Mar 07, 2013
With all of the different rapid detox treatments available to patients these days, it can be extremely difficult to sort through the programs that are truly effective and those that many times just set patients up to fail. If you're considering a rapid detox program, it's important to remember that many treatments have very low success rates, and some people aren't even eligible for certain procedures. Many of you already know the serious effects opiates can have on the body because of changes in the chemistry of the brain and organ function, as well as how these drugs can alter social, emotional and mental health. All of these effects vary tremendously depending on the person, which is why a safe and successful detoxification program will always addresses the unique needs of each individual on a case-by-case basis. Rapid detox is not always indicated to patients. A proper assessment is crucial for the safety and success of the process.
If you come across a rapid detox treatment that uses a "one size fits all" approach that doesn't consider the medical, social and psychological histories of each patient, I would strongly recommend against seeking help from that program. You'll be shocked to find that many programs administer the same treatment to all of their patients, and even take them to hotel rooms immediately after detoxification to recover, without the proper medical supervision. You can just imagine how incredibly dangerous it could be, leaving a patient unmonitored after treatment without any medical or personal attention, they're at risk for a host of complications. Aftercare is an extremely important part of the journey to a life without opiates, and many times is responsible for the success of the program, so it’s vital to seriously consider your aftercare options along with the procedure.
When searching for a rapid detox program, please have an open conversation with your doctor so together you can find the safest and most successful treatment available. A combination of factors must be taken into consideration, including your age, health, medical history and condition, psychological state, and most importantly, your own personal preference and what you feel comfortable with. Not all patients are, or should be, a candidate for rapid detox, since some prefer not to undergo sedation, and others may not be physically well enough for the detoxification. Patients are human beings with unique situations that requires unique answers.