Rapid detox under anesthesia is also known as ultra opiate detox. It is a method of quickly treating a person who is addicted to a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. This is a procedure that is often used as a last resort when rehab and medical professionals find the user’s drug and alcohol use so heavy and confusing that they know the individual will really suffer if he or she tries to withdraw.
Normally the physical component of the detox only last a few days to two weeks but the alcoholic can seriously compound his or her problems if they are also dependent on opiates, heroin and other prescripton medications. During alcohol detox that is compounded by drug use they can suffer things such as sweating, confusion, shaking, cravings, headaches, abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, agitation, anxiety and depression. Sometimes seizures and heart attacks are also a danger.
The person undergoing rapid alcohol detox is put under anesthesia for about four hours and then administered a special medication that speeds up the withdrawal process in the body. As the alcoholic is anesthetized and unconcious to the world, he or she is not awake to experience the discomfort and pain.
Of course there are pro and cons to rapid alcohol detox. This method helps people who are so toxic that they fear withdrawal to seek treatment. It also helps the addict to seek recovery sooner.
However rapid detox is also seen as a quick fix that spares the addict from experiencing the full consequences of their behavior and thus encourages them to use a gain because they know they can be rescued by rapid alcohol detox methods. Rapid detox also can have unexpected side effects such as heart attack and death which is why it is not used more often in traditional rehabs.