Understanding Rapid Detox
What is Rapid Detoxification?
Several protocols of Rapid Detox have been developed in the last 30 years; these methods are also known as: Ultra Rapid Opiate Detox, Rapid Drug Detox, Waismann Method Rapid Detox, Anesthesia Assisted Opioid Detox, Naltrexone Detoxification and Accelerated Opiate Detox. The technique was first reported by Dr. Loimer in 1988, with the intent to rapidly induce an opioid detoxification, while minimizing the withdrawal symptoms.
These anesthesia-assisted detoxification methods, use a combination of antagonist medications to shorten the opiate withdrawal symptoms, while the patient comfortably sleeps under anesthesia. When the detoxification is completed, patients have achieved a successful opioid detoxification, and physical cravings are mostly eliminated. A Naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy can be immediately initiated, what largely reduces the risk of relapse.
Waismann Institute has been considered the Best Rapid Detox Center for nearly 20 years
Waismann Method Rapid Detox has been the preferred choice for anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification treatment for nearly two decades, mainly due to its reputation for superior quality of medical care and extended safety protocol.
Since the late 90s, doctors at the Waismann Institute, have successfully helped thousands of patients from all over the world to overcome opioid abuse. Our Quadruple Board-Certified Medical Director is one of the most recognized opioid dependence expert in the country. Dr. Lowenstein has almost two decades of experience medically managing and treating symptoms of opiate withdrawal; by using the latest available techniques. At the Waismann Institute, around 98% of patients successfully completes opiate detoxification.
Please note: Due to our success, some treatment centers imply that they are affiliated with the Waismann Method. This is our only location; we are NOT affiliated with nor have we trained doctors or hospitals anywhere else. Please do not confuse us with copy cats out there. We provide our patients with nearly 20 years of experience, Full Service Accredited Hospital, Private Rooms, Quadrupled Board-Certified MD and a Specialized Recovery Center.
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How safe is Rapid Detox?
If Rapid Detox Centers follow a basic standard of care to ensure the well-being of the patients, the process is not just safe but extremely effective. There have been many studies which shown the safety and efficacy of hospital-based rapid detox treatments. One of these studies in 2003 concluded that when rapid detoxification “is performed under the proper circumstances“ the process is associated with few adverse events and is relatively comfortable for individuals who seek treatment for opiate addiction.
Unfortunately in recent times, the term “rapid detox” has become a catch-all term, many detox centers are using Dr. Loimer’s idea, without following necessary safety protocols. Some of these unregulated detox procedures have resulted in medical complications at hotel rooms, emergency room admissions, and even deaths.
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What are the Basic Safety Protocols?
- Anesthesia detox should always be administered in an accredited hospital.
- Patients should be evaluated and treated individually in private rooms. What other medical procedure allows for patients to be treated with strangers in the same room? When the attention of the physician is divided with multiple patients, quality and quantity of care are diminished.
- Admission to the hospital at least a day before undergoing rapid drug detox under anesthesia – This additional day, allows for a physical evaluation, pre-medication, and a better knowledge of patient’s response to significant medications. Understanding how each patient physically responds to certain drugs, gives the medical staff a more accurate idea of which drugs and the proper dosages to be used during the detox procedure.
- Available detox options – Our medical staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the most efficient detox protocol to be used based on each patient’s dependence, medical history, and individual needs.
- Sedation instead of general anesthesia – Lengthy general anesthesia is an archaic, risky practice, and unnecessary for this procedure. When Rapid detox is performed responsibly, patients are under sedation for approximately 30 to 90 minutes in an ICU unit of a full service hospital.
- Post-detox care – Patients should be carefully monitored by medical professionals at least overnight after detox. Patients who are sent home or to hotel rooms to recover are at much higher risk for complications. Dehydration, pulmonary/cardiac events, and even death have been reported in Rapid Detox Centers that do not allow the proper inpatient post detox time.
- Rapid Detox Recovery – Physical discomforts, insomnia, and emotional instabilities are common reasons for medical complications and immediate relapse. However, when patients are provided inpatient recovery care for a few days, they have a much better chance to improve quickly and become successful in their recovery.
“If you have any issues with opiates at all go to the Waismann Method and Domus Retreat. The knowledge compassion and respect you will receive will exceed your expectations in every way. And you will be given the opportunity to get your life back to normal.”
- Demerol and Suboxone Patient
What Should Happen During Rapid Drug Detox?
First day or two:
Patients are admitted to a private room of a full-service accredited hospital for close monitoring and access to different health care services and specialists. At that time, an extensive medical evaluation including but not limited to medical history, chest x-ray, physical exam, blood work, evaluation of the kidney & liver function, and sometimes a stress test or an echo-cardiogram, if deemed necessary.
Throughout this time, patients are kept comfortable and receive medications to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Second or third day:
Patients are transferred to their private room in the ICU, where our multi-board certified anesthesiologist performs the Rapid Detoxification procedure. This process typically lasts 30-90 minutes where the patient has a limited conscious memory of the withdrawal symptoms while under sedation. After the procedure, patients remain in the ICU overnight for continued observation and individualized medical care.
Third or fourth day:
The morning after, patients continue to recover while receiving IV fluids and electrolytes. During this period, physicians assess readiness for discharge to our exclusive recovery center for a few days.
The recovery center offers amenities and therapeutic services designed to maximize comfort and success of the procedure. This additional inclusive care, ensures patients are recovering as well as they should, which greatly minimizes the risk of any complications or immediate relapse.
After Rapid Detox – How do I feel?
Once the opiates have been pushed off the receptor sites, some physiological changes will occur. Opiates have altered how different organs function. Once you become opiate free, these organs will need to find a new baseline. Simple things such as sleep patterns, emotional stability, and fluid retention are some of the functions the body will try to regulate simultaneously. These changes are often challenging for patients; it could easily cause a situation full of instability, anxiety, and stress.
Family and friends might have the best of intentions, but are not trained to assist and assess someone in this fragile state; they could easily become overwhelmed, which could jeopardize the patient’s safety and success. That is why we created our own recovery center, Domus Retreat. At Domus, patients are cared for around the clock, by professionals specially trained in managing post detox symptoms. Experts at Domus have made this transition much easier for thousands of people, by providing the highest degree of comfort and support.
Waismann Method – The Wise Choice for Opiate Detox
- Pre-admission: Provides our professional medical staff an opportunity to identify underlying psychological or physiological conditions.
- Private Rooms: Patients are admitted to their private rooms in our JCAHO accredited hospital the day before their treatment. Other medical conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and the use of multiple drugs can increase the risks associated with detoxification. A thorough examination and evaluation gives our doctors valuable insight into the patient’s overall health. The results of these tests provide our physicians with the adequate information to adjust the treatment protocol based on each patient specific needs.
- Pre-medication Evaluation: It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure. Pre-medication can be administered to stabilize body functions and help our doctors achieve a smooth and safe detoxification.
- Quadrupled board-certified medical director: Dr. Lowenstein is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine, and Pain Management. His certification and experience are what provides him with the excellent knowledge critical to treat opiate dependence. Here are just some of his certifications:
- Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine
- American Board of Medical Examiners
- American Board of Anesthesiology
- American Board of Addiction Medicine
- American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative
Dr. Lowenstein also has almost two decades of experience performing rapid detox and other forms of medical opiate detoxification.
- Full-service accredited hospital: A full service accredited hospital gives patients superior monitoring, immediate access to additional medical resources and a diverse number of specialists for additional evaluation and treatment if needed.
- Private Recovery Center: Our commitment and thorough assistance to the patient is what gives our treatment center the reputation of the best rapid detox center in existence.
“If you’re looking for a place to go to stop opiates, there is only one place in this world and it is the Waismann Method.”
The 8 most important factors to consider when choosing a Rapid Opiate Detox Center.
Those who are considering rapid drug detox should be aware that the level of safety can vary significantly from provider to provider. The idea of using anesthesia and sedation might be the same, but the treatment method used, safety and results vary immensely from center to center.
The success of the rapid drug detox procedure and the safety of the patients’ well-being are strongly tied to the variables below:
- Type and accreditation of the medical facility.
- Medical resources immediately available if needed.
- Pre-procedure safety protocol and evaluation.
- Availability of multiple detoxification options, based on each patient needs.
- Experience and credentials of the performing physician.
- Use of sedation vs. general anesthesia
- Length of procedure and allowed time for adequate inpatient care
- Inclusive post-detox recovery care
If safety and effectiveness of the anesthesia-assisted rapid opiate detox process are your priorities, Waismann Method Medical Group should be your “only” choice. We offer almost two decades of outstanding reputation, based on superior care, and unparalleled safety protocols.
Loimer N, Schmid R, Presslich O, Lenz K. Continuous Naloxone Administration Suppresses Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms in Human Opiate Addicts During Detoxification Treatment [letter]. Journal of Psychiatric Research 1988. 23:81-86.
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