Increasingly, I believe that buprenorphine is the best method of detox. This is only partly because the detox is relatively painless. Equally as important is that in the United States, a buprenorphine detox can be administered by private physicians. The physicians must still take a short course and register with the government, but it is nothing like the process for setting up a methadone clinic. As a result, the treatment does not have most of the dehumanizing qualities that are so common to methadone detoxes.
The following links will provide you with more information about buprenorphine, including information on finding a qualified physician in your area. If you are seriously thinking about detoxing, check this out.
- Buprenorphine Information (from the FDA)
- Buprenorphine Patient Information (from the manufacturer)
- Buprenorphine Patient Bulletin Board
- Physician Locator