If you or someone you love needs opioid treatment, do your due diligence. Learn about the “best and most successful programs available.” 

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.

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.

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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® Michael H. Lowenstein, MPH, M.D. Waismann Method® Medical Director

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.

Our detox success rate is nearly 100%!

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

Opioid Treatment Program

We do not use Buprenorphine based drugs like Suboxone in any of our protocols. We understand that you came to us for detoxification, so that is what we provide. Since 1998, we have helped thousands of people overcome their opioid addiction. Our quadruple board-certified medical director and his team will treat you with compassion and respect. Above all, we will give you the best foot forward to live a life free from opioid use disorder’s damaging consequences.

We also provide you with non-addictive, non-opioid craving management medications such as Naltrexone or Vivitrol.

Naltrexone and Vivitrol for the Treatment of Opiate Use Disorder

Naltrexone and Vivitrol are non-addictive medications to control cravings. Therefore, they do not contain opioids and will not lead to withdrawals if discontinued.

Naltrexone therapy or Vivitrol shot dramatically reduces cravings that accompany opioid addiction.

For instance, the benefits include:

  • Reducing the constant cravings for drugs
  • Blocking the effects of opioid drugs
  • Reducing the level of anxiety and sleeplessness issues caused by physical cravings
  • Giving the patient a sense of security
  • Significantly minimizing the chances of a sudden relapse.

*At Waismann Method®, we also detox patients suffering from alcohol abuse. Therefore, individual health needs and dependence history will determine which treatment protocol will be most helpful to you.

Call today for individualized opioid detox options!

WAISMANN TREATMENT™ provides comprehensive safety detox protocols tailored to each patient’s unique health needs.

Our Expert Clinical Team

Dr. Michael Lowenstein and his team of specialized physicians and nurses provide you with around-the-clock care and supervision during the acute detox phase. Moreover, this superior and comprehensive level of care allows patients to navigate comfortably and safely through this challenging phase of treatment.

Our multidisciplinary staff has the experience and familiarity needed to provide you with a successful opioid treatment outcome. Above all, we help you get where you need to be.

Medical Director – Michael H. Lowenstein M.D.

Michael Lowenstein, M.D., Waismann Method® Medical Director

Michael Lowenstein, M.D., Waismann Method® Medical Director

Dr. Lowenstein is quadruple board-certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology, and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Disease. He has over 22 years of experience providing anesthesia-assisted opioid detox and is considered one of the top authorities in rapid detox worldwide.

Over the last two decades, Dr. Lowenstein has himself treated thousands of patients with nearly 100% success. Although his protocols are uniquely tailored to each patient’s health needs, his results are unparalleled, and his experience is a learning tool for many in the field. Dr. Lowenstein is the most credentialed and experienced physician providing anesthesia detox in the nation.

Mental Health Supervisor – David Bricker Livingston LMFT

David Livingston, LMFT, Clinical Director of Domus Retreat

David Livingston, LMFT, Clinical Director of Domus Retreat

David Bricker Livingston is a graduate of UCLA, with an M.A in clinical psychology from Antioch University and a Post Graduate Certification from Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.

He believes there is an essential connection between untreated mental health issues and substance abuse, which needs to be diagnosed and treated. David also feels that patients need to understand the issue(s), causing their feelings of being stuck, often minimized or not recognized by addiction providers.

We Are Proud to Have Made a Positive Difference in Thousands of People’s Lives!

The outcome of our opioid treatment program provides patients with life-changing results. Because we have two decades in opioid use disorder treatment, we have helped patients develop the tools they need to fulfill lives. Finally, Waismann Method® maintains a world-renowned reputation for consistently providing patients with superior care and unparalleled results.


Reviewed by Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC), founder of Waismann Method® Advanced Treatment for Opiate Dependence
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