Rapid Detox Differences | Waismann Method

There are very distinctive rapid detox differences between treatment providers. Considering the differences when choosing the best opiate treatment program. Waismann Institute® has been the leading accelerated detox program worldwide, for nearly 20 years.


Comparing Rapid Opiate Detox Centers

In the last few years, “rapid opiate detox centers” have popped up all around the country. More and more, providers are cutting corners and not providing the adequate level of medical care. Furthermore, patients do not have appropriate inpatient time in a proper medical facility. Subsequently, the medical community criticized “Rapid Detox” because of patient safety concerns.


These are some of the requirements for a safe and effective rapid opiate detoxification:

  • A Full-Service Hospital

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

Hospitals can offer a broad range of medical services not available in overnight surgical centers. For instance, a full-service hospital can provide specialized medical care, medical specialists, labs, an ICU and an array of advanced medical equipment to meet the needs of patients at any point.

A private room is essential throughout the hospital stay. It ensures privacy, comfort and undivided medical attention during the rapid detox treatment.

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

  • Experienced, Credentialed Physicians: 

A physician with extensive experience with anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification can individualize and modify each detox procedure based on the patient’s particular health, age, dependency history.  Furthermore, having the proper credentials from a recognized and reputable medical institution can also show the 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:

Each patient’s physiological response to medications varies immensely. Some patients receive a small dosage of commonly used drugs and become overly sedated, have low blood pressure or even slow heart rate. Other patients might need more substantial doses or different medications to maintain the expected stability and comfort.

Comprehensive pre-treatment testing includes x-rays, CT scans, blood tests, an echocardiogram, urinalysis and an EKG. Hence, these pre-tests ensure safety and reconfirm that anesthesia opiate detoxification is the safest treatment option for the patient. Furthermore, only a full-service hospital provides these medical resources.

Another primary requirement should be the absolute knowledge of what the patient has ingested or used 24 hours before their rapid detox. For this reason, hospital admission the day before the procedure is a must. Any unknown substances, varying dosages or even consumed foods can directly affect events throughout the detoxification.

The treating physician should require at least one day of assessment before anesthesia detox, to accurately 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 2-6 hours are merely using an old protocol. This archaic form of detox can pose significant and unnecessary health risks to the patient.
Medicine is an evolving science, and anesthesia-assisted detoxification has also evolved over the past two decades.

  • The Benefits of a Private ICU Room:

Rapid detox can cause sudden physiological changes which might require the comprehensive medical care and undivided attention only an ICU and its staff (doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists) can provide. Post detox patients should also remain at this high level of care, for the careful monitoring of blood pressure, chemical levels (such as salt and minerals in the bloodstream) and respiratory function.

Patients should remain in the ICU overnight for additional monitoring post detox or until they regain full consciousness. The intensive care unit is also equipped to manage acute needs including any unexpected complications or if the patient develops irregularities. Also, the ICU is a highly advanced area of the hospital, so highly skilled medical staff and specialized equipment are available. Thus, there is monitoring for heart rate, pulmonary function and, blood pressure.

Most patients fell stable enough to transfer to a private hospital room the day after a rapid opiate detox. Staff then encourage patients to sit up, start walking and do as much as possible to ensure readiness for discharge to a specialized recovery center for several days.

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

  • Rapid Detox After Care (Recovery Care):

Post detox, the body is attempting to adapt to not having opiates. Thus, essential organ functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and fluid retention, as well as sleep patterns and emotional balance are trying to regulate. While this process can be smooth for some, others may find it incredibly difficult. At our private, comfortable recovery center our chefs provide special diets, and staff administers the medications needed to assist with a smooth transition phase. Also, a variety of services, such as individual psychotherapy and yoga, help patients to embark on an opiate-free life.

Spending several days in our private recovery center can make all the difference in succeeding.


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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 unparalleled. Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein, MD, and the Waismann Method® team are the forerunners in the evolution and advancement of Anesthesia Assisted Detox.

Our commitment for providing superior care for our opiate 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 between treatment providers?

The difference between treatment in a full-service hospital vs. a clinic or surgery center

Waismann Method®: Detox procedures in a private accredited hospital with a full range of specialists including cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists to assess and assist each patient. These additional resources minimize 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 past 23 hours. This pre-set amount of time does not allow for adequate pre-treatment and evaluation, nor an extended stay in case the patient is not medically stable. Especially relevant, they don’t provide additional medical resources that might become necessary. Lastly, patients often transfer to hotel rooms under the care of family members while overly sedated or feeling incredibly sick. In some cases, patients were transferred to hospital emergency rooms that were unfamiliar with the detox procedure or the patient’s history.

Experienced and credentialed doctors and medical staff

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

Others: Temporary anesthesiologists, with minimal experience in opiate addiction and dependence. These doctors often have foreign, unknown or not widely recognized certifications or degrees. Some of these physicians have little to no experience in detoxification under sedation and are not comfortable in modifying the procedure as needed to accommodate patients’ specific medical needs.

Individualized pre-detox assessment

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

Others: Some rapid detox centers will request outpatient lab tests and admit patients only on the actual day of the procedure. This practice does not allow for a thorough understanding of each patient’s physiology, nor the pre-medications needed for a safe, comfortable and successful detox outcome.

Length of time under anesthesia

Waismann Method®: As a result of our specialized inpatient pre-treatment protocol and recovery care, the period under sedation is significantly reduced to under 2 hours, keeping the risk of any anesthesia-related complications to a minimum.

Others: Patients might remain under anesthesia for 2-6 hours and then merely discharged to a hotel room within one day. The lengthy time under anesthesia and the lack of inpatient recovery care can significantly maximize the risk of medical complications.

Private procedure and hospital rooms

Waismann Method®: Patients have their own individual rooms. We believe it is the only way to provide undivided and individualized attention.

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

Post-detox recovery care

Waismann Method®: We know from experience that ongoing support for several days post-procedure is indeed necessary. Waismann Treatment provides a specialized private recovery center specially designed for our patients after their rapid detox procedures. Our superior success is in large part due to the care our patients receive at our exclusive Domus Retreat Recovery Center.

Others: Patients go to a drug rehab or a hotel with a family member. Both of these options allow for more significant risks of 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. Most of all, they don’t have the training to evaluate and treat potential conditions after an anesthesia assisted detox.


WAISMANN METHOD® RAPID DETOX treatment is considered the most advanced and safest Rapid Detox Center for thousands of patients, from all over the world. It has given many people the opportunity to return to healthy and productive lives, with their dignity intact.


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

What are the Rapid Detox Differences?
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What are the Rapid Detox Differences?
You should have all the facts when measuring rapid opioid detox differences. It's important to evaluate the medical services in the facility, physician credentials, and length of inpatient care provided.
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