Frequently Asked Questions
The Rapid Drug Detox Procedure
From: Journals of Substance Abuse Treatment
Rapid Detox: Understanding New Treatment Approaches for the Addicted Patient
Perspect Psychiatric Care ; 36:113-20.
TOPIC: Despite substantive advances in understanding of genetic and biochemical basis of substance abuse and addiction in the last decade, little information has been translated into alternative treatment models for the addicted patient. Rapid detox, an alternative form of detox treatment, is gaining in both acceptance and popularity. PURPOSE: To increase readers’ understanding of the neurobiology of addiction and the mode of action of new detox approaches for patients addicted to opiate drugs. SOURCES: A review of the current literature pertaining to rapid detox. CONCLUSIONS: Rapid detox is a viable alternative for selected patients attempting to detox from opiate agents of abuse.
It is important that patients treated with the RDD Method™ for an opiate detoxification are admitted in a private facility. Patients are detoxed in an operating room under anesthesia.
Our very experienced physicians and the unsurpassable individual care and attention we grant our patients have made us a respected leader in the field of rapid anesthesia detox. RDD Center provides complete confidentiality and a setting where each patient receives expert medical care to ensure their safety.
Experienced doctors that are knowledgeable about the anesthesia detox led to perfecting a new protocol several years ago, enabling the detox procedure to be performed in 1-2 hours under anesthesia, therefore, involving less risk. An 8 hour anesthesia detox is the “old way” of doing the detox and only an inexperienced doctor continues to use this method.
A study involving new research about length of time under anesthesia appears in the archives of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings show that the length of time spent under general anesthesia determines the risk of complications and recovery periods for patients of all ages. The researchers found the risk of complications increases between 18 percent and 36 percent for each hour under anesthesia with the average anesthesia time just under four hours. Complications range from fever to pneumonia and heart attack. An anesthesia detox lasting 8 hours is unnecessary, dangerous and only performed by an inexperienced anesthesiologist that has no knowledge about the new protocol which is today’s standard.
TheRDD Method™ Specifics
At the RDD Center, we aim to set up each and every one of our patients to succeed after their procedure. To do this, we provide a Naltrexone Therapy as an important post-procedure addition to the patient’s treatment for their continued sobriety. Also, because we receive patients from all over the country and the world, our patients must arrange for post procedure counseling, etc. in their home area. We encourage each patient to seek long term therapy, attend support groups, learn what triggers their drug use, and eliminate friends that use drugs including changing their cell phone number and erasing numbers of any drug contacts. Family members are encouraged to take an active part in the patient’s sobriety and be supportive and encouraging to help the patient keep clean.
It is impossible for any drug detox or rehab center to know an accurate success rate. Very in-depth and controlled studies would need to be performed including bringing patients back to our center every 3 months and doing hair sample drug analysis (as proof a person was being truthful). Contact with our patients and their family members and quarterly drug testing would have to continue for at least 3 years. All of these things are necessary in order to state an honest answer. This is a difficult and cost prohibitive task and therefore has not been conducted at any center in the world. This is truly the only way to come up with a statistical, success rate. We strive for honesty so do not mislead a person by taking a guess at a success rate that we are not sure of. We do believe that many of our patients remain clean, according to their words and their family members we speak with. No treatment center can guarantee success. Instead, the patient must seek therapy, attend meetings, and surround themselves in a healthy environment once they leave the RDD Center.
At the RDD Center your confidentiality is our priority as you overcome your drug dependency.
RDD Center uses the best and safest technologies that are proven.
This reminds us of a recent study in which Yale researchers gave participants various nonsensical explanations of human behavior. Half of the time, the researchers added the phrase “Brain scans indicate” before the explanation and then inserted the spurious finding. When this brain-speak was added, participants judged the explanations more satisfying.
Please question a center that tells you they do brain scans and that opiate use causes “holes in the brain” which will show up on a brain scan. This is absolutely ridiculous and any Neurologist will attest to this. These types of statements are meant to induce fear in the patient and have no place in a trustworthy and credible medical treatment facility.
Neurotransmitters are present in the central and peripheral nervous system so the tests are not diagnostic but are biomarkers. There are trends that show up consistently relating to certain symptoms or conditions. There is still a wide gap between testing for neurotransmitter levels and determining which form of therapy and in what dosage works best. Neurotransmitter levels can be influenced on a daily basis by diet, activity level, sleep patterns, stress, and a number of other factors. We are not convinced that testing for neurotransmitter levels adds to the clinical treatment of a patient. Often patients are misled to believe that they will be prescribed medication or have infusions of vitamins to correct this imbalance.
The simple treatment for possibly increasing neurotransmitter levels are just ‘amino acids’ which can easily be purchased at your local health/vitamin store. Along with this, a good daily multivitamin certainly cannot hurt. Claims of these supplements or vitamin infusions helping with a drug addiction treatment are minimal at best. The truth is they have not been proven to help with easing any withdrawal symptoms. If these tests were medically credible and the results could initiate sound medical treatment that would be beneficial, they would certainly become a routine test ordered by physicians.
- Medical History and Physical: by our Addiction Specialist M.D.
- Toxicity /Drug Test
- Blood Tests including Liver Function Test
- Pregnancy Test for Females
- Echocardiogram for males over 40 yrs. and women over 45 yrs. of age: by our Cardiologist M.D.
- Chest X-Ray if deemed necessary
- Anesthesia Evaluation: by our board certified Anesthesiologist
Many patients that have had injuries to their back, etc. do not experience the pain they expect (hyperalgesia) and find that any body aches can be relieved by an over the counter dose of Motrin. Promises that you will be back to work in a couple days is unrealistic and misleading. Most patients feel their body needs extra rest for a week or so and do not mind, because they are thrilled to be free from their addiction without the common pain and suffering. We find that people thinking of coming to us for treatment, feel more motivated about obtaining help when they are told the truth and have an opportunity to talk with past patients about their experience. Many of our past patients encourage and welcome these conversations and find it very beneficial to their recovery. This can easily be arranged and we encourage it. We feel it is important that all treatment centers offer the opportunity for people needing treatment to speak to past patients about their experience.
Our staff and head nurse are always available by phone 24/7. Our patients rarely, if ever, call and have to leave a message on an answering machine. We take pride in offering excellent patient care and guidance, addressing all of our patients needs well after the treatment.
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Royal Oak, MI 48073