Opiates, Alcohol and Benzodiazepines: among all abused substances these are the only ones that produce physical withdrawal symptoms.
During the first hours of treatment patients with addiction disorders receive necessary medication and fluids to alleviate the signs of a withdrawal and increase removal of toxic substances. Patients with opiate addiction are given exact dosage of buprenorphine to help complete elimination of discomfort.
In the treatment of alcohol addiction choice of selected medication is very important to prevent precipitation of potentially lethal outcomes, some of which may be neuroleptic malignant syndrome, epileptic seizure (status epilepticus) and delirium.
In prevention of insomnia, depression, nervousness or loss of appetite addition patients are given symptomatic therapy. This helps improvement of subjective feeling- increases patient's optimism and motivation for further treatment.
Detoxification time varies from seven to fifteen days. This is determined by the amount and type of the abused substance. When detoxification is completed patient is ready for the next phase of their road to full recovery - psycho-social rehabilitation.
As part of our collaboration with Dr. George O'Neal from the Western Australia University, we have introduced rapid transition from opiates to the opiate blocking agent (Naltrexone). With the choice of carefully selected medications this procedure is performed under light sedation avoiding uncomfortable feelings. Throughout this procedure patient is asleep and completely without painful sensations. Due to the nature of the procedure, majority of our patients require hospitalization from one to three days before being discharged.
Performing the rapid detox method to heroin addicts, patient immediately loses desire for daily consumption of the drug and no desire to use the substance at all. On the other hand, transition from methadone daily consumption to complete discontinuation takes longer. Methadone addicts go through slower and careful transfer from methadone to suboxone. This normally takes around one week. Following this patients are given rapid introduction of antagonist, which abruptly stops suboxone and introduces naltrexone. Approximately seven to ten days are needed to achieve the required level of success which is, in effect, substantially faster than the standard three week methadone detox and significantly reducing hospitalization time and cost of the treatment.
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