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Q: Drug Detox Medication ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Drug Detox Medication
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: ahaimsky3-ga
List Price: $6.00
Posted: 15 Oct 2002 18:33 PDT
Expires: 14 Nov 2002 17:33 PST
Question ID: 77067
Hello, I have read a bit about the medication called "Naltrexone" and
it's usefullness in treating opiate dependance (Morphine, oxycontin,
heroin, etc). I understand there are two forms of this medication
used, one is a pill form while the other is a small implant that
releases the medication slowly and lasts for two months. I have had
zero luck finding out what clinics in the Los Angeles area provide
treatment for opiate dependance, using this medication, in either if
it's forms. All I could find were clinics that use methadone, which is
not the information I am looking for. If you could give me a few names
and phone numbers of LOCAL places that offer this method of treatment,
I would appreciate it very much. If any of these clinics have
websites, I would love that information as well. Any other useful
information anyone can contribute about this medication (naltrexone),
I will certainly appreciate it. If anyone has had personal experience
with it that would be even better. Thank you VERY much for your help.
Subject: Re: Drug Detox Medication
Answered By: voila-ga on 15 Oct 2002 21:27 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Ahaimsky,

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:

     Clare Waismann
     Executive Director

     (888) 987-HOPE
     (310) 205-0808 

USA Today Article about the Waismann Institute:

3.  Paradigm 2000 Medical Group, Inc.
    927 Deep Valley Drive  # 100,
    Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274
    Tel: 310-541-6570
    Fax: 888-315-4315

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
our service.

Google Search Words:
rapid/ultrarapid detox/detoxification
naltrexone+los angeles

Best wishes for a speedy recovery,

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 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.

Also here is the Centinela Hospital main page:  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,

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 18 Oct 2002 23:05 PDT
Here's some followup info for you.  This doctor's practice is a bit
south of LA {San Clemente} but he has quite a bit of useful naltrexone
data on his site:

Mark Kosins, M.D. 

Addiction Times:

Addiction Forum: 

Harvard Physician Responds to Naltrexone Question: 

LA Mental Health Contacts: 

Information on Ibogaine: 

Additional Search Terms:

Best of luck to you,
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