Rapid Drug Detox
While there are many different methods of drug detox widely used in treatment centers today, none is more controversial than rapid drug detox. This type of drug detox involves placing the addict into a medically induced coma for a period of up to 72 hours while the entire physical detoxification takes place. During this time, the patient will not “feel” any of the symptoms of withdrawal that are so commonly blamed for causing patients to sink back into drug addiction. Although rapid drug detox can be an effective means of detoxification for some, there are inherent risks with this type of medical detoxification and such means may not be safe for everyone.
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Understanding Rapid Drug Detox
Rapid drug detox is only used to treat those who are addicted to opiates such as heroin, Oxycontin, Oxycodone or other opiate based drugs such as morphine or methadone. These drugs have the most significant withdrawal symptoms and, because they are all derived from the same plant and act upon the body in the same way, the detoxification for all of them is similar. Through rapid drug detox, the individual can overcome the physical dependence on opiates in a matter of just a few days rather than suffering with various withdrawal symptoms for a period of up to a month or more with standard detoxification programs.
During rapid drug detox, the patient enters into a medical facility where they are placed under an induced coma. While in the coma, the patient will not actually feel any of the pains or discomforts that occur during the detoxification process. Detoxification is sped up by administering various drugs to help remove toxins from the body, speed up the metabolism of the opiates being flushed through the body and move through the detox process.
Dangers of Rapid Opiate Detox
Unfortunately, there are many dangers with rapid opiate detox. Some of the potential risks that come with rapidly detoxifying from opiates include dangers associated with being in a coma, dangers with detoxing so fast that the addict does not consider the dangers of using drugs again, and dangers with suffering other complications during the detoxification process. The most dangerous part of rapid drug detox is that the patient is under a medically induced coma, something that is typically reserved for patients with very serious health complications such as head trauma. Anytime a patient is placed into a coma there is a risk of the patient dying or suffering severe medical complications as a result of the coma. Because of these serious dangers, rapid opiate detox continues to be a very controversial detoxification method.
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- California Society of Addiction Medicine. (n.d.). Anesthesia-Assisted Rapid Opioid Detoxification.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine. (2005). Rapid and Ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification.