Rapid Opiate Detoxification is a process by which opiate receptor antagonists are used to cleanse opiate receptors in the central nervous system. This is done to reduce the length of opiate withdrawal syndrome from days to hours. Patients are sedated during this procedure which has both benefits and drawbacks. Learn about how Rapid Opiate Detox works and what safety concerns may exist.
Methods for Rapid Opiate Detox
The amount of time required for opiates to be removed from receptors naturally can range anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Similar results may be achieved using a process where individuals stay with a doctor for a few days under sedation while detoxing. This process can take less than a few hours. Each individual is different in how physiological and emotional cravings respond to rapid detox. Antagonist medication blocks receptors which get the sensation of being full which eliminates cravings. Emotionally, people who detox may self-medicate to mask pain which requires appropriate assessment and post care to support minimization of pain and cravings.
Rapid Opiate Detox Safety
Ultra rapid detox currently utilizes moderate sedation rather than general anesthesia with the procedure being completed in under one hour. Significant reduction in risk and discomfort associated with the procedure is noted in research. Some individuals with underlying medical or psychological issues may not be good candidates for rapid opiate detox. The procedure is safe and effective when performed through an inpatient facility with appropriate medical professionals and when allowing for an appropriate number of days as an inpatient and pre and post detox. An individual’s medical history must be considered as pre-assessment, preparation and monitoring for several days must occur to ensure safety. A body’s organs and chemical balances must adjust to the newly detoxified state of being which varies based on the individual.
Rapid Detox Considerations
When evaluating whether to experience rapid opiate detoxification, the following are considerations to keep in mind:
- Individuals should be monitored by licensed medical professionals around the clock
- Rapid detox sedation requires a stay in ICU overnight and must remain overnight in hospital post rapid detoxification
- Individual undergoing rapid detox must be admitted one day prior to anesthesia detox for pre-medication and evaluation. Each person reacts differently to medications so proper evaluation by a physician is required.
- Inpatient post care lasts a few days to professionally support people through stabilizing period
- Individuals with severe psychiatric disorders who need a dual diagnosis facility are not good candidates for procedure
- Individuals who are not candidates for elective surgery due to health reasons are not eligible
Advantages of Rapid Opiate Detox
An individual who is dependent on opiates may experience benefits from full detoxification while reducing discomfort of withdrawal. People who choose this path usually experience positive side effects such as less fear of withdrawal and less fear of judgment for undergoing the procedure.
The entire process is tailored to an individual’s situation and needs with a treatment plan drawn up by medical and addiction professionals. Any facility who offers treatment should do so in a way that provides respect, compassion and responsibility for the well-being of the individuals seeking assistance.
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