Our Rapid Methadone Detox Procedure
Methadone is one of the most addictive opiates there is – almost as addictive as heroin. Methadone is used mainly as a heroin replacement, as it gives approximately the same physical sensations as heroin, but is not considered to be so dangerous. Unfortunately for people looking to break their heroin addiction, getting off methadone can be just as problematic.
There is one further problem with methadone – the human body will build up a tolerance towards it if the opiate is used for a lengthy period of time. This leads people to increase their use of methadone to dangerous levels, or returning or starting to use heroin.
At Advanced Rapid Detox, we think there is a much better solution and it’s one that we can provide in the form of rapid methadone detox. We will help you to detox completely from methadone is as little as three days, and we’ll also educate you in how to manage your new, opiate-free life going forward.
Our Rapid Methadone Detox Treatment Process is as follows:
- (Day 1) — Patient completes all intake paperwork, lab work, physical exam, and afterwards is admitted to the hospital. Next, the patient is taken to their private room which includes a private bathroom, flat screen TV, and WIFI. All meals are included. During this time the patient keeps their cell phone and can smoke cigarettes if necessary. We do not want the patient in withdrawals, so they are is encouraged to continue their medication until midnight.
- (Day 2) — Patient is taken to the ICU where they will remain for approximately 24 hours after the sedation detox procedure. The patient remains under the care of Award Winning, Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, Dr. Julia Aharonov, and receives IV Sedation in a private treatment room to sleep through their withdrawals while closely monitored by the nursing staff. During the sedation the doctor uses medication that reverse the opiates off the receptors.
- After the opiate reversal, the patient receives an FDA Approved Vivitrol® injection. Vivitrol® is a brand name for Naltrexone, which blocks the effect of opioids, decreasing cravings and reducing a person’s need for them. It should be noted that Vivitrol® eliminates the opiate cravings for 28 days and is not addictive and can be given immediately after this procedure—avoiding the usual 7-14 day period if a patient were to detox themselves.
- (Day 3) — Patient comes back to their private room with 24-hour medical staff, and rest and recuperates for the day. If they experience any post-acute withdrawals, they are given transitionary, non-addictive medications. The patient also receives those same medications to take home. If approved by the doctor (at an additional cost), patients can request to have an IV Ketamine infusion.
- (Day 4) — After meeting with Dr. Aharonov, patients are free to go home and eligible for our detox-related aftercare program. With Advanced Rapid Detox, you truly have the best care as you restart your life.
What is Methadone?
Unlike most opiates, methadone is synthetic, meaning that it is manufactured rather than derived from the opium poppy. Because of this, methadone is one of the cheapest opiates available, which is one of the reasons physicians use it as a controversial treatment for addiction to other opiates, especially heroin.
Methadone was first manufactured in Germany in the 1930s, and was originally designed to be a painkiller. It is still used in some circumstances as a medicine to reduce pain and discomfort – especially frequent headaches and sensory complaints such as constant pins and needles. Its more common use these days though is for the treatment of opiate dependency.
The use of methadone as a ‘treatment’ for opiate dependency is not without its controversies. Many discussions on this topic state that the use of methadone in this manner is simply swapping one addictive opiate for a different one. Methadone is not one hundred percent safe, although it is much safer than heroin, which is the most common form of opiate dependency that methadone is prescribed for. This treatment of opiate dependency is known as ‘maintenance’.
One further issue with opiate addiction is that many strong opiates – such as heroin – are injected into the body. The use of needles is associated with the spread of diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Methadone is usually taken orally.
People can be advised to slowly reduce their use of methadone over months or even years, but some people will remain on methadone for their entire lives. Complete detoxification is another form of treatment, and can be completed – under expert medical supervision – in as little as three days.
Understanding Your Dependency
Methadone dependency can develop quickly. Once a person feels that they require their methadone dose simply to feel ‘normal’ it is clear that they have become dependent on the opiate. Over time, larger and larger doses of methadone are required to initiate this ‘normal’ feeling.
The human body will begin to regard methadone as a normal aspect of its functioning once it has become accustomed to the opiate. If methadone is then withdrawn, the body will react badly as a result. This reaction takes the form of withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms will commence just a few hours after the final dose of methadone has been taken. Everyone experiences different levels of withdrawal issues, but most people will experience most of the following:
- Flu-like symptoms, including chills, fever, muscle aches and pains
- Nausea, vomiting and other stomach complaints
- Depression and anxiety
- Increased heartbeat and excessive sweating
- Irritability and paranoia
- Depression and anxiety
Withdrawing from methadone by going ‘cold turkey’ (i.e. ceasing the use of methadone altogether) is particularly difficult. Most physicians will recommend the tapering off of methadone use at first, although that is both difficult to achieve and can take weeks, or even longer.
At Advanced Rapid Detox we feel it is better to detox from methadone while sedated, and also while under expert medical care. Your body will flush all opiates in just seventy-two hours, leaving you completely opiate-free. If you are sedated during this process, then you will not experience the pains of withdrawal that are associated with coming off of methadone.
Tell Me About Rapid Methadone Detox at Advanced Rapid Detox
It really is true – you can be free from your methadone dependency in as little as three days! You will spend your time at Advanced Rapid Detox both under sedation and under expert medical care. As you will be largely unconscious, you will not experience the levels of discomfort experienced normally during the opiate detoxification process.
Your stay with us will take place in our state of the art private detox center. You will have your own private room, private bathroom and shower.
You will be monitored on a continuous basis by expert medical staff throughout your stay. You will be made to feel welcomed and comfortable, and you will feel confident that you can leave any nerves you may have had about your detox at the door!
You will also receive advice on how to manage your new, opiate-free life, including obtaining shots of Vivitrol, which is an opiate craving blocker.
We have helped many people break free of their opiate dependency, including dependency upon methadone. We understand how difficult it can be to escape from the dependency cycle on your own, which is why we are here to make sure that there is no need for you to undergo this experience alone. We’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure that you can get your life right back on track.
Now for some Good News!
There is a safe way that you can get your life back from the day-to-day burden of addiction or dependence on opiates. Most patients say we saved their lives. We save lives through our advanced rapid opiate detoxification procedure. Our experienced medical professionals are available to give you all the help you need to get your life back on track. Now it’s up to you. We’re here to listen, help, and answer your questions.
Our Long-Term Detox Related Aftercare through your treating physician is one of the advantages of choosing Advanced Rapid Detox. Our board-certified doctors are available to answer any of your questions. Upon discharge, our Vivitrol® coordinator will supply you with a list of providers in your area to obtain the injection every 28 days. Vivitrol® blocks all opiates to the brain’s receptors. The Vivitrol® injections are a critical component to help ensure your sobriety. One of our patients recently said that Vivitrol® was like his “life insurance policy.” We agree. It’s that important.
We Applaud Your Courage. You can Do This!
If you are ready to get your life back and want to begin detoxing from methadone, there is no better time to start. Make the call now. We’re here to help you. We have many past patients who are willing to share their experiences with our rapid methadone detox treatment. If you would like to speak with a past patient, please let us know. You’re not alone. You can do this. Be sure to check out the methadone detox testimonials to read what other patients have to say. We’re only a phone call away.