Julia M Aharonov, DO  
Female, 55
Pontiac, MI

Specialties: Addiction, Drug abuse and dependence

Interests: My family
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What Determines Long Term Success  of Detox Treatment

Mar 28, 2013 - 1 comments

rapid detox


Detox Success


Naltrexone therapy

There a probably a dozen of places around the country that claim to do rapid detox from opiates. Their protocols vary mostly based on their doctors’ experience and skill set.  These physicians don't share their protocols since they are all in competition with each other. The basic theory behind the process is the same. What varies from clinic to clinic is the physicians’ experience, ethics and care that they put into each and every one of their patients. Another thing that varies wildly is the sticker price.
Yes, a rapid detox clinic can be built on a grand scale, in a spa like facility, or use a hospital wing - both of which will add on thousands to the cost and may jeopardize the privacy by exposing the patients’ chart to the JCAHO inspectors. All of which does nothing to improve patient safety, outcome or long term success.
What does determine success is the careful screening of patients, both psychological and physical; using protocols that are individualized to each patient, which can only be done after years of experience; and unrestricted follow-up using long-term naltrexone therapy.
Naltrexone therapy has been shown in study after study to be effective in minimizing cravings for opiates and preventing relapse. In fact, the longer one stays on naltrexone therapy, the less likely they are to relapse.
By keeping in touch with patients and encouraging them to stay in touch with the clinic and continue the naltrexone therapy, the clinic can significantly improve the long term success of their rapid detox treatment.

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by cpb1215, Feb 17, 2018
It says in your marketing piece that the patient is kept asleep for 4 hours during the worst of the withdrawals.  Horrible, painful withdrawals from a chronic opiate user can last a month.  It usually takes up to 2-3 months to start to feel better/normal. And the addict feels depressed and incredibly lethargic because their receptors are no longer being binded by  an opiate.  Furthermore, which I'm sure you know, the receptors have to "re-learn" how to work again, which can take many months.  The addicts seratonin and dopamine levels are so low as they have essentially been put through a meat grinder.  

So even after the procedure and the 3 days in the hotel, when the patient leaves, they will still have to go through extremely painful withdrawals like every other addict who is detoxing. I unfortunately have 25 years of experience with this type of thing.  Is not my aforementioned statement true about even after the procedure the patient will be experiencing painful withdrawals for weeks?  

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