What is accelerated detox?
Our Accelerated Detoxification procedure stabilises the patients for 2-3 days before the opiates are flushed off the brain receptors. This allows the patients’ body to adjust much more comfortably, and the risks are much lower. We avoid general anaesthesia, which is dangerous and has side effects.
Prior to Rapid Opiate Detox treatment, certain specific requirements should be arranged:
A Named Supervisor – A substance-free individual, often a friend or relative, must be arranged and committed to supporting the individual in undertaking detox, coordinating care arrangements and medical appointments, and overseeing the consumption of any post-detox treatments such as oral Naltrexone or anti-depressants.
This individual should also understand any aftercare arrangements that are in place.
Assigned Recovery Professional – Such as a counsellor, support worker, social care provider, etc. This individual will liaise with Detox Plus on the patient’s behalf and support them during re-integration and any aftercare work undertaken.
Referrer – Referral into the Detox Plus Rapid Opiate Detox service can be made simply by the individual themselves, or by medical or health care professionals such as GP or community drug team specialists.
All 3 of the above individuals must be recorded with Detox Plus before admission.
This could include addiction to Heroin, methadone and various painkillers such as OxyContin. Where an individual has multiple non-opiate addictions as well as opiates, a customised care plan can be arranged.
This can include, e.g. inclusion of a full rehab program, attendance at local recovery groups, ongoing family support, etc.
During Rapid Opiate Detox
The first sedation medication is given, and sedation continues throughout the withdrawal symptom period. Care staff closely monitor your condition throughout.
If receiving Naltrexone as part of aftercare, the first dosage is given on day 4, to help eradicate any remaining opiates.
From day 4 to day 5, patients are free to contact their nominated carers by telephone.
On day 5, further Naltrexone is given. Following a satisfactory review by the clinic psychiatrist, most patients are successfully discharged on day 10 free of opiates.
You will be discharged with all relevant information and required medication, into the care of your nominated individual, or for example, into further care such as residential rehab.
After Rapid Opiate Detox
Tiredness and fatigue should be expected in the week following Rapid Opiate Detox, and work, family, and social arrangements should be adjusted accordingly.
Any urgent concerns should be addressed to your GP or emergency services.
Most patients at this point progress to the next stage of their planned aftercare program, either in the form of a full residential rehabilitation program, or a custom combination of external counselling and therapeutic support from multiple sources. Greater support levels post-discharge typically result in better long term outcomes.
Detox Plus work in close connection with community support teams, aftercare groups, mutual aid groups, and narcotics anonymous, among others, and can help coordinate your re-integration program.
Successful long term recovery means working at the root of opiate addiction, understanding behavioural and environmental triggers, identifying underlying addictive patterns, and their psychological underpinnings.
Any addiction is simply the choice of a specific substance as a coping mechanism for behavioural drivers such as trauma, grief, relationship issues, stress, etc. and it is the emotional and psychological work on these core issues which helps manifest superior long term outcomes.
The half-life for opiates can range from 1-9 hours, depending on how much you take and which type. For instance, the half-life of morphine is 1.5-6.5 hours, the half-life of codeine is 1-4 hours, and the half-life of hydrocodone is 3.5-9 hours The amount of time that opiates can be detected in your system relies on the type of test.
Both opiates and alcohol depress the activity of the central nervous system, slowing breathing and heart rate. When taken together, the effects of these substances only increase, slowing breathing and heart rate down dangerously and depriving essential parts of the body of oxygen. Without an adequate amount of oxygen, essential organ systems begin to shut down. This can cause brain damage, or worse, death. Ingestion of opiates and alcohol also leads to loss of balance and coordination, increasing the risk of severe falls and rendering normal activities like driving deadly.
Some research implies that regular consumption of heroin can have an impact upon the pancreas which can cause hyperglycaemia; more studies are underway in order to establish the nature of this relationship.