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March 19, 2021

Ultra-Rapid Opioid Detoxification

When someone makes an abrupt attempt to quit taking opiates without the help of medical experts, then the drug withdrawal process very frequently leads to relapse. Any addict who has attempted to “wean” themself off drugs can testify that this can be a very painful and dangerous process.

Withdrawal symptoms can be relieved with the use of a synthetic opioid medication such as methadone or buprenorphine, but detoxification programs involving the replacement of opioids have two significant disadvantages. First, they increase the length of detoxification, which often makes the entire recovery process drawn-out and exhausting. Second, they include the use of opiates. Both of these factors make it much more likely for the addict to return to drug use very quickly.

On the other hand, a procedure such as ultra-rapid opioid detoxification (UROD) uses the latest types of medication in order to make the process of detoxification less harmful to the patient’s organism, while eliminating withdrawal symptoms. Currently, its popularity in the world is growing due to the high rate of relapse problems associated with more traditional detoxification methods. 

Keep reading to learn about the UROD procedure, and why it is so effective as a drug detoxification method. This article will also help you familiarize yourself with the possible risks of this procedure, as well as what you should do after the detoxification process is over. 

Medical supplies in an addiction treatment center, which are used for diagnostics and treatment procedures.

The difference between UROD and ROD

Ultra-rapid opioid detoxification (UROD) shares many similarities with rapid opioid detoxification (ROD). The main differences are the speed of the process and the possibility of feeling more withdrawal symptoms.

In a rapid opioid detox procedure, a patient is given medication to speed up the process of detoxification and they are also administered with medication that helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms, or sometimes light to heavy sedation.

In an ultra-rapid opioid detox procedure, a patient is generally put under anesthesia so that they are completely unconscious and then they are given opioid blockers which force the body to begin cleansing itself of the drug. Upon waking up, the patients feel significantly less pronounced withdrawal symptoms.

Both of these detoxification methods help the body rid itself of opioids faster than usual, making withdrawal less unbearable, but UROD stands out due to its speed and entirely painless nature.

Get a free online consultation to learn how to get through detoxification safely and painlessly >>>

Ultra-rapid detoxification procedure

Opioid addict undergoing a UROD procedure.

Before the procedure begins, diagnostics are run on patients to assess their physical and psychological state to ensure that they are a good candidate for UROD. Once the procedure is deemed acceptable for the patient, detoxification takes place. 

The popularity of ultra-rapid detoxification is due to the speed of the process, absence of withdrawal symptoms, and the painlessness that comes with gradual detoxification.

With ultra-rapid detoxification, the patient is introduced into general anesthesia and is given an opioid antagonist. Opioid antagonists work by attaching to opioid receptors without activating them. This blocks the effects of opioids and provides no euphoric effects, unlike opioid agonists, which do activate the opioid receptors in the brain. 

Both naltrexone and naloxone are opioid antagonists that are used in the treatment of drug abstinence. With this, naltrexone efficiently blocks the effects of heroin and other opioids through competitive inhibition of receptors, but since this medication has no effects of an opioid agonist, it cannot be abused.

The process of ultra-rapid detoxification takes place while the patient is asleep. Most of the crisis symptoms occur while the patient is under anesthesia and, therefore, they feel no pain or discomfort. Anesthesia lasts for 6 to 8 hours, and this procedure is often repeated two or three times. 

During the entire process of detoxification, the patient is under 24 hour supervision and is monitored in order to maintain their health and safety.

Ultra-rapid detoxification is a suitable option for many addicts. The procedure is often chosen by people who independently, without medical help tried to stop taking opiates but experienced severe psychological and physical changes, which pushed them to relapse in the end.

Some of the negative symptoms and risks that come with self-detox include:

  • Flu symptoms
  • Diarrhea and gastrointestinal pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure
  • Strong drug cravings

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be intense and are often impossible to endure, which increases the probability of relapse.

What happens after detox?

Ultra-rapid detoxification helps patients go through the worst symptoms of abstinence crisis in the sleeping stage, so when the patient wakes up, the physical symptoms of opiate cleansing are mostly gone. Even if some of the symptoms persist at the time of awakening, their intensity is significantly reduced and they can easily be controlled with non-opioid painkillers.

A medical expert conducting a post-treatment assessment of a patient.

After the process is complete, a patient will likely go through a medical and psychological checkup to assess their current state and ensure that the drug is out of their system. Post-treatment support and follow up visits to the clinic are highly recommended and are important to the continued sobriety of the patient. These visits may include counseling and psychosocial support as well as the prescribing of some medications.

Are there any risks of UROD?

There are not many recorded risks associated with the UROD procedure, but there is always the possibility of adverse reactions as during any medical intervention. 

While a patient is unconscious or after waking up, they may experience:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Rapid breathing or other respiratory abnormalities
  • Delirium or confusion

Usually, these side effects fade away on their own, and their severity is not comparable to the withdrawal symptoms that the patient might experience without undergoing UROD.

Success rate and effectiveness

Ultra-rapid detoxification is intended for patients who are long-term methadone, morphine sulfate, oxycontin and substitol addicts. People who suffer from these addictions may experience the physical symptoms of the abstinence crisis for weeks, making it nearly unbearable to deal with.

Ultra-rapid detoxification has a high degree of success, as one study shows that over 75% of patients that went through a UROD treatment procedure had not relapsed after 2 years. Alongside that, it is painless, fast, and represents the best chance for individuals to avoid severe physical and psychological symptoms of the abstinence crisis through which they must pass to get clean.

If you want to find out more about getting rid of your addiction and avoiding relapse, get a free and confidential online consultation. You will discuss treatment options and the various outcomes with an expert of the clinic >>> 

You can expect to go over the following topics:

  1. How will the procedure be performed in your case?
  2. Will the treatment help to stop the urges and prevent relapse?
  3. How much does the program cost and how long does it take?

Many addicts have a fear of abstinence crisis, but with ultra-rapid detoxification, they can do it painlessly. If you or a loved one are ready to get the help you need, look into UROD today to prevent needless suffering and get back into healthy life.

Frequently asked questions

Addictions to what drugs are being treated with the help of UROD?

 Ultra-rapid detoxification can be used for the treatment of addictions to naturally occurring opiates such as morphine and heroin, as well as synthetic opioids. UROD is well suited for patients who are long-term methadone, morphine sulfate, oxycontin and substitol addicts. 

Are there any contraindications for ultra-rapid detoxification?

Though there are very few recorded risks associated with UROD, adverse reactions are always possible during any medical intervention. Before you undergo this procedure, a series of diagnostic tests will be run to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

How will I feel during the treatment?

During the treatment process, you will be under anesthesia. This means that the symptoms of the abstinence crisis cannot be felt. UROD makes the detoxification process more comfortable and lets you avoid the most painful manifestations of withdrawal. Upon waking, you may briefly experience nausea, confusion, sweating, aching muscles, or an increased heart rate, but these side effects should fade away on their own.

Published on March 19, 2021
by Dr Vorobjev Clinic team

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