When a person decides to quit an addiction they may be fearful of detox and want the process to be over quickly. Even though some treatment centers may advertise rapid detox, quitting a dependency should be a more gradual process in order to be safe. In fact, rapid detox is less effective and even hazardous to your health and safety.
Some treatments may offer patients a “rapid detox” in which they are sedated with general anesthesia and given an opiate blocker such as naltrexone to force the body through detox. Although patients may believe they can be fully detoxed this way, the reality is that their bodies are still processing through withdrawal symptoms. Going home after rapid detox often means you are still faced with serious symptoms and strong cravings that could lead to relapse.
Since patients of rapid detox are told to leave early, they are not provided with access to medical assistance and monitoring as they are still going through the process of withdrawal. They could experience dangerous side effects and not have any help available to keep them stable. People often suffer severe consequences from going through rapid detox and some have even died as a result of the experience.
The only way to get through detox safely is to go through the whole process naturally in the safety of a treatment center. There is no “quick fix” for an addiction; it is a long process to recover and detox itself should take at least a week or two to complete. Going through gradual detox is more comfortable, effective and more importantly the safest option for the patient.
If you truly want to recover from an addiction, spending the time to get rid of a dependency is a crucial first step and it needs to be done correctly in order to successful become sober.