At the very beginning of an addiction disorder treatment, the addict is given the necessary infusion solutions that help to speed up the elimination of the addictive substance from the body, to weaken or completely avoid physical withdrawal symptoms, and to recover the disturbed balance of nutritive substances and vitamins. Simultaneously, in the treatment of opiate addiction, by using buprenorphine, discomfort and withdrawal symptoms are controlled and most often entirely eliminated. In treating alcoholism and sedative addictions, detoxification includes the pharmacological control of potentially lethal endings of withdrawal syndrome, such as neurological syndromes, epileptic seizures, delirium, etc. This is achieved through carefully dosing the medicines and choosing the therapy (baclofen, lorazepam, gabapentin, thiamine, folic acid, Bedoxine).
Additionally, in accord with our principles of an individual approach to every person, we include a therapy beneficial to new emotional problems (depressions) or other pathological effects of addiction (insomnia, appetite loss). This kind of approach not only leads to fast subjective relief in the addict, but also boosts optimism and the motivation to go on with the treatment.
The period of detoxification varies in time depending on the type of the used substance. Most frequently, this period is 5 to 14 days long. By completing detoxification, the first necessary phase of the treatment is over. This phase opens the door to further treatment and long-term rehabilitation.
In search of an opiate addiction treatment which would be as efficient and economical as possible, in recent years we have included in our practice Rapid Introduction of Antagonist, in our environment known as "Rapid Detox".
The principle is based on giving medicines that prevent the withdrawal symptoms, prior to introducing naltrexone.
By prescribing an appropriate and sufficiently potent therapy which prevents withdrawal symptoms, and by choosing the adequate sedation, the patient stays asleep over the greater segment of this process.
In comparison to the standard detoxification, this method has limitations in that it is not used if the patient suffers from a physical illness, such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism (increased production of the thyroid hormones), autoimmune system diseases, liver and kidney diseases. Also, a contraindication for the Rapid Detox procedure is methadone and benzodiazepine addiction.