Rapid detox treatment helps thousands of people achieve a drug-free state every year. Using this medical approach to drug detoxification, specially trained physicians speed up the withdrawal process while the patient sleeps comfortably under sedation. Rapid drug detoxification helps patients overcome the uncomfortable and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms. Often these painful symptoms prevent recovery from a drug addiction.
Rapid detox is a medical procedure that uses a combination of pharmaceuticals with anesthesia. Like most other medical procedures, it involves some degree of risk. Health problems associated with chronic drug use, alcoholism, addiction to other drugs and unrelated medical conditions increase the risk for complications of any medical procedure, especially those involving the use of sedation or general anesthesia. This means that rapid detox can be safer for some individuals than it is for others.
Is Rapid Detox Safe for Every Patient?
Healthcare professionals have a great deal of control when it comes to the safety, effectiveness, and reputation associated with the medical treatments they offer. It takes a trained eye and thorough knowledge of the patient to reduce risks during most medical procedures. This is especially true with anesthesia-assisted rapid drug detoxification.
In an effort to save time and money, some clinics might perform rapid detox on an outpatient basis. Some require just a few hours stay at a hospital after the procedure. Many clinics skip pre-testing for underlying conditions and skip the necessary time inpatient for pre-procedure, pre-testing and assessment.
Without proper monitoring before and after rapid detox, patients of these clinics might struggle with complications. Often patients are alone or with a family member who isn’t prepared or knowledgeable enough to address any arising problems. These patients could have poor outcomes and therefore hold a dim view of the process of rapid detoxification. Healthcare professionals who take such shortcuts could increase the risk for complications. They also reduce the effectiveness of treatment and tarnish the reputation of this very dignified and effective medical procedure.
Additional Factors Improve Rapid Detox Safety
Physicians can only gain the necessary expertise to perform rapid detox through years of training and quality time spent with patients. Top-notch professionals can amend rapid detox protocols based on each individual’s specific needs, in order to increase safety and effectiveness. They also spend the additional time with each patient to learn about any risk factors for medical complications. In addition, they can assess or treat any unnecessary anxiety and discomfort.
A healthcare professional can greatly improve the effectiveness and safety of rapid detox with prior assessment and treatment. Thus, by admitting a patient at least a day before any detoxification under anesthesia is performed in the comfort of their private room in a full-service hospital. This gives the doctor a chance to identify and address additional underlying medical conditions that might compromise the outcome of rapid detox. In addition, other issues that may be in the patients’ best interest to address prior to detox are electrolyte imbalances. Finally, there is enough time to catalog the patient’s medication to reduce the risk for dangerous drug interactions. Hospitalization allows medical professionals to amend protocols to fit specific patient needs.
This extra time in the hospital allows professionals to monitor patients closely and for a longer period. Overall, this improves safety and effectiveness. Patients feel more comfortable, confident and less anxious when they know what to expect. It is also comforting to know that a number of healthcare professionals are immediately nearby in case additional assistance is needed post-detoxification.
Waismann Method® Improves the Safety of Rapid Detox
With over 17 years of specializing on medical opiate detoxification, the professionals of Waismann Method® created a number of medical approaches that help patients get through the detoxification process in the safest and most dignified methods possible. We have treated patients of every age, from teenagers to people in their early 70s, and of every level of drug dependence possible. Doctors send patients to us from all over the country; other patients come to us on their own. Whether a patient has struggled with drug dependence for two years or two decades, Waismann Method® can help.
At Waismann Method®, we use a number of different levels of rapid detox under anesthesia because we understand that addiction – and the detoxification necessary to treat it – comes in different shapes and sizes. We treat every patient as a unique individual by creating a specific process based on that person’s needs. While rapid detox is not equally safe for everyone, we work to improve the safety and effectiveness of rapid detox for every patient we treat by offering one of the most complete and safe protocols available worldwide for detoxification under anesthesia.
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