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Plasmapheresis in drug addiction and alcoholism treatment
Plasmapheresis procedure or extracorporeal detoxification method is one of the most modern methods of detoxification for use in drug addiction and alcohol dependence treatment. It has the most common application in drug detoxification. The effectiveness of this method is conditioned by its detoxifying, immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory properties.
Plasmapheresis is widely used in the initial stage of a complex therapy. It enhances the efficiency of further treatment, and regenerates the patient's organism. Like any other medical procedures, plasmapheresis has contraindications and is therefore prescribed only after consultation with a doctor that will take the individual characteristics of the patient into account.
The procedure itself is carried out in a medical facility under strict supervision of experts. Plasmapheresis is indicated in the event that detoxification is not possible and that the organs don’t fully function. Innovative procedure of membrane plasmapheresis takes up to an hour and does not cause pain. During plasmapheresis procedure the patient receives medical solutions through infusion and blood passes through disposable sterile plasma membrane filter. The liquid part of the blood with toxins separates, and plasma re-enters the body free of harmful substances. After plasmapheresis the blood is less sticky, and this contributes to the cleansing of tissue and internal organs. The patient feels the influx of life energy and his general condition is improving.
Plasmapheresis for addiction
Plasmapheresis is widely used in the complex drug addiction and alcoholism treatment, because it is the most effective method of cleansing the body. Drug addiction and alcohol dependence treatment begins with detoxification. At this stage of treatment, plasmapheresis allows:
- cleaning the blood of toxic metabolites of alcohol and drugs as soon as possible;
- significant reduction of the risk of developing alcoholic delirium and other psychotic disorders;
- metabolism initiation;
- improved tolerance to psychopharmacotherapy.
Two to three procedures are sufficient to lead to a significant improvement of the patient’s
- Correction of the toxic effects on internal organs and systems in the body;
- Normalization of operations of the immune system;
- The effective implementation of the treatment for viral hepatitis.
The number of required procedures of plasmapheresis in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction depends on the severity of accompanying diseases.In contemporary narcology, plasmapheresis allows significant improvement of the efficiency of the treatment. Prior to performing the plasmapheresis on a patient, consultation with the doctor is required.
This method is effective only in the case of complex alcoholism and drug addiction treatment.