Rapid Detox for Opioid Addiction

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An addiction to opioid pain medications, such as oxycontin, can ruin one's life and deeply affect the lives of those close to them. Treatment options are difficult, and there is no easy path to sobriety. Addiction is a consequence of many complicated and interweaving factors, none of which can be addressed by a single 'magic pill' kind of approach.

Unfortunately, that approach is extremely appealing to addicts. To meet the desire from addicts to kick addiction quickly, the rapid detox has been developed.

Rapid Opiate Detoxification

Rapid Opiate Detoxification (ROD) is a highly controversial procedure for treating withdrawal symptoms by running the natural course of opiate detoxification at an accelerated rate while the addict is under sedation.

The procedure involves inducing withdrawal by blocking the brain's opioid receptors with medication. More drugs are then used to speed up the body's natural processes. What ordinarily might take seven days on normal detox, ROD can achieve in a matter of hours in some cases.

However, of all the promises rapid detox makes, there are some important caveats.

Safety is an issue. Several deaths have been reported in patients seeking to be treated with rapid detoxification.

ROD is not a treatment for addiction. Rapid detoxification may present an addict as being free of opioids when the procedure is finished, but they have done nothing to actually treat the addiction. The patient is denied the admittedly difficult and seriously trying experience of withdrawal, which, even when blunted by medications, is a crucial aspect of the recovery process. Despite this reality, ROD is pitched as being curative in nature. It is no cure.

In short, it is both unrealistic and unreasonable to believe that you can take an addict, put them under sedation for a brief amount of time and have them emerge as being free of a disease that may be something they've struggled with for anywhere from a few months to several years. Addiction has many psychological components to it that go un-addressed by ROD. These components are the toughest ones to overcome, and in general ROD patients do not receive any mandatory counseling to address those issues.

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