The Pros and Cons of Ultra Rapid Alcohol Detox

Ultra rapid alcohol detox is a procedure usually applied to individuals with a dual diagnosis or multiple addictions to heroin or other painkillers. The person undergoing this type of drug and alcohol detox is put under anesthesia for four hours and administered a drug that helps the body experience rapid withdrawal symptoms.

Rapid drug and alcohol detox sounds like a miracle for badly addicted individuals who fear the discomfort of regular detox (that normally takes place from 3 days to three weeks) but the reality is that there are serious drawbacks that mitigate every benefit of the procedure.

The pros of using ultra-rapid detox include –
•    Less painful withdrawal for bodies that are deprived of alcohol and other drugs because the person is not awake; patients sleep through the worst symptoms
•    It is a fast way of cleansing the body of toxins using agents that would kill a person if they were awake to experience it

The cons of using ultra-rapid detox include –
•    Many patients also wake up to experience a great deal of pain even though they got through the worst of it under anesthesia – there will still be some post anesthesia withdrawal symptoms. This was proved by a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that found that upon waking, patients of ultra rapid detox experienced severe discomfort.
•    The administering of anesthesia can have its own risks to drug addicts and according to a NIDA study almost ten percent of anesthesia patients using rapid drug and alcohol detox suffered life threatening events.

Finally this procedure is very expensive with each procedure costing over ten thousand dollars. Ultimately ultra rapid drug and alcohol detox has also yet to be proven to be any more effective when it comes to creating a sober individual who is going to resolve to stay clean after the procedure.