Rapid detox is a relatively new procedure that speeds up the process of detox and allows a sufferer to recover in a controlled, medically safe environment. It’s not without its controversies, but most agree that the risks of rapid detox are worth the potential benefits. There are a few reasons that people want to undergo rapid detox. Among people who work, there’s a large concern that their detox may interfere in their work and cause them to lose a job. This is a legitimate concern.
Rapid detox is a medically guided detox that relies on anesthesia in the beginning while drugs are removed more quickly from the body (usually by IV medicine). Instead of a very slow process of the drug leaving the body and a progressively more uncomfortable feeling that culminates in withdrawal, clients are placed under anesthesia while a doctor carefully monitors them and removes the drug more rapidly from the body. When the client awakens, they are given medicine to help them deal with the most unpleasant effects of withdrawal.
Why a Rapid Detox Might Help
There’s not a single recovering individual on earth who wants to go through withdrawal, and yet because of body chemistry and nature itself, it’s usually inevitable that the body is going to have a rebound effect when someone addicted to a substance ceases to take that drug. A person might feel extreme anxiety, panic, depression, confusion, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and a host of other unpleasant effects during withdrawal.
Avoiding withdrawal is something every addict wishes was a reality, and people in the medical community with this, too. Once people realize the damage that drugs or alcohol is doing to their lives, they genuinely want to quit. Their body is addicted to the substance, though, and rebels mightily when the person quits taking the drug. Rapid detox has been proposed and carried through in an effort to ease the sometimes traumatic feeling of going through withdrawal from a substance. More practical matters, such as speeding up the withdrawal process so someone can resume their normal life, also explain why someone might want to undergo this procedure.
Benefits Of Rapid Detox
Proponents of rapid withdrawal point out that it speeds up the onset of withdrawal and lets a sufferer be under medical care during the procedure. Since the person is under anesthesia when the drugs begin leaving the body, they’re not conscious of the unpleasant effects at first. And since they can be heavily medicated during the procedure, they will be less aware of the effects of withdrawal.
There are downsides to just about any method of withdrawing, and none of them are going to be pleasant. As many people argue, it’s true that you’re not unconscious during the entirety of the withdrawal and it will still take time for the body and mind to balance itself out and let the person be completely free from negative effects of withdrawal. For those concerned about work or other matters, rapid withdrawal can be an option worth considering for some.
More Advisable Options
Over the years since rapid detox has been employed, people have realized that it does not necessarily sustain recovery. And since you have to be sedated and monitored overnight after the procedure, it’s highly likely that you would be able to hop out the door and return to work the same day, so obviously you’re not going to be able to undergo sedation and keep from missing work. For some, it does make the onset of withdrawal less unpleasant, but for now, there are other ways to detox and avoid missing work in the future at least, even if not today.
Treatment plans that help aid you during the withdrawal process are available both inpatient and outpatient, and they are alternatives to a rapid detox procedure. They help sufferers not just get through detox, but they help them learn the tools they need to remain sober in the long run. Nothing about recovery is rapid, not if it’s going to be lasting, real change that brings more joy to life. That takes some time and may include things like:
- Inpatient medical detox
- Outpatient AA meetings
- Other group meetings that get you back on your feet
- Counseling sessions to deal with any co-occurring problems
And that’s just the beginning. Recovery is a lifelong process, and it can even be fun and uplifting when you get help from the right place. We’d love to be the place you get help and rediscover your faith in life, so please call on us at (866) 840-6411 when you’re ready to get well.