8 Key Advantages of ANR Treatment for Opioid Dependence

If you or your loved one struggles with opioid dependence, it’s of utmost importance to choose the right kind of treatment. Too often, people dependent on opioids relapse months, if not weeks, after leaving a rehab facility or undergoing expensive treatments. Negating the risk of relapse is a major advantage ANR holds over other therapies, but it isn’t the only one.

Keep reading to learn more about the revolutionary Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) treatment and the unique benefits of ANR.

What is ANR?

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Accelerated Neuro-Regulation is a groundbreaking treatment for opioid dependence that restores the central nervous system to its pre-dependence state. 

The ANR treatment was developed by Dr. Andre Waismann—an intensive care physician and founder of the ANR Clinic—in 1997, revolutionizing opioid dependence treatment. Unlike traditional approaches, this ultra-modern method treats opioid dependence from a medical, scientifically-based perspective.

By reversing the neurobiological changes in the brain resulting from prolonged exposure to opioids, the ANR treatment addresses the root cause of opioid dependence. In doing so, it facilitates long-term recovery from opioid dependence.

As of today, the ANR treatment has helped close to 25,000 people worldwide break the cycle of opioid abuse for good and reclaim their lives from opioid dependence safely and effectively.

How Does ANR Treatment Work?

The ANR treatment works by modulating the central nervous system to decrease the production of opioid receptors and resume the natural production of endorphins—neurotransmitters the body naturally releases in response to pain and other stimuli.

In other words, the therapeutic goal of ANR is neuro-equilibrium, which the treatment achieves by repairing the endorphin-receptor imbalance in the brain while the patient is sedated.

Continuous exposure to opioids like oxycodone alters the brain, causing the body to suppress the production of endorphins. Simultaneously, the brain begins to create more and more active opioid receptors. As a result, the body builds up tolerance to opioids and requires increasingly larger amounts of the drug to feel its effects and satisfy cravings.

This imbalance in the central nervous system is the root cause of opioid dependence. Fixing it is of paramount importance to breaking free from opioid abuse, dependence, and addiction, which is how and why ANR works.

8 Main Advantages of Choosing ANR Treatment for Opioid Dependence

8 Main Advantages of Choosing ANR Treatment for Opioid Dependence

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s delve deeper into the unique advantages ANR offers to people struggling with opioid dependence:

#1. Eradicating Opioid Dependency

The key advantage ANR has over other approaches is that it is the first and only treatment that eradicates opioid dependency by addressing its underlying neurobiological causes.

While traditional approaches merely treat the symptoms of opioid addiction, ANR tackles its very root, restoring normal brain function through the re-regulation of the endorphin-receptor system. 

By eliminating the cause of opioid dependency, together with cravings and other withdrawal symptoms, ANR also negates the risk of relapse. This is precisely why ANR is effective and has a very high success rate.

#2. Not Replacing Opioid Use with Other Opioids

The ANR treatment doesn’t involve any opioid-replacement medications like buprenorphine or methadone. As such, it doesn’t put you at risk of swapping one opioid addiction for another.

Even though the FDA approves certain medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), they still belong to the opioid family and are treated as controlled substances.

Methadone, for example, falls under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means it has a similar potential for abuse and addiction to fentanyl and many other opioids.

While it’s not uncommon for people to become addicted to replacement opioids, this isn’t something you need to worry about when undergoing ANR.

#3. Performing the Treatment with Utmost Safety

Adherence to the highest safety standards is, by far, one of the most significant advantages of ANR. No matter which ANR treatment facility you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll receive high-quality medical care and attention throughout your journey to an opioid-free life.

A study conducted in 2023 found that patients “demonstrated hemodynamic and pulmonary stability during and after ANR treatment,” showing that this is a safe, low-risk procedure.

To ensure patient safety, the ANR treatment is performed in an ICU setting by highly experienced and compassionate healthcare professionals. 

#4. Highly Trained and Professional Staff

The ANR team consists of the best medical professionals—board-certified critical care physicians, anesthesiologists, etc.—rather than psychiatrists or psychologists, as is often the case with procedures like rapid detox

At ANR, we recognize that the anesthetic is a significant element of the treatment and that certain safety measures must be taken to prevent aspiration and other adverse events. Therefore, the ANR treatment is carried out only by trained critical care physicians and highly qualified anesthesiologists, assisted by critical care RNs. 

We also provide a pool of expert help, including cardiologists and nephrologists. This enables us to treat patients with additional health complications, such as heart disease and renal problems.

#5. Well-Equipped Modern Facilities

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Most opioid dependence treatments are carried out in clinics without access to an immediate and full range of on-site medical resources, but ANR isn’t one of them. Our treatment is always carried out in an ICU setting of accredited hospitals.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation is a medical procedure, and we treat it as such by performing the treatment in state-of-the-art hospitals. All these hospitals are equipped with ICU facilities and have a dedicated unit for the ANR procedure, with access to all the essential medical equipment required to treat even the most complex conditions.

#6. Personalized Approach

Offering a personalized approach to healing opioid dependence is another significant advantage ANR has over other treatments—such as ultra-rapid detox—that use a standard one-size-fits-all mentality for each patient.

The number of opioid receptors differs from patient to patient, and failure to acknowledge this can lead to severe side effects, which, in some cases, may be fatal.

For this reason, the ANR treatment is tailored specifically to each patient’s unique medical history and individual needs. Not only does this negate any unpleasant side effects, but it also makes ANR safe and suitable for virtually everyone, including patients with complex health issues.

#7. Short Treatment Duration

Rather than spending weeks or months in traditional rehabilitation, ANR patients can return to everyday life within a matter of days. The average hospital stay for the treatment lasts just 36 hours.

The ANR procedure itself takes 4–6 hours to complete. During the procedure, you’ll be put under sedation and monitored by an anesthesiologist and a team of critical care RNs. Upon waking up, your endorphin-receptor system will be rebalanced, and you’ll no longer experience any cravings or other opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Most of our patients are discharged from the hospital the next day after receiving the treatment.

#8. Discretion and Anonymity

At ANR Clinic, your privacy and confidentiality are our top priorities. For this reason, we keep your discretion and anonymity in mind before, during, and after the ANR treatment.

Why Choose ANR Treatment Over Any Other Programs?

You should choose the ANR treatment over any other opioid dependence treatment program because it is the only treatment that addresses the deep-seated causes of opioid dependency.

Other programs—rapid detox, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatments, etc.—have high relapse rates.

For example, one study found that 77% of patients relapsed within six months of receiving short-term inpatient treatment for opioid addiction, while 59% and 61% of patients relapsed after receiving long-term inpatient and outpatient treatment, respectively.

Meanwhile, ANR reverses the opioid-induced changes, allowing you to leave the fear of relapse in the past. Moreover, after undergoing ANR, you won’t have to rely on potentially addictive opioid-replacement drugs or seek expensive follow-up counseling.

Start Living an Opioid-Free Life Today with ANR Clinic

Start Living an Opioid-Free Life Today with ANR Clinic

No matter how long you’ve been dependent on opioids or how many times you’ve tried quitting them, with ANR Clinic, you can start living the happy and healthy life you deserve within a matter of days!

Whether you’ve been using prescription opioids or illicit opioids like heroin, ANR is the only treatment you need to make a lasting recovery from opioid dependence. Unlike other approaches, ANR offers a long-term solution to opioid dependency by repairing the damage opioids cause to the brain.

For your convenience, you can find ANR treatment centers at:

  • DeSoto Memorial Hospital, Arcadia, Florida
  • ANR Europe, Thun, Switzerland
  • New Vision University Hospital, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Innovate Intelligent Place, Goiânia, Brazil
  • Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel

To get started with ANR, contact us today for a free consultation!

ANR Treatment for Opioid Dependence FAQ

The main dangers of rapid detox are pulmonary edema, aspiration pneumonia, and other adverse events that may occur as a result of this procedure. Since it only flushes opioids out of the system without repairing the endorphin-receptor imbalance, rapid detox also often leads to relapse, which could lead to an opioid overdose.

The ANR treatment costs $19,500, which includes a personalized treatment plan, in-patient hospitalization, 24/7 medical care and monitoring, and more. As an elective procedure, it is not currently covered by insurance. However, we offer different financing options to help you cover the cost of the treatment.

The ANR treatment takes just a few days. The hospitalization for the ANR treatment lasts only 36 hours on average, while the procedure itself takes about 4–6 hours. Once you’re discharged from the hospital, our team will continue to work with you to facilitate your journey to lifelong recovery.

In the United States, ANR operates at the DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Florida. For more information, don’t hesitate to call us at 813-750-7470—we’ll be happy to assist you!

ANR can help with withdrawal from opioids by re-regulating your endorphin-receptor system. Once normal brain function is restored, you’ll no longer suffer from any kind of withdrawal symptoms, including cravings.