Aug 28, 2011
Rapid opiate detox is a safe and effective procedure used to release opiates from the body. The detoxification drug treatment procedure involves administering intravenous medications that remove and block the narcotics from the opioid receptors in the central nervous system while the patient is safely and comfortably asleep. The detox is done under anesthesia to avoid extreme discomfort and pain that usually accompanies opioid withdrawal. A complex mix of medications, honed over years of research and experience is given to counteract the manifestations of the withdrawal before and after the detox procedure,
A small implant containing Naltrexone is usually placed under the skin while the patient is still under sedation. The Naltrexone implant slowly releases medication to continually block opiates from getting into the central nervous system opioid receptors. This helps the patient overcome the physical symptoms of drug addiction and tremendously reduces opiate cravings . The Naltrexone implant will dissolve entirely in approximately two months.
Some opiate users decide to detox on their own and deal with the horror of withdrawals without being treated with the rapid opiate detox method. For these patients we highly recommend the use of the Naltrexone maintenance treatment. These patients are highly vulnerable to going back to the use of opiates, because their psyche has not yet fully adapted to the new state of "being a non-user". Consequently some sort of insurance policy or a defense shield has to be in effect to protect such patients. As an opiate blocker, Naltrexone will provide such a protection.
I recommend one of these two routes for the administration of Naltrexone:
Our first preferred route is the Naltrexone pellet implant that is placed underneath the skin through a minor surgical procedure. This pellet will provide protection for two months as the medicine is absorbed gradually. This protection is provided on a continuous daily basis as the patient proceeds with daily business and activities. This method is economically affordable for the two month protection period.
The other method of Naltrexone treatment is the injectable route which protects only for one month at an expensive price of $1200.00. At MDS Rapid Drug Detox center we provide such services for those patients who proceed to detox on their own without undergoing the rapid detox method. The patient has to be challenged with an opiate blocker to determine eligibility for the procedure. We prefer to place a pellet implant as it provides opiate blockage for two months at $1000.00. We suggest implants for a period of six to twelve months to allow time for full psychological adaptation.
Another choice, of course, is the daily oral Naltrexone. This choice demands daily re-commitment on the part of the patient, which in my opinion is a heavy burden to load on anyone, especially a recent addict. Unless there are some very good medical reasons against the two previous choices, we always recommend to stay away form this particular option.
Some of those medical reasons may be a pending surgery which may necessitate narcotics for acute pain control, or that the detox was done not for the purpose of complete withdrawal from all narcotic, but for the "resetting" of the body of a patient with chronic pain. Such patients develop extremely high tolerance to narcotics and a need for extraordinarily high dosages. In such cases our procedure can be done to "reset" the amount of receptors they have developed as well to reevaluate the actual pain the experience. After chronic use of narcotics patients develop condition termed by the doctors as "hyperalgesia", so that the pain they experience does not correspond well to the actual psychopathology that exists. By taking them off of all the narcotics for the period of six to eight weeks allows their doctors to evaluate and help treat them better and more appropriately.
In those cases we may hold off on implanting the Naltrexone pellet and work hand in hand with the patient's chronic pain physician to determine their needs in the future.