Opioid Dependency & Addiction Treatment
Opioid Withdrawal Treatment Center Using Modern Medicine
Opioids are prescription drugs that are used for the treatment of short-term and chronic pain. During the early 1980s, opioids became the drug of choice for short-term pain management. Early marketing done by drug companies had guaranteed that opioids were not addictive and were generally safe to use. Eventually, prescriptions for opioids began increasing as physicians were reassured that the risk of addiction to prescription opioids was low. It wasn’t until the 1990s, that drug companies began to release prescription opioids that were approved for pain management use. This was a turning point for the opioid epidemic, as more of the population began to gain access to these addicting drugs.
The CDC reports that the use of opioids has increased significantly in the United States. On average, about 130 Americans die from opioid overdose per day.
How to Detox From Opioids?
An opioid is any chemical such as morphine that resembles opiates in its pharmacological effects. The painkiller effects of opioids are due to decreased perception of pain, decreased reaction to pain as well as increased pain tolerance. Opioids can cause cough suppression, which can be both an indication for opioid administration or an unintended side effect. The side effects of opioids include sedation, respiratory depression, constipation, and a strong sense of euphoria. Opioid dependence can develop with ongoing administration, leading to an withdrawal syndrome with abrupt discontinuation. Morphine-like opioids are well known for their addictive properties, and for their ability to produce euphoria, motivating some to use opioids recreationally. In 2013 between 28 and 38 million people used opioids recreationally. Opioids work by binding to opioid receptors, which are found principally in the central and peripheral nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. These receptors mediate both the psychoactive and the somatic effects of opioids. Opioids are among the world’s oldest known drugs; the therapeutic use of the opium poppy predates recorded history.
Opioid addiction is a medical condition, which occurs when the body’s natural endorphin system being unable to balance itself. Opioid addiction symptoms occur because this system is unable to balance itself after exposure to external acting opioids. This is because external Opioids are made to mimic the body’s natural endorphins.
This acute disorder must be medically treated, to help restore the balance of the body’s endorphin system. The acute disorder has very little to do with addictive personalities or behaviors of any kind. In fact, many of the addictive tendencies arise due to patients coping with their opioid dependency or opioid addiction.
Every person produces natural endorphins in their body. The body’s individual scale of endorphin production is determined by a variety of factors such: internal stimuli, signals such as pain, excitement, fear, depression, physical exertion, emotion, physical disorders, thought, intellectual stimulations, physical body exercise, etc.
People who expose themselves to opioids suppress natural endorphin production, while simultaneously increasing the number of opioid receptors in the body. With increasing dosages and abuse, this develops into a vicious, constant cycle. As more receptors are produced, the individual requires greater doses of opioids/narcotics to achieve a “balance”.
The scale increase in the number of endorphin/opioid receptors is now associated with a ravenous bio-physical and neuro-chemical hunger called cravings. Unless the endorphin receptor balance is restored to its original state, the addict is doomed to a life of suffering with pain, withdrawal, relapse, and dependency.
With the ANR Treatment, Regulation of the endorphin system has become the new standard of opioid treatment, and is the only treatment that will treat the root of the dependency. This will allow patients to easily treat their addiction to any narcotic drug without any physical withdrawal, requiring a hospital stay of around 30 hours.
Most Rehab Centers promoting long term programs or “Rapid Detox” have become outdated, as they have been proven to be mostly ineffective. These treatments are only capable of helping to treat the withdrawal symptoms caused by opioid dependency. These treatments may help the opioid withdrawal symptoms, but in most cases, people who went through a traditional rehab center will relapse.
Medical providers from all around the world have shown their confidence in the ANR treatment in opioid-dependent patients. After treating 24,000 patients worldwide, Dr. Andre Waismann has chosen to bring his opioid treatment approach to the United States. He hopes to help defeat the opioid crisis that is currently taking place in this country.
What is the Difference Between ANR vs Other
“Fast or Rapid Opioid Withdrawal & Detox Treatments”?
Dr. Waismann redefined opioid withdrawal treatment by developing the concept of ” Rapid Detox” in the 90s. Due to his success, this method was widely and quickly adopted which led to drug rehab centers implementing Rapid Detox without having enough medical information, experience, or knowledge to perform the treatment safely as well as effectively.
As a result of this, Rapid Detox has yielded very poor results and even many health complications. Besides that, Rapid Detox centers do not make an important difference Dr. Waismann used between opioid addiction and opioid dependency. This means that these treatment centers are not addressing the root of the dependency on the opioid drug.
Some Rapid Detox clinics have promoted the services of their treatment center with false information, such as high levels of effectiveness and successful results. However, they simultaneously have a high record of health and medical complications.
The ANR Treatment relies on scientific-based medicine as well as 30 years of clinical work and research by Doctor Andre Waismann, who identified the biological roots of opioid dependency in the ’90s. ANR’s success is directly related to our ability to evaluate the endorphin-receptor balance of each patient. This allows us to bring each individual to their optimal chemical balance, giving them the ability to resume their lives free from dependency from any opioid.
ANR is the only treatment in the world that addresses the root of the “addiction”. 100% of our patients leave the hospital free from opiate dependency.
Dr. Andre Waismann has chosen to bring his opioid treatment approach into mainstream medicine within the United States. He hopes to help defeat the opioid crisis that is currently taking place in this country. So now you can enjoy getting the best drug withdrawal service in the world, right here in the USA.
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What are the Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal?
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal will start a couple of hours after the last dose of any short-acting opioid drug, and around 30 hours after the last dose of any long-acting opioid drug. These opiate withdrawal symptoms contain a few different stages.
A person will begin to experience a combination of the following signs of opioid withdrawal:
- Stomach aches
- Muscle spasms
- Runny nose
- Constricted pupils
- High blood pressure
The combination of extreme anxiety with underlying depression can cause patients to respond by extremely overcorrecting their attempts to self-medicate themselves. In many cases the underlying depression can result in acute desperate actions and effects that could be life-threatening, sometimes resulting in death.
The effects of Antidepressant medications don’t appear to work properly on opiate-dependent patients with clinical depression. It seems that the endorphin system must be in balance to allow patients with depression to take advantage of antidepressant medications. Patients with metabolic acute chronic conditions should not attempt to overcome withdrawal syndrome by themselves. Some of the withdrawal symptoms can aggravate the existing medical conditions.
The opioid withdrawal timeline varies on the substance taken. Any short-acting opiates such as Heroin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Tramadol, etc, Symptoms will most likely start 4-12 hours after the last dose. With any long-acting opiate such as Methadone, Subutex, or Suboxone, withdrawal symptoms will start around 30 hours after the last dose.
The following symptoms considered to be the early withdrawal symptoms and can include: Sweating, watery eyes, running nose, nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, general body pain, yawning, dysphoria, intense anxiety, elevated heart frequency, high blood pressure as well as elevated sugar levels.
The later withdrawal symptoms will start within 2-4 days of the last dose of opiates and will include: Severe opiate and drug craving, depression, severe fluctuation of blood pressure and an elevated heart rate, etc.
Depending on the specific opiate at use, as well as the general scale of medical conditions of the patient, the withdrawal symptoms can be aggravated along with a series of other complications.
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What is the Best Opioid Withdrawal & Addiction Treatment?
The ANR procedure itself lasts 4-5 hours and requires the patient to be hospitalized for 30 hours. The Treatment currently takes place at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida.
The first step is hospitalization in the ANR unit of the hospital. During this time, patients will be medically evaluated as well as undergo full laboratory screening and clinical examination to prepare the individual for treatment. The medical evaluations include the basics such as blood pressure, weight, etc; to the more complex such as electrolytes, liver functions, kidney functions, blood count and electrocardiogram, etc.
Pre-medication will be administered to patients during this period as well, to provide a comfortable transition into the treatment state. Once preparations are completed, the patient will be placed under deep sedation and will be monitored for a period of 4 to 5 hours by a staff of intensive care nurses, anesthesiologists, and Dr. Waismann himself.
During this period, the body’s opioid receptors are cleansed and blocked in an individualized manner using naltrexone. This is done only after a review and analysis of the patient’s specific receptor status, and a thorough and intense medical evaluation, which provides a procedure tailored to the individual.
This procedure only induces the withdrawal symptoms in the patient while they are sedated, allowing the patient to be cleansed of their opioid dependency without suffering the pain associated with withdrawal symptoms. This process will continue until the patient is balanced, and there is no longer a need for sedation.
The first stage of recovery begins immediately after the patient is awakened. The patient will continue to be evaluated and will be given basic recovery guidelines to adhere to. Continued adjustments to their endorphin-receptor balance can be made during this time if required.
Patients are typically asked to remain at the hospital for one or two days after treatment to be monitored during their recovery. The Patients will receive medical guidelines and are encouraged to shower, eat, and gradually start moving around the day after treatment to regain their strength, as the body continues to return to its natural rate of endorphin production. Patients are then discharged from the hospital once deemed appropriate and will be free of opioid dependence, enjoying their own balanced endorphin system without any bodily cravings
The word “addiction” stems from a term called neuroadaptation. Neuroadaptation is the body’s ability to continue to perform properly when something new, such as a drug or substance, is introduced. The body will start releasing different important chemicals in a scale to compensate for the newly introduced substance that it sees. In this case, the drug or substance we are discussing is a narcotic drug – acting opioid that you, or someone you know, used.
All individuals have a natural production of chemicals by their bodies. The chemicals that are released, also known as endorphins, is our body’s “natural opioid” and work to appropriately keep your body balanced. Endorphins are also known as “feel-good hormones” and have important effects on your body. Endorphins are your body’s natural anti-depressant, they also regulate our body’s, sleep functions, pain management, weight management, blood pressure, etc.
These “natural opioids” are naturally produced by your body when you are exposed to some type of stimuli. For example, when you exhibit feelings such as anger, depression or pain when you do physical exercise, or in this case, if you use an acting opioid.
When an individual takes any narcotic drug, endorphins are produced and will attach to a receptor. A receptor is a protein within the body that allows chemicals such as endorphins to attach to it. When the endorphin attaches to the receptor, the body will create some type of response. In this case, when endorphins are released after taking an opioid, they bind to “opioid receptors” and reduce the perception of pain.
When the opioid’s effects are gone, the endorphins will return to their baseline levels before you exposed yourself to the drug. Individuals that develop an opioid dependency will over time, start to overwhelm the body’s natural response to produce endorphins. This means, overuse of the opioid will cause an individual’s body to stop creating its natural scale of production of endorphins, while also increasing the number of receptors that the endorphins could bind to.
As an individual increases the use of an opioid, more and more receptors are produced, while fewer endorphins are naturally released.
The individual will then require greater doses of the opioid to satisfy this unregulated number of receptors. If the individual does not continue to meet this new demand, they will begin to experience unpleasant symptoms, known as “opioid withdrawals”. This means that the individual is now opioid-tolerant or dependent and will start to crave more opioids, to get the same effect from them. Unless the endorphin-receptor balance is restored.
Only the ANR Treatment, which was established by Doctor Andre Waismann, has shown to treat opioid “addiction” or dependence, by medically regulating the imbalance and treating the disorders caused within the endorphin system.
Opioid Withdrawal & Rehab Near You
Opioid withdrawal is a set of symptoms arising from the sudden withdrawal or reduction of opioids where previous usage has been heavy and prolonged. Signs and symptoms of withdrawal can include drug craving, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and an increased heart rate.
Generally, people who try to go through drug rehab, detox, or another form of a treatment center for their addiction, will most likely choose a solution that is close to their home.
Any other form of an opioid treatment center, be in rehab, detox, or addiction centers, the location of the treatment center and the distance from a person’s home can be very crucial and important. Most treatment centers require a long stay that can take weeks or months to complete. Including going and returning from the patient home to the center or facility.
With the effectiveness and the quickness of the ANR Treatment, the patient only needs a one time stay of a few days in one of our Treatment centers.
Since our US treatment center is located in Florida, people from all over Florida, as well as other states in the US, and even as far as Europe and South America come to our treatment center in Florida and are being treated within a short stay of only a few days.
This includes the 30 hours of hospitalization and an additional day in recovery in our medical center.
Opioid Withdrawal & Rehab Facility
Unlike most rehab or detox centers that often use clinics, The ANR Clinic only performs its treatments in a state-of-art intensive care unit of a qualifying hospital, with a full range of on-site medical resources.
There are ICU facilities and a dedicated unit for the procedure, with access to all the medical equipment required to treat even the most complex conditions. Many of these medical conditions no other treatment center would even consider accepting these patients for treatment. This state-of-the-art medical facility offers some of the most advanced technology available to help treat even the most complex conditions and provide a stable environment for recovery.
The 50-bed critical care hospital was completed in 2015 and implements modern technological systems such as ChartPad to help provide a thorough health record system, and Synexis’ DHP devices for environmental disinfection, to ensure the quality and effectiveness of its facility. The ANR Clinic has partnered with Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida to provide opioid drug patients with a medical center that has the most high-end medical technology available to guarantee maximum care and comfortability.
Landmark hospital has dedicated a unit specifically to be used for the ANR procedure, to help patients undergoing treatment and recovery from procedures.
Together, with the important partnership of Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida, and our 30 years of experience treating 24,000 patients, the ANR Clinic provides the most effective treatment and care available in the world today.
Thun, Switzerland – ANR Europe is currently working to solidify another state-of-the-art treatment center and to train a hand-picked medical team in the ANR procedure in scenic Thun, Switzerland. The idyllic town is located where the Aare River flows from Lake Thun, 19 miles south of Bern.
The ANR Treatment is effective for the following opioid substances:
Opioid Withdrawal - The Stigma
The negative stigma surrounding opioid drug addiction can be very challenging and cause tremendous pressure for many people or patients. There exists a negative and incorrect stigma that those who are opioid-dependent are in fact addicted and cannot get help, or they must stay at a traditional rehab center for weeks and maybe months at a time.
Some even think they must go through a long detox process with a lot of pain and suffering, or
remain dependent on withdrawal medications. Oftentimes, these patients do not have the proper support from friends and family in their struggle with addiction.
Together, all of these experiences can cause patients to feel a lot of pressure, depression and believe that they do not deserve help.
With ANR, treating opioid dependency and addiction using modern medicine is the only way to win the dependency from its core without suffering.