Rapid DetoxFinding the “Best Rapid Detox”

The Waismann Method is a combination of the most advanced in-patient medical detox techniques (specializing in rapid detox) and immediate post detox professional care. Together with our exceptional standards of safety and patient care, we have a complete opiate detox program that is not only safe, but incredibly effective.

Since the late 90s, Waismann Method’s doctors have successfully helped thousands of patients world-wide make a safe transition to an opiate-free life. Using our renowned rapid detox treatment, our doctors are able to induce and speed a patient’s withdrawal from opiates while the patient sleeps comfortably in their private rooms of our JCAHO Accredited Hospital.

Because of our success and outstanding safety protocol, patients from all over the world fly in to our one worldwide exclusive location, based only in Southern California. (Due to our success, some treatment centers try to imply that they are affiliated with us. This is our only location; we are NOT affiliated with nor have we trained any other doctors or hospitals anywhere else.)

“There is no question that this treatment is the best. Made me comfortable in every aspect. Stop debating and get well. This program changed my life. Worth every penny.” -Suboxone Patient, May 2014


What Is Rapid Opiate Detox?

A number of different protocols of “rapid detox” or “ultra rapid opiate detox” had been developed since 1988 when Austrian physician Norbert Loimer reported this technique of opiate detoxification under anesthesia. The goal of this new technique was to rapidly induce detoxification while minimizing the dread of opiate withdrawal syndrome.

This accelerated process use intravenous antagonist medication, to shorten the duration of  the acute withdrawal to minutes instead of days and while under monitored sedation, the patient is not subject to discomfort he would otherwise feel. When the patient awakens from anesthesia, detoxification is complete. An oral form of antagonist can be initiated  and continued to reduce physical cravings and relapse risk.

There have been several studies that show the safety and efficacy of the rapid opiate anesthesia assisted detoxification technique, when performed by an experience physician, within a full service hospital and allowing the adequate amount of inpatient care to be provided pre and post rapid accelerated detoxification.

Although the rapid detox medical procedure typically lasts only 30-90 minutes, we require that our patients are with us for a minimum of 5 days.


“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.”


Other reasons that sets Waismann Detox apart from other Rapid Detox Centers :

  • Patients are admitted to their private rooms in our JCAHO accredited hospital, the day before anesthesia assisted rapid detox, for an extensive medical testing and evaluation. It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure, so pre-medication can be properly administered to stabilize body functions. The proper pre-medication and evaluation helps our doctors achieve a smooth and safe detoxification procedure.

Thorough examination and testing before the rapid detox procedure gives our doctors important insight into the patient’s total health. This allows them to adjust the rapid detox treatment protocol as needed to reduce the patient’s risk for complications. Safe and effective rapid detox relies on a precise combination of medications. Other medical conditions, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, being overweight or a smoker, the use of multiple illicit or prescription drugs can increase the associated risk of detoxification. Providing proper evaluation reduces the risk for unnecessary medical complications and improves the expected outcome.

Only trained and certified anesthesiologists should perform rapid detox and they should only perform it in an ICU inside a full service hospital. Rapid detox specialists must adhere to the highest quality and safety requirements to ensure a positive outcome.


  • Our doctors rely on our full service hospital for extensive monitoring and immediate access to additional specialists if needed. Testing & evaluation may include an EKG, blood laboratory tests, urine toxicology screening, physical exam, kidney and liver function, medical history, stress test, chest x-ray, and/or an echocardiography. Pre-admission also provides our professional medical staff an opportunity to identify any underlying psychological or physiological conditions that could affect treatment outcome, as opioid use often masks unforeseen conditions.


“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.” -Oxycodone Patient, March 2014


Rapid Detox Procedure

With the Waismann Method® of rapid opiate detox, our multi-board certified anesthesiologist administers opiate antagonist(s) medication while the patient is sedated (not general anesthesia), so he or she can sleep through the detoxification, while the withdrawal syndrome occurs. This process typically lasts 30-90 minutes and the patient has limited conscious memory of the withdrawal during procedure.

After the rapid opiate detox procedure, patients remain in their private room of the ICU unit overnight for continuing and individualized medical care. Once discharged, patients are received at our exclusive recovery retreat for a few days, where our amenities and therapeutic services are designed to maximize comfort and success of the procedure.

We provide this inclusive additional care, to ensure patients are recovering as well as they should be. This is part of our rigorous safety protocol, and is one of the numerous reasons that sets us apart from all other overnight rapid detox centers.


Rapid Drug Detox After-Care Program

After rapid drug detox under sedation, patients require close post-care monitoring for several days in a safe environment. Regulation of organ functions like heart rate, blood pressure, fluid absorption, body temperature, and brain chemistry can be smooth and natural for some patients, for others the body may find it difficult to self-regulate.

Therefore, staying in a hotel room after rapid detox without the appropriate care could be an unnecessary risk that should not be taken. One our patients are physically stable to be discharged from the hospital they spend a few days at our Domus Retreat recovery facility. Domus means “home”, and corresponds well with the level of comfort and care that you will receive here. This extended care also reduces the risk for immediate relapse and other complications that can arise after rapid drug detox.

I am 70 years old and completed the treatment. The care I received at Domus was excellent. I highly recommend this facility.” -Suboxone Patient, November, 2013


The Waismann Method is the safest and most effective choice in rapid drug detox because we don’t cut corners. Our professionals offer the highest quality before, during and after the procedure.

Alternative Methods of Opiate Detoxification

There are many approaches to detoxification from opiates, including “quitting cold turkey,” tapering, and opioid replacement therapy. Each approach tries to manage opiate withdrawal symptoms long enough for the individual to reach a drug-free state.

Patients who do not want to experience a lengthy and uncomfortable withdrawal from opiates, most often select rapid detox as their preferred form of detoxification.

Natural detoxification is rarely fatal but it can cause terrible withdrawal symptoms that last for days or even weeks. Without medical intervention, the unrelenting discomfort of opioid withdrawal sharply increases the risk for relapse and/or medical complications.


Natural detoxification from opioids, sometimes called quitting “cold turkey”, can be an incredibly uncomfortable and prolonged process that occurs without any medical intervention – stop taking opioids and your body will do the rest.

Some opioid-dependent individuals try tapering, or using a smaller dose of opioids – just strong enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms – each day until the individual reaches a drug-free state. Tapering can last for weeks or months and is often accompanied by continuous withdrawal symptoms.

I’ve never ever thought that I can feel this good and functional without Methadone.  This was the best experience of my life.  Thank God for giving me this chance to start over as a new woman.  Love ya’ll.” Methadone Patient, November 2013


Opioid replacement therapy, most famously using methadone or Suboxone to replace heroin, merely trades dependence on one drug for another. The individual takes methadone or Suboxone to stop withdrawal symptoms while he learns how to live without opioids.

Once he develops the tools he needs to live a drug-free live, he tapers himself from the replacement opiate drug. Tapering from the opiate replacement comes with its own opioid withdrawal symptoms that the individual must manage.

The withdrawal symptoms of suboxone can be severe and difficult to manage, and it has become one of the opioids we detox the most at this point.

Factors to Consider When Choosing the “Best Rapid Detox”

Those who are considering rapid drug detox should be aware that from provider to provider, how is executed and the level of safety measures in place can vary significantly.

Differences in rapid opiate detox treatment protocols between providers include:

  • Type of medical facility and medical resources available
  • Pre-procedure safety protocol and evaluation
  • Availability of multiple detoxification options, based on each patients needs.
  • Experience and credential of the performing physician
  • Medical specialist availability and experience
  • Use of sedation vs. general anesthesia
  • Length of procedure and allowed time for adequate inpatient care
  • Inclusive post-detox recovery care

The success of the rapid detox procedure and the safety of the patients’ well-being are strongly tied to all of  the variables above.

If safety and effectiveness of the accelerated rapid detox process is your priority, Waismann Method Medical Group should be your only choice. We offer almost two decades of outstanding reputation, based of exceptional care and unparalleled safety protocols.

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