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Opioid Treatment Options

Rapid Opiate Detox and Medically Assisted Detox

Understanding Opioid Dependence and Addiction

It is essential to understand that physical dependence is not equivalent to addiction. Many opioid users are physically dependent, but they are not addicted. In other words, although they physically need the medication to not go through withdrawals, this need does not cause uncontrolled cravings that disrupt their lives or place them in harm’s way.

During the 1990s, health officials pushed physicians to prescribe opioids to improve pain treatment results. They described the pain as the “fifth vital sign.” Furthermore, doctors and nurses were given the impression that pain should be completely relieved. Consequently, narcotic painkillers became the “go-to” treatment for pain in the United States, and the consequences were tragic. Overuse and abuse of prescription opioids are the major contributors to the opioid crisis.

When the damage was recognized, doctors immediately reduced their prescribing habits, leading many people to seek street dealers for drugs. Consequently, by no fault of their own, some people had to switch to heroin, a cheaper alternative. Therefore, this epidemic’s devastating consequences include tremendous increases in opioid addiction, overdoses, and the rising number of babies born suffering from withdrawal syndrome. Nowadays, opioid addiction is even more dangerous because street drugs often contain fentanyl.

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Getting Through an Opioid Detox

Although addiction is considered a behavioral issue, it is often caused by a physiological one. When someone uses opioids regularly, receptor sites are likely to adapt to their presence, so tolerance begins. Tolerance to opioid drugs leads to the need for higher doses to achieve its original effects. Therefore, physical withdrawal is a reaction that occurs when the drug intake is interrupted, and the receptor sites must readapt to its absence.

For example, symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal Include:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Sweat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Symptoms can be severe, even life-threatening.

Opioid drugs directly disrupt the central nervous system, including the brain, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. Additionally, withdrawal causes extensive dysregulation of the user’s heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure. As a result, a medically assisted detox is always the best option.

Treatment for opioid addiction should include emotional and physical supportive care and medications to address symptoms and prevent complications.

Opioid Treatment Options

Many programs are offering a variety of opioid treatment options. Although getting treatment is already a huge and positive step, not all treatment providers have the same goal or provide the same results. For instance, here are some of the available treatment options:

  • MAT – Medications that are long-acting opioids. These include buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®, Sublocade, Zubsolv®, Butrans®), and methadone. Although it prevents withdrawal, it does have great potential for addiction issues.
  • Inpatient drug rehab
  • Outpatient treatment programs

Benefits of Waismann Method®

More Than an Opioid Treatment Program – a Medical Solution

Waismann Method®  treatment provides the most effective detoxification protocols for those seeking freedom from opioid addiction. Our core goal is to focus on delivering an individualized and solution-driven program. To illustrate, WAISMANN TREATMENT offers:

  • Private Accredited Hospital
  • Medical management of withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • Decreased relapse rate by reducing distressful physical symptoms
  • Comprehensive physical evaluation
  • Opioid treatment protocols: rapid detox and medically assisted detoxification without anesthesia
  • Medical specialists to consult and assist with around-the-clock care
  • Nearly 100% detox success rate
  • Psychological evaluation and support
  • Private rooms
  • Supportive medications
  • Inclusive recovery center with numerous therapeutic services
  • Naltrexone or Vivitrol to block cravings
Successful and complete opioid detoxification allows you to be emotionally present to address emotional issues that stand in the way of full recovery. Therefore, we can help you build a foundation to sustain an opioid-free life through our individualized care.

At Waismann Method®, we understand the importance of adequate support and compassion in the early recovery stages. Additionally, we believe that there is tremendous importance in developing a good therapeutic relationship with the patient throughout the treatment process. Ultimately, this concrete bridge leads to people creating better relationships and outcomes after treatment.

Questions to Ask a Rapid Detox Center

There are many important things to consider when choosing a doctor. It is also important to choose a doctor who has been licensed in a reputable medical school and who has board certification in their specialty. This indicates that they have met the highest standards of care and have been thoroughly trained in their field. An M.D. with a license from a known school is important because it means that the doctor has earned a medical degree from an accredited institution.

Exercise caution in believing self-promoting and exaggerated information found on websites. You will be surprised at how misleading the data there is. Sometimes, doctors claiming unrealistic success might not be appropriately licensed or possess credentials from a reputable medical institution. Sadly enough, unverifiable, misleading claims can lead to unexpected negative results.   

The company that owns the medical corporation has a lot of say in how healthcare is delivered and can influence policy decisions that impact patients. There are a few things you should know about doctors who own their own medical practices. First, they’re usually more invested in providing quality care than doctors who work for someone else. They’re also more likely to be insured, and they typically have more medical training than doctors who work for someone else. Additionally, if a patient is injured or becomes ill as a result of something that occurred at the medical practice, the owner of the business can also be held liable.

So if quality care is your top priority, then you should choose a doctor who owns his or her own medical practice. Just make sure that they are insured and that they are qualified to provide the type of care you need.

Some centers cut the length of inpatient care to insufficient levels in an effort to reduce costs – a practice that can cause unnecessary discomfort and severe health risks. As ‘rapid’ as this detoxification might seem, there is a transition period during which the many-body systems affected by opioid use are trying to re-regulate and find a new normal. This transitional period involves almost every vital function, including blood pressure, heart rate, bowel function, fluid and electrolytes, and sleep, to name a few.

Additionally, following detoxification, people are hypersensitive to any discomfort, no matter how minor. Be aware of treatment centers with pre-set, standardized inpatient discharge for all patients. Most importantly, the medical care you receive should be customized to your specific needs rather than fitting into a one-size-fits-all protocol.

Although rapid detox is a fast procedure, patients should remain in the hospital until a medical evaluation confirms their physical stability and discharge readiness. Hospital stays are usually between 2 to 4 days, varying by the patient, and the option to reevaluate the discharge date should always be available.

Although you might be solely interested in receiving anesthesia detoxification, not every patient is a candidate. For those individuals, alternative safe and comfortable options of accelerated detox should be available. If only one treatment option is available, the treating doctor will likely go that route, even if not in the patient’s best interest. People are different, and so are their health needs. For that reason, there should never be a one size fits all medical detox.

These are probably your most pressing questions because they determine your level of safety. If the treating physician does not have extensive experience in this procedure, if they are not board-certified or not an anesthesiologist, run the other way!

Some centers admit patients one day per week to cut costs, with treatments for all patients occurring concurrently. Treating several patients simultaneously does not allow doctors to provide the individual attention necessary to ensure safety. When physicians divide their attention between multiple patients, adverse medical events can go unnoticed.

Although loved ones have the best intentions, they often lack the medical expertise necessary to handle possible physical and emotional instabilities post-detoxification. Furthermore, detox patients are anxious, fearful, and extremely sensitive to emotional or physical distress. Having around-the-clock professional inpatient support is essential to ensure a successful recovery and, most importantly, prevent sudden crisis and immediate relapse.

Our detox success rate is nearly 100%!

We have successfully treated thousands of patients from around the world.

Waismann Method® Rapid Detoxification Center

Waismann Method seven-day inpatient treatment costs $19,800, while a ten-day stay may cost $22,800. The cost and length of stay are based on the patient’s health needs, which the medical staff will determine before admission. Unfortunately, insurance companies still do not cove rapid detoxification, hopefully, in the near future.

Patients are usually in the hospital for two to three days and an additional four to seven days at our recovery center. We believe that this substantial assistance during the emotional and physical transition is key to maximizing the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. If you have any questions about the cost of our rapid detox, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We aim to provide compassionate and professional care for each and every one of our patients.

WAISMANN METHOD® Rapid Detox Center Difference

“A Detox Center Above the Rest”

Addiction specialist Clare Waismann founded Waismann Method in 1998. Since then, the center has been providing sedation-assisted detoxification in California, its only location. Our program is the most highly respected and successful of its kind in the nation. Thousands of patients from all corners of the world have flown to California in order to receive our treatment which offers comprehensive care with unparalleled results.


Waismann Method Rapid Detox Location

Waismann Method healthcare professionals share the philosophy that every patient is unique and requires individualized treatment tailored to their specific health needs. For this reason, we provide you with a private, caring, and supportive environment in one single and exclusive location worldwide – Southern California. Our exceptional medical care is reinforced by the emotional support you receive from our team of healthcare professionals. Overall, we hope that our compassion and commitment will inspire a positive lasting change in your life.  

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