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Published Article #1

Theory From Clinical Experience in Rapid Detox

By Thomas C. Yee, MD
November 17th, 2009
Medical Director
Board-Certified Anesthesiologist (1994) and Board-Certified Pain Management (1997)
Las Vegas Rapid Detox Medical Clinic
(800) 276-7021

How does rapid detox work? Why does rapid detox work? From personally performing hundreds of rapid detox procedures successfully, this writer has continuously modified and improved on not just the practical clinical protocol but also a theoretical understanding of opiate addiction and rapid drug detox. We know it works, but why does it work. From a scientific curiosity, we search for a theoretical basis for our practical clinical success.

Imagine a heroin addict trying to quit cold-turkey style. If he can hang in there for 8 days, by the grace of God and with super-human willpower, overcoming the insufferable physical withdrawal, then he will have successfully quit the initial phase of addiction. He will have overcome the physical addiction. Much psychological work needs to be done by him and hopefully his counselors to beat back the mental craving.

What if we can keep this hypothetical heroin addict asleep for the 8 days? It is reasonable to assume that he would wake up from the sleep feeling free of physical addiction to opiates, feeling no physical withdrawal. What if we can use certain medications and technology to shorten this time period from 8 days to 8 hours? That is rapid detox as being performed in this clinic.

Rapid detox is not black magic. It is accelerated removal of opiates from both the opiate receptors and from the body's blood circulation. In accomplishing the first part, removal from the receptors, it only takes minutes. In accomplishing the second part, removal of opiates from the body's circulation, the body's own kidneys and liver need time; these organs need between 4 to 8 hours to eliminate the opiates from the body. That is why we need to keep the treatment going under anesthesia for at least 8 hours. Otherwise, waking the patient early will result in a patient feeling massive withdrawal.

In the body of an opiate addict, the opiate receptors in the brain, the spinal cord and the gastrointestinal tract are like spoiled children addicted to having a lollipop constantly in their mouths. Imagine a daycare center with 100 such kids. Conventional quitting approach is akin to taking away the lollipop from one child at a time, compelling the child to throw a crying temper tantrum fit for 3 hours. At the end of 3 hours, the crying becomes a whimper and finally stops because the child begins to realize that tantrum will not bring back the lollipop; he begins to adapt to a life without lollipop. One child at a time, we are looking at 300 hours of crying temper tantrum. In rapid detox, as we do it, we would yank out all 100 lollipops at the same time, producing an earth-shaking collective temper tantrum. At the end of 3 hours, however, all 100 children begin to pipe down and reluctantly begin to adapt.

We have observed this in the hundreds of patients we detox. Since our procedure lasts 8 hours, we get to observe the amazing transformation every time. Initially, when the naloxone first enters the blood stream of the patient, he would instantly react under anesthesia, by various involuntary movement of the hands, feet, sneezing, yawning, twitches, etc. Soon, depending on the depth or dosage of the opiate preexisting opiate addiction, the patient would calm down, exhibiting less and less involuntary movement. Invariably, after between 20 minutes to 3 hours, all movements cease except for regular breathing motions. This appears to be a manifestation of the child-like opiate receptors, after throwing temper tantrum, finally giving up and beginning to adapt to a opiate-free brave new world. When the patient wakes up after 8 hours of treatment, he is free of the physical withdrawal and the bulk of physical addiction.

Case after case, patient after patient, we have observed this phenomenon. Opiate receptors do adapt, as long as we take away nearly all opiate in the body. If the residual opiates molecules are in enough quantity to reoccupy certain critical proportion of the overall population of the opiate receptors, then the patient would manifest withdrawal reactions again. We have seen this in those patients who have chronically injected heroin into muscles producing scarred-in pockets of heroin. After rapid detox, when they massage those muscles, they would feel physical withdrawal.

In general patients report little or no physical withdrawal after rapid detox, and can move on with their lives undergoing the very important psychological counseling afterwards without any need for Naltrexone. We have also observed that after patients awaken from anesthesia, if we inject additional naloxone or give patients Naltrexone pill too soon afterwards, they sometimes report feeling of residual physical withdrawal. While if we hold off Naltrexone pill for 10 days after rapid detox,

The patients do not report feeling residual physical withdrawal. So what does this tell us?

This suggests that after rapid detox, if we do nothing to further irritate the receptors, not giving them opiates, nor challenging them again soon with naloxone, patients tend to feel no physical withdrawal or physical craving for opiates. This also suggests that the opiate receptors, when viewed as a population of receptors, exhibit group behaviors different from individual receptors' behaviors. Hypothetically, if say 60 percent or more of all receptors are binding to opiate molecules, then there is no feeling of withdrawal. If between 10 and 60 % of receptors are binding to opiates, then there is feeling of withdrawal. If less than 10% of receptors are binding to opiates, then also there is no feeling of withdrawal. Within this small minority of receptors, about 10 % or less, if there is active displacement of opiates by naloxone or naltrexone, then the patient would feel moderate physical withdrawal. If this small minority, over the following days, gradually loses the opiate molecules through natural dissociation and metabolism, then there is no feeling of withdrawal.

Perhaps, in conclusion, both the speed of losing opiate molecules from receptors and the overall percentage of opiate-bound receptors contribute to the physical withdrawal and the physical craving in opiate addiction. Also, in conclusion, back to our original example, if a heroin addict could sleep for 8 days straight under adequate anesthesia, then he would be free from physical addiction. By shortening a heroin addict's cold-turkey quitting torture from 8 days to 8 hours, still keeping him asleep under anesthesia, we have arrived at a practical technique of rapid detox. Our understanding and the proper formulation of the theory behind this success is now beginning to grow.

Published Article #2

What is Rapid Detox? How Can It Be Done More Safely?

By Thomas Yee, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Medical Director of Las Vegas Rapid Detox Center

What is Opioid Withdrawal?

The withdrawal syndrome is what holds people back from quitting addiction to narcotics or opioids. It is not that a person addicted to Oxy-Contin or Heroin not desiring a life without opioid drugs, rather it is the painful withdrawal syndrome that makes them so apprehensive that they refrain from trying. The syndrome resembles an extremely severe case of the flu, and uncontrollable tearing, nasal discharge, yawning, sneezing, anorexia, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, itch, and aches. For patients who are debilitated or dehydrated, there could be serious complications.

What is Rapid Detox?

Traditionally, without the help of any medications to temper the effect of opioid withdrawal, patients go through an extremely difficult 5 to 6 days of withdrawal when they try to quit narcotics "cold-turkey" fashion. The extreme discomfort prompts most patients to give up before the can quit the addiction. By some definition, "oral medication rapid detox" is a 3 to 5 day course treatment using primarily pills, such as Clonidine and Naltrexone. Patients still experience significant opioid withdrawal. Ultra Rapid Detox, also known as Rapid Detox, actually is a one day treatment where patients receive intravenous naloxone medication under deep sedation or general anesthesia. Essentially, Rapid Detox concentrates 6 days of narcotic withdrawal into 10 hours. The discomfort would be too great for an awake patient to bear, thus the general anesthesia. The advantage is that patients wake up from the anesthesia and the Naloxone intravenous infusion, with most of the physical component of the addiction eliminated.

Possible complications for the true Rapid Detox or Ultra Rapid Detox:

Rapid heart rate, hypertension, diarrhea, aspiration, pulmonary edema, and post-procedure feeling of exhaustion lasting 7 to 10 days.

Prevention of complications related to Rapid Detox:

In order to prevent the complications related to rapid detox, it is imperative that the procedure be performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist with more than 10 year experience in giving general anesthesia to patients with multiple medical problems. Also the doctor should have more than 10 year experience in pain management with knowledge of narcotic medications and their effects.

Treatment of post rapid detox exhaustion:

Intra-muscular injection of vitamin B12 and other B vitamin would offer a longer term effect in reducing the subjective feeling of exhaustion. Vitamin B and C complex pills, taken 3 times a day, are also recommended. Further, Green Tea Extract pills are recommended to patients. In addition, daily exercise, hot-shower, hot-bath, rich meals are highly recommended for the 2 weeks following rapid detox.

Conclusion:

Rapid Detox (Ultra Rapid Detox) can be performed with high degree of safety if it were conducted by physicians who are board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine with more than 10 year of experience in each. The complications are related to general anesthesia and magnified opioid withdrawal, as well as the medication Naloxone. Only experienced anesthesiologists who are used to dealing with sick patients undergoing long courses of general anesthesia and ICU patients should perform the procedure. Further, the post-treatment feeling of exhaustion experienced by patients can be reduced with a few simple techniques.

Published Article #3

Longer is Not Easier, but Better, in Rapid Detox under Anesthesia

By Thomas C. Yee, MD
November 3rd, 2009
Medical Director
Board-Certified Anesthesiologist (1994) and Board-Certified Pain Management (1997)
Las Vegas Rapid Detox Medical Clinic
(800) 276-7021

Who needs rapid detox? Why do we do rapid detox? Why does it have to last at least six to eight hours under anesthesia while the patient receives the antidote to opiates intravenously? Why not just do it for one hour or two? Why not give the patient Suboxone and declare the rapid detox a success and send the patient home after one hour?

People who are addicted to opiates, be it heroin, vicodin, oxycontin, Percocet, methadone, suboxone, etc, and cannot quit the addiction on their own and cannot tolerate the physical withdrawal come to us for rapid detox procedure. Not every doctor is qualified to do rapid detox. Only very experienced and board-certified anesthesiologists are also board-certified in pain management should attempt performing rapid detox. Not every pilot is qualified to fly 747 airliners. Not every doctor should be allowed to perform rapid detox.

Our protocol has the patient receive high dose Naloxone (Narcan), the antidote to opiates, intravenously while the patients sleep under anesthesia, for a total of close to eight hours. Some other rapid detox facilities only have the patient sleep for one hour. This difference begs the question: where does the opiate drug go once it has been pushed out of the opiate receptors in the brain by Naloxone? It does not spontaneously disintegrate. Pharmacology teaches us that drugs have certain half-lives, time it takes the body to clear or remove half of the amount of that drug in the body. For the liver and kidneys to remove the heroin or other opiates from the blood circulation, once it has been pushed out of the brain by Naloxone, many hours are needed. This elimination metabolic process cannot be sped up easily. At a rapid detox center that only puts the patient under anesthesia for one hour, they are setting the patient up to wake up in the middle of massive physical withdrawal. Or they give the patient Suboxone, another powerful opiate, to reduce the withdrawal, but further condemning the patient to long term addiction to Suboxone, instead of the original opiate the patient was addicted to.

Only Naloxone (Narcan, Naltrexone) are antidote to opiates, capable of displacing opiate molecules from the opiate receptors in the brain, in the spinal cord, and in the gastrointestinal tract. Not using enough Naloxone for long enough period to allow the maximum of opiate molecules to be removed not just from the brain but from the whole body altogether, through the liver and kidneys, is not adequate detox. Instead of waking up practically free of physical withdrawal and physical craving for opiates, the patients would wake up feeling severe withdrawal. It is technically more challenging to keep the patients asleep for longer periods, but that is precisely why in our clinic the experienced board-certified anesthesiologist stays with that one single patient continuously for eight hours, to ensure safety and comfort of the patient.

The lay person often asks: "Isn't eight hours of anesthesia dangerous?" That is similar to asking: "Isn't it dangerous to fly in a Boeing 747 across the ocean for twelve hours?" The danger is reduced to an acceptable when you have highly trained professionals willing to attend to the patient or passenger, physically attending to their safety and wellbeing, without distraction, for the entire duration. Without an experienced pilot at the helm, even one hour flying in a Boeing 747 would be risky. With an experienced pilot, flying cross-ocean on trips lasting 12 to 14 hours becomes safe.

One hour under anesthesia for rapid detox is not enough, leaving patient waking up in massive withdrawal. Perhaps that is why there are horror stories on internet about "rapid detox." When it comes to rapid detox under anesthesia, longer duration is not easier on the doctor and staff performing the procedure, but it is better for the patient.

Published Article #4

Comparing Apples to Oranges; Rapid Detox Treatments at Different Centers are Not the Same

By Thomas C. Yee, MD
September 7th, 2009
Medical Director
Board-Certified Anesthesiologist (1994) and Board-Certified Pain Management (1997)
Las Vegas Rapid Detox Medical Clinic
(800) 276-7021

Studies published by psychiatrists claiming either the excessive danger or ineffectiveness related to "rapid detox" or "ultra rapid detox" procedures have often ignored 3 salient points in the grand discussion of helping people quit opiate addiction. These missed points of comprehension are:

(1) Rapid Detox is an anesthesia procedure and should be performed and evaluated by well-trained, expert-caliber, board-certified anesthesiologists, not by psychiatrists. When psychiatrists evaluate the safety of a complex anesthesia procedure such as Rapid Detox, they lack the expertise to properly evaluate the risks and benefits associated with the procedure. A family practice doctor is not the right person to evaluate the safety and efficacy of neurosurgery. A psychiatrist or psychologist is not the right person to evaluate the safety of an anesthesia procedure.

(2) Rapid Detox is not a replacement for psycho-therapy, substance-abuse rehab, counseling or 12-step group therapy. Rather, it is merely the first step in the long journey of recovery for an opiate drug addict. When done properly, it obviates the pain and physical suffering attendant to withdrawal, and delivers the patient, free from physical addiction or withdrawal, to the mental health professional's office for the necessary and integral 6 to 12 months of follow-up therapy to repair the psychological and social facets of the patient's overall addiction problem. Rapid Detox ideally should increase the patient flow to all mental health professionals who help treat addiction problems because it will bring forth those potential patients who are too afraid to go through the gate of hell of physical withdrawal before reaching the temple of successful psychotherapy. Psychiatrists need not fear that Rapid Detox will one day rob them of the patients who now attend rehab centers.

(3) Rapid Detox is not standardized. What exactly happens in the treatment rooms of various rapid detox centers might be wildly different. The techniques, the medications, the personnel, the monitors, the treatment duration and expertise are vastly different from center to center. In our rapid detox procedure, these features set us apart from many other centers:

[A] We are located in a major, full-service hospital that is the top hospital in Las Vegas for cardiovascular diseases and surgeries. Hospitals come in many different grades and flavors; Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas is a major hospital with great reputation. The long-time Las Vegas residents know it as "The Heart Hospital."

[B] Patients undergo 8 to 10 hours of anesthesia while receiving high-dose Nalaxone; this is longer than any other center in the country. It is done so because the opiate molecules, once displaced from the opiate receptors, do not spontaneously disappear. They need to be eliminated from the blood stream by the liver and the kidneys. That process takes time. The 8 to 10 hours are the shortest necessary duration to achieve adequate of the opiate molecules from the systemic circulation.

[C] Continuous one-on-one to three-on-one care. During the 48 hours in the intensive care level stay in the hospital, our rapid detox patients never have fewer than one-to-one care. This instant bed-side immediate human responsiveness to any need or complaint of the individual patient gives great psychological comfort to a patient in the emotional vulnerable post-detox period.

[D] We pretend it is an open-heart surgery level of anesthesia procedure, deserving that high level of monitoring and continuous one-on-one attention by expert anesthesiologist for the whole 8 to 10 hours. Our expert anesthesiologist does not administer the treatment to more than one patient at a time or hand over the care to a nurse once the anesthesia has been initiated; he stays with that one single patient for the whole 8 to 10 hours, with a nurse or anesthesia tech also present.

Published Article #5

A Different Beast: Intramuscular Heroin Users Meet Rapid Detox

By Thomas C. Yee, MD
October 3rd, 2009
Medical Director
Board-Certified Anesthesiologist (1994) and Board-Certified Pain Management (1997)
Las Vegas Rapid Detox Medical Clinic
(800) 276-7021

Whenever we get a patient in our rapid detox clinic that has injected heroin into the muscles in the thighs, legs, buttocks and arms for long duration, we know we are facing a different and more ferocious beast. If you palpate, touch these areas, you would feel numerous hard knobs of deep scar tissues, result of thousands of un-sterile injections of dirty heroin. They have resorted to injecting straight into the muscles because they had run out of veins to inject; these are long-term hard-core heroin users.

Realizing these hard, knobby, scarred muscles constitute a large reservoir of yet un-absorbed heroin is the key to helping these patients start on the road of recovery from multi-year heroin addiction. Even if such patients stop using heroin today, they might have enough heroin trapped in the scar tissues of the leg and buttock muscles that would leak out into the blood stream, erratically, and unpredictably over the following weeks or even months. How do you do rapid detox on someone whose heroin is not within reach of the detox medications? When Naloxone, the antidote to all opioids, can only remove heroin when it is attached to the opioid receptors in the brain, the spinal cord and the gastro-intestinal tract, how can you eliminate the heroin that is not attached to the receptors, but rather is hiding in the hard-to-reach muscle scar pockets?

Perhaps the answer is that you should take your time. For these patients, rapid detox truly is only the first step. They need to stay in a residential rehab center for 30 to 60 days, following the type of 8 hour-long rapid detox under anesthesia. They will definitely still feel both physical and psychological withdrawal after the rapid detox, as opposed to the other opioid-addicted patients who feel very little physical withdrawal after rapid detox. After rapid detox, for these patients, we simply have to immediately start higher intensity oral medication treatment for the next 30 to 45 days. Rapid detox serves only as the initiator of the overall treatment. As the heroin slowly leaks out from the scar tissue in the muscles, they will feel more withdrawal. When that happens, the treatment is intense oral medications and supportive psycho-therapy in a residential rehab setting.

These patients are the hardest to detox and rehab, right up there with Methadone and Suboxone addicts, due to the fact that all three: intramuscular heroin reservoir, Methadone and Suboxone hide in the body tissues extensively. Because they hide, therefore they are difficult to be detoxed rapidly. But paradoxically, without rapid detox as an initiator or the long term addiction recovery treatment, these addicts won't even try to quit, because they know how difficult it is to quit.

It's much harder to quit intramuscular heroin than to quit intravenous heroin addiction. It's much harder to quit Suboxone than to quit heroin. It is much harder to quit Methadone than to quit heroin. Ironic, but true.

Intramuscular injection of heroin, over long-term, makes the addict a different beast to detox and rehab. The patients need to know that up-front. Regardless of the hardship, at least rapid-detox is a quick way to get started, removing the first 8 days of withdrawal hardship. It is just that when an intravenous heroin user might have faced 10 days of withdrawal had he decided to quit cold-turkey style on his own, an intramuscular heroin user would face 40 days, a Methadone user would face 60 days, and a Suboxone addict would face 25 days. Rapid Detox, as we perform it in helping patients quit, is not black magic; but it does take away the first 8 days of withdrawal hardship in just 8 hours under anesthesia.

Published Article #6

Clinical Experience in Treating Patients Addicted to Methadone Using Rapid Detox Technique

Methadone has a half-life of up to 8 days in the human body. When subjected to the routine rapid detox procedure, the patients' opiate receptors (mu receptors) in the brain, the spinal cord and the gastro-intestinal tract are quickly occupied by naloxone molecules, displacing the methadone molecules. The problem is that after the rapid detox process, the naloxone molecules themselves would leave the opiate receptors and be metabolized. Methadone molecules stored in the fatty tissue of the body are then free to re-occupy the opiate receptors, producing prolonged opiate withdrawal and craving for opiates.

There are two strategies to rapid detox methadone. One is to have the patients stop methadone 7 weeks before the detox, and switch to other shorter-lasting narcotics for that period. The other way is to immediately start the patients on Naltrexone oral treatment after intravenous rapid detox. The latter technique can produce worse residual withdrawal symptoms. The former, naturally, would require longer commitment from the patient, making two visits to the detox center, but entails much less hardship after detox.

Detox Treatment

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Drug Detox

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Drug Rehab Centers

Patient safety and comfort are the top priorities at the Las Vegas Rapid Detox Medical Clinic. Our rapid detox procedure is performed by a double board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, Dr. Thomas Yee, MD. Along with his assistants, he is dedicated to taking care of just one patient for the entire forty-eight hour hospital stay. This means you are always his top priority throughout your treatment.

Dr. Yee is an expert anesthesiologist certified by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is licensed in Nevada, California, and New York and has been in practice since 1989. Since 1990, he has provided anesthesia care to open heart surgery patients. His practice in both the cardiac anesthesia and pain management fields led to his development of our signature rapid detox technique.

Our drug rehab center offers a withdrawal-free solution for motivated clients who are committed to ending their narcotic addiction. The rapid detox technique can significantly reduce the physical aspects of addiction. You are put under anesthesia for eight hours while you undergo the advanced rapid detoxification so that you do not experience the intense pain of withdrawal. While you are asleep, you are monitored with state-of-the-art equipment to ensure proper brain and vital organ function and that the right amount of anesthesia has been administered. Once you wake up, most of the effects of physical addiction and the opiate withdrawal have been eliminated.

The eight hours of sleep are equal to the patient having to endure eight days of cold Turkey quitting. We are the only drug rehab center in the country to provide continuous, one-on-one or three-on-one patient care during the entire 48 hour hospital stay.

If patients are flying into Las Vegas, our facility can arrange for a driver to meet them at the airport and bring them to the clinic. The first day at the drug rehab center will include an interview with the medical director and a physical examination. We will then administer preparation medicines. On the second day, patients undergo the rapid detox procedure for eight hours under anesthesia. There will be a two hour recovery period under the anesthesiologist's observation, as well as careful monitoring by our nursing staff throughout the rest of the day. On the third day, the patients continue to receive nursing care and monitoring. Any signs of residual withdrawal will be treated with medications. At the end of the day, when stable, the patient is discharged.

Although our rapid detox procedure can effectively treat the physical component of addiction, the patient must overcome the psychological and social influences behind their problem as well. In order for our patients to work on the other factors behind addiction, we refer them to the Solutions Recovery in Las Vegas. Patients may find that this part of the recovery may be covered by health insurance.

Contact us for more information on our rapid detoxification technique. We proudly serve clients at our clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.