Research conducted by the Mayo Clinic states that addiction is a chronic disease of the mind that instigates the use of drugs and alcohol. Despite addiction resulting in poor physical, mental, and social health, bad behavior, and negative thinking patterns, the cyclical abuse continues.
Every day, there are news headlines targeting the modern-day opioid epidemic of opioid addiction and alcoholism. Let’s not forget: The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that overdoses due to prescription painkillers kill more than 130 Americans daily, while alcohol-related accidents and illnesses take the lives of approximately 88,000 Americans every year.
In order to recover from the deadly grasp and control of addiction, professional treatment at a rehab facility is needed to assess one’s needs, and use services and resources to help people suffering effectively manage their conditions.
At LA Detox, our multidisciplinary team of medical and addiction specialists aims to treat our patients suffering from addiction with our state of the art technology and procedures. A method of detox called rapid detox has been developed to make the process of detoxification faster.
What is Detox?
As the world progresses and technology evolves the healthcare field is one that benefits the most. We believe the notion that faster is more effective, and in various instances of technological advancements, in terms of getting the job done, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience are the most valued qualities. But, is faster really better? In terms of addiction recovery, it is, but, if done effectively and without shortcuts.
Detox is the medical intervention done before a person’s official inpatient and outpatient treatment officially begins. Also known as medically-assisted detox (MAT), individuals are safely monitored in the rehab center while the toxic substances of alcohol and/or drugs are removed from the body.
This jumpstarts the process of withdrawal from substance abuse, which ranges from nausea/vomiting, severe pain, paranoia, infection, and addiction relapse. As symptoms range from mild to severe, professionals can help if anything complications were to arise.
Detox is Not Recovery
This process alone is not designed to be the recovery from substance abuse or addiction, but it is the critical first step to getting better. In other words, any type of detox should always be viewed as part of an overall comprehensive addiction treatment regimen, and not as a method of care that stands alone.
This is because, it is important to note, that there are additional physical and social factors that are contributors to substance abuse that also require attention. This includes mental illness.
There are various other methods of detox other than just inpatient and outpatient detox and medical detox. Introducing Rapid detoxification, a new treatment approach to help people with addiction.
What is Rapid Detox?
Rapid medical detox also is known as ultra-rapid detoxification (UROD), is a safe and effective procedure for individuals who suffer from opioid addiction such as Oxycodone (OxyContin), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, codeine, and heroin.
The goal of rapid detox is utilizing FDA-approved intravenous anesthesia to safely and quickly remove opioids from the body by targeting the opioid receptors. Post-procedure, Naltrexone therapy is immediately started. Naltrexone, one of the anti-craving medications used to aid in the regular detox process ensures that any prescription painkillers taken do not attach to clean opiate receptors.
The Rapid Detox Procedure
This form of rapid detoxification is initiated by using an injection of high doses of the opiate antagonist Naloxone under general anesthesia or heavy sedation depending on the person, followed by a low dose of naloxone.
Rapid detox is a 4-hour procedure done in an intensive care unit (ICU) and requires 1-2 days of post-op hospitalization to complete treatment protocol. The final results should allow patients to have no withdrawal symptoms, physical dependency, and psychological cravings greatly reduced. The process has three integral parts, which include:
Day 1: Before the rapid detox procedure begins, all patients complete all intake paperwork, including lab work, physical/psychological exams, chest x-ray, and a stress test if the person is over the age of 40. The patient is then admitted into the facility to begin the process.
Day 2: The patient is taken to the procedure room. Under a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, the patient begins Anesthesia-Assisted Rapid Opiate Detox which takes about 3-5 hours to significantly decrease withdrawal symptoms and time of detox. A person is put under IV sedation and sleeps through the withdrawal process while closely being monitored by nurses and medical staff.
After the opioid reversal, an injection of Naltrexone (Vivitrol), is given, which is used to block the effects of opioids and decrease cravings. This eliminates the opiate cravings for 28 days and is not addictive. Also, it avoids the length of withdrawal symptoms and decreases the time it would take if someone were to self-detox.
Day 3: The patient comes back to their room with 24-hour monitoring and supervision. If they experience any acute withdrawal symptoms, they are given non-addictive medications. Patients usually stay for 1-2 days or more if necessary.
Once rapid detox is completed, a maintenance program along with therapy has helped opiate-dependent and addicted individuals recover. This is known as a detox-related aftercare program which includes Naltrexone Maintenance Therapy and Counseling.
In theory, by the end of the rapid detox treatment, patients are supposed to awaken no longer addicted to the abused substance after withdrawal.
This technique was created to lower the severity of symptoms associated with withdrawal and speed up the process quicker than traditional detox. However, it is important to remember, as always, treatment success varies, and unfortunately, it may not work for everyone.
Most importantly, rapid detox is a costly treatment, and it is NOT covered under insurance. This means that the procedure is out-of-network. Therefore, people who undergo this procedure will most likely have to pay co-pays and expenses out-of-pocket.
The Reality of Rapid Detox: Understanding New Treatment Approaches for Individuals With Opioid Addiction
Rapid detox is known to be somewhat of a controversial procedure, as there are always medical risks. Without additional support or follow-up treatments, just like with ordinary detox, a high percentage of patients in early treatment especially, are predicted to relapse.
Again, it is important to note that proven detoxification procedures present withdrawal symptoms, followed by medication and psychological support such as therapy to help people recover from an opioid use disorder (OUD), abstain long-term from illicit opioid use, and avoid relapse.
Rapid Detox and Mental Illness
Before rapid detox, a comprehensive intake process is given to each person, where they are assessed and evaluated physically and psychologically. This most importantly, determines if an individual has any pre-existing or new mental illnesses that are majorly contributing to why they are abusing drugs such as opioids.
If there is mental illness present simultaneously with addiction, this is known as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. At LA Detox, we believe in treating both addiction and mental illness together, in order to avoid mistreatment and other complications from arising.
Since addiction and mental illness are diseases of the brain, the whole person (holistic approach) needs to be cared for in order to promote sustainable recovery, resulting in an improved overall quality of life.
Important Questions To Ask When Searching For A Quality Rapid Detox Center
LA Detox is one of the rapid opiate detox centers around the country. We have created a guide of frequently asked questions to help people make a checklist, to know what types of questions to ask when deciding which facility is right for you or your loved one.
- What are opioids, and why are they so addictive?
- What are the risks of rapid detox?
- How does rapid detox differ from other conventional types of detox?
- Does rapid detox relieve withdrawal symptoms in 3-5 hours?
- Can you tell me some instances where rapid detox has shown to be successful in treating drug and prescription painkiller dependency?
Rapid Detox and Aftercare
Patients need more monitoring even though they have completed treatment and recovery. The relapse and overdose rates increase and are at an all-time high even after treatment is complete. At LA Detox, our long-term detox related aftercare program is one of the advantages of choosing Advanced Rapid Detox, as it will keep you or a loved one stay on track.
Our Rapid Detox Procedure Can Help Restart Your Life
A detox program in general, including our rapid detox program at LA Detox, provides safe patient-centered care and support while going through the process of ridding the body of toxic substances.
After detox, individuals will be transitioned into one of our addiction treatment programs, either inpatient and/or outpatient programs, based on factors such as their needs and severity of the addiction. We teach and educate life and coping skills, how to utilize resources, and utilizes a relapse prevention plan to help lower the relapse and possible overdose rates.
Also to promote recovery, behavioral therapies, support groups, and counseling sessions are in session, as well as, holistic therapy methods such as art, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and exercise.
Let our team help you get started with the rest of your life! Recover in New Los Angeles’s premier drug rehab & treatment center. Contact us today to learn more about Rapid or sedation detox.