Although treatment with naltrexone is a fairly novel approach to
addiction, I did locate a few avenues of investigation in the Los
Angeles area. Also included are some background articles that should
answer all your questions regarding pills versus pellet implantation.
This treatment method is not without risks so a few news items on the
drug's safety concerns are also listed. Please check with your
healthcare professional for any additional advice before embarking on
any treatment regimen.
"Narcotic dependence is a medical condition that has a limited success
rate with current treatments. Even URD relapse rates are high.
Naltrexone is an opiate blocking drug that blocks the effect of all
narcotics and helps to improve success rates. However, when it is
taken orally it is often ineffective because patients either forget or
refuse to take their medicine. In order to improve these results, we
are using a specially compounded formulation of Naltrexone that is
placed under the skin and slowly released over a 6-10 week period.
The pellet has been used by over 3,000 patients worldwide and no major
problems have been encountered. In fact, a preliminary report from Dr.
Colin Brewer in London has found that an Ultra-Rapid Detoxification
combined with use of the Naltrexone pellets produces a 100% success
rate at six weeks and a 79% success rate at three months. I am also
implanting these pellets in patients who have already been detoxed.
It guarantees success for the first 6-10 weeks and gives the patients
an opportunity to start working their recovery program."
Pros/Cons of Naltrexone Treatment:
Consent Form for Naltrexone Pellet:
Safety Concern Issues Regarding Naltrexone Treatment:
Background Information on UROD:
Los Angeles Area Contacts
1. Centinela Hospital and Medical Center:
"If you are really scared or do not think you can the above types of
things, there are various programs that will assist you in the weaning
process. If you are looking to wean off narcotics quickly, the best
program we know is called Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification (UROD) and
is located at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. In
this program, you are detoxified from the narcotics in a 24-hour
period, by being anesthetized in the hospital. This is then followed
by a comprehensive counseling program.
To obtain further information on this program, please contact the
Center for the Investigation and Treatment of Addictions at the
University of Illinois at 1-888-996-2482 or 1-312-355-0746. The
following places also have UROD available: Mount Sinai Medical Center,
Miami, Florida; Centinela Hospital and Medical Center, Los Angeles,
California; and SunHealth Specialty Hospital; Denver, Colorado."
2. Waismann Institute
For confidential assistance or information,
please contact us via phone or email:
USA Today Article about the Waismann Institute:
3. Paradigm 2000 Medical Group, Inc.
927 Deep Valley Drive # 100,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274
I hope this is the information you require, but if you need additional
information, please ask for a clarification and I will be glad to help
you with any additional supporting data. Thanks very much for using
Google Search Words:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery,
Clarification of Answer by
16 Oct 2002 12:13 PDT
Hi again, Ahaimsky
Entering "Centinela Hospital" "ultra rapid detox" on Google, one finds
that CITA Biomedical, Inc. has a licensing agreement with the
Centinela Hospital for their detox program. http://www.citabio.com
Also here is the Centinela Hospital main page:
http://www.centinelahospital.com One never knows how "fresh"
information is on the internet, so I'll continue my research in case
one of these leads doesn't pan out.
You'd think UCLA would have a program of this sort, but so far I
haven't found a reference. I'm still checking for additional
facilities in your area since I want you to have as many treatment
option programs as possible.
Thanks for your patience and I'll be back in touch,