Rapid detox is a procedure that quickly rids the body of opiates without going through normal withdrawal. The patient is sedated and administered several different medications that expedite the detox process. Most commonly, a patient is under deep sedation for up to two hours, but this can vary depending on the individual and doctor’s procedures.
The Waismann Method
The most commonly used method is called the Waismann method of accelerated Neuro-Regulation treatment. The treatment targets the brains opiate receptors in an attempt to rid them of opiates. Other medications are administered to shorten the time of the detoxification.
The clearing of the opiates from the receptors puts the patient into an accelerated withdrawal which is over by the time the patient awakens. When the patients is awake again they do not have a recollection of going through any withdrawal symptoms or going through the process at all. After the detox is complete, patients are no longer considered physically dependent on opiates.
Rapid Opiate Detox Controversy
This method of rapid detoxification is a topic of controversy and studies conducted on rapid opiate detox have contradictory findings. Many medical professionals who provide the service consider it as a cure for opiate dependence or a quicker alternative to drug rehabilitation. Typically, doctors administering the procedure do not have aftercare plans or recommendations for future health. Medical professionals agree that there is no cure for opiate addiction and depending on individual circumstances, patients may need more than just detoxification.
Opponents contend that most people who abuse opiates and become physically dependent need continuing care or support to sustain sobriety. They argue that proponents of rapid detox are dismissing the knowledge and support an individual gains while in a drug rehabilitation facility, and consider detoxification as the only step necessary to return to a productive life. Opponents point to the fact that addiction has been classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. Addiction research has shown to that most addicts need continuing care or support to avoid relapse.
Benefits of Rehab After Detox
The process of detoxification, whether rapid or a non medical detox, is not always enough for a person suffering from the disease of addiction to remain sober. There are options one can take to help ensure they are given the tools and knowledge to stay sober and on track for a healthy life. Long or short term drug rehabilitation facilities are a great way to learn the tools needed for sobriety and to get on the right track.
Most of these facilities will help the addict detox as well as learn the tools to stay sober. These facilities can range from short term stays of 30 days to long term commitments of 90 days or more. An individual typically builds a foundation in sobriety and has the time to reflect on their situation in a healthy manner. Outpatient programs are also offer a solid foundation for building sobriety and getting counseling.