Drugs Ain’t Got 17 Days
posted by May 23 at 13:53 PMon
Amy Winehouse [insert your own sick-Amy image here; I don’t have the heart] is reportedly going to try rehab again (though she’s also reportedly denying it), this time under the care of detox-specialist Dr. Andre Waismann in Israel, who claims to reverse chemical dependency in a mere 36 hours. His anesthesia-assisted rapid detox, which he calls the ANR Method (Accelerated Neuroregulation), is fascinating. From an article from the Cyprus Review, posted on his treatment center’s website:
Waismann’s method, which has been successfully implemented since the mid-1995, relies on the skills of anaesthetists and ICU doctors to reverse the illness of addiction. Under the revolutionary treatment, an antinarcotic drug or narcotic antagonist called Naltrexone is administrated to the patient in a four-hour process, during which the patient is under anesthetic, suppressing the unbearable pain that would otherwise accompany the treatment. Naltrexon tablets are then taken for the following 10 months, by the end of which the body’s receptors will have changed and shrunk, thus reversing permanently the effects of narcotic craving….
Waismann’s treatment blocks the opioid receptors in the brain to which the active components to heroin - as well as naturally-produced endorphins - bind, so that regardless of how much heroin there is in the body, it can no longer reach the brain. The patient therefore becomes immediately “clean”, sleeping through an extremely powerful process of withdrawal.
The process is described in more detail here.
At $12,800 (the price Winehouse will pay, according to Starpulse, not including the plane tickets), it’s probably too pricey for non-celeb addicts.