Print Posted 05/10/2017 in Category 1

The Dangers Of Rapid Detox

The Dangers Of Rapid Detox

Detox is one of the most important steps within the realm of addiction treatment.  Various substances can bring about a extremely heavy physical dependence, and this needs to be addressed before the individual can really concentrate on further treatment. Being that physical dependency can bring about extremely hellacious withdrawal symptoms, it is difficult for the individual to really do much without addressing this.  The physical dependence is handled through a process called detox, which allows the body to expel the substances within its system, and adjust to once again operating without them.  There are several forms of detox that can be used, but one that can sound very appealing to many people is rapid detox. 

What is Rapid Detox?

Rapid detox is a form in which individuals are sedated and medicated to help accelerate the detox process.  This is appealing to many because of the fact that they are unconscious while going through the process, which allows them to detox without knowingly experiencing withdrawal.  And while this can sound great, the reality is that there are many dangers and side effects associated with rapid detox, such as:

  • Vomiting

  • Aspiration

  • Nausea

  • High Body Temperature

  • Paranoia

  • Heart Attack

  • And more

One of the worst potential effects is that rapid detox could result in death.  An article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, “During August–September 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) was notified by the New York City Poison Control Center regarding three patients who experienced serious adverse events after anesthesia-assisted rapid opiate detoxification (AAROD) at a local outpatient clinic. All three patients required hospitalization, and one subsequently died.” As mentioned above, detox can be an extremely difficult process, and the body needs to be in a condition in which it can handle it.  When under sedation, the body may not be able to handle the process as well.  

Finding Proper Treatment for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

While there are several methods that attempt to shortcut the process of overcoming addiction, the reality is that the most successful way seems to be undergoing a proper detox and full treatment program.  Addiction is much more than just a physical dependence, and the mental and emotional factors of it must be addressed as well, which is why a full treatment is often required after detox.  There are many different treatment options available around the country, which can make it difficult to know which center to choose.  But, our organization is here to assist with that, as we are familiar with the various centers around the nation, and can help to find the ideal fit for you or a loved one.  Do not let addiction rule your life any longer, give us a call today.  


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