely heard awful stories about procedures gone wrong and how dangerous it can be. In recent years there has been a spike in “rapid detox centers” around the country promising miracle cures for opiate dependency.
The scary truth is most of them lack the essential safety protocols, professionally-trained staff, medical facilities and follow-up care that are fundamental to the safety and success of the procedure and a healthy transition to a life without opiates. Unfortunately, the primary goal for these centers is to keep costs low and bring in as many patients as possible. Ultimately, this means skimping on patient safety and putting their well-being at risk.
Many people may not realize it, but medical detoxification is a serious procedure. The complexities that occur during and after rapid detox need to be carefully monitored by doctors and trained medical professionals. This ensures patients are safe throughout the entire process.
What exactly is a Rapid Detox Program?
A rapid detox program is a combination of a sedated medical opioid detoxification in a hospital, followed by a supervised few days of recovery. The rapid detox procedure gets the patient through an opioid withdrawal while under sedation. In addition, the physician gives patients opiate blockers and medications to control cravings and soothe any additional symptoms.
The rapid detox treatment takes between 40 and 90 minutes. However, patients stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 days. The most obvious benefit is that the process allows a person to go through the detoxification significantly faster than a traditional detox program. Rapid Detox appeals to many people that just cannot get through the withdrawal phase. Especially for those addicted to long-lasting drugs such as Suboxone and methadone. Fear of withdrawal is one of the most common reasons people object to getting help and have an aversion to the opioid addiction treatment process in general.
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Is Rapid Detox Safe?
Specific rules must be established to ensure rapid detox safety. It is critical for the physician to thoroughly evaluate patients and admit them to the hospital at least a day before any rapid detox procedure. Aside from the evaluations done on this day, patients also need to start specific pre-medications. This process helps to stabilize body functions before the detoxification, allowing for a smooth and safe procedure.
It is also essential that physicians have a clear understanding of everything the patient has ingested for at least 24 hours before detox. If an unknown drug or substance has entered the body during this time-frame, negative interactions may occur. This can pose risks to the patient and the detoxification process.
With Waismann Method® (W Method), staff admit patients at least one day before the anesthesia procedure. This enables us to complete a full medical evaluation, screening, and start pre-medication. By the time doctors start the rapid detox program, there is a much better understanding of the patient’s current health and unique drug response. This phase is not only necessary, but it makes rapid detox a safe and effective procedure.
Why is an Accredited Hospital and Private Room Necessary?
Many rapid detox programs perform their procedures in clinics and/or surgical centers. As much as these subpar facilities help in cutting costs, they do not have the adequate equipment or medical resources for unexpected medical issues. Treating patients side by side is also unprofessional and risky. Although many patients survived less than desirable medical practices, we believe patients should always have the necessary medical resources available. We also believe that the undivided attention and privacy during treatment is crucial for a safe, comfortable and successful procedure.
The Waismann Method of rapid detox is for those who are seeking the best opioid treatment available. We do not cut corners or take our patients’ safety for granted. We also do not guess or assume our patient’s conditions and what medical support they might need. Our medical care is comprehensive, and the detoxification is performed in a full-service JCAHO accredited hospital with an extensive array services and specialists available.
Who Treats the Detox Patient?
Other rapid detox centers hire temporary anesthesiologists (sometimes with little to no experience) to perform the detoxification. Whereas, Waismann Method doctors are board-certified anesthesiologists and addiction medicine specialists, with almost two decades of experience delivering detoxification under deep sedation.
Our doctors have safely and efficiently performed the treatment thousands of times. They continually improve the method making it even more safe, comfortable and customizable for each individual’s specific medical and personal needs.
How Long is the Anesthesia?
Many rapid detox centers place patients under anesthesia for 2-4 hours, which increases the likelihood of risks and complications. General anesthesia is completely unnecessary. It can also be significantly uncomfortable and even dangerous for the patient undergoing anesthesia-assisted rapid detox. Protocols that still place patients under general anesthesia for up to three hours (or more) are archaic and can pose additional risk factors to the patient.
Waismann Method® physicians have perfected the procedure and use the very latest in medical advances to make a shorter sedation period possible for patients. Patients are usually detoxified within an hour and a half or less, keeping any risks of complications to a minimum.
How will I feel after Rapid Detox Program?
Opiate dependency causes numerous changes in brain chemistry, organ functions, and emotional regulation. It’s vital for patients to be appropriately monitored for at least a few days after any detox procedure. Thus helping them normalize these functions to prevent medical complications and immediate relapse. Often detoxification centers send patients to hotel rooms right after rapid detox to save money and treat more patients. This greatly jeopardizes safety standards. In addition, some patients, who have masked their emotions with drug use for so long, can feel overwhelmed with emotions. Family or untrained professionals cannot correctly handle the emotional distress.
How “rapid” should a rapid detox program be?
Since each patient has unique medical, physical and emotional backgrounds, there really is not a cookie-cutter approach to rapid detox. Factors like health, age, history and needs must be considered in order to adequately address the dependency and create a treatment plan to help the patient achieve a genuinely opiate-free life.
To offer an inexpensive, quick fix, some rapid detox programs cut corners on precautions and safety. Consequently, that can compromise patients’ health. Furthermore, some treat patients sided by the side in the same room, dividing the physician’s attention.
These programs can be extremely dangerous and can lead to unnecessary complications and preventable deaths.
If you are considering a rapid detox program, please thoroughly research your options before making a commitment. The high standards promised by the W Method ensures the safest and most effective treatment available for patients seeking rapid detox.