Opiates

Rapid Detox From Drug Addiction

Addiction comes in many forms. It can take hold of anyone and often has devastating consequences for family, friends and the community at large.

Drug addiction is a major health issue and has far-reaching implications for society and law enforcement agencies across the world. Addiction itself is complex. Users can have both physical and/or psychological dependence on substances ranging from illegal “street” drugs to prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Illegal drugs could include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, LSD or other substances. Many prescription drugs are abused, and addiction develops quickly with painkillers like OxyContin, Fentanyl and methadone. In fact, the rates of prescription drug use and addiction are soaring. Over-the-counter drugs could include pseudoephedrine, which has a restriction on its sale because it’s used to make methamphetamines. Pseudoephedrine is kept behind counters and those who buy it are required to have their identity recorded in the store.

Factors Contributing To Addiction

Compulsively using a drug can lead to addiction, also called dependence. Factors that can lead to drug addiction include genetics, peer pressure, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, experimentation, a history of other abuse, and chronic pain, which can require prolonged use of addictive opiates. Drug addiction can cause intense cravings for the drug, both mentally and physically. Many habitual users experience very unpleasant physical effects when they try to stop using. Not every person who uses drugs becomes addicted, and some drugs are more addictive than others. Those with addictions habitually seek out their drug of choice, regardless of the negative consequences that may result. Researchers say physical addiction occurs when repeated use alters reward pathways in the brain.

Options For Achieving Sobriety

Addiction is a chronic disorder and tends to have a high relapse rate, meaning users slip backward into old habits and patterns. This can happen during treatment or even after it has ended. One of the biggest reason people delay seeking help is for fear of withdrawal. This can include intense physical discomfort, anxiety, muscle spasms, flu-like symptoms, tremors, hallucination and delirium. Some people try to quit on their own but realize they need help from a detox and/or rehabilitation facility. Denial is common among addicts who may need family and friends to intervene before they seek help. Many treatment programs are available, including in-patient, out-patient and residential. Most programs use therapy and behavioral modification to help users achieve and maintain sobriety. Some people choose to quit on their own or follow a 12-step program. Rapid detox programs are also available to quickly help users quit.

The Waismann Method of Rapid Detoxification

The Waismann Method of rapid detox launched in 1999 and has treated thousands of patients world-wide with much success. Patients sleep comfortably under light anesthesia while special medications cleanse the drugs from their opiate receptors. With this in-hospital procedure, patients can return to a normal life within days. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within hours instead of days, as with traditional methods. Once patients wake up, they are no longer physically dependent on opiates and they are unaware of the withdrawal that occurred during the procedure. After-care is closely monitored and patients are prescribed a daily dose of non-addictive Naltrexone, an opiate inhibitor to eliminate physical cravings for opiates. The procedure helps patients detox from opiates including Vicodin, Norco, heroin, LAAM, Dilaudid, Darvocet, Percocet, Percodan, MS Contin, Stadol, Suboxone, Buprenorphine and Tramadol.

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