Waismann Institute Rapid Detox CenterRapid Detox Centers History

Rapid detox centers have been in existence since around 1988, when the process was documented by Dr. Loimer. His “ultra rapid” method of detoxifying opiate patients while they were under anesthesia had the added benefit of minimizing the severe opiate withdrawal symptoms that many patients experience during the the opiate detoxification process. These early methods of rapid detox maintained patient comfort under anesthesia while using medications, such as opiate antagonists, to reduce the length of withdrawal from days into hours.

Since those initial beginnings, the procedure has continued to evolve into one of the safest and most effective methods for detoxifying opiate dependent patients. In 2003, a review found that when performed according to proper medical protocol, ultra rapid detox had few serious side effects and was a fairly comfortable process for patients to undergo opiate detoxification.

However, there are many inadequate rapid detox centers that do not follow the proper medical and safety protocols when performing anesthesia-assisted rapid detox. Unfortunately, the result has been many unnecessary instances of complications, admissions to emergency rooms post detox and in some cases, even death.

Safety Procedures for Rapid Detox Centers

Centers should follow a stringent set of medical protocols to ensure both the effectiveness of the procedure as well as the safety of the patient. Each of the following criteria is necessary to ensure a higher level of care is provided, when a procedure is performed.

  • Rapid detox should be performed in an accredited hospital, where additional facilities and medical specialists are immediately available, if needed.
  • Anesthesia-assisted detox patients should be admitted the day prior to the actual procedure so that physical issues and  medical conditions can be properly assessed. In some cases, this will indicate the need of the doctor to modify the rapid opiate detox program, in order to accommodate underlying medical needs.
  • Detox under anesthesia should be performed in an ICU unit, where the treating physician should treat a each patient individually, rather than side-by-side with several other patients. The attending physician should have his focus on a single patient without the unnecessary distractions others can cause.
  • Sedation should be performed by a trained anesthesiologist who has extensive training and experience in performing rapid detox procedures. This ensures that the patient will sleep comfortably during the entire detoxification process and that the highest levels of safety are ensured.
  • Patients should be provided inpatient proper post-detox professional support, to adjust to the radical physical and mental changes, that take place during and immediately following the procedure. The Waismann Method Rapid Detox Center, provides this necessary care at the Domus Retreat, where patients receive around the clock assistance while they are adjusting physically and emotionally.

Safety Standards

When the rapid detox procedure is performed in a proper facility and time is allowed for adequate recovery, it is an effective and safe method to transition an individual from a life of dependence on opiates to a life free from drugs.

  • Patients detox from opiates quickly and humanely and can usually return to their normal lives within days.
  • Opiate detoxification can be completed in a private room, where privacy and comfort is maintain.
  • An extensive medical evaluation is performed, that can give patients awareness of their health condition that sometimes has been ignored.
  • Rapid detox typically causes fewer withdrawal symptoms than other forms of detoxification and symptoms are often shorter. Traditional detoxification often forces patients to experience the pain of withdrawal, which may cause many to avoid seeking treatment for their addiction.
  • Rapid Detox helps eliminate the physical cravings, that so many times accompany relapse.

Which is the Best Rapid Detox Center?

Comparing Rapid Detox Centers for you or a loved one can be frustrating and challenging. To identify one that is the best for you, compare them by using some of the following guidelines:

  • Compare the services, accreditation and quality and quantity, of medical care available within the facility where rapid detox is performed in.
  • Confirm that the facility is equipped to handle unexpected medical emergencies internally.
  • Verify the knowledge, credentials and experience of the specific physician performing the procedure.
  • Make sure that the medical detox is individualized and can be modified to accommodate each patient physical needs.
  • Confirm that the rapid detox center will include the care and responsibility for the patients for a few days after opiate detox.
  • Determine the amount of time and care that is included in the total cost of the procedure.
  • Research the years in business and reputation of the rapid detox center.


We hope the information above is helpful in assisting you to choose the best rapid detox center or opiate treatment option for yourself or a loved one. For more information on opiate detox options, please call us at 310-205-0808. We are here for you seven days a week.