Is “rapid detox” safe?
You may have heard of the term “rapid detox” or “ultra-rapid
detoxification.” This technique was developed in the 1980s to treat
people struggling with opiate addiction. Because of the rapid nature of
the process, it can cause major shock to a patient’s system. It
can entail placing a patient under general anesthesia and administering
Naltrexone (opiate blocker).
Many believe the procedure is risky, and opt for traditional detoxification
instead. Naltrexone is in the same class of
opiate antagonists as Naloxone, which can be used in emergency situations to reverse the
effects of an opiate / heroin overdose.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a study found that withdrawal symptoms are no easier with ultra-rapid
opiate detox as opposed to more traditional detoxification programs. The
study compared the effects of withdrawal for three opiate detox methods:
anesthesia-assisted, buprenorphine-assisted, and clonidine-assisted.
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