Rapid Detox: CDC Says It's A Bad Idea

Rapid Detox: CDC Says It's A Bad Idea

If you’ve been thinking about trying rapid detox, think again. It’s not a good idea. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning the public to avoid it because patients are dying. After reviewing the evidence for rapid opioid detox, the CDC does not recommend the procedure on grounds of safety. In fact, CDC scientists have concluded that there’s no evidence that rapid detox is actually safe enough to be offered to the public. There’s plenty of evidence for the opposite, however. Most people undergoing rapid opioid detox suffer lingering, often dangerous side effects. And there have been numerous deaths from rapid detox as well.

Because of this, the CDC says detox clinics should forgo rapid opioid detox and switch to opioid detox methods that are proven safe and effective. “Anesthesia-assisted rapid opioid detoxification carries substantial risk – including the risk of death – and should be avoided,” the CDC said. The government health agency added that patients seeking opioid detox, and detox clinics themselves, should only use “evidence-based approaches for the management of opioid addiction.” For example, detox programs offering experienced opioid detox medical supervision around the clock provide all the evidence anyone needs of their safety and effectiveness. One such clinic, Novus Medical Detox Center, routinely achieves safe and effective opioid detox, with none of the serious risks and side-effects of rapid detox.

General anesthesia means rapid detox is always a risk to everyone

Rapid drug detox is an always-risky process. That’s because narcotic-dependent patients are given a general anesthetic to make them totally unconscious. Then they’re injected with loads of special drugs that force the body to physically “withdraw” from narcotics while the patient remains unconscious. There are several problems with this idea. The first is that patients may look and act asleep, but their bodies are very much “awake” to the onslaught of opioid detox. The shock and stress on the body of forcefully “withdrawing” from dependency in such a short time leaves patients feeling sick and exhausted even though they were unconscious. Patients often need days of bed rest and medical care just to recover enough to struggle home. And, back home, many suffer from side effects for weeks.

Next, many rapid detox patients, probably most of them, think the detox has “cured” them of drug dependence. So they choose to ignore a drug rehab program. We all know what detox without rehab leads to: reversion back to drugs. But the really serious problem is that anyone can suddenly die when administered a general anesthesia. It’s scientifically impossible to medically predict whether a general anesthesia will be safe for anyone. Ask any doctor – there’s no way to know. Every person who undergoes general anesthesia, for any reason, is always warned that serious outcomes, including death, cannot be ruled out. So what is the advantage of rapid detox? There isn’t any. It’s all smoke and mirrors. If you’re planning on opioid detox for yourself or another, why risk days or weeks of suffering, or even death? Medically supervised opioid detox at Novus is not just proven safe and effective.

Novus advanced opioid detox technology is almost symptom free and takes just a few days. When patients leave for home, they feeling good and are ready for rehab if needed. So don’t fall for the rapid detox marketing hype. Too many fatalities have led the experts to condemn the practice. Clever sales pitches can’t alter the scientific facts: rapid detox is just too risky and offers no proven benefits to warrant those risks.

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