State-of-the-Art Treatment for De-Addiction
State-of-the-Art Treatment for De-Addiction
State-of-the-Art Treatment for De-Addiction
State-of-the-Art Treatment for De-Addiction
Painless Treatment (depending upon the patients pain threshold):
"Once an addict decides to leave drugs irrespctive of the nature and duration of drugs total deaddiction is possible, and that too painless", and that too painless. Yes, you can get rid of your addiction irrespective of the amount and duration of intake. With modern era of medicines and with hitech medicines and techniques available deaddiction is surprisingly not a difficult process. At present we are doing detoxification with three techniques which are very modern and Hi- Tech.
1. SANR technique [Super accelerated neuron regulation] :-
The most recent and Hi-Tech technique is called SANR. All opiates can be treated with this technique. In this technique, de-addiction / detoxification is done in just 3-4 hours and it is absolutely painless. In this technique the brain cells are washed and normalized with special medicines so that within 3-4 hours complete neuro regulation takes place and the drug present in the body is completely washed out. SANR technique requires admission for one day. Fasting for 24 hours is required. Patient can take soft drinks and water during this fasting period. Detailed medical investigations are carried out and medical fitness is given by one / two physicians. Once the patient is medically fit, SANR process starts next morning and is complete within 3-4 hours. The patient is kept in the hospital overnight and the next morning he is discharged in a fit state and can resume his routine activities . After SANR, Injection or Implant is given to the patient so that there are absolutely no chances of relapse. Hypnotics can be prescribed for a few days. Stay in the hospital on an average is 3-5 days.
Frequently Asked Questions :-
- Which drugs can be treated by SANR?
- Drugs like heroin , smack , opium, dode (post) , codeine, syrups like corex & phensydryl. Lomotil, methadone dextropropoxypene capsules or tablets, tramadol , injection like norphine , morphine , fortwin etc. can be successfully treated by SANR. The above drugs are called opiates.
- What is done in SANR?
- In SANR patient is given short term anesthesia and opiate antagonists are given in a high dose to displace the the opiates from the receptors and a physical withdrawl is produced. The patient is not aware of any physical withdrawl and within a few hours complete physical dependance to opiates is terminated. The drug is excreted out completely.
- What is the success rate of SANR?
- SANR is a very effective mode of deaddiction and offers a success rate of 100% .
- How long is the SANR procedure?
- SANR is a very short procedure and complete detoxification takes place in 4-5 hours.
- Is SANR painfull?
- SANR is completely painless and during the process the patient does not feel any discomfort.
- What are the risks and side effects of SANR?
- Side effects in SANR procedure are nil, complications of anesthesia are minimal in expert hands.
- Are there any post SANR complications ?
- No , there are no post SANR complications .In some patients mild symptoms like nausea, vomiting, loose motions, restlessness , feeling of cold & tiredness & decrease in appetite. This may continue for a few hours to 1/2 days.
- Can SANR prevent relapse to opiates?
- After SANR patients can immediately tolerate opiate receptor blocking drugs which otherwise requires 2-3 weeks . Once the SANR is complete , the patient is put on regular dose of naltrexone (F.D.A. USA approved) for several months . This eliminates the craving for opiates and at the same time it blocks the effect of opiates if used again by the patient , thus ensuring that there is no relapse.In a good percentage of cases any attempt to take opiates again will produce a painful reaction which continues for 12-24 hours doing which the patient experinces severe body pains, loose motions, restlessness etc. which require immediate treatment.
- Are there any diet restrictions or precautions after SANR?
- NIL, except that light food should be taken on the day of SANR
- Then can I opt for SANR?
- Yes , contact
DR. MANJEET SAINI (M.D.)
(Consultant Neuropsychiatrist & De-Addiction Expert)
C/O SAINI Neuropsychiatry & De-Addiction Hospital
421-L Mall Road, Model Town Jalandhar Punjab India.
Phone (H):- +91-181-227 7833, 500 8421
Mobile:- +91-98140-64216, 99880-37550
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2. SAT technique [Simplified American Technique :-
This is our traditional technique. All you need is desire to leave drugs with no dietary or work restrictions and a smooth detoxification takes place. Indoor admission for the first 3-4 days with associated counselling and treatment of any associated medical problem is preferred. Treatment may continue for a few days at home. Normalization of the brain activity is done by various procedures/ techniques, which includes cerebral stimulation and medicine. After deaddiction is complete a specific medicine is given to the patients, so that there is no urge and relapse is prevented.
What is expected from the patient and his family is cooperation and congenial environment for the patient so as to develop a strong will power and faith in the patient that he can have a better life without drugs and still can command the same love and respect in his family.
3. M-SAT (Modified SAT - Home Detox) :-
The third method of treatment of drugs is M-SAT. This is on out patient basis and no admission is required. Various investigations are carried out and then the treatment is started and the patient is sent home after 2-3 hours. Patient continues his treatment at home and can carry out all routine activities as usual. This again is a almost painless (depending upon the patients pain threshold) treatment and is effective in almost all types of addictions. Those patients who are heavy addicts or chronic addicts may be subjected to the other two treatments i.e SAT & SANR
SANR, SAT, M-SAT are complemented with expert counselling techniques. Counselling is very effective with addicts to boost their morale and will power. It helps train them to lead, a drug free healthy life and become an important part of the society. Counselling of both the addict and his/her spouse and family is done at our centre.
The M-SAT treatment can be done without admission & the facility for online availability of medicine is also there, but prior to the beginning of treatment the patient must give all details of his
- 1. Nature of drug used
- 2. Duration of use
- 3. Amount of drug used per day.
- 4. Frequency of drug used per day.
- 5. Underlying Medical illnesses, if any
These details can be sent
Postal Address :
Dr. Manjeet Saini Hospital,
421-L Mall Road, Model Town, Jalandhar - 144003, Punjab, India
Naltrexone Treatment :
Once the Detox is complete, Naltrexone is given to the patient under medical Supervision to prevent relapse to Opiates. Naltrexone can be given in the form of Oral Tablets or Implants.
* Oral tablets: To be taken once a day with water.
* Injections : To be given I.M once a month.
* Implants : To be inserted below the skin. Available for 3 months, 6Months, 10 Months
What is Naltrexone and how does it work?
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of opioid dependence. Naltrexone works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and therefore, eliminating the effects of heroin, methadone, morphine and other opiates. The effect of Naltrexone is to block the part of your brain that feels pleasure when you use narcotics. Naltrexone does not make you feel sick if take drugs while taking it, but makes it impossible to get high.
Numerous problems with the disciplined reception of Naltrexone tablets have forced scientists to search for new approaches in relapse protection.
The solution became different forms of Naltrexone implant. Once inserted under the skin or muscle Naltrexone implant blocks the effects of heroin, methadone, morphine and other opiates. They gradually release their medication into the blood stream just as if the patient was taking their Naltrexone tablets every day for weeks even months. The opioid receptors are blocked making effect of heroin or other opiates impossible.
Naltrexone depot looks like white or light grey cylinders, balls or tablets in a sterile pre-loaded syringe. Different types of Neltrexone implants (Naltrexone pellets) contain from 500mg of Naltrexone and more. It actively provides relapse protection from 2 up to 12 months.
Small surgical intervention is performed with local anesthesia. It is inserted through a 2-3cm incision in the lower abdomen or at the back of the upper arm. The Naltrexone depot is inserted under the skin or muscle.
Naltrexone is also available in injection form. It is given once in a month for 3-6 months.
- Makes relapse protection more effective than Naltrexone in tablets does since taking medicines on daily basis is not required
- Avoids the need to supervise Naltrexone administration and the conflicts it can cause
- Makes it impossible to 'forget' or to change one’s mind to take Naltrexone pill
- Less Naltrexone quantities are required because of stomach and liver transit is excluded
- Probably reduces craving even more than oral Naltrexone because the patient’s motivation struggle is over with the Naltrexone depot intervention
- Patient is constantly aware of the implant under the skin and is psychologically aware of the protection against of drugs, he feels more peaceful and confident.
- Involves minor surgery and a small scar with temporary tenderness and bruises.
- Occasional local inflammation or rejection reaction of implant site, usually responding to antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Occasional implant dissolve completely after several months, the lump dissipates slowly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Naltrexone
- What is naltrexone?
- Naltrexone is a medication that blocks the effects of drugs known as opioids (a class that includes morphine, heroin or codeine). It competes with these drugs for opioid receptors in the brain. It was originally used to treat dependence on opioid drugs but has recently been approved by the FDA as treatment for alcoholism. In clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of naltrexone, patients who received naltrexone were twice as successful in remaining abstinent and in avoiding relapse as patients who received placebo-an inactive pill.
- Why does naltrexone help for alcoholism?
- While the precise mechanism of action for naltrexone's effect is unknown, reports from successfully treated patients suggest three kinds of effects. First, naltrexone can reduce craving, which is the urge or desire to drink. Second, naltrexone helps patients remain abstinent. Third, naltrexone can interfere with the tendency to want to drink more if a recovering patient slips and has a drink.
- Does this mean that naltrexone will "sober me up" if I drink?
- No, naltrexone does not reduce the effects of alcohol that impair coordination and judgement.
- If I take naltrexone, does it mean that I don't need other treatment for alcoholism?
- No, naltrexone is only one component of a program of treatment for alcoholism including counseling, help with associated psychological and social problems and participation in self-help groups. In both studies where naltrexone \was shown to be effective, it was combined with treatment from professional psychotherapists.
- How long does naltrexone take to work?
- Naltrexone's effects on blocking opioids occurs shortly after taking the first dose. Findings to date suggest that the effects of naltrexone in helping patients remain abstinent and avoid relapse to alcohol use also occur early.
- Are there some people who should not take naltrexone?
- Naltrexone should not be used with pregnant women, individuals with severe liver or kidney damage or with patients who cannot achieve abstinence for at least 5 days prior to initiating medications. Also, people who are dependent on opioid drugs, like heroin or morphine must stop their drug use at least 7 days prior to starting naltrexone.
- What does it feel like to be on naltrexone?
- Aside from side effects, which are usually short-lived and mild, patients usually report that they are largely unaware of being on medications. Naltrexone usually has no psychological effects and patients don't feel either "high" or "down" while they are on naltrexone. It is not addicting. While it does seem to reduce alcohol craving, it does not interfere with the experience of other types of pleasure.
- What are the side effects of naltrexone?
- In the largest study, the most common side effect of naltrexone affected only a small minority of people and included the following: nausea (10%), headache (7%), dizziness (4%), fatigue (4%), insomnia (3%), anxiety (2%), and sleepiness (2%). These side effects were usually mild and of short duration. As treatment for alcoholism, naltrexone side effects, predominantly nausea, have been se vere enough to discontinue the medication in 5-10% of the patients starting it. For most other patients side effects are mild or of brief duration. One serious possibility is that naltrexone can have toxic effects on the liver. Blood tests of liver function are performed prior to the onset of treatment and periodically during treatment to determine whether naltrexone should be started and whether it should be discontinued if the relatively rare side effect of liver toxicity is taking place.
- Do I need to get blood tests while I'm on naltrexone? How often?
- To ensure that naltrexone treatment is safe, blood tests should be obtained prior to initial treatment. Following that, retesting generally occurs at monthly intervals for the first three months, with less frequent testing after that point. More frequent testing may be requested depending on the health of your liver prior to beginning treatment. Blood tests are needed to make sure that liver function is adequate prior to taking naltrexone and to evaluate whether naltrexone is having adverse effects on the liver.
- Can I take other medications with naltrexone?
- The major active effect of naltrexone is on opioid drugs, which is one class of drugs used primarily to treat pain but is also found in some prescription cough preparations. Naltrexone will block the effect of normal doses of this type of drug. There are many non-narcotic pain relievers that can be used effectively while you are on naltrexone. Otherwise, naltrexone is likely to have little impact on other medications patients commonly use such as antibiotics, non-opioid analgesics (e.g., aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen), and allergy medications. You should inform your physician of whatever medication you are currently taking so that possible interactions can be evaluated. Because naltrexone is broken down by the liver, other medications that can affect liver function may affect the dose of naltrexone.
- Will I get sick If I drink while on naltrexone?
- No. Naltrexone may reduce the feeling of intoxication and the desire to drink more, but it will not cause a severe physical response to drinking.
- Will I get sick If I stop naltrexone suddenly?
- Naltrexone does not cause physical dependence and it can be stopped at any time without withdrawal symptoms. In addition, available findings regarding cessation do not show a "rebound" effect to resume alcohol use when naltrexone is discontinued.
- What should I do If I need an operation or pain medication?
- You should carry a card explaining that you are on naltrexone and that also instructs physicians on pain management. Many pain medications that are not opioids are available for use. If you are going to have elective surgery, naltrexone should be discontinued at least 72 hours beforehand.
- What Is the relationship of naltrexone to AA?
- There is no contradiction between participation in AA and taking naltrexone. Naltrexone is not addictive and does not produce any "high" or pleasant effects. It can contribute to achievement of an abstinence goal by reducing the craving or compulsion to drink, particularly during early phases of recovery. It is most likely to be effective when the patient's goal is to stop drinking altogether.
- How long should I stay on naltrexone?
- If naltrexone is tolerated and the patient is successful in reducing or stopping drinking, the recommended initial course of treatment is 3 months. At that time the patient and clinical staff should evaluate the need for further treatment on the basis of degree of improvement, degree of continued concerns about relapse and level of improvement in areas of functioning other than alcohol use.