What Is Rapid Detox?
Rapid detox is a medical treatment of opioid detoxification under anesthesia. The process rapidly induces and speeds up the detoxification phase while blocking most of the distressful withdrawal symptoms. In this process, intravenous medications such as Naloxone are used to shorten the duration of acute withdrawal.
This fast detoxification process also reduces acute withdrawal syndrome from several days to a couple of hours. While under anesthesia, the patient is not subject to the intense discomfort associated with opiate withdrawal. More importantly, when the patient awakens, the patient’s receptors are free and blocked from opioid attachment. Following the rapid opiate detox procedure, Naltrexone therapy can be initiated to curb cravings and substantially reduce the risk of relapse.
Different drug treatment centers offer various approaches to anesthesia-based opioid detoxification treatment, and the effectiveness and safety varies based on numerous factors, including patient-specific pre-existing health issues.
When researching opioid detoxification options, you might also see rapid detox referred to by one of the following terms:
- Rapid drug detox
- Ultra rapid opiate detox
- Naltrexone detoxification
- Anesthesia-assisted detoxification
- Accelerated opioid detox
- Waismann Method®