We are a society of folks who place a high value on time. We like things to happen at lightening speeds, demanding ever more expedient ways to accomplish tasks in everyday life. When it comes to breaking free from the cycle of addiction, the same mindset prevails—how can I detox ASAP? With this goal in mind, it is no wonder that many people will seek out information about the ultra rapid detox options available.
While there are compelling reasons to consider the ultra rapid detox process, just as compelling are the many benefits of a safe medical detox. As with any important decision to make, it is good to have a basic understanding of the features of each of these types of detoxification to launch your recovery journey.
What Is an Ultra Rapid Detox?
The idea of achieving a detoxification in no time flat is very intriguing. Most individuals who struggle with addiction may never seek treatment solely because they fear the detox process so much that it has become a major barrier. So, learning that there are accelerated detox programs available may be a very attractive option to consider.
The ultra rapid detox is a faster detox alternative to traditional detox. Providers of the ultra rapid detox programs cite the completion of the detox process within hours of entering the building. So, who exactly is this feat accomplished? Ultra rapid detox, also referred to as anesthesia-assisted rapid opioid detox, uses a general anesthesia for the process. Through the IV, the patient will receive drugs that will trigger the withdrawal process immediately, but he or she will not actually experience the withdrawal symptoms because they basically sleep through them. However, there is always risk when a patient is sedated with a general anesthetic, and other health risks are associated with ultra rapid detox. For example, someone who has a medical condition that is undiagnosed, such as heart disease, diabetes, or an airway disease, may put themselves at risk by undergoing this type of accelerated detox.
What is a Medical Detox?
A medical detox is the supervised detox process during which health practioners closely monitor the individual through the detox process. In most cases, across drug types with the exception of benzodiazepine detox, the process is successfully completed within one week. Because some withdrawal symptoms can be unpredictable and even dangerous, particularly with alcohol and benzo detox, a medical detox acts as a safeguard.
During a medical detox the client’s vital signs and withdrawal symptoms are consistently monitored, with symptoms typically peaking on days 2-3. This allows the medical personnel to intervene with medications to effectively minimize the withdrawal symptoms, offering both physical and emotional support through the detox process. This helps ensure that the client will successfully complete the detox process safely so they can advance to active treatment for the addiction.
In some cases, certain drugs are utilized to help reduce cravings, as well as block the effects of the drug, such as opiates or alcohol. These drugs, namely buprenorphine, naltrexone, Suboxone, or methadone, are sometimes administered during the detox and withdrawal period into the early months of recovery. However, a client must be fully detoxed before starting Suboxone.
Ultra Rapid Detox vs. Medical Detox
Taking that initial step toward recovery, detoxification, is a brave and important one. The process of ridding the body of the substance before starting treatment can be empowering, knowing you are taking control of your health and your future. Certainly the individual would want to minimize the suffering involved with detox and withdrawal, but there are trade offs that should be considered.
In an ultra rapid detox one can confront serious health risks that can offset any benefits achieved by expediting the detox process. It is also costly. In addition, some addiction professionals believe that doing through the discomfort of detox can act as a deterrent to future temptations to relapse, as something to avoid. Because the individual does not actually experience the withdrawal symptoms during an ultra rapid detox, they may not associate detox with something negative and could more easily relapse.
A medical detox allows the individual to undergo the process in a safe, supportive environment where symptoms are managed accordingly. This allows the individual to experience the process, yes, but in a way that can help them mentally prepare for the next phase of treatment during that 7-day period. Their withdrawal symptoms will be managed with medications, which can help them get to the other side without giving up.
After Detox, Then What?
The detox process prepares the mind and body for the therapy that will encompass the active treatment phase of recovery. Detox alone will never lead to a successful outcome. This is because the addictive behaviors, and the contributing factors that drive them, have not yet been examined and changed. Most addiction treatment programs provide a comprehensive list of therapeutic services that work together as an integrated approach. The level of intensity will vary depending on whether an inpatient (or residential) treatment program is selected versus an outpatient program. However, both types of rehab formats will typically provide the following:
- Psychotherapy (also called talk therapy) on an individual basis
- Group therapy with a number of peers and led by a therapist
- 12-step or Non 12 Step Meetings (Smart Recovery)
- Complimentary therapies, such as biofeedback, neurofeedback, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, art therapy, exercise therapy, equine therapy, journaling, and more
- Classes that teach about the physiological and psychological dynamics involved in addiction, and how to avoid relapse
- Medication management when applicable
Inpatient Addiction Treatment
The inpatient option provides 24/7 support with diverse daily schedule of therapies and activities. The client resides at the rehab facility for a period of one to six months or longer, as is dictated by the severity of the addiction or dual diagnosis. Inpatient treatment provides a safe and supportive environment that removes the client from temptations and triggers, or an otherwise unsupportive living situation, helping them to concentrate on recovery without distraction.
Outpatient Addiction Treatment
The outpatient treatment option is one that allows flexibility so the client can continue to fulfill their work, academic, or family responsibilities while in the treatment program. The client resides either at home during the treatment period, or in a sober living home. The intensity of the outpatient program will depend on the severity of the addiction. Outpatient treatment is also utilized as a step down after completing an inpatient program.
Executive 7 Day Detox Offers Safe Drug and Alcohol Detoxification
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