Are drugs such as heroin, morphine, vicodin, methadone, demerol, oxycontin, percocet, or lortab affecting your life? Would you be interested in a safe, innovative, and effective procedure to help you with your opiate addiction?
Opioid abuse, particularly prescription painkiller abuse, has become more prevalent throughout the United States. The reasons for this are many, but the source of the initial introduction to opioids can almost always be traced back to street dealing or prescriptions from physicians who were initially treating true pain. The end result is an increased “need” for these drugs. This “need” for opioids results in an addiction with many physical, psychological, social, and economic implications. Traditional treatments for opioid addiction have usually involved prolonged withdrawal periods lasting weeks. During this time, symptoms such as back pain, insomnia, fatigue, and stomach cramps often become so severe that patients fail to complete the process. In fact, the majority of patients entering drug abuse treatment facilities never get pass the acute detoxification stage. With the introduction of alternative methods of detoxification, patients now have an option in which they are spared the conscious suffering of withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Garland Cowan and Dr. Timothy Beckett are proud to offer the revolutionary procedure known as Anesthesia Facilitated Ultra-Rapid Opioid Detoxification (AFUROD).
AFUROD, performed in several countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel, and Spain, is a procedure in which a patient may be “cleansed” of opioids while resting comfortably under general anesthesia. During the procedure itself, many drugs are given to induce acute withdrawal, while other drugs are given to prevent or reduce the side effects which commonly occur. The patient, therefore, undergoes detoxification while unaware, and awakens having bypassed a majority of the withdrawal syndrome. Performed properly, this procedure prepares a patient for immediate entry into the recovery stage of opioid abuse treatment. With proper counseling, psychotherapy, and group participation, these patients are afforded the opportunity to lead a drug free life.
We at Valley Center for Cannabis Therapy recognize the need for privacy and confidentiality once a patient has decided to take control of his/her life and pursue AFUROD. With this in mind, we have streamlined the entire process from initial encounter to discharge from the procedure facility to both minimize time away from home or work, and to reduce exposure to other individuals in the community. Followed carefully, our protocol results in a time period of one week, from initial phone call to discharge from our facilities.
Initial contact will be made by telephone with our coordinator who will collect pertinent information which is later forwarded to the physicians. The coordinator will also answer any basic questions regarding the AFUROD process, risks, and costs. Next, you will be scheduled to meet with either Dr. Beckett or Dr. Cowan for determination of candidacy. Once you have decided to undergo the procedure, a deposit is taken, and you will be scheduled to meet with a Primary Care Physician and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Specialist to determine that you are physically and psychologically able to undergo the AFUROD procedure. After information from your PCP and LADC meetings have been sent to the VCCT office, you will have a final face to face meeting with Dr. Beckett or Dr. Cowan in order to review the findings, sign all consents, pay remaining fees, and make any other final preparations for your procedure. Additionally, we will discuss dates, times, and locations of the procedure, review pre-procedural fasting and drug cessation guidelines, verify that all pre- and post-procedural prescriptions are given, and verify that all post-procedural arrangements have been made.
On the day of the procedure, you will arrive two hours early to begin preparation for AFUROD. Sedation will be given to reduce anxiety. You will then be transferred to the procedure suite, at which time general anesthesia is induced. You will be asleep for approximately 4 hours while the detoxification process takes place. After awakening, you will be transferred to the recovery area where you will be closely monitored by registered nurses who are trained in critical care, and any residual withdrawal symptoms will be treated. Once stable and able to eat, you will be discharged to the care of a friend, family, or inpatient treatment facility if already arranged.
AFUROD is only the first step towards the cessation of opioid abuse. It is like jumping into a cold swimming pool. You still have to swim to stay afloat. To this end, we encourage all patients to take advantage of the follow-up visits that are arranged with the licensed alcohol and drug counselors. In addition, we continue to make ourselves available in the form of follow-up phone calls, meetings, etc. Following discharge, we offer naltrexone, either in pill form, or as a depot injection at an added cost, to assist you in recovering from opioid abuse.
We perform our procedure exclusively at Seven Hills Surgery Center, located at 876 Seven Hills Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89052. Seven Hills Surgery Center is a state of the art ambulatory center. The center is licensed by the State of Nevada, certified by Medicare and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
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