Rapid Detox – Amazing, Or Too Good To Be True?

what is rapid detoxification

Important InformationThis information is for educational purposes only. We never invite or suggest the use, production or purchase of any these substances. Addiction Resource and it’s employees, officers, managers, agents, authors, editors, producers, and contributors shall have no direct or indirect liability, obligation, or responsibility to any person or entity for any loss, damage, or adverse consequences alleged to have happened as a consequence of material on this website. See full text of disclaimer.

What is rapid detox?

Rapid detox is an accelerated detoxification process during which a patient is given anesthesia followed by an opiate-blocking drug, naltrexone, that causes the onset of withdrawal.

The process happens very quickly—depending on the patient’s addiction, the entire procedure lasts between forty minutes and a few hours, during which the patient is sedated or fast asleep.

How does rapid detox work?

Rapid detox is conducted at a hospital by a professional medical staff. The process itself consists of two major steps: administering first anesthesia, and then an opiate blocker called naltrexone.

Administering naltrexone alone would cause accelerated heart rate and labored breathing for the patient; with the anesthesia, however, these effects are prevented.

Help Line Woman

Hope Without Commitment

Find the best treatment options.
Call our free and confidential helpline

Most private insurances accepted

Marketing fee may apply

What are the side effects of rapid detox?

Most addicts who undergo a rapid detox experience no side effects, or only mild side effects. The side effects of rapid detox can include:

  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Low energy
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

What is rapid detox like?

Unlike the regular detoxification process, which can last up to several weeks, rapid detox cleanses the system of addictive chemicals in a matter of hours. Patients usually have to spend two days in the hospital, where they can be observed by medical staff.

After the two-day period, they are transferred to a recovery facility.

Why do rapid detox?

People who have repeatedly failed to complete a conventional withdrawal program may find rapid detox especially beneficial. Rapid detoxification significantly reduces the discomfort brought on by opiate withdrawal for individuals who have developed a chemical dependency on narcotics. Addictions suited to rapid detox include:

  • Heroin
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Demerol
  • Dilaudid
  • Opium
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Prescription painkillers

What are the risks of rapid detox?

Though rapid detox has been hailed as an expedient new way to end an addiction, studies have suggested that the procedure itself carries various risk factors associated with overall physical and mental health. The most common concerns about the rapid detox process include:

  • Inefficacy
  • No proof of safety
  • Aggravation of mental health symptoms
  • Serious health risks
  • Fatality

Is it too good to be true?

Patient experiences with rapid detox vary. Not having to deal with severe withdrawal symptoms after months or years of opiate intake sounds unbelievable and too good to be true. However, numerous patients who have undergone the procedure claim to have experienced no side effects, and most of them were able to get started with their new sober life.

Unfortunately, not everyone’s story has a happy ending; undergoing anesthesia always involves some sort of risk, including anesthesia-related death. All in all, as revolutionary as it may seem, one must make a choice for themselves and decide whether or not rapid detox is the right detox method for them.

Consult a medical provider to find the most suitable detox options.
View Sources
  1. McCabe S. Rapid detox: understanding new treatment approaches for the addicted patient. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 2000; 36(4): 113-20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12035203.
  2. Bartter T., Gooberman L. L. Rapid opiate detoxification. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 1996; 22(4): 489-95. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8911587.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Advancing the Science of Rapid Opioid Detoxification. https://www.drugabuse.gov/es/news-events/meetings-events/2017/07/advancing-science-rapid-opioid-detoxification.


Leave a comment

  • David Clickner
    I just arrived at desert hope and the nurse has never seen a severe as mine. I’m already feeling horrible and I don’t want to go through another useless program. I’ve had anesthesia too many times for me to come up with a number and I’ve never had any problems at all. They gave me Subutex and I’m not noticing anything. I have excellent Cigna insurance through the Hyatt corporate job where my wife works. The cost is not a issue I want the best fastest detox available and I will take the chances you talked about. Because if I don’t get help immediately I won’t make it another year. I’m on very heavy duty Narcotics from my doctor and the streets. But I need help bad. And I’m going to leave this place and find something so I can make it to the best place for me. I will deeply appreciate your input and please be totally honest as they were not. I just want a rapid detox and I will be able to make it. No matter how bad my detox is.
    • Lou
      Have you tried the rapid detox? I am seriously looking into it. I would to speak with you to get someone else’s opinion. There isn’t much out there on real patient reviews.
    • Frank
      Go to Rapid Detox in Detroit , MI. 4 days. The best program ever and continue on the vivatrol shot.
  • Khko
    Do these connents actually return any help? Just wondering..
  • Mickey
    A family member did the Waismann rapid detox and it was the best treatment we found. After 6 failed attempts, we finally found something that worked. I don’t get why all the bad rep. I wish we had ignored all the down talk and gone there in first place.
  • Sarah
    I just want to know exactly the step by step process of how the rapid detox works