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The only thing that really worked to get dh off opiates...
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    nomoreopiatesfordh is offline New Member
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    Default The only thing that really worked to get dh off opiates...

    Here is our story, I hope it will help some of you. If it wasn't for the research I did online he would still be taking 900 mg of opiates daily..

    My husband over the years has become hooked on opiates..(hydrocodone, etc..) he started taking them due to the intense back pain he has incurred from several accidents. Long story short, he has been taking them for many years 6 to 7, and the drug caused him to have to take more than he was prescribed just to function a somewhat normal day.

    He ended up taking many more than he was suppose to, last count was almost 90 hydrocodone, (#10's)...over 900mg a day. I had no idea, I thought he was taking one or two. I was blown away by the news and how he spent our life savings feeding this expensive addiction. Noone knew as he was able to run a normal life. He broke down and asked me for help, he confessed he tried many times to do it alone but the withdrawals were too much to handle to then have to face the company we own and run it. So I went online and found a place in MI called Rapid Drug Detox Center. I called and had the pleasure of speaking to one of the most knowledgeable, and kind nurses that I had ever met. She was available 24/7 and listened to our story with a complete open heart. She explained to us that the opiate addiction could be treated at their facility and my husband would be placed under anesthesia for about an hour and when he woke up he would be free of opiates. I of coarse was very skeptical and did tons of research.. Jeanne (the nurse) gave me some references to call and we also compared this method to the Weismann method, which as it turned out was basically the same, but that method was double the price. That of coarse also raised a red flag to me, but after doing more research I understood the differences. For us, we needed my husband off these drugs and we could not pay double, plus MI was closer to us than the locations for the Weismann method. After speaking to several references we took the long 14 hr drive to MI and went for it.

    My husband's friend went with us and so he was the one who brought him in, I stayed back at the hotel with our children in a separate room next door. My husband went in that morning and by that afternoon he was opiate free. He was kept at the facility for almost 12 hours due to some hallucinations he was having, but by that evening he was feeling better and just tired and needed sleep. Also a nurse from the facility came to the room and stayed with him along with our friend for an additional 6 hours. After that his friend and I took over. Later, he did get pretty sick, but we found out later it was an unrelated illness that showed up after the procedure.

    The next day, he told me he could tell he was free of the drugs and it was just like that. He was so happy to be free of them. He is still dealing with some issues with original pain (why he started taking the pain meds in the first place) and side effects of some of the new meds, but nothing like what the opiates did to him. To this day after that he is still opiate free and says he has no desire to take anymore ever. It was the best money he has ever spent.. It was $6700 for the procedure and $400 for the Naltrexone implant (we can add to that if we need it longer) anyway for someone hooked on that many opiates it's really the only way to get off these things. He really could have never done it without this help. Without going into alot of detail, I just wanted to say that Jeanne at Rapid Drug Detox was my husband's life saver. She is an angel and is truly there for you just like it was your mom..she really cares about people..I really connected with her, she is now my friend. She has a very kind heart and truly cares about her patients. She continues to call us to make sure my husband is doing well.
    Hope this will help someone like it helped us: Here is the website.

    PS: Some people try another therapy...they take suboxone...The difference between this and the suboxone therapy is after this treatment, you don't have any opiates left in the receptors, the suboxone is an opiate, so you are treating your addiction with the same drug.. We decided that would not be the best approach for my husband.

    BTW: for those who would like to keep this private, as we did, they will honor that in everyway.

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    nomoreopiatesfordh is offline New Member
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    Default just found this info...too

    Rapid detoxification
    Naltrexone is sometimes used for rapid detoxification ("rapid detox") regimens for opioid dependence. The principle of rapid detoxification is to induce opioid-receptor blockade while the patient is in a state of impaired consciousness so as to attenuate the withdrawal symptoms experienced by the patient. Rapid detoxification under general anaesthesia involves an unconscious patient and requires intubation and external ventilation. Rapid detoxification is also possible under sedation. The rapid detoxification procedure is followed by oral naltrexone daily for up to 12 months for opioid dependence management. There are a number of practitioners who will use a naltrexone implant placed in the lower abdomen, and more rarely, in the posterior to replace the oral naltrexone. This implant procedure has not been shown scientifically to be successful in "curing" the subject of their addiction, though it does provide a better solution than oral naltrexone for medication compliance reasons. Naltrexone implants are made by at least three companies, though none are FDA approved. There is currently scientific disagreement as to whether this procedure should be performed under local or general anesthesia, due to the rapid, and sometimes severe, withdrawal that occurs from the naltrexone displacing the opiates from the receptor sites.

    Rapid detoxification has been criticised by some for its questionable efficacy in long-term opioid dependence management. Rapid detoxification has often been misrepresented as a one-off "cure" for opioid dependence, when it is only intended as the initial step in an overall drug rehabilitation regimen. Rapid detoxification is effective for short-term opioid detoxification, but is approximately 10 times more expensive than conventional detoxification procedures. Aftercare can also be an issue, since at least one well-known center in the United States reported that they will remove an implant from any patient arriving in their facility before admission.

    The usefulness of naltrexone in opioid dependence is very limited by the low retention in treatment. Like disulfiram in alcohol dependence, it temporarily blocks substance intake and does not affect craving. Though sustained-release preparations of naltrexone has shown rather promising results, it remains a treatment only for a small part of the opioid dependent population, usually the ones with an unusually stable social situation and motivation (e.g. dependent health care professionals).

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