What are the Real Differences Between Rapid Opiate Detoxification Centers?
Many consider Waismann Method® the leading Rapid Opiate Detoxification Center for nearly two decades. Our commitment to patient safety, success, and comfort is as strong today as it was twenty years ago. Our medical director, Dr. Michael Lowenstein, is a quadrupled board-certified anesthesiologist and world-renowned expert in the field of opiate addiction treatment. Dr. Lowenstein has successfully performed thousands of rapid detoxification procedures. Our proven techniques have resulted in one of the highest opiate detox success rates in the world.
How Dangerous is Rapid Detoxification?
Rapid detox is a life-saving procedure for those who struggle to get through opioid detoxification. Although rapid detox often saves lives, it is an extensive medical procedure, that needs to be performed responsibly by an experienced anesthesiologist. Treatment with the Waismann Method starts in a full-service accredited hospital, with a comprehensive pre-procedure evaluation.
Doctors with experience in anesthesia detox carefully evaluate each patient. The need to accurately determine candidacy for rapid detox is one the reasons patients are admitted to a full-service hospital a day before the procedure.
Chronic opioid abuse can expose the patient to many health risks, including cardiac, pulmonary, kidney, and liver function. Opioid Use Disorder also triggers brain changes that disrupt critical functions such as breathing and blood-pressure regulation; just to name a few. Given the possibility of acute organ disease, any opioid withdrawal can be risky. If any of these organs show severe abnormalities, a full-service hospital offers specialists to diagnose and even treat if necessary. Furthermore, if the patient is not a candidate for rapid detoxification for any medical reason, other detoxification protocols options are often available.
Another significant advantage of a hospital is the wide availability of immediate emergency care. If an unexpected medical issue arises and a patient is not a full-service hospital, a delay response in receiving emergency care can lead to critical complications. Another advantage is not having pre-set discharge day. At a full-service hospital, physical readiness determines when patients discharge; not facility restrictions.
Private Room ICU Room
Some rapid detox centers try to reduce admission to one day a week to reduce staffing and facility costs. The problem is this practice compromises the privacy and comfort of the patients. Also, physician care and focus in a particular patient, instead of multiple patients. At the Waismann Method®, we believe patients deserve individualized attention and privacy.
Additionally, treating patients’ side by side deprives the personal care of the detoxification experience. Typically, in a medical setting, patients requiring medical treatment, do not share a room with other patients. We believe that performing rapid detox in multiple patients in the same room is unprofessional and even disrespectful.
If rapid detoxification is the indicated protocol, treatment often starts on the second day in an Intensive Care Unit. You might ask: Is an ICU necessary? The answer is, yes. Waismann Method team, provide our patients with the highest individualized standard of medical care available. We could radically cut costs by delivering anesthesia-assisted rapid detox in a clinic or surgical center, but we do not compromise the safety of our patients for profit.
At the Waismann, do not compromise the safety and wellbeing of our patients, which is why all patients go through a comprehensive pre- and post-procedure medical care and diagnosis.
What Happens after Rapid Detox?
Rapid Detox removes the opioid drugs from the receptor sites that in itself is an effective solution for Opioid Use Disorder. Although the process cleans the receptor sites, this is just the beginning of the overall physiological transition.
Opioid Use Disorder cause significant changes to your chemical balance. The body relies on opioids to maintain functionality. Consequently, when sudden discontinuation of opioid use occurs, the body becomes hypersensitive. Basic emotions, light, and even temperature can feel overwhelming, which can result in anxiety, cravings, anger, and even depression.
As much as a loved one is there to help, they cannot provide the professional care needed in this fragile and critical phase.
To ensure safety and success, the Waismann Method treatment offers a few days of inpatient recovery at Domus Retreat. The Domus Retreat provides individuals around the clock professional assistance and care. Domus staff focuses solely on the well-being and comfort of each patient. The retreat also offers treatments and amenities to maximize safety and support during the post rapid detox treatment. Having adequate professional physical and emotional assistance for a few days gives patients a much higher chance of completing a successful treatment.
During the past few years, some “rapid detox” centers have tried to replicate the Waismann Method by offering “miracle cures” for opioid detoxification. Unfortunately, many of these centers do not follow proper safety protocol, provide follow-up care, nor use appropriate medical facilities or professionals to perform the procedures. They often start at a low cost and add additional fees for services that are imperative for the patient’s wellbeing and successful recovery before and after the procedure. The goal is usually to keep costs low and shuffle in as many patients as possible in a short amount of time.
The Cost of Rapid Opiate Detoxification
When a patient first inquires about the Waismann Method, a phone assessment with the medical staff is made to determine the cost and length of treatment. Knowing what to expect, creates trust and minimizes anxiety. Waismann Method patients are usually inpatient for a period of 5 to 10 days. The total cost of their stay is typical $17,800 to $22,800 based on individual medical and dependency history.
In this all-inclusive rapid detoxification cost, patients often receive:
- Airport picks up at your arrival.
- Admission to a private room of a full-service accredited hospital for two to four days.
- Comprehensive medical examination to determine the safest and most effective detox protocols based on your medical status, drug history, and individual needs.
- Pre-medication management to help manage any physical symptoms of withdrawal.
- Sedated Rapid Detoxification in the ICU performed by our medical director when indicated.
- A recovery center for two to twelve days with around the clock assistance. At the recovery center patients receive a number of services in order to ease this emotional and physiological transitional period. Some of these services can include individual psychotherapy, massage, yoga, neuro-feedback and much more.
- Individualized meals prepared by our chefs.
- Transportation throughout the stay.
- Around the clock care
Considering what is offered by other treatment centers that charge anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000 for a simple overnight stay at a surgical center ( without any additional medical resources), and then a hotel stay ( where the rapid detox center is no longer responsible for your wellbeing), compared to what you pay and the care you receive with the Waismann Group, you will understand that the Waismann Method provides superior medical care and additional services at a much better value.
Conclusion, the Waismann Method® is not just better financial value, but a much safer rapid detoxification option.
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If you or someone you love is dealing with opiate addiction, we encourage you to contact our office today for more information on choosing the right treatment option. The rapid opiate detoxification procedure is carried out in a full-service hospital in Southern California, and by a board-certified anesthesiologist with two decades of rapid opiate detoxification experience. Patients treated with the Waismann Method achieve an extraordinarily high success rate because they no longer need to fight the constant physical cravings for opiates that have led them to relapse in the past.