I am always curious about how a patient finds us. A recent patient, Tony (not his real name) said he found us by searching “The easiest and fastest way to detox off opioids” and “the most painless way to get off opioids” on Google.
Tony wanted to get off opioids fast and with as little withdrawal symptoms as possible. A couple of years ago, his detox would probably have been 3 days—he believed he was using a gram or a gram and a half of heroin a day—but when fentanyl was discovered in his urine, we knew his timeline needed to change. For both his safety and comfort, the length of his outpatient detox was increased to 5 days.
A Comfortable Detox is Possible
A typical cold turkey approach to getting off opioids can last 10 days. While 3 to 5 days of a controlled, comfortable detox is much better, I am reluctant to tell an inquiring patient that our detox is easy. That being said, we do all we can to make it is the most comfortable experience possible for people desiring to get off drugs like Percocet®, Vicodin®, Fentanyl, Opana®, Roxicodone®, Dilaudid®, Methadone, Suboxone, and of course, heroin.
Past painful memories of cold turkey detox attempts kept Tony locked into continued use. He had tried kratom and subs to detox himself but just couldn’t make it last. Finally, in desperation, typing the search words into the computer, he found The Coleman Method. Tony is now an extremely satisfied customer.
I don’t want to say Tony “breezed through” his detox, but I will say, it was one of the smoothest detoxes I have worked with, and I’ve been doing this for over eleven years. We tell our patients to expect a couple of hours of relative discomfort and about 20 to 22 hours of feeling okay.
How The Coleman Method Works
Our process is to use micro-doses of naltrexone each day to displace the opioid from the receptor. The naltrexone is the quarterback on the field. As it replaces opioids on the receptor, patients are likely to experience some withdrawal symptoms.
Sometimes I suggest that patients visualize a huge boulder being pushed out of a hole and being replaced with a beautiful tree. By the end of one of our Accelerated Opioid Detoxes, a ‘forest’ of naltrexone populates the receptors, leaving no empty spaces for opioids to land.
In Tony’s case, he had never had comfort medications during a detox; five in his case. (His father, the chosen support person who stayed with him throughout the entire process, admitted he had once purchased 2 fifths of vodka to get his son through a tough detox.) Tony’s worst detox symptoms were chills and a jerking sensation in his arms and shoulders. Again, these did not last more than 2 hours, nor were they debilitating. The medication and several warm showers helped greatly with his symptoms. Plus, our staff is available 24/7 if either the patient or the support person is concerned or has questions.
Finding The Right Detox Treatment Facility
Finding a reputable place to help someone responsibly and safely get through an extremely difficult process is even more challenging.
Perhaps your search will end here, as well. While I won’t promise a painless and easy opioid detox, I do promise a highly-skilled, compassionate staff that will provide you with the safest—and likely most comfortable—opioid detox on the market. Please call if we can answer any questions.
Joan R. Shepherd FNP