Methadone, Substitol, Subutex, Suboxone addiction treatment
Methadone, Substitol, Subutex, Suboxone detoxification lasts 21 days and longer, if necessary. It is intended for patients who use less than 40-50 mg of methadone, 400-500 mg of Substitol or 100 mg of Oxycontin. The goal of detoxification is to cleanse the body and overcome withdrawal syndrome, physical crises, and pain due to the cessation of opioid use. The treatment is inpatient, and the patient is under the supervision of a doctor 24 hours a day. At any time, the patient can receive appropriate help, which makes the process totally painless and pleasant. There are several different types of detoxification. The type of detoxification is selected individually based on diagnosis and analyses of several important factors: the substance and dose consumed, the duration of consumption, and possibly other health issues of the patient.
The most common signs of methadone and Supstitol abuse
- Combining methadone and heroin;
- Combining methadone with drugs and alcohol
- Lying to the doctor about the severity of the crisis to get higher doses of methadone and Substitol;
- Taking doses higher than prescribed;
- Getting street methadone and Substitol.
Methadone is usually consumed orally, or intravenously in which case it produces stronger effects. Symptoms of opioid intoxication are sensations of inner comfort and pleasant body weight, relaxation, warmth and drowsiness, a drop in body temperature and blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing slowing down.
If Methadone or Supstidol is used for a long time, symptoms such as stomach cramps, excessive sweating, caries, nausea, irregular menstrual cycles, muscle and joint pain, itching, shivering, skin rash, chronic constipation, decreased sexual urge and obesity may occur.
Treatment of methadone and Substitol addiction
Phases of detoxification
1.Diagnostics – the first and significant phase of treatment. The essence of the diagnostic is to assess the physical and psychological condition of the patient. The standard diagnostic examination for the assessment of the patient physical condition includes:
- urine test
- tests for hepatitis B and C, HIV infection
- general blood analysis
- biochemical blood testing
- Internist examination
The standard diagnostic examination for assessing the psychological condition involves psychodiagnostics (psychological tests are used to determine the level of addiction, the consequences of the use of substances on mental health, to detect the signs of psychological disorders, the presence of depression, the degree of motivation for healing, self-criticality and the preservation of voluntary mechanisms).
Following the diagnostics, the results are considered by a team of physicians to develop an individual strategy and treatment plan. In case diagnosis reveals more severe deviations in the tests, the presence of a risk factor, or the patient has accompanying chronic conditions, additional tests are organized if necessary and therapy for the accompanying illness is prescribed. Depending on the problem, MRT, EEG, ultrasound, X-ray, endoscopic examinations, medicine and drug concentrations analysis, cardiologist’s, neurologist’s, endocrinologist’s, infectologist’s and other specialist examinations can be done. These additional tests are not included in the price of this treatment package and are additionally charged.
2. Detoxification – Depending on the diagnostic results, the appropriate detoxification method, that is, the complex of methods that will give the best results in his case is chosen for each patient individually. The complex of methods includes UROD (Ultra-rapid opioid detoxification), Neurojet (N.E.T.) therapy, pharmacotherapy, special infusions with vitamins, hepatoprotectors. It is imperative that detoxification is quick, that the patient does not feel pain or suffer, that the patient’s sleep and appetite return to normal, that the patient’s mood stabilizes, that there is no anxiety or depression.
- UROD – Ultra-rapid detoxification is an extremely effective and modern method aimed at accelerating the body cleaning process and at the same time reducing and shortening the unpleasant symptoms of the crisis. It is applied exclusively when diagnostics find no contraindications for this type of detoxification. During ultra-rapid detoxification, the patient is under anesthesia for 6-8 hours during the day, receiving opiate antagonists, usually, naloxone or naltrexone, that help the receptors get rid of opiates. The point of ultra-rapid detoxification is overcoming unpleasant symptoms while asleep as no pain is felt at the time, and upon waking up the most of the crisis has passed, or it is at least significantly reduced and can be easily eliminated by traditional non-opiate analgesics. 2 or 3 such procedures are required in the detoxification process.
- N.Е.Т. – Neuro-jet therapy is a method that uses a neuro-jet device to influence neurons in the brain responsible for the secretion of endorphin with special impulses. Our natural protection against shock, pain, stress is based on natural opioids produced by neurons. When a person consumes narcotics, the secretion of our natural opioids is virtually stopped. Neuro-jet is a small electronic device that normalizes the level of dopamine and endorphin in the brain. Stimulation by Neuro-jet device is painless. The patient only feels tickling and vibrations. The frequency and intensity of impulses are computer-controlled.
- Pharmacotherapy -This is one of the elements of detoxification. Depending on the diagnosis results, a combination of medications is used during detoxification, which eliminates the basic symptoms of crises – preparations that meet many standards of pain management and provide good protection against pain. Psychostabilizers, hypnotics, and antidepressants are used in case of irritability, dysphoria, bad mood, nervousness, and insomnia. Due to often disturbed diet, insufficient or excessive appetite, the therapy introduces ferments that facilitate the ability to assimilate food, amino acids, vitamins. Also, the therapy for the elimination of the consequences of the use of drugs – inhalations for lung cleansing, special infusion with neurometabolics, nootropics for improvement of the brain exchange process, with hepatoprotectors for liver regeneration is planned. All preparations used in pharmacotherapy are safe and non-addictive.
3. Physiotherapy – It is a combination of therapies – physical, medical therapy, and deep tissue massage. The massage calms and relaxes the body. When a person goes through the process of rehab, his dopamine levels are lower than those of non-addicts. Massage helps normalize the process of dopamine excretion in people who go through the process of rehab. Massage also helps in detoxification by accelerating blood and lymph circulation, thus speeding up the process of releasing toxic substances from the body.
4. Pharmacological blockade – the treatment process is rounded off with a pharmacological blockade in the form of an implant (Naltrexone). The purpose of this procedure is to block opiate receptors of the patient by Naltrexone, so taking heroin, tramadol, methadone does not cause euphoria and similar feelings and does not provoke relapse and return to drugs. Naltrexone implants are not included in the extended detoxification package price and are additionally charged.
5.Outpatient treatment – Upon completion of detoxification, the patient receives a discharge summary with recommended therapy and advice to maintain stable withdrawal. The goal of outpatient treatment is primarily to maintain the results achieved by the treatment at our clinic.
Our program includes the transport of patients from the airport or station to our clinic as well as a return after treatment. Our doctors and nurses are available to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our doctors are certified anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists with 10 to 25 years of experience. The clinic employs more than 60 people. Hired security service takes care of the safety of patients and staff. The facility is under video surveillance.