Aug 10, 2011
Our testimonials are usually short and sweet. "Thank you for giving my child back", "thank you for giving my life back to me"... Rarely do we get a testimonial that has such incredible clarity of vision and thought, such clear understanding of the process and such good advice to others, that I just felt the compulsion to share it with all. The patient is a health professional, so I need to explain that an LMA stands for a laryngeal mask airway - a device that protects patients respiration during our procedure, otherwise, read on:
I recently underwent the rapid detox procedure about a week ago. I was on Suboxone and heroin. At the time of the procedure, I had withdrawn from heroin to Suboxone to stabilize myself before the procedure. I had been a hard core heroin addict. The Suboxone was a way to hold me over from spending too much money on heroin. When I had money, I used heroin. When I ran out, I had to get back on Suboxone. The process of getting back on Suboxone from heroin in itself is very hard because you do experience withdrawal symptoms for several days, until the Suboxone stabilizes your body. I went through this process of switching from heroin to Suboxone at least 20 times in the past year. I had some vacation time from work and decided to quit heroin cold turkey, but I couldn’t. When I heard about MDS rapid detox, I decided to go through the procedure. I took Suboxone to stop my withdrawal from heroin until the procedure, which was a week’s time. So in essence, I had been taking Suboxone for a week before the procedure because 3 weeks before, I strictly was only taking heroin. My procedure was (day 1) and I planned to be back at work by (day 5). This is a pretty optimistic goal. I almost backed out of it, until I thought to myself, “I’m tired of being a junky and I want to stop”. So with all of that in mind, I went through the procedure. The staff was great. The facility was great. It looks like a regular hospital. The building looks like an office building, not a hospital from the outside, which was cool because it reassures confidentiality in a sense. The doctors are very experienced, and the staff really takes care of you to make sure you will be fine. You get prepped just like a surgical procedure; the anesthesiologist uses an LMA, which is cool because your throat won’t be sore. Before I knew it, the procedure was done. The day of the procedure you feel out of it because of the anesthesia, but the staff helps you with everything. A healthcare provider goes back with you to your hotel to make sure you are ok. The doctor visits you daily, which is nice. You don’t experience chills, sweats, or any of the hardcore withdrawal symptoms that you all know about. They give you medications to help you sleep through the first day. The second day, you feel a little groggy, and I had restless legs for about 4-8 hours, then it went away. The procedure in essence, compacts about 2 weeks of withdrawal symptoms into thirty minutes during the procedure. The best thing to do after the second and third day is to move around as much as you can. You will be fatigued, but you won’t be suffering. The only things that bug you the most is feeling weak, diarrhea (which can be managed through drinking fluids and meds so it’s not so bad), and just a little jittery, which you can take a med for that also to control that. By my fourth and fifth day I started getting my strength and energy back. I was able to work on day 5. You start getting your appetite back by day 4-5 to where you just want to eat a lot, and drink. After a week I have no cravings for any opiates what so ever. The naltrexone implant really works well. After you leave, you have your meds for you to take home with you to help with the minor symptoms. Ask for a good amount of sleep medication from the doctor because that is another symptom which is present for a while. Try to allow about a week of recovery time to go through this procedure because after a week, you feel about 95% normal. After 5 days, you feel 75% normal because your leg and arm strength is a little week. But it gets better every 8 hours. Withdrawal cold turkey from Suboxone takes about 3-4 weeks physically (trust me, I’ve been through it), but after the procedure, you have to develop a plan to stay clean months down the road. I hope this blog helps. I highly recommend MDS Drug Detox to anybody that has any opiate addiction because why suffer for weeks when you only have to go through mild symptoms for about 1 week? Good luck.