Rapid Heroin Detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on Heroin.
The conventional, common way to detox patients addicted to heroin is the MAT or MMT programs. MAT (medication-assisted treatment) with Subutex, Suboxone, Zubsolv and other buprenorphine-containing opiate medications. MMT (methadone medication treatment) with Methadone is used as replacement therapy for the heroin-dependent patient. Since Methadone and Buprenorphine are opiates, the patient is still dependent on opioids with this replacement therapy. Once in the program, patients feel like they are locked in, not able to stop, and have to commit to driving daily to get their dose. Basically, it is trading one opiate for the other. Consequently, the patient will still be dependent on the opiates Buprenorphine and Methadone and will go through withdrawals when it is discontinued. Withdrawals are very painful and can last weeks after stopping Buprenorphine or even months after the last dose of Methadone (the most extended acting of all the opiates which also collects in your
bones and tissues).
Patients wanting to be totally opiate free reach out to us. We detox all opiates, rather than substituting one opiate with another opiate.
Rapid Heroin Detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on Heroin. It consists of sedating the patient and removing Heroin from the brain receptor while the patient is sleeping. Acute withdrawals are precipitated with an opiate blocker. These withdrawals will pass during the sedation period. Once the withdrawals are over and the brain receptors are free of the opiate Heroin, a blocker is placed to prevent any opiates from getting back into the brain receptor. The Naltrexone blocker will reduce cravings and prevent relapse.
Of all the opiates that are abused, Heroin is the most difficult to give up due to the cravings. All Opiates Detox under sedation is the only program that uses a Naltrexone blocker as soon as patients are free of opiates, thereby preventing cravings and blocking any opioids from getting back into the brain receptors.
The blocker of choice used at All Opiates Detox is an implant. Dr. George prefers the Naltrexone implant blocker for several reasons. First, the Naltrexone implant lasts approximately 2 months, as opposed to Vivitrol (lasts about 28 days) or tablets (have to be taken daily). Another reason our physicians prefer the implant over the injection is for patients that may not be able to tolerate Naltrexone due to side effects, sensitivity or allergies. The implant can be removed from under the skin, whereas the injection stays in the body for about 28 days and therefore cannot be removed once it is administered. It is recommended to remain on Naltrexone maintenance therapy for at least one year to allow the brain to heal from the damage caused by the drug use and abuse.
Aftercare consisting of the Naltrexone opiate blocker, psychotherapy, and 12 step programs are recommended to ensure long-term abstinence and success.