Rapid Detox and How It Works
Waismann Method Rapid Detox Center has been providing successful sedation-assisted detoxification in the US for over two decades. Our program is the most highly respected and successful of its kind in the nation.
Thousands of patients have come from all corners of the world to receive our unique and effective treatment. If becoming completely opioid-free is your goal, studies confirm that rapid detox treatment using antagonist medications to precipitate an opiate withdrawal is the most practical and cost-effective method.
The WAISMANN TREATMENT™ offers unparalleled care and results, making us the clear choice for anyone seeking complete detoxification from opioids.
What is Rapid Detox?
Rapid detox is a safe and effective medical procedure to precipitate opioid withdrawal while the patient sleeps under sedation. An experienced board-certified anesthesiologist should perform the process in a private ICU room of an accredited hospital where the proper equipment and medical resources are widely available.
The primary purpose of this process is to:
- Achieve complete opioid detoxification successfully while the patient is asleep.
- The rapid reversal of physical dependence on opioids.
- Blocking the receptor sites with antagonist medication to help eliminate physical cravings.
- Speed the nervous systems recovery process.
Rapid detox under sedation allows patients to attain complete opioid detoxification much more comfortably and successfully while also eliminating physical dependence and significantly reducing physical cravings.
How Much Does Rapid Detox Cost?
The rapid detox cost can vary depending on the facility and the level of care provided. Generally, rapid detox programs last 3 to 10 days and can cost anywhere from $9,000-$23,000.
When evaluating costs, save money and stress by always knowing what to expect from your medical fees. The best way to compare health care procedures is to look at the accreditation and certification of well-known institutions. This will give you an idea of the quality of care you can expect from each procedure.
It is also essential to compare health care procedures by the amount of care involved. Providing comprehensive and thorough care for patients undergoing opioid detoxification is the best way to ensure your safety, comfort, and treatment success. The medical care you receive is something that profoundly impacts the rest of your life.
Rapid Detox Center Differences
Many treatment programs, under various names, have claimed to provide sedation-assisted detoxification, trying to assert uniqueness. Some claim to rapidly detox you from every substance, while others allege a miraculous one-day cure of opioid addiction. Even worse, some make the outrageous and untruth promise to return you to a pre-addiction state overnight as if your central nervous system simply has a reset button.
To select a reputable and successful treatment program, you first need realistic expectations. To have realistic expectations, you must clearly understand your condition, health needs, and physical effects of prolonged drug use.
Why is One Day Detox Inpatient Not Enough?
Overnight detox centers cannot possibly provide you with the medical care and treatment results you deserve, because your body simply cannot reset itself that fast.
Understanding the Effects of Opioids
During the initial period of drug use, neurotransmission normalizes as the substance exits the brain and intoxication wears off. However, continual and prolonged drug use leads to neuronal structure and function changes. In fact, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that these changes can result in long-lasting or permanent neurotransmission abnormalities.
Opioids have several adverse effects on the central nervous system, including toxic effects on neurons. Additionally, opiate drugs also affect the brainstem, which controls basic survival behaviors. Although most people seem to regain full CNS function in time, how fast and the extent to which a full neuro-recovery is achieved will depend on many factors unique to each patient.
Reputable Treatment Providers
When health care professionals make false promises and offer miraculous claims to patients, the consequences can be disastrous. Overpromising might be good for business, but it is undoubtedly dishonest, unfair, and borderline cruelty.
“When the impossible is expected, failure becomes a certainty.”
While we sometimes want to believe in miracles, it is not an option when your health is on the line. As the patient, it is up to you to have realistic expectations, do comprehensive research, and determine precisely what kind of treatment you will receive.
Waismann Method® Rapid Opioid Detoxification is for those who are unwilling to compromise their safety, well-being, and treatment success.
If you are ready to be opioid-free, call us now.
By next week, opioid use could be a part of your past! Speak confidentially with someone who understands your concerns.
Risks and Benefits of Rapid Detox
Rapid opioid detoxification safety and effectiveness depend on the treating physician’s qualifications, experience, and procedure setting. To ensure you receive treatment from the most qualified doctor, you must first verify his license, credentials, and board certifications. Furthermore, your safety and comfort heavily depend on the medical resources available and the treatment facility’s accreditations.
Due to all the reasons above, Waismann Method® provides treatment in a full-service JACHO accredited hospital, under the direct care of a quadruple board-certified physician with over 23 years of experience in rapid opiate detoxification under sedation.
Rapid Detox Risks
Numerous investigations have evaluated the safety and efficacy of rapid detox. Generally, studies show positive results, but only when practitioners follow proper protocols and safety procedures to avoid adverse effects.
Unfortunately, some treatment centers are not as experienced or adequately equipped, which exposes patients to unnecessary risk. Choosing a program that provides detoxification in a full-service accredited hospital with well-trained staff and experienced, board-certified medical professionals, can significantly improve patients’ well-being and chances of a successful outcome.
Here are some Risky Factors to watch for:
- Detox under sedation is provided in a “non-accredited hospital” or surgical center.
- The treating doctor is not board-certified or has limited experience providing detoxification under sedation.
- The physician is not affiliated with any known medical organizations where background history can be verified.
- The program offers one single treatment protocol for all patients regardless of their specific health needs.
- Detoxification under sedation occurs on the same day as admission.
- Inpatient care for only one night.
- Discharge to hotel rooms within 24 hours of detoxification under sedation.
- No immediate recovery care is included.
- Vivitrol option not provided.
“Remember, the level of care you receive can vary from one detox center to another. Therefore, evaluating reputation, credentials and accreditations are critical to finding the best treatment facility or, at least, the safest one.”
- People are more likely to seek opioid treatment when there’s no fear of suffering through severe withdrawal symptoms.
- A Quadruple Board-Certified M.D., with the utmost experience in the nation providing rapid detox, manages the detoxification procedure.
- Symptoms of withdrawal are significantly reduced, and the duration is considerably shortened, resulting in almost zero likelihood of abandoning treatment and a nearly 100% opioid detoxification success rate.
- Patients can initiate naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy (opioid antagonists and blockers) immediately. By significantly decreasing physical cravings with naltrexone, patients have a much better chance of achieving and remaining in full recovery.
- People become emotionally present and have a more accurate emotional assessment, and adherence to whatever recovery care is indicated for their individual needs.
Searching the Best Rapid Detox Near Me
Searching for the ‘best rapid detox center near me is not always the best plan of action. Although a close location might make things easier, convenience should not be the priority when your health and well-being are on the line. The best way to assess the quality of care offered by a treatment center is by asking the right questions. You will need to understand significant differences between facilities, protocols, and, most importantly, the treating physicians’ experience and ability to handle the unexpected.
“When researching the best rapid detox center, do your due diligence and seek verifiable sources to ensure you receive the highest level of safety and care.”
Questions to Ask a Rapid Detox Center
1. What are the treating doctors’ credentials?
There are many important things to consider when choosing a doctor. It is also important to choose a doctor who has been licensed in a reputable medical school and who has board certification in their specialty. This indicates that they have met the highest standards of care and have been thoroughly trained in their field. An M.D. with a license from a known school is important because it means that the doctor has earned a medical degree from an accredited institution.
Exercise caution in believing self-promoting and exaggerated information found on websites. You will be surprised at how misleading the data there is. Sometimes, doctors claiming unrealistic success might not be appropriately licensed or possess credentials from a reputable medical institution. Sadly enough, unverifiable, misleading claims can lead to unexpected negative results.
2. Who owns the corporation where you are receiving medical services from?
The company that owns the medical corporation has a lot of say in how healthcare is delivered and can influence policy decisions that impact patients. There are a few things you should know about doctors who own their own medical practices. First, they’re usually more invested in providing quality care than doctors who work for someone else. They’re also more likely to be insured, and they typically have more medical training than doctors who work for someone else. Additionally, if a patient is injured or becomes ill as a result of something that occurred at the medical practice, the owner of the business can also be held liable.
So if quality care is your top priority, then you should choose a doctor who owns his or her own medical practice. Just make sure that they are insured and that they are qualified to provide the type of care you need.
3. How long is the total inpatient stay?
Some centers cut the length of inpatient care to insufficient levels in an effort to reduce costs – a practice that can cause unnecessary discomfort and severe health risks. As ‘rapid’ as this detoxification might seem, there is a transition period during which the many-body systems affected by opioid use are trying to re-regulate and find a new normal. This transitional period involves almost every vital function, including blood pressure, heart rate, bowel function, fluid and electrolytes, and sleep, to name a few.
Additionally, following detoxification, people are hypersensitive to any discomfort, no matter how minor. Be aware of treatment centers with pre-set, standardized inpatient discharge for all patients. Most importantly, the medical care you receive should be customized to your specific needs rather than fitting into a one-size-fits-all protocol.
4. Can I stay longer in the hospital ( without extra charges) if medically necessary?
Although rapid detox is a fast procedure, patients should remain in the hospital until a medical evaluation confirms their physical stability and discharge readiness. Hospital stays are usually between 2 to 4 days, varying by the patient, and the option to reevaluate the discharge date should always be available.
5. Are there different medically-assisted protocols?
Although you might be solely interested in receiving anesthesia detoxification, not every patient is a candidate. For those individuals, alternative safe and comfortable options of accelerated detox should be available. If only one treatment option is available, the treating doctor will likely go that route, even if not in the patient’s best interest. People are different, and so are their health needs. For that reason, there should never be a one size fits all medical detox.
6. How much experience has the “treating doctor” had in sedation-assisted opioid detoxification? How many patients have they personally treated? Are they “board-certified” anesthesiologists?
These are probably your most pressing questions because they determine your level of safety. If the treating physician does not have extensive experience in this procedure, if they are not board-certified or not an anesthesiologist, run the other way!
7. Will I receive a private room, or will I be treated side by side with strangers?
Some centers admit patients one day per week to cut costs, with treatments for all patients occurring concurrently. Treating several patients simultaneously does not allow doctors to provide the individual attention necessary to ensure safety. When physicians divide their attention between multiple patients, adverse medical events can go unnoticed.
8. Will I be discharged to a hotel room without appropriate inpatient recovery care?
Although loved ones have the best intentions, they often lack the medical expertise necessary to handle possible physical and emotional instabilities post-detoxification. Furthermore, detox patients are anxious, fearful, and extremely sensitive to emotional or physical distress. Having around-the-clock professional inpatient support is essential to ensure a successful recovery and, most importantly, prevent sudden crisis and immediate relapse.
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WAISMANN METHOD® Difference
Here are some of the benefits you receive only when choosing Waismann Method:
- Waismann Method Medical Director Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, is quadruple board-certified and has over 23 years of rapid detox experience, making him the most experienced licensed physician performing anesthesia detox in the USA. Dr. Lowensteins’ reputation, credentials, and experience in treating thousands of patients make him an authority in the field.
- Patients are admitted to a private room of a full-service accredited hospital for individual care, privacy, and comfort. Additionally, only a JCAHO Accredited hospital can provide:
- Superior medical care
- A vast array of specialists
- Immediate resources for a consultation or unexpected event
- Inpatient comprehensive medical evaluation and stabilization or at least a day before anesthesia.
- Private ICU Room where patients receive individualized care and undivided attention of the treating physician during detoxification under sedation.
- IV sedation for less than two hours instead of general anesthesia
- Multiple medically assisted detoxification protocol options to meet each patient’s unique health needs
- Discharge based on the doctors’ evaluation of the patient’s physical readiness and stability — no pre-established or rushed hospital discharge
- Comprehensive private recovery care included, for a few days with multiple services ensures safety, comfort, and success. During your stay at Domus Retreat, you will be receiving various therapeutic services to make the recovery phase much more pleasant
- Emotional management by a therapist during and post-detox
Waismann Method Rapid Detox Location
Waismann Method healthcare professionals share the philosophy that every patient is unique and requires individualized treatment tailored to their specific health needs. For this reason, we provide you with a private, caring, and supportive environment in one single and exclusive location worldwide – Southern California. Our exceptional medical care is reinforced by the emotional support you receive from our team of healthcare professionals. Overall, we hope that our compassion and commitment will inspire a positive lasting change in your life.
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