Patients with the following characteristics may be a candidate for accelerated opiate neuro-regulation form of rapid detoxification:
- Patients with chronic pain who have needed to escalate their dose of pain medications, or who have not needed to escalate their dose, indicating tolerance and lack of effect of the drugs
- Patients who are physically dependent upon narcotic drugs (including methadone, heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, HydroCodone or other medications containing codeine or morphine)
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not using any other drugs - particularly cocaine or heavy alcohol use
- Do not have a history of any serious medical problems (diabetes, heart disease, lung problems/frequent pneumonias, kidney or liver disease)
- Do not have a history of severe psychiatric illness
- Do not have a history of allergic reaction to anesthesia, naltrexone, or clonidine
Patients with the following characteristics are not candidates for accelerated opiate neuro-regulation form of rapid detoxification:
- Patients with a history of allergic reactions or complications from anesthesia, naltrexone, or clonidine
- Individuals using cocaine, barbiturates, or heavy alcohol use
- Women who are pregnant or lactating
- Individuals with a history of cardiac disease, lung disease or frequent pneumonias, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, or severe psychiatric illness
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Risks of Accelerated Opiate Neuro-regulation
There are always risks associated with any medical procedure. Risks associated with AON are the same risks associated with sedation and anesthesia in general. These risks are rare but include: chipped teeth, sore throat, nausea and vomiting, dehydration, scratched eye, pneumonia, and in very rare circumstances major organ failure and even death. The risk of a serious complication is a small fraction of 1%.
Benefits of Accelerated Opiate Neuro-regulation
Accelerated Opiate Neuro-Regulation is a humane, and relatively safe and effective way to reverse dependency on opiate drugs, whatever the cause of the addiction.
- Fast - patients are completely opiate free in just a few hours and are able to return to productive lives in only a few days.
- Better tolerated and far more comfortable than other methods of detoxification, with fewer and shorter duration of withdrawal symptoms.
- Relatively safe - side effects and complications are relatively rare.
- Relatively effective, as with other rapid opiate detoxification methods, practitioners of accelerated opiate neuro-regulation report relatively favorable rates of patient abstinence after one year.
- Relatively cost effective in the long term, costing less overall than other methods of opiate treatment.