Advanced Medical Detox (for Opioid Addiction)
The short answer is YES. When done properly the procedure is safe. Dr. Yee has performed this procedure over 580 times and has had ZERO complications and ZERO adverse events. He is an expert, triple Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, Board-Certified Pain Management Doctor, and Board- Certified Addiction Doctor. Dr. Yee has done tens of thousands of anesthesia cases and thousands of anesthesia cases for open heart surgery.
The procedure is done using all FDA approved medications. The “main Ingredient” is Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. High doses of Naloxone are administered throughout the procedure. Naloxone is an antidote to opiates and is an opiate antagonist. This antidote knocks the opiates off the receptors in the brain and puts them back into the blood stream. Free floating in the blood stream they are filtered by the bodies natural filtering system, mainly the liver and kidneys.
The procedure works really well for short acting opiates. For people that use longer lasting opiates, (opiates with longer half lives such as Suboxone, Subutex, or Methadone), the procedure will work if they first switch to a shorter acting opiate. Patients need to consult with their pain management doctor to make this switch. For the procedure to be effective, a person needs to be off Suboxone or Subutex for 1 month and Methadone for 2 months. We have had great success when patients switch to a shorter acting opiate for 4 to 8 weeks right before doing our procedure.
This procedure is covered by many private PPO insurance policies. It is not covered my medicare, medicaid, or any of the state insurance policies. Only private insurance with out of network benefits will work. Otherwise we do have many payment options. We take Care Credit and they offer 24 month no interest financing. We also take credit cards, wires, or even crytocurrency like Bitcoin or the Opioid Recovery Coin.
Naltrexone is a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system and is used chiefly in the treatment for alcoholic and opiate addictions. It is does not take the place of active involvement in a recovery program but rather helps patient sobriety by suppressing the cravings. It has found a lot of success over the past 30 years but patients report challenges with maintaining a consistent release of the medicine into the blood stream. SoberLifeUSA eliminates that problem during recovery period.
Yes. In 1984 the Naltrexone pill was FDA approved for the treatment of opiates and later for alcohol addiction.
There is no scientific research that suggests Naltrexone is addictive nor does it ever create any kind of physical dependencies. Naltrexone does not create any type of euphoria feeling in the physiology associated with addiction.
Reported side effects have been minimal with flu like symptoms for a few days while your body becomes accustomed to the medication. Some clients have reported nausea, vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea at the beginning of treatment but is something that readily abates.
A small percentage of patients that have used alcohol / narcotics for several years, may need to take a mild antidepressant for a few months. This result’s from decreasing levels of Serotonin and Endorphine levels, whose symptoms are masked by drug use.
Naltrexone has been available in the USA for almost 30 years, and is an FDA approved medication. Cross-reactions with Naltrexone have been very limited and mostly found with Tri-Cyclic antidepressants. A majority of pain relieving type medications can be taken alongside Naltrexone. Always check with your physician and pharmacist before beginning any new medications.
A pharmaceutical compounding process is a common practice done that personalizes the medication to fit a unique need of a patient. It makes the medicine more effective and easier to take. At SoberLifeUSA, our team partners with pharmacies that adhere to strict compounding laws (both federal and state), to help formulate an appropriate dosage of the Naltrexone implant for each qualified candidate. Naltrexone implants has been used on tens of thousand of patients for several years. It is a safe and successful way to help eliminate those cravings.
No. It is a relapse preventative measure that should be taken in conjunction with recovery counseling.