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Safest Opiate Detox Program – Florida Detox® & Wellness Institute

Safety should be your primary concern when choosing any detox program, especially a opiate detox program. Heart Surgeons from Kansas City recently chose Dr. Sponaugle and the Florida Detox® team to perform detox on their heart transplant patient.

Sarah, was not only their heart transplant patient, she was one of their CCU nurses. Sarah had developed a severe Oxycontin addiction of 3,200 mgs a day while attempting to treat her headaches. The University of Kansas professors needed the safest opiate detox in America.

You should also choose your detox program very carefully. Unfortunately, there are several dangerous opiate detox programs in America.

Dr. Sponaugle originally designed his Opiate Detox using guidance from a computerized heart monitor called trans- esophageal echocardiography. This high tech monitor measures the pumping function of the heart and the arterial resistance the heart pumps against. The Sponaugle opiate detox prevents surging adrenaline and therefore prevents vasoconstriction or squeezing of the heart’s arteries that causes heart attacks at other opiate detox centers.

Choose wisely and safely, choose like a heart surgeon, choose Dr. Sponaugle and the Florida Detox® team for your opiate detox.

The majority of the drug detox centers and the alcohol treatment centers in America are run by medical directors who lack specialty training in cardiac/intensive care medicine. These doctors lack the expertise needed to prevent dangerous adrenaline surges during opiate detox, Xanax detox and alcohol detox.

The Sponaugle opiate detox protects the heart and the brain from withdrawal-induced changes in reduction of heart blood flow. The Sponaugle technique for opiate detox is the perfect technique for any patient with cardiac disease.

Dr. Sponaugle’s opiate detox also prevents withdrawal-induced surges of electrical current in the brain – mini-seizures that occur for days and weeks in other detox centers. These mini-seizures are accepted as normal opiate withdrawal symptoms by addiction doctors at other drug detox centers.

Recent PET scan studies at the University of Toronto have revealed that traditional drug detox produces so much excessive electrical current in the brain that brain cells are actually destroyed.

Why have addiction doctors allowed detox patients to suffer nerve tremors and mini-seizures from excess electrical current?

Why have addiction doctors at other drug detox centers assumed that allowing patients to suffer days of twitching is a safe practice?

Because we were taught in medical school to be prejudice against addicted patients, furthermore, most physicians have little knowledge regarding drug detox physiology and the damage opiate withdrawal can cause.

The truth is that twitching and tremors do not have to be part of opiate detox or alcohol detox. Dr. Sponaugle does not allow any twitching in his opiate detox patients, Xanax detox patients or alcohol detox patients.

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Dr. Phil Recommends Florida Detox And Dr Sponaugle For Addiction Treatment


StephanieDr. Phil Refers Stephanie to Florida Detox


On the outside, 36-year-old Stephanie looks perfectly normal. But this single mother of four has a secret. “I’ve been taking Vicodin 12 years now,” she says. “Nobody ever would realize that I’m addicted to painkillers. I lead a normal life. I get up, I go to work, I pay my bills, I do everything I have to do. I started taking the Vicodin for legitimate menstrual cramps, and that feeling was a little euphoric. And if I took two, then, OK, I got a little bit more laundry done. Then the Internet came. I could just take them and take them and have more shipped.

“I became completely addicted within the last year,” she explains. “I don’t feel anything from the painkillers anymore unless I don’t take them. A normal dosage would be five milligrams. I take about 30 10-milligram pills a day, the equivalent of almost 60 pills a day. On a typical day, I take four pills before I get out of bed. And then I get my son up, I get my coffee, I get him breakfast, I take three more. Then I get everybody off to school, myself to work, and that’s when the cycle of three pills pretty much every three hours begins. When I get home and things are stressful, I would take more.”

Since Stephanie started keeping track of how many pills she takes she has watched the number go up. “I’m spending about $500 a month on the painkillers. I do my job as a mother, and I do my job as an addict. I do them both very well.”

She starts to cry. “You know, ‘junkie’ is a horrible, dirty, disgusting word, and that’s how I feel. I want the painkillers to go away. I want Stephanie back. It’s been so long, I don’t even know who the real her is. I cry all the time. I’m just so tired of being ashamed. Sometimes I just lie on my bathroom floor and I just sob. I worry about dying. I know that I’m killing myself a little bit every day. Dr. Phil, my secret addiction to painkillers has taken over my life. Can you please help me before it’s too late?”

“There was a time you would get high from it,” observes Dr. Phil, “but now, you don’t even get that. They’re only significant to your experience in their absence.”

Stephanie agrees, explaining that she has tried to quit on her own and has even purposely arranged to run out of pills during the weekend, knowing she couldn’t get more until the following week. But she’d always wind up giving in to her addiction. “I got so sick … and I started to sweat. And I started to get horrible pains in my head and in my stomach, and I just got so ill that I had to go to the doctor. And because I do have some legitimate medical things, they wrote me a [prescription.]”

Pointing out that Stephanie takes four pills before she even gets out of bed, Dr. Phil says, “As you sit here right now, you’ve taken 10 of those pills … So, we’re not talking to you, we’re talking to the drug.”

“I suppose, yes. Absolutely,” she says.

“Tell me why you’re here today. Why here? Why now?” Dr. Phil asks.

“I don’t want to do it for my kids. I don’t want to do it for my health. I know that I’m killing myself literally every single day,” says Stephanie.

“Why have you given yourself permission up until now to do this?” Dr. Phil asks.

“There was a period in my life where really I couldn’t have cared whether I lived or died,” says Stephanie. “I was going through the end of a bad marriage. And you know, I was just I guess self-medicating just to make that part go away.”

“You have four children. You don’t have the right to not care whether you live or die. Do you understand that?” he asks. “You’re taking anywhere between seven, 10, 20, 25 of these pills, and then you’re getting in that minivan and driving on the street with your kids in the car. You don’t have the right to do that. And you know what else? My family’s out there on those streets! … Just because you decide you’ve got a crummy marriage doesn’t mean you can get in a 5000-pound missile under the influence and drive around the kids in the neighborhood.”

Dr. Phil continues: “What happens if you wake up, and one of your children is sick? I mean, really sick, and you’re jacked up on Vicodin? You think you’re going to be thinking well, making good decisions, responding well? Have you deluded yourself into thinking that you’re a high-functioning addict and so it’s no problem? What you are is a junkie.”

Stephanie agrees.

“The same as someone in an alley who’s taking pills that they steal from a store. You’re just smart enough to do it over the Internet. But there’s no difference in the effect that it has on you and there’s no difference in the fact that you are robbing your kids of their mother and you don’t have the right to do that,” says Dr. Phil.

“And by the way, how much money do you make a year, just roughly?” he asks.

“About $22,000,” she says.

Dr. Phil turns to his previous guest, Susan, who works as prostitute and worries that she won’t be able to take care of her kids by having a normal job. “About $22,000 a year, and she’s raising four children. It can be done,” he tells her.

He turns back to Stephanie. “You’ve got yourself in a real pickle, but I am going to help you. And I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to offer you a plan of intervention beginning right now. Today. OK? And you can take it or leave it —”

“Take it,” Stephanie interjects.

“But I will not negotiate,” says Dr. Phil. “I have some representatives here from Florida Detox and they’re going to accompany you to the airport, and you ain’t going home. You’re going to Florida. You’re going to Florida Detox where there is an amazing program that can detoxify you from this drug in your body in about three hours.”

Stephanie cries. “Thank you,” she says.

Dr. Phil expands on what she can expect from the Florida Detox staff. “They’re going to do some psychological testing for you to make sure that you’re where you need to be. Then you’re going to go under a general anesthesia, and your body is going to get treated to detoxify you cellularly so you don’t go into all the reactions that you’ve been having. And then they’re going to monitor you for a day to make sure that your body is doing what it’s supposed to do to get these drugs out of your system.”

Dr. Phil reminds her that there is no easy fix. “This is a lifestyle. I am going to search your house. We are going to kill all of your Internet accounts. We’re going to make people know who you are so you cannot get these drugs, alright? Because it just absolutely cannot happen.” As for her kids, he informs her that Choice Care Nannies will provide a fully-screened nanny to assist her father in taking care of her children while she’s gone.

And finally, Dr. Phil introduces Stephanie to a surprise guest. It’s Dr. Ireland, a pastor from a church that she has visited.

“I know you,” she says as he joins her on stage with some final words of support.

“Stephanie, first, I want you to realize that secrecy and darkness is the basis for being trapped,” says Dr. Ireland. “And when you let the cat out of the bag of your addiction, it now frees you to get healing and walk through a process to wholeness. And our church family, we’re 5,000 people behind you. We’re going to help you.” He offers to help Stephanie with childcare, personal counseling and with her faith. “I just want you to know we’re there for you.”

“Thank you,” she says. “Thank you so much.”

Read more on the Dr. Phil Web Site

Dr. Phil Refers Another Inspired Wife and Mother to Florida Detox

On October 28, 2005, the Dr. Phil show featured a follow-up story of Stephanie’s successful treatment from Vicodin at Florida Detox and how another wife & mother was inspired by her story; and took action to help herself, and her family.

“My life is a living hell,” says Cara. “I am addicted to painkillers. I have been taking too much Vicodin since 2003. I have been suffering from chronic pain for over four years. When my husband went to Iraq as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the stress of that made the chronic pain more intense. I’ve been reduced to what feels like a junkie.”

“I currently buy all my medication online,” explains Cara. “It’s very easy to do. I think what I’m doing is probably illegal. I don’t want to think about it.” Cara knows that her addiction is taking away from her role as a mom. “The other day, I wouldn’t even go to lunch with my son because I was waiting on a delivery.”

But everything changed when Cara saw the previous guest, Stephanie, on the show. “I recorded the show. I just watched it over and over again. Stephanie inspired me because her story was mine. I had a light bulb moment when Dr. Phil told Stephanie about Florida Detox. I could see that there was a way to get help. I was ready.” As Cara packs her bags, she explains, “In a couple of days, I am leaving to go to Florida Detox. I’m sick and tired of the pills running my life. I fear that if I continue down the path that I’ve gone, I will lose my husband, my children, everything.

“Cara speaks with Dr. Phil after returning from Florida Detox. She has been clean for two weeks. “I am doing my best. I feel so much better. As Stephanie said, once the chain is lifted, you have the freedom to get well. And that’s where I am right now,” she says.

Dr. Phil reiterates to Cara and Stephanie the importance of meetings. “I have to say to both of you, sobriety is a lifestyle, it’s changing the way you think and feel, what you breathe into your life. It’s every aspect of being different, and those meetings are a critical, critical part of that. I don’t think you have a chance of success if you don’t start making that a lifestyle. If you have to get a babysitter, whatever you have to do, you have to take care of your children’s mother. And I do not believe you can do it without meetings.”

Dr. Phil informs Cara that Florida Detox is going to waive her fees. “That’s one less pressure you’ve got.”

“Thank you,” says Cara.

Dr. Sponaugle


Dr. Rick Sponaugle
Founder and Medical Director of
Florida Detox® and Wellness Institute

Dr. Rick Sponaugle Florida Detox and Wellness Institute

Dr. Marvin “Rick” Sponaugle is Board Certified in two specialties, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Sponaugle is also a member of ACAM, the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.

Dr. Sponaugle is often invited to speak at physician meetings and national audiences on “Brain Chemistry and Addiction” and the topic of “The Brain-Body Connection in Wellness.” Dr. Sponaugle was a guest speaker at the White House in 2008 where he met with Rubin Brasalis, Deputy Chief to President Bush. A list of Dr. Sponaugle’s past and upcoming speaking engagements can be located further down this page.

Dr. Sponaugle is the first addictionologist to correlate brain chemistry patterns with variations seen on SPECT Brain scans in addicted patients. He has matched these changes to specific drug craving patterns in his patients. This research has enabled Dr. Sponaugle’s patients to achieve much lower relapse rates because their drug and alcohol craving stops when their brain chemistry imbalance is corrected.

Dr. Sponaugle is also the first addictionologist to prove that imbalance of female hormones has causation in at least 60 percent of the addiction issues seen in middle age women. Dr. Sponaugle lectures on this phenomenon at national meetings and was a speaker on “Menopause Causing Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” at the annual AACC meeting [8,000 attendees] in Nashville, September 2011.

Dr. Sponaugle is the first doctor in America to determine a classic brain chemistry pattern caused by Black Mold Toxicity, the excessive accumulation of the Stachybotrus Trichothecene T2 toxin in the brain. Dr. Sponaugle’s research has clearly proven that changes in brain chemistry derived from hidden mold toxins causes craving for relaxing drugs and subsequently, alcoholism, Xanax addiction and Oxycontin addiction. Americans with HLA DRBQ genetics have difficulty removing these toxins from their brain and body.

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that there are hundreds of biochemical and medical disorders that commonly contribute to the drug and alcohol craving!! Yet, these treatable disorders are rarely diagnosed at America’s drug treatment centers. Since 1998, Dr. Sponaugle has attempted to change the paradigm of addiction treatment to a less judgmental, more scientific model – one that embraces the biochemical basis for addiction.

Dr. Sponaugle’s use of advanced brain science combined with integrative medicine principles for the healing of drug induced brain damage in thousands of patients has taught him how to more successfully treat multiple brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autistic disorders, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Sponaugle is currently proving that these brain disorders can be more effectively treated with integrative medicine protocols than with pharmaceutical medications alone.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Dr. Sponaugle was born in Franklin, West Virginia. While majoring in chemistry at West Virginia University, Dr. Sponaugle was awarded the Alpha Epsilon Delta National Chemistry Honor Society, the Beta Theta Pi National Merit Scholarship and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

After graduating with the honor of PHI BETA KAPPA, Dr. Sponaugle accepted one of four scholarships given by the state of West Virginia to outstanding pre-med students for enrollment at the WVU School of Medicine. After receiving his MD degree at WVU, Dr. Sponaugle attended the University of Florida where he performed specialty training in anesthesiology, cardiac-intensive care medicine and pain management.

In 1985, Dr. Sponaugle began private practice in Tampa Bay. He has served as Chief of Anesthesiology for two Tampa Bay hospitals, Medical Director of three surgical centers and the Medical Director of  the Watermark Pain Treatment Center.

While treating chronic pain patients in the 1990’s, Dr. Sponaugle became aware that patients treated for OxyContin addiction or Methadone addiction at America’s rehab centers suffered painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms for weeks, further investigation revealed that barbaric detox protocols had not changed for fifty years.

Because of his ICU training, Dr. Sponaugle realized that the Oxycontin detox, Xanax detox and alcohol detox protocols used at America’s addiction treatment centers were dangerous, producing unchecked surges of adrenaline that reduced blood flow to the brain and heart for days/weeks.

In 1998, Dr. Sponaugle began designing safer and less painful alcohol and drug detox protocols using his cardiac anesthesiology skills and a computerized heart monitor known as TEE, trans-esophageal echocardiography. Dr. Sponaugle designed a relatively painless Oxycontin detox that protects blood flow to the heart and the brain. Dr. Sponaugle proved the extraordinary safety of his monitored and accelerated ” detox” protocol in 2007 when he treated a heart transplant patient from Kansas City who was suffering from an Oxycontin addiction of 3,200 milligrams a day.

Dr. Sponaugle has professed since 2000, that brain chemistry is the key to treating addiction. He is changing the paradigm of addiction treatment from a historical foundation of ‘talk therapy’ to a more scientific and fully integrated treatment model – one that treats the brain and the body together balancing brain chemistry through correction of multiple hormonal and nutritional deficiencies that commonly cause drug and alcohol craving.

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that there are a myriad of medical disorders that cause drug craving and addiction. Unfortunately, these medical disorders are misdiagnosed, constantly over looked at traditional addiction treatment centers because they still consider addiction to be a primary disease. How could they possibly know any better if they have failed to look, many fail to measure any laboratory values?

Dr. Sponaugle’s addiction research has proven that common neurotoxins derived from indoor mold in water damaged buildings, petroleum products, paint thinners, nail polish remover change brain chemical patterns causing anxiety and insomnia and hence, subsequent addiction. Matching a brain chemistry pattern that is an indirect biomarker of excessive toxin accumulation in the brain, Dr. Sponaugle has diagnosed brain toxicity as a leading cause of Oxycontin addiction in teenagers and young adults.

Through proper diagnosis and treatment of underlying medical disorders in addicted patients, Dr. Sponaugle has produced an extremely low addiction relapse rate of only nine percent at six months post detox.

Dr. Sponaugle accepts referrals from doctors throughout North America including University Medical Centers and Dr. Phil. He has been featured on numerous national media including the Dr. Phil show, Ricki Lake show, CNN Anderson Cooper, FOX News, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News and PBS.

Dr. Sponaugle co-authored the amazing health reference book The Road To Perfect Health - Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body

Dr. Sponaugle recently co-authored the amazing health reference book “The Road To Perfect Health – Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body with renowned natural health & nutrition expert Brenda Watson, C.N.C., N.D. and Leonard Smith M.D. who is associate professor of Integrative Health at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

You can purchase “The Road To Perfect Health” through PBS using the link here! 100% of your donation goes to WEDU-West Central Florida’s PBS Station.

Life Extension Magazine – October 2011

Life Extension Magazine - October 2011 features Dr. Sponaugle

We are proud to announce that Dr. Rick Sponaugle was featured in the October 2011 edition of Life Extension Magazine. This is a great honor as Life Extension is one of the most prestigious Anti-aging and Wellness Institutions in America. They are the nation’s leader in research for Anti-aging and Longevity Medicine.

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© Copyright (2012) Marvin Sponaugle, MD All Right Reserved