Is “Rapid Drug 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 a major shock
to a patient’s system.
What Does a Rapid Drug Detox Involve?
It can entail placing a patient under general anesthesia and administering
Naltrexone (an opiate blocker). 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 overdoses. Many believe the procedure
is risky and opt for traditional detoxification instead.
Are Withdrawal Symptoms Any Better on a Rapid Detox?
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.
Find the Right Detox Solution for You
Speak with a compassionate and knowledgeable team of medical professionals
who can help you or a loved one find the right solution for a
drug or alcohol addiction. Every person is unique, which is why we create individual
detox treatment programs designed based on your needs.
Call Turning Point to learn more about our New Jersey drug detox program.