Rapid Opiate Detox Presents More Risks Than Benefits

Rapid opiate detox, according to a report by CDC, presents more risks, including death risk, and should be avoided!

Is this a safe and successful way of dropping an addiction or should conventional, tested treatments be the way forward for now?

What Is Rapid Opiate Detox?

Mostly for the rich, the famous and the desperate, “rapid detox” as it has unofficially become known, lets people sleep through their withdrawal period.

Under anesthesia, the patient sleeps through this fast withdrawal, while the doctors replace their opiate addiction by another, supposedly safer. When the patients wake up, there is a placebo, a fake, dummy drug blocking their brains opiate receivers, simply put.

In and out of the clinic in two days.

Is it for anyone? What’s the price for a rapid opiate detox?

Rapid detox is not for just anyone! This type of treatment can cost up to $10,000 and is not covered by health insurance.

The price is not the only deterrent, though. At a New Jersey rapid detox center, there have been 6 deaths over the last seven years!

What are the risks of rapid detox, then?

According to several studies and reports (see resources box), several deaths and long term diseases have resulted from this type of treatment.

These results are, according to federal officials, unacceptable!

If you think you might have an addiction and are looking for help, until this method presents valid proof of its effectiveness, I would advise people to follow traditional methods – methadone, buprenorphine…


  • http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2002-08-13-detox_x.htm
  • http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Addictions/41908
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