What is Rapid Detox?

Rapid Detox describes a medical treatment of opioid detoxification under anesthesia. The process rapidly induces and speeds the detoxification phase, while blocking most of the distressful symptoms throughout an opiate withdrawal. Subsequently, this accelerated method of rapid opioid detox uses a combination of intravenous medications, including Naloxone to shorten the duration of acute withdrawal.

Rapid Detoxification also reduces the acute withdrawal syndrome from several days to a couple of hours. In fact, while under anesthesia, the patient is not subject to the intense discomfort associated with opiate withdrawal. When the patient awakens, the receptors are free and blocked from opioid attachment. Following the procedure, Naltrexone therapy can be initiated to curb cravings and substantially reduce the risk of relapse.

Over the last 30 years, doctors and medical researchers have developed numerous drug detoxes based on anesthesia-assisted protocols. These treatments were meant to help ease people that suffer from opiate addiction, through the withdrawal phase. In the 1980s, rapid detox history began when doctors developed rapid and ultra-rapid detoxification protocols. Since then, many anesthesia based opioid treatments have surfaced.

Here are some other names for rapid detox treatments:

  • Waismann Method®
  • Rapid Detox
  • Ultra Rapid Opiate Detox
  • Rapid Drug Detox
  • Naltrexone Detoxification
  • Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification
  • Accelerated Opioid Detox

Understanding rapid detox and the major differences between treatment centers is a vital step in achieving safety and success. Equally important, is considering the programs reputation and the level of available medical care. Surprisingly, not all rapid detox providers are equally competent or even responsible.

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  Finding the Best Rapid Detox Center

The Waismann Difference

 

Although anesthesia assisted detox is a safe procedure, not all treatment facilities are equal. In particular, two rapid detox centers that use the same original idea does not necessarily mean they will achieve the same results. Make sure to consider the following differences when choosing the best Rapid Detox.

  •  Full-Service Accredited Hospital, with a vast number of medical resources VS  A small surgical center with no emergency services.
  •  Private rooms with undivided medical attention and privacy VS Large medical rooms, with strange patients going through withdrawals side by side and simultaneously.
  • Comprehensive inpatient evaluations and pre-treatment for a full day before rapid detox VS Admission on the day of the procedure with very little or no knowledge of patients physiology.
  • Available non-anesthesia detox methods to better fit patients’ specific needs VS One treatment for all regardless.
  • Treating physician with recognized credentials and extended experience performing rapid detox VS Doctors with very little or unrecognized credentials and experience.
  • Latest advances in a safe and short rapid detox treatment VS Archaic forms using lengthy and more riskier general anesthesia techniques.
  • Discharge from hospital based on each patient’s physical readiness VS Preset discharge times regardless of the patient’s condition.
  • Inclusive recovery retreat for a few days, while you go through the regulation phase VS Being sent to a hotel room with a family member.

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  • People are more likely to seek treatment when the fear of withdrawal, is not present.
  • Medically monitored detoxification in a hospital.
  • Reduced and shortened withdrawal symptoms.
  • Fewer opportunities to abandon detoxification treatment.
  • Nearly 100% opioid detox success rate.
  • Ability to immediately start Naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy.
  • Decreased physical opioid cravings after detox, which dramatically maximizes full recovery chances.

How Safe is Rapid Drug Detox

Waismann Method® rapid detox is a safe and private detoxification procedure. It is essential to understand that there should never be one single protocol for all patients. We tailor each opioid detox treatment to each patient’s unique medical needs. Also, medical resources are immediately available, abundant, and there is no rush to discharge.

Rapid drug detox under anesthesia should always be in a full-service hospital, where additional medical support is immediately available. Furthermore, patients should have private rooms, which allows for individualized medical care that ensures safety, comfort, and privacy.

Numerous studies have tested the safety and efficacy of rapid detoxification and found mostly positive results; provided that practitioners follow proper procedures.

As long as rapid detox occurs under the appropriate circumstances, the process has few adverse effects.

For this reason, the Waismann Method® has established superior safety protocols in a private JCAHO accredited hospital.

Unfortunately, other rapid detox centers are not always as careful. Some of these overnight treatment centers:

  • Cut the length of inpatient care to inadequate levels.
  • Rely on subpar overnight medical facilities, without the necessary immediate medical resources.
  • Hire medical providers without the experience and training required.
  • Discharge patients to hotel rooms before being physically ready.
  • Provide no inpatient recovery care.

Comparing Rapid Detox Centers

To ensure safety, comfort, and effectiveness, detox under anesthesia must meet the following conditions:

  • Facility Accreditation -Anesthesia Assisted Detox should only be performed in a full-service, accredited hospital.
  • Individual Attention -Patients must have private rooms so that the medical staff can focus on immediate needs without distraction.
  • Early Admission -Patients must be admitted to the hospital at least one day before the procedure for evaluation and pre-medication. Furthermore, early admission allows physicians to access each patient’s unique physiological response, which provides a better understanding of the necessary medications and dosages.
  • Additional Detox Options -Based on a patient’s medical history, dependence and other factors, caregivers must select the opiate detoxification protocol best suited.
  • Short Sedation Time – Rapid Detox that still uses general anesthesia for two or more hours are considered archaic and can pose unnecessary risks. This process can be successfully performed under sedation usually lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Thereby avoiding the general anesthesia associated risks.
  • Post-Procedural Care – Patients should remain in the hospital overnight. Moreover, it is important to understand, that hotel rooms or home discharges places patients at a higher risk of dehydration, pulmonary, cardiac issues or unnecessary medical complications.
  • Inclusive Recovery Facilities – Patients who are recovering from opioid detoxification often struggle with insomnia, anxiety and other post-detox issues.Thus, professional assistance during this challenging phase can make all the difference between a successful treatment and an immediate relapse.

 Waismann Method® is the Smart Choice

Waismann Method® is a wise choice for opioid detox, uniquely due to our insistence on the following:

Certification and Experience Our Medical Director and treating physician, Dr. Lowenstein, has certifications from the American Board of Medical Examiners, Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine and Anti-Aging & Regenerative. Additionally, his status as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine, combined with his decades of experience, leave him ideally equipped to treat all forms of opioid dependence. Furthermore, he has 20 years of experience performing Rapid Detoxification Under Anesthesia.

Accreditation We perform rapid drug detox in an accredited, private, full-service hospital. In this manner, the patient has access to individualized monitoring, additional medical specialists and resources and multiple medical detoxification options.

Included Private Recovery Center In conclusion, by providing the patient with several days of inpatient care at our retreat, we maximize comfort and effectiveness of the treatment.

 

 

Speak confidentially with an expert today. Also, ask for information on opioid detoxification without anesthesia. 

Rapid Detox Safety

Although protocols may vary by patient, most Anesthesia Assisted Detox treatments at the Waismann Method, follow this model:

Stage 1: Evaluation

The patient is admitted to an accredited, full-service hospital. Next, they receive a private room and have access to a range of medical specialists and services.

Stage 2: Anesthesia Detox

The patient undergoes Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification in a private room in the ICU. They receive undivided attention from Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, and his team.

Stage 3: Discharge Assessment

The patient remains at the hospital, receiving additional care, IV fluids, and electrolytes. We then evaluate physical stability for discharge to our private recovery center.

Stage 4: Recovery

Having inpatient support is essential. Loved ones may have the best intentions to help, however we have the expertise to handle the physical & emotional instability of the recovery phase.

Domus Retreat Recovery Center was created to provide the additional care needed post detoxification. There, patients receive assistance from qualified experts. Therapeutic services are also provided and included, to ease this crucial phase towards living an opioid-free life.

Considering the Whole Patient – Risks and Benefits

Age – Patients in their fifties may have significantly different and/or additional health needs than patients in their twenties.

Substances – The use of multiple substances (including benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, stimulants, alcohol and other drugs) directly impacts the required treatment and outcome. Different opioids should be dealt with differently. A patient who uses a gram of heroin per day needs different treatment than one who takes 400 milligrams of Oxycodone or 100 milligrams of Methadone.

Physical Health – Patients who suffer from high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, sleep apnea, obesity and other illnesses have specific medical needs. Also, tobacco use, allergies and even recent air travel (which can cause dehydration) also warrant particular pre-treatment care.

Mental Health – It is important to know, that generalized anxiety, panic disorder, depression, sleep disorder and other mental health conditions can affect both the detoxification process and the likelihood of relapse. Anxiety issues are particularly relevant to address, as they influence blood pressure, heart rate and other factors crucial to the safety and comfort of the detoxification process.

Surely, successful detoxification should not require the patient to adapt to a pre-established course of treatment. Instead, the treatment center should address and treat patients based on their unique needs.

Ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification success requires responsible physicians and willing patients. Also, a proper understanding of opioid dependence, detoxification needs, and physiological adaptations can make anesthesia assisted detox, life-saving treatment.

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If safety and effectiveness of the anesthesia-assisted 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.

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