3 Reasons Why We Recommend Sedation Assisted Rapid Opiate Detox
By Dr. J. George M.D. and Dr. J. Aharonov D.O.
Opiate addiction affects 2.4 million people in the United States with 467,000 people addicted to heroin alone. This does not account for other opiates like prescription pain medications. Addiction can devastate the families of the addict, cause numerous physical, mental, and wallet (money) issues that are harmful to the drug user and everyone around them. Per capita, there are more drug abusers in the United States than anywhere else in the world. It has become mainstream and has moved to the suburbs and is no longer just an inner city problem.
1. Opiate Detox Eliminates Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the main reasons why addicts struggle and are not successful with quitting is the excruciating withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping opiates cold turkey. Rapid opiate detox significantly decreases the acute physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that lead so many addicts back to their drug or opiate of choice.
2. Sedation Assisted Detox Treatment Leads to a Faster Recovery
It is very common for people that struggle with opiate addiction to have jobs and families no different than everyone else. Most people do not have the luxury of taking weeks or months off of work to recover from their opiate dependency. Rapid opiate detox enables the patient to be completely withdrawl free within a week or less, and usually 3-4 days. It all depends on the drug of choice. Heroin is faster than say, Suboxone or Methadone.
3. It’s the Easiest Path to Naltrexone Therapy
Naltrexone blocks the effects of all opiates. Naltrexone should be used after a rapid detox procedure or after 7 days of not using any opiates. It is used with rapid detox as well as after the procedure. Naltrexone has been proven to reduce the severity of cravings, increase the amount of time the user is abstinent, and reduce the relapse rate. Opiate dependent people should not use Naltrexone while there is opiates in their system. If someone uses it while opiates are still active in their body, they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms.