According to the medical definition, rapid detox is a detoxification procedure which is used to reduce or totally counteract withdrawal symptoms. Most of the people, who plan to enroll in detoxification programs, fear the pain that withdrawal symptoms would bring. Many people abandon the detox centers and/or the plans of detoxification because of the pain that it involves.
What Is Rapid Detox?
It is important that people understand the difference between the rapid detox and the real detoxification programs. Rapid detox is only an intermediary measure to prepare the patient for the actual detoxification program. The first step in this procedure is the anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification.
This is very important for the success of the ultimate program, because the better the pain withdrawal symptoms are managed, the better are the chances for the patient to stick through the program and rid the body of its dependency on whatever drug is in question.
Rapid detox is normally carried out in a hospital under general anesthesia. This procedure should not be carried out unless it is supervised by qualified medial personnel (anesthesiologists) who are experienced in carrying out detoxification.
This process, also known as AAROD or anesthesia assisted rapid opiate detoxification, blocks the dependency of the drug addict by interfering with the receptors in the patients brain. This process normally takes six hours, where medication is given to the patient to bypass the withdrawal symptoms. Since it short-circuits the withdrawal symptoms, it does not trigger any pain.
The real detoxification starts after the rapid detox has been successfully undertaken. Though it sounds easy, the process is extremely difficult. The success of the program would depend upon the addiction time and the physiology of the patient. The rapid detox is usually applied for opiate drugs addiction like Codeine, Lortab, Morphine, Percocet, Dialudid, Oxycontin, etc which are normally used as painkillers.
It is quite easy to get started on this addiction; people usually get started after they consume opiate based drugs following a surgery, a severe injury, or any other chronic pain. It is in fact very important that the medical practitioner warns the people who start on this treatment of the great potential of such drugs to develop into harmful addictions.
People should be aware that prolonging the use of such drugs can be highly addictive. Therefore, one should not raise the dosages, or extend the period for which they are prescribed, since any of these decisions can prove extremely harmful in the long run.