Opiate Addiction Treatment
WHAT IS RAPID Opiate DETOX?
Over the last 30 years, doctors and medical researchers have developed numerous new medical opiate detoxification protocols to treat patients suffering from opioid dependency. Throughout the years, these protocols have been commonly referred to as Waismann Method, Rapid Detox, Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification, Rapid Drug Detox, Naltrexone Detoxification, Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification or Accelerated Opiate Detox. First reported in 1988 by Dr. Loimer, the idea was to use anesthesia combined with opiate antagonist drugs, to rapidly induce withdrawal and accelerate the opiate detoxification process while the patient slept comfortably.
Through the decades, detoxification under anesthesia has become world-renowned for its effectiveness, privacy, and comfort. By the time patients wake up from the procedure, opioids have been successfully removed from the receptors, which makes for a successful detoxification. Another advantage is that patients can commence a Naltrexone therapy immediately. Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist that works at the receptor level to mitigate block the effects of opioids while decreasing physiological cravings. It also minimizes the chance of a relapse.
WHAT IS THE BEST PROTOCOL AVAILABLE?
There should never be one single protocol for any medical treatment, and anesthesia assisteed detox is no exception to this rule. Instead, the protocol should be tailored to each patient’s unique medical needs. To maximize the safety and efficacy of the treatment, medical resources must be abundant, there should be no rush, and individualized assessments should always be performed. To provide the most safe and effective Rapid Drug Detox Protocol, detoxification under anesthesia should be performed in a full-service hospital. A full-service hospital can provide immediate additional support, a full range of medical services and specialists not found in a small surgical center or facility. Also, a private room allows for the individualized attention and medical care, which can be a key factor to ensure safety, comfort and anonymity. In conclusion, in order to provide the safest and best protocol available, the treating physician must evaluate patients’ individual characteristics, such as:
- Age– Patient’s in their fifties may have significantly different or additional health needs than patients in their twenties.
- Substances– The use of multiple substances including benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, stimulants, alcohol, and other drugs has a direct impact on the required treatment and outcome. Even different opioids should be managed differently. A patient who takes a gram of heroin per day needs different treatment than one who takes 400 milligrams of Oxycodone or 100 milligrams of Methadone.
- Physical Health– Patients who suffer from high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, sleep apnea, obesity, and other illnesses have specific medical needs during pre-examination, detoxification, and recovery. Tobacco use, allergies, and even recent air travel (which can cause dehydration) also warrants specific pre-treatment requirements. In addition, medications that patients take to manage medical conditions may also affect the detoxification process.
- Mental Health– Generalized anxiety, panic disorder, depression, sleep disorder and other mental health conditions can affect both the detoxification process and a patient’s likelihood of having a relapse. Anxiety issues are particularly important to address, as they influence blood pressure, heart rate, and other factors crucial to the safety and comfort of the detoxification process.
Successful detoxification strategies don’t require the patient to adapt to a course of treatment; they adapt the treatment to the individual patient. Whether a patient is undergoing Rapid Drug Detox or a more gradual method of opioid detoxification, they must find a treatment center that addresses and provides the adequate treatment for the individual’s specific needs.
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HOW SAFE IS IT?
Numerous studies have tested the safety and efficacy of the procedure and found largely positive results, provided that practitioners follow proper procedures. According to an analysis from 2003, as long as Rapid Detox occurs “under the proper circumstances,” it has few negative effects and allows patients to recover in comfort. The Waismann Method has established safety protocols in a JCAHO accredited hospital.
Unfortunately, other Detox Centers are not always as careful. Many facilities have cut the length of in-patient care below adequate levels, relied on sub-par facilities, and failed to hire medical providers with the proper experience and training. The lack of proper medical care and safety precautions have caused patients to experience unnecessary suffering, medical complications, emergency room visits, and death. The Waismann Center is careful to avoid these pitfalls, upholding the highest standards of safety and quality for all patients.
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