Opiate Detox Traditional and Accelerated
The phrase “opiate detox” refers to the process used to rid opiates from the bodies of 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. Opiates are considered by many, most effective in terms of pain relief.
Often, people can take them safely in the prescribed amount. Opiate 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 and 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.
Treatment Options: Opiate Detox and Opiate Addiction
Opiates are powerful painkillers that cause sedation and euphoria and are commonly abused. Opiate addiction is caused by a persistent use of opiates and is thought to be a disorder of the central nervous system.
Once addicted, many opiate users feel completely powerless and continue to use despite potentially dangerous or life-threatening consequences. With traditional drug rehab programs, the opiate detox process can be physically and emotionally very difficult and painful, depending on the drug and the length and frequency of use. Studies show that opiate addiction can cause changes in certain areas of the brain, which can lead to unstable mood and behaviors.
Opiate withdrawal could be difficult to endure and medical issues could arise that require medical attention such as high blood pressure, seizure, irregular heart rate and dehydration. Many responsible detoxification centers provide clients with a safe, secure facility where their physical discomfort can be managed. Detox and rehabilitation are not easy, but finding the right place can make all the difference.
Rapid Opiate Detox – Accelerated Detox- Sedated Detox
Various protocols of rapid opiate detox, ultra rapid detox and rapid opiate detoxification have been developed since 1988 when Loimer reported his “ultrarapid” technique of detoxification under anesthesia. These accelerated methods use opioid antagonist medications while patients are under anesthesia, in order to minimize discomfort and maximize the possibility to complete the detoxification. It is important to know that, not all rapid detox programs are designed the same or offer the same results.
The Waismann Method ® of rapid opiate detox launched in the late 90’s in its exclusive accredited hospital, based only in So. California. Since then, thousands of patients from all over the world have been treated 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, performed under the proper circumstances by an experienced and responsible anesthesiologists is associated with few adverse events and is relatively comfortable for patients who seek treatment for their opiate addiction.
The day after the procedure Waismann detox patients are 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 productive healthy life. Ongoing counseling and/or a desired mental health professional might be recommended to help ensure opiate abstinence.
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