Hydration center promises a quick remedy for hangovers

Published: Mar. 29, 2017 at 9:22 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2017 at 11:13 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A new Shreveport business promises it has a high-speed cure for a hangover.

Rapid Recovery, 2620 Centenary Blvd., aims to combat dehydration caused by not drinking enough water or by drinking too much alcoholic beverages.

"One of the things we offer is if you overindulge, we can get you feeling better, get you ready to go back to work," Justin Worthington said.

The business bills itself as a less expensive alternative to services normally provided in a hospital emergency room.

"We'll do the same thing as far as a fluid replacement that you'll get in the emergency room at a fraction of the cost," Worthington said.

"In the emergency room, you're looking at at least a thousand dollars."

The spa provides three packages.

The Essential costs $99 and is considered the basic package. It comes with a liter of lactated sodium, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and calcium chloride.

The spa's most popular option, Worthington said, is the Lagniappe. For $139, it includes everything in the Essential plus thiamine, magnesium, folic acid and multi-vitamins.

Rapid Recovery's most expensive option is the Rockstar. It will cost you $169.

And like the other packages, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

The Rockstar includes a liter of fluids, lactated sodium, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium, folic acid, thiamine and multi-vitamins plus Zofran, Toradol and medical oxygen.

Some residents say a center that curbs hangovers will do more harm than good.

"Well, it just gives people that have the money an easy way out," Ben Robbins said.

He said he lost his father to cirrhosis caused by alcoholism in November 2016.

"You know, it doesn't matter how you go about it, even if you feel better the next day, drinking is still going to harm your body, regardless."

Worthington said it is not just about getting rid of hangovers.

"There's a lot of kids in athletics, you've got two-a-days coming on soon. And you know this region, it's really hot during the summertime; and it's real easy to get dehydrated here."

The spa is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, visit its websiterapidrecoveryroom.com.

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