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Rapid detox is a procedure used to treat withdrawal from certain types of drugs such as heroin or cocaine. It is done in a substance abuse treatment center that specializes in this form of drug rehab.

Rapid detox begins with an initial visit to a center where a person will meet with a physician who is an addiction specialist. At this time a thorough medical evaluation and prior medical history will be taken. Tests include blood work, EKG and urinalysis will be preformed to rule out any medical problems. A meeting will then be conducted with either a psychiatrist or a psychologist to evaluate the mental health of the patient. Lastly, an anesthesiologist will explain the procedure itself.

Upon admission for the procedure a person will be given medication to help relation before undergoing the anesthesia. The time under anesthesia is usually four to six hours. While under, the patient is given a special medication that will speed up the withdrawal of the drug from the body. The symptoms that accompany normal detox programs are not experienced. Once the procedure is complete a person is taken to a room where they will spend three to four days resting. Family members are to stay with a patient and doctors and nurses are always present if any problems arise. Before being discharged the medical physician and the mental health professional will evaluate the progress and answer any question that a person or family member may have.

The cost of this type of detox is quite expensive (ranging between $10,000 and $20,000) and is not covered under any kind of insurance.

Rapid detox is a still a very controversial treatment. There have been deaths associated with it and medical professionals have concerns about its overall safety. It increases stress on a body because it makes the withdrawal symptoms increase. A person may not feel the pain but the body has to deal with it and at a greater intensity during an already trying time. Since many addicts are not in good health when they begin treatment the risks are great.

Since rapid detox is seen by many people as a "quick fix", the success rate is questionable. Many professionals who treat drug addiction believe that without the benefit of counseling and other forms of therapy a return to drug use is increased.

Since the only way to determine whether this form of treatment is right for a person, they should talk to others who have undergone the procedure and should thoroughly investigate the facility, physicians and other staff members before making a choice. They should also find out if any serious health consequences or deaths have occurred within their facility. A person's life can depend on this.

Since drug use is prevalent among celebrities and athletes they are usually the ones that use rapid detox as the preferred form of drug treatment. Since this procedure is done in a hospital setting and takes very few days, a person can avoid having the press and public know about it.

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=hssamhsatip&part=A85279 /> http://www.med.unc.edu/alcohol/prevention/

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