Detox at a rapid pace is often needed for patients who need an accelerated detoxification program because of an addiction to opiates or prescription painkillers. This process usually takes place in a hospital and under anaesthesia. Specialized medical staff also supervises the process that administers medications to a patient to accelerate the withdrawal process, which can last from 4 to 6 hours. Under usual circumstances the withdrawal period from those substances is a painful seven to tem days. When it is necessary to break drug addictions quickly through detox, rapid detox is the process that helps patients to become drug free within hours and days. At most the whoel program takes two days. Patients are drawn to this program because it doesn't mean long hospital stays and very little interruption to their work schedule. Although most health insurance plans will not cover the $10,000 fee, it is cost effective when compared to the longer programs that use different drugs. Research has shown that traditional detox programs do not work for everyone. Sooner of later, the withdrawal symptoms will get the better of them and they will revert to their old ways, sometimes even worse than they were before. This is where programs of fast detox, rapid detox in particular, have been experiencing high rates of success. Because of the risks involved in all anaesthesia, doctors only recommend the rapid program in extreme circumstances. The key component of the rapid program is Naltrexone - a drug that is not addictive, nor is it a mood-altering drug. It breaks down the physical aspects of opiates and pain killers in the body and blocks the receptors and quickly cleans them out of the patient's system. After the treatment has been given in the hospital, the patient has to continue taking Naltrexone once a day for up to nine months. If you need to have detox, the rapid detox doesn't mean that you can get the treatment as soon a you decide the time is right for you. There is a preparatory period in order to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions. This means that patients have to go through a series of medical examinations, such as X-rays, liver tests, pregnancy test, lung tests and blood tests before anaesthesia can be allowed.