It’s not uncommon for people to seek out drug detox programs for a drug that is supposed to wean them off other habit-forming drugs.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid used for opiate “replacement” or “substitution” therapy. It’s used for patients addicted to opiates such as OxyContin and heroin by preventing the onset of withdrawal. The problem is that methadone is also an opioid and can cause a severe dependency after a period of time, eventually requiring a methadone detox.
People who take methadone to treat opiate addiction may need a second detox if they become physically and psychologically dependent upon it. Methadone as replacement therapy has worked for many people in terms of helping them get off very dangerous drugs. But this type of therapy can be very long-term and doesn’t allow patients to become truly free of opiate addiction. After suffering through addiction, patients who want to heal deserve a solution that gets them drug free once and for all.
The Waismann Method ® of Methadone Rapid Detox
Our methadone rapid detox is designed to work quickly, safely and address the painful and lengthy withdrawal phase that patients fear so much. We are only based in Southern California, where patients check into our full-service hospital first a day or two before methadone detoxification for thorough medical testing and pre-medication. This helps us rule out possible underlying conditions.
Once cleared for the methadone rapid detox, patients are transferred to the ICU for close monitoring. Once patients are appropriately sedated and pre-medicated, they are put under sedation for around 60 to 90 minutes. While the patient sleeps comfortably, an acute methadone withdrawal is accelerated with medications to block the opiate receptors. This medically-induced methadone withdrawal is controlled and closely monitored by board-certified anesthesiologist with almost two decades experience with rapid detox and methadone detox. During the sedation, patients feel no discomfort and have no memory of the acute withdrawal. After the patients awake, they are closely monitored for the rest of the day and night. Our medical staff is specially trained to ensure patients comfort and safety, before and after the detoxification procedure.
The hospital stay is typically 2 to 4 days and 2 to 7 additional days at our Domus Retreat aftercare facility, where patients receive around the clock continuum care and assistance through the transitional period. Our program is known for its compassionate and discreet approach to methadone detox. We actually treat one of the highest levels of methadone in the country. We receive patients from all over the world that cannot find a treatment center that will accept them due to the high levels.
We are proud to offer our patients the best medicine has to offer in treating methadone dependency. The major difference between WAISMANN METHOD® detox treatment and other medical detoxification is the safety, comfort, and success of our patients. Every patient has a different medical and dependency history, and we treat them as individuals with specific needs.
Detox occurs when the body is ridding itself of substances, including drugs, alcohol and other toxins. This process will begin once patients stop taking the medications they’ve become dependent upon. Medically based methadone detox is necessary in order to keep patients safe and comfortable during an otherwise difficult time. Patients no longer have to fear withdrawal because it can be managed effectively.
Methadone addiction is a serious problem in the United States and tends to happen quickly and to unsuspecting individuals who have been prescribed methadone for legitimate pain reasons. The addiction creeps up quickly and once you have a methadone addiction, chances are it’s too late to find an easy solution to get off methadone.
Why Waismann Methadone Detox?
- Waismann Method ® of rapid drug detoxification allows most patients to return to a productive life in a matter of days and eliminates the need to spend months in hospitals or rehab programs.
- Waismann Method ® is proud to say that we have one of the highest success rate of any other methadone detox facility .
- Our advanced rapid drug treatment method treats methadone addiction as a physical disease that can be overcome with advanced medical techniques.
- The methadone detox treatment is performed in a private room of a full service hospital, under the strict supervision of one of our medical directors. You are followed every step of the way from admission to discharge, and you are assisted in creating a plan for remaining opiate-free once you complete your detox from methadone.
- Continuously featured in the media as a trusted expert and information source in the field of rapid opiate detoxification.
- We have successfully treated some the highest doses of methadone in the country for almost 20 years.
Methadone Detox Treatment
Waismann Method’s Treatment Center, offers rapid opiate detox that doesn’t rely on potentially addicting medications to help patients recover. Some facilities treat opiate dependence by administering other opiates. This is known as opiate replacement therapy and is typically accomplished with Suboxone or Subutex. This can be effective for some people but is a long-term fix to a problem that has probably lingered on for long enough.
People may find they need to be on replacement medications for a while. They may also need a second detox if they become dependent upon the replacements.
The right program should be safe, effective and humane. It should help to manage a painful methadone withdrawal, thereby guarding against future instances of relapse. Patients also need to know that methadone detox doesn’t have to take weeks, months or years, there is a faster and more humane approach for methadone detox.
Only the Waismann Method of rapid detox treatment offers:
- A full service JCAHO accredited hospital under the strict supervision of one of our medical directors.
- Multi-Board Certified Medical Director with almost 20 years experience in Rapid Detox
- Patients have access to a large variety of medical specialists if consultations or treatment is immediately needed. (Long-term opiate intake can cause undetected medical issues and patients should be thoroughly screened, hydrated and pre-medicated before rapid detox)
- Patients are treated individually in their private rooms of the ICU Unit.
- Specialized post detox retreat and services provided specifically for our patients to maximize the comfort and effectiveness of the process.
Safe Preparation for Methadone Detox
It is crucial that patients for methadone rapid detox are admitted to our hospital one to two day before the procedure for a complete medical evaluation including medical history, physical exam, and blood work to evaluate kidney and liver function. Patients also have a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram, and may undergo an exercise stress test if necessary. Patients then start treatment pre-medication protocol where medications are given to prevent or relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. Additional medications are used to lower the acid content of the stomach, and to curb the adrenalin or adrenergic response to withdrawal.
It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure as an in-patient so pre-medication can be properly administered to stabilize body functions. This helps to achieve a smooth and safe detoxification procedure.
Methadone Rapid Detox
Patients are transferred to their private room in the ICU for individualized and close monitoring. Once patients are appropriately sedated and pre-medicated, they are put under sedation for around 60 to 90 minutes. While the patient sleeps comfortably, an acute opiate withdrawal is accelerated with medications to block the opiate receptors. This medically-induced withdrawal is performed by our multi-board certified anesthesiologist with 17 years’ experience with this process. During the sedation, patients feel no discomfort and have no memory of the acute withdrawal. After the patients awake, they are closely monitored for the rest of the day and night. Our medical staff is specially trained to ensure patients are comfortable and safe before and after the detoxification procedure.
• The Waismann Method eliminates the cravings that often accompany traditional opiate detox treatments.
• You are followed every step of the way from admission to discharge, and are assisted in creating a plan for remaining opiate-free once you complete your detox from methadone.
• Read more about Rapid Detox with the Waismann Method.
Post Methadone Detox After-Care
Usually the morning after procedure, patients are transferred from the ICU back to their private room in the medical floor, where they continue to recover, receive intravenous fluids, and regain their strength. Patients are encouraged to get out of bed, walk, and resume eating regularly. During this period, physicians assess the patient’s readiness for discharge.
Patients are usually in the hospital for three to four days, with the remainder of the time at the Domus Retreat (www.domusretreat.com), where our team works with the emotional health of our patients, while the staff supervises the physical transition. Methadone dependency causes numerous changes in brain chemistry and organ functions, so after the procedure it is paramount that patients are monitored properly for at least a few days in order to regulate basic functions such as sleep, endorphin production, gastro-intestinal function and emotional regulation.
• Licensed therapists assess each patient’s specific emotional and social needs and offer individualized after-care options to help patients move beyond their opiate or painkiller dependency.
• Read more about the Post-Procedure After-Care.
Methadone Rapid detox treatment have received some bad press regarding the potential dangers of the treatment. This press stems directly from programs that attempt to cut corners by not using a hospital and reduce the inpatient time. WAISMANN METHOD® methadone treatment on the other hand, combines responsible medicine, effective and humane detox techniques while using a carefully tailored solution that is ideal for the needs of the individual patient.