There are very distinctive differences between Rapid Detox Treatment providers. Those differences should be carefully considered when choosing the best opiate treatment program. Waismann Institute has been the leading rapid detox program worldwide, for nearly  20 years.

Comparing Rapid Opiate Detox Centers

In the last few years, several “rapid detox centers” have popped up around the country. More and more, these providers are cutting corners and not providing the level of medical care, appropriate inpatient time or even the adequate facility. Subsequently, “Rapid Detox” as a procedure becomes criticized by the medical community and patients safety become compromised.

These are some of the basic requirements required for a comfortable, effective and safe rapid opiate detoxification:


A Full-Service Hospital:

An accredited full-service hospital provides access to specialists for consultation or even immediate medical assistance when needed. This medical accessibility, significantly contributes to the safety and effectiveness of the procedure.

Hospital services can cover a broad range of medical offerings not offered in an overnight surgical center. For instance, a full-service hospital can provide specialized medical care necessities, supporting medical specialists, laboratories, Intensive Care Unit and an array of equipment to meet the needs of the patient at any point.

A private room should always be provided throughout the hospital stay,to ensures privacy, comfort and undivided medical attention during the rap[id detox treatment.

These are just a few examples of the additional medical resources accessible at hospitals, but generally not available in a surgery centers.


Experienced Credentialed Physicians: 

Having extensive experience with anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification allows a physician the ability to individualize and modify each detox based on patients particular health, age, dependency history and response to treatment. It also allows a more steady and effective response in case of an unexpected event. Credentials from recognized reputable institutions, also shows capacity and competency of the treating doctor.
Being able to identify and implement modifications to the procedure at any given time, requires a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience.


Adequate Inpatient Pre-Evaluation:

Patients physiological response to medications varies immensely.  Some patients can be given a small dosage of commonly used medications and become overly sedated, have low blood pressure or even slow heart rate;  other patients might need larger doses or different medications to maintain the expected stability and comfort.

A pre-treatment comprehensive testing, which may include x-rays, CT scans,  blood tests, echocardiogram, urinalysis, and an EKG should be performed to ensure safety and reconfirm anesthesia opiate detoxification is the safest treatment option for the patient. These medical resources are only jointly offered at a hospital.

Another primary requirement should be the absolute knowledge of what the patient has ingested or used 24 hours prior to rapid detox. For this reason, admission the day before is a must. Any unknown substance, various dosage or even consumed foods can directly affect the events throughout the detoxification.

The treating physician should require at least a day of assessment prior to anesthesia detox, in order to properly identify the right drugs and dosage the patient will need during detoxification.


Length and Anesthesia Used During Rapid Detox:

Rapid Detox Centers which are still using general anesthesia for two to six hours, are simply using an archaic protocol. This antiquated form of detox can pose significant and unnecessary risks to the patient.
Medicine is an evolving science and Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification, has been part of this evolution for two decades.

Current anesthesia detox protocols should last more than two hours, therefore making the process safer while reducing unwanted side-effects.
The Benefits of an Private ICU Room:

Anesthesia Rapid Detox can cause sudden physiological changes which, might require the comprehensive medical care and undivided attention that often only an ICU Unit and staff ( ICU staff can include doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists) can provide. Post detox patients should remain in this elevated care setting, for the careful monitoring of heart, blood pressure, chemicals levels (such as salt and minerals in the bloodstream) and respiratory function.

Once the anesthesia portion of the rapid detox is completed, patients should remain in the ICU overnight for additional monitoring, until they regain full consciousness. If there are any unexpected complications or if the patient develops irregularities, the intensive care unit is also equipped to deal with acute needs. Intensive care unit (ICU) is a highly advanced area of the hospital, in which patients are monitored by specialized equipment that measures their heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and blood oxygen level.

The day after rapid opiate detox most patients should be physically stable to be transferred to a medical floor private hospital room. The patient is encouraged to sit up, start walking and do as much as possible in order to ensure readiness for discharge to a specialised recovery center for a few days.

Rapid Detox, can accurately describe the speed in which your body has been pushed to eliminate the opiates. But as fast as the opiates are pushed off the receptors, the detoxification is not complete, and neither should The inpatient care received. Significant and numerous physiological changes are taking place.

During and post detox, patients should be in an ICU where they receive the required extensive and individualized monitoring.


Rapid Detox After Care ( Recovery Care) :

Essential organ functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and fluid retention are trying to regulate, not to mention sleep patterns and emotional balance. While this process can be smooth for some, others may find it incredibly difficult. At the recovery center, special diets should be provided, as well as medications needed to assist with a smooth transitional phase.  Different services and therapists also help the patients get where they need in order to be to embark on an opiate free life.

Having a few days of inpatient recovery can be the difference between succeeding or not.



Waismann Method® – The Wise choice for Rapid Detox

Our medical director is one of the pioneers of rapid drug detoxification. His credentials, experience, and success with detoxification under sedation are unmatched.  Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein and the Waismann Method team have been the forerunner in the evolution and advancement of Anesthesia Assisted Detox.

Our commitment to provide superior care for opiates dependent patients is as strong today as it was in the late 90’s when we started.


So what are the real Rapid Detox differences?


  • The difference between being treated in a Hospital, Clinic or a Surgery Center

Waismann Method Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox: Performed in a private accredited hospital with a full range of  specialists including cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologist to assess and assist. These additional resources minimizes the possibility of complications, while maximizing the chances for a comfortable, safe and successful detox.

Others: Provide Detox in surgery centers or operating rooms where patients cannot remain over 23 hours. This pre-set amount of time does not give adequate pre-treatment and evaluation, does not allow for extended stay in case patient is not medically stable and does not provide additional medical resources that might be suddenly needed. Often patients are sent to hotels rooms under the care of family members while overly sedated or feeling extremely sick. In some cases, patients have been transferred to emergency rooms of hospitals that are unfamiliar with the detox procedure of the patients history.

  • Experience and Credentials

Waismann Method®:   All patients are individually treated by our medical director Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein. Dr. Lowenstein is Quadruple Board-Certified and has himself successfully performed thousands of anesthesia-assisted opioid detoxification in the last two decades. He is nationally and internationally recognize as one of the highest authorities in opiate dependence treatment.

Others:   Hire temporary anesthesiologists with very little experience in opiate addiction and dependence. Doctors with foreign unknown or not widely recognized certifications or degrees. Physicians with no experience or little experience in detoxification under sedation, which are not comfortable in modifying the detoxification as needed to accommodate patients specific medical needs.

  • Individualized Assessment

Waismann Method: Patients are admitted to their private room of our full-service hospital, at least, one day before undergoing the Waismann Method ® of anesthesia detox.

Others: Some Rapid Detox Centers, will have laboratory tests performed outpatient and admit patients only on the day of treatment. This practice does not allow for a thorough understanding of patients needs and physiology or pre-medication, which could jeopardize the safety, comfort and the result of the procedure.

  • Length of time Inpatient and Under Anesthesia

Waismann Method®:   As a result of our specialized inpatient pre-treatment protocol and recovery care, the time under sedation is significantly reduced, keeping the risk of any anesthesia-related complications to a minimum.

Others:  Patients might remain under anesthesia for 2 to 6 hours and discharged to a hotel room within a day. The lengthy time under anesthesia and the lack of recovery inpatient care, can greatly maximize patients comfort and  medical complication risks.

  • Private Rooms

Waismann Method®: Patients are always treated in their private rooms. We believe in providing undivided and individualized attention.

Others:  Some facilities will admit and treat a number of different patients, side by side. This practice jeopardizes privacy, comfort and individualized medical attention that is crucial for the detox safety and effectiveness.

  • Post-Detox Care

Waismann Method®:  Ongoing inpatient support for a few days post-procedure, is indeed necessary. Waismann Treatment provides a specialized private recovery center specifically designed for patients after rapid detox. Our superior success, is in large part due to the care our patients receive at our exclusive Domus Retreat Recovery Center.

Others: Patients are simply send to a drug rehab with other patients or a hotel with a family member.  Both of these options allows for a greater risk for serious injury, dehydration, pulmonary/cardiac events and even immediate relapse. As much as loved ones or drug rehabs want to assist, they are not qualified professionals or trained to evaluate potential conditions after anesthesia assisted detox.


WAISMANN METHOD ® RAPID DETOX treatment has been considered the best and has provided the safest Rapid Detox Center for thousands of patients, from all over the world. It has also given individuals the opportunity to return to a healthy and productive life, with their dignity intact.


We don’t make our patients feel guilty or shameful about their condition; we empathize with our patients and assure them that they are not alone.

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