Dangers of Rapid Opiate Detox

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About Rapid Opiate Detox

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, like other diseases, addiction can be managed effectively. The right treatment will enable a person to counteract their addiction’s powerful effects on their behavior and brain and to regain control of their life. The lingering nature of the disease means that relapsing is likely, showing symptom recurrence rates close to those for other chronic medical illnesses like diabetes and hypertension.

Some people feel as though rapid opiate detox may be the answer to their problem. Americans are constantly on the move and looking for the quickest resolution to a problem. Through rapid opiate detox a person will be put to sleep through anesthesia and then administered opiate blocking medication that will cause their body to rapidly go through opiate detox.

Rapid opiate detox will result in a person going through the physical opiate withdrawals that usually take a week, in several hours. Although this may seem like an easy fix research has shown that people still have the same withdrawal symptoms when they wake up from rapid opiate detox, that they do going through regular treatment.

The Dangers of Rapid Opiate Detox

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Rapid detox procedures may cause medical complications.

A person has to be put to sleep during rapid opiate detox because their body will be in too much pain to go through the detox awake. However, just because they are sleeping when the detox is happening does not mean that the detox does not put a large amount of stress on their body. Rapid opiate detox has led to fatalities and it can cause people to have adverse health problems.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, risks associated with rapid opiate detox, include buildup of fluid in the lungs, worsening of bipolar disorder, and metabolic complications of diabetes. Other serious adverse events can occur as well. In addition, people with preexisting medical conditions are at a higher risk for anesthesia related adverse events.

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease that will take time for a person to heal. Drug addiction also has a high probability of relapse and people cannot be cured from this disease just because opiates are out of their system. In addition to physical withdrawal symptoms, there are psychological withdrawal symptoms, and in order for person to conquer their drug addiction they will need to involve themselves in therapy usually for long periods of time.

Another problem associated with rapid opiate detox is that it is not covered by insurance and it is far more expensive than regular treatments. Since studies have concluded that rapid opiate detox is not better at helping people overcome their opiate addictions, the cost of rapid opiate detox should not be more money than regular treatment.


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