If you or someone you care about is ready to end an addiction, then a drug detox will be necessary. This vital step of achieving sobriety means ceasing all consumption of addictive substances and breaking the body’s dependency. This can be a challenging step, which is why some patients turn to the idea of a rapid drug detox. While it might sound appealing, the reality is that a rapid detox can be dangerous, and healthier detox alternatives are a much better option.
What is a Rapid Drug Detox?
A rapid drug detox is, as the name implies, one that can be sped up. A rapid detox is faster than the more traditional detox option because patients take an opiate blocker that immediately puts patients into withdrawal.
Traditionally, patients in a detox begin to feel withdrawal symptoms 24 hours or so after ceasing drug consumption. Then, they will need to handle withdrawal for approximately one week before they are sober and rid of most symptoms. With the help of an opiate blocker, patients in a rapid detox can be through virtually all of the withdrawal in just three days.
Of course, speeding up the withdrawal means that patients also have to be administered anesthesia. In theory, this helps patients avoid pain, or at least avoid being awake for it or having memories of it. The reality, however, may not be quite so appealing.
The Dangers of a Rapid Detox
The worst drawbacks of a rapid drug detox include increased costs, increased safety risks and a decreased chance of long-term, successful sobriety. With these three factors in mind, most patients will choose not to take the risk of a rapid detox.
To start, a rapid detox is a tremendous safety risk. Putting the body under anesthesia for any procedure is risky, and there is always the chance that patients won’t come to afterwards. Factor in that patients may be administered anesthesia for two or more days, and the health risks are multiplied.
During a rapid detox, the body is under a lot of stress. While a traditional detox is also stressful, the rapid version is even more concentrated. There is not sufficient evidence to suggest that the stress on the heart and other organs is worth saving a few days during detox.
There is also the cost factor. Often, patients with health insurance from major providers will have coverage for things like a detox from opiates. However, insurance rarely covers rapid detoxes. Paying out of pocket is also incredibly expensive thanks to this unusual procedure.
Finally, a rapid drug detox may not be as successful as the traditional detox. That’s because, in part, patients don’t remember the withdrawal. If it seems like a quick fix, then achieving long-term sobriety isn’t as important. It is much better for patients to work through withdrawal with the hope of it being a permanent end to addiction.
Alternatives to a Rapid Drug Detox
If a rapid detox isn’t suitable, the alternative is clear. At Serenity House Detox, patients can begin a more traditional detox program that offers efficacy, accountability, comfort and medical supervision.
Patients won’t be put under an anesthetic, but they will have access to medical attention and things like prescriptions, sedatives or even IVs to help mitigate symptoms and ensure proper hydration. They can also have comfortable surroundings to help encourage completion of the program and successful sobriety on the other side.
To stop addiction once and for all, and to begin the journey to lifelong sobriety, Serenity House Detox can help. Call 866-294-5306 to find the right detox program to get you on the path to recovery.