The Waismann Method® is world renowned for being 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. We work under the medical guidance of our director, Dr. Michael Lowenstein. Dr. L. is a quadruple board-certified physician and expert in the fields of Opioid Use Disorder, Addiction Medicine, Pain Management and Anesthesia. Furthermore, he has himself, successfully performed thousands of rapid detoxification procedures.
Understanding the Differences Between Rapid Detox Centers
The Waismann Method team uses the latest and safest protocols of Rapid Opiate Detoxification. Ultra-rapid opiate detox methods have been evolving for nearly 40 years when it was first described by Blackley 1975, Resnick 1977. Today, the procedure offers patients freedom from opioid dependence, including Suboxone and Methadone, with one of the highest safety and success results in opioid detox history.
Is Rapid Detox Dangerous?
Rapid opiate detox or detoxification under anesthesia is a life-saving procedure for those who struggle to get through opioid withdrawal. Although rapid detox often saves lives, it is a complex medical procedure that needs to be performed responsibly by an experienced anesthesiologist in a full-service hospital. Therefore, the Waismann Method provides treatment in a private room of an accredited hospital. Also, patients arrive for admission the day before the detox procedure and undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation.
A team of health care providers assists our medical director, Dr. Lowenstein, in evaluating each patient. This comprehensive evaluation allows a determination of candidacy for anesthesia detox and a tailored protocol that best fits the patient’s medical needs. Furthermore, when rapid detox is not the appropriate treatment plan for the patient, other forms of inpatient, non-anesthesia detoxifications are available.
Does Rapid Detox need to be in a Full-Service Hospital?
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. 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 protocol 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 in a full-service hospital, a delayed response in receiving emergency care can lead to critical complications. Another advantage is not having pre-set discharge day. Moreover, at a full-service hospital physical readiness determines when patients discharge rather than 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. This is problematic because it compromises the privacy, level of care and comfort of the 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. The Waismann Method team provides 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. However, we never compromise the safety of our patients for profit.
The Waismann Method never compromises the safety and well-being of our patients. As a result, all patients go through comprehensive pre- and post-procedure medical care and diagnosis.
What Happens after Rapid Detox?
Rapid Detox removes the opioid drugs from the receptor sites which is a practical 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 causes 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, often resulting 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 the safety and success of our patients, the Waismann Method® provides additional days of inpatient recovery at Domus Retreat. The retreat offers individuals around the clock professional assistance and care. Domus staff focus solely on the well-being and comfort of each patient. Additionally, the facility provides treatments and amenities to maximize safety and support during post rapid detox. 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 well-being 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 completed 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 a total of 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 four to twelve days, with around the clock assistance. At the recovery center patients receive many recovery services to ease this emotional and physiological transition phase. Some of these services can include individual psychotherapy, massage, yoga, tai chi and much more.
- Individualized meals, prepared by our chefs to fit your nutritional needs.
- Transportation to and from the airport.
- Around the clock care
Considering what other treatment centers offer for anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000 for a simple overnight stay at a surgical center and then a hotel stay without inpatient care, in comparison 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.
In conclusion, the Waismann Method® is not just better financial value, but a much safer rapid detoxification option.
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 a very high detoxification success rate. This is because they no longer need to fight the constant physical cravings for opiates that have led them to relapse in the past.