Detox & Therapy
Endorphine Stimulated Clean & Addiction Personality Enhancement
The Escape treatment pathway is based on opiate addiction models that include neuropsychological backgrounds and has corresponding psychodynamic effects through an innovative, efficient treatment concept.
In accordance with this approach, the process of addiction has an interactive effect both on a physiological and psychological level. As a result of the specific influence of opioids on psychological states (addiction as a “chemically-induced compulsive neurosis”), the withdrawal process takes account both of somatic components and in particular also of emotional dynamics.
Opiate addiction is essentially comprised of two components: “dependence” and “addiction”. Dependence, in this instance, means the body’s habitualisation to the external provision of opiates. Addiction means the learning (conditioning) of strong and compulsive urges to consume that arise in part from the neuro-psychological effects of various opiates.
The process of withdrawal from opiates as a necessary step in order to overcome physical dependence takes place in the context of a psycho-social setting, taking into account both the somatic and psychological dynamics of opiate withdrawal and which achieves incomparably fast and gentle results using innovative methods.
Escape Withdrawal | Endorphin Stimulation
The Escape-withdrawal is a method that hugely simplifies opiate withdrawal. The “Neuro-Jet” stimulators that were developed by our researchers and which have been used for several years are medical devices certified for the treatment of addiction that stimulate the release of endorphins in certain areas of the brain via two externally-placed electrodes. Thanks to the use of these computer-controlled frequency stimulation devices - and the withdrawal protocols based on them - the withdrawal syndrome can be lessened to the extent that patients are able to tolerate the somatic symptoms and even the psychological components. In particular, the patient's ability to deal with his or her own emotions and the compulsive urge to take drugs, are favourably influenced. By specifically stimulating the body’s own opiate production mechanism (endogenous morphine) through barely perceptible neuro-electric impulses and situation-based medication, the withdrawal process is completed quickly and gently. As a result, the patient no longer experiences drug withdrawal as an agonising event, but rather as a relatively easy-to-manage first step towards a life free from opiates. The pacemaker function causes a rapid and long-term change to the metabolism and not least the improved sleeping patterns rapidly restore physical ability and capacity. If the withdrawal programme is started on a Monday, the patient can be discharged as early as the Friday.
The subsequent management of the addiction takes place as part of an outpatient programme, if necessary supported with opiate antagonists (a “vaccination” against the effects of opiates). With this programme, the patient remains in his or her familiar surroundings and specifically learns new ways of coping in the living environment. Through logical planning, the targeted use of maintenance therapy measures and access to the patient’s existing resources, the results achieved are efficient – not least of all from an economical perspective too.
The learning process not only includes the addict, but also his or her social environment. Through the acquisition of helpful strategies, the often serious negative accompanying symptoms of addiction (be they social, emotional or financial) can be reduced both for the family, friends and caregivers of opiate-dependent individuals.
The acceptance criteria define a specific framework for each type of opiate addict.
The most important acceptance criteria include:
- Motivation to come off opiates.
- The decision to live a life without drugs.
- The readiness to do something for yourself.
- Adequate social integration.
- A cooperative environment.
Goals of Therapy
The immediate goal of the Escape process is the withdrawal from opiates (to overcome the addiction) with the maximum possible avoidance of the much-feared withdrawal syndrome.
The long-term goal of the Escape treatment pathway is abstinence from drugs.
Escape Withdrawal aims to offer the simplest possible and most convenient way to overcome physical dependency. No anaesthesia, no invasive procedures, no unnecessary restriction of personal freedoms, etc.
The physical and psychological aspects of withdrawal symptoms are treated at their root. The withdrawal process is influenced favourably, directly on the receptor, i.e. all neuro-physiological ‘destabilisations’ are anticipated and/or compensated for wherever possible. Our specialisation ensures high-quality opiate withdrawal that makes the most of the best state-of-the-art facilities available.
The personalised, structured Escape withdrawal programme lasts 5 days (single rooms).
The patient’s environment can, if wished, be included in the withdrawal process. The conscious experience and understanding of this process can also be important for other involved parties (parents, partners, etc.). An actual ‘training session’ for relatives communicates these helpful strategies on how to handle addictive behaviour and promotes an understanding of the rehabilitation process
The planning of aftercare and preparation for a seamless transition to a life without drugs and the communication of proven strategies aimed at managing life after withdrawal are all integral elements of the Escape withdrawal programme.
Our aftercare programme treating addictions can, if necessary, include the opiate antagonist 'Naltrexin' (Naltrexone HCL) as a stabiliser. Cleverly thought-out concepts and measures that take account of the physiological and psycho-dynamic aspects of addiction bring about behaviour-orientated changes. For patients from abroad, this coaching session can be delivered via the Internet.