Opiate Detox Traditional and Accelerated
The phrase ‘opiate detox’ refers to the process used to rid the body of opiates for patients who have developed dependency or addiction. Often the first step in a drug rehab program, drug detoxification could include any number of intervention strategies. Because of their addictive nature, opiates can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction if used persistently. Some believe opiate painkillers are the most efficient option to manage pain relief.
Detox from drugs like heroin, OxyContin, Methadone, and Vicodin can require close professional supervision. Many programs provide both detoxification and rehabilitation services to help patients deal with sober living and the consequences of withdrawal. Many users delay seeking help for a drug problem because of the intense cravings. The physical and mental withdrawal that sets in and can be extremely painful. Depending on the drug and severity of the problem, opiate withdrawal symptoms vary widely in length and intensity.
Opiate withdrawal can include tremors, sleeplessness, anxiousness, diarrhea, nausea, vomit, sweating, muscle and bone pain, confusion, extreme irritability and muscle spasms.
Opiate Addiction Treatment Options
There are several options for treatment and detox from opioids. Some treatment facilities may provide a more individualized model than others. Waismann Method of opiate detox, for instance, encompasses both pharmacological and psychological treatment methodologies. Patients receive assistance from both medical and mental health care specialists. The combination of a medical hospital and recovery center offers a safe, private and comforting setting to overcome opiate addiction.
Standard drug detox on an outpatient basis can be very uncomfortable, and usually not successful. An inpatient medical detox provides the safest and smoothest way to detox from opioids. Furthermore, inpatient programs monitor vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulmonary function and heart rate. Medical facilities use medications to help regulate brain and body functions, which make the process faster and more comfortable. While there is no exact timeline for an opiate detox, each individual will likely experience withdrawal differently. A comprehensive detox should last 7-10 days.
Rapid Opiate Detox – Accelerated Detox- Sedated Detox
Various protocols of rapid opiate detox have been developed since 1988 when Loimer reported his “ultrarapid” technique of detoxification under anesthesia. These accelerated methods of opiate detox, use antagonist medications while patients are under anesthesia. The goal is to minimize discomfort and maximize the possibility to complete the detoxification. It is important to know that, not all rapid detox programs feer the same level of medical care or positive results.
The Waismann Method® launched in the late 90’s in its private accredited hospital, based only in So. California. Since then, thousands of patients from all over the world have undergone our rapid detox and other forms of medical opiate detox we provide, with much success. Patients sleep comfortably under sedated detox while special medications cleanse the drugs from their opiate receptors. With this in-hospital accelerated detox, patients can return to a normal life within days. Accelerated detox causes withdrawal symptoms to occur within hours instead of days, as with traditional methods. Rapid opiate detox, under the proper circumstances and performed by an experienced and responsible anesthesiologist is associated with few adverse events. It is also a relatively more comfortable and successful treatment option for opiate addiction.
The day after the procedure Waismann detox patients is evaluated for discharge from the hospital, into our exclusive post-detox retreat for continuum care for a few days. Patients typically feel noticeably better every few hours, and after a brief supervised recuperation period (usually a few days) patients can start enjoying a healthy productive life. An effective opiate detox followed by individual therapy can help someone stop using drugs and maintain sobriety.