Why Did We Replace Ultra Rapid Detoxification With The Coleman Method for Outpatient Detox?

What is Ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification (URD or UROD)?

In the 1980s, the opioid crisis was quickly becoming an epidemic. The number of opiate prescriptions written and overdose-related deaths were rising fast. During this time, the need for a treatment to help those suffering from Substance Use Disorder became clear, and the Ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification was developed.

URD was considered the next iteration of older, methadone-based detox methods that had little scientific foundation. During Ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification, patients are put under general anesthesia and given medications to remove opiates from the brain’s receptors. The medications trigger withdrawal that is compressed into just a few hours, rather than days or even weeks if going cold-turkey on their own. The anesthesia keeps the patient from feeling and mentally processing the painful and draining withdrawal symptoms.

While it may seem advantageous to experience withdrawal under anesthesia, it can be significantly taxing on the patient’s body, and even fatal.

There are some addiction treatment centers and medical facilities that continue to perform URD, but they are doing so in specific situations, with the risk well-understood by the patient.


Why We No Longer Do Ultra-Rapid Detoxification

As medicine and science have evolved and uncovered new information, so has our approach. Dr. Peter Coleman, National Medical Director and founder of The Coleman Network, Coleman Addiction Medicine, and the Coleman Institute ended URDs in his medical practice 20 years ago.

The Coleman Method, also known as Accelerated Detox, was created to provide our patients with a better, safer, and more affordable detox, completed in an outpatient setting. This method has been performed thousands of times since its inception in 2001 and has been proven to be successful without all of the added risks of URD.

Patients of our Accelerated Detox using The Coleman Method report experiences that are significantly less traumatic and vastly more comfortable than URD.

Why is the Accelerated Detox Technique Better Than URD?

At The Coleman Network, we approach all of our detox treatments with a patient-first mindset. Our Accelerated Detox using The Coleman Method can be completed in as few as 3 days in an outpatient setting and has a 98% completion rate. This is largely due to our process including customized comfort medications, and Naltrexone Therapy to prevent relapse.

Our patients prefer our Accelerated Detox process over URD because it does not require anesthesia and expensive hospital stays that interrupt daily responsibilities such as family and jobs. Because of this, The Coleman Method is often more affordable and more comfortable.

To learn more about The Coleman Network and our detox process, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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