Rapid Detox – Procedure, Safety & Success



Rapid Detox at the Waismann Method Medical Group, has been the #1 choice for anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification treatment for almost two decades. Our patients are provided with a private room in a JCAHO accredited hospital, followed by a few days at our private recovery center. At Domus Retreat, clients can recover from Detox in a peaceful and comfortable environment where they can concentrate on getting well.   Waismann treatment is backed by almost 20 years of experience, dedication, and superior medical care. Together, with our exceptional reputation and comprehensive patient care, we offer a complete medical opioid detox program and anesthesia assisted rapid detox; which is safe and extremely effective.


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Since the late 90s, doctors at the Waismann Institute have successfully helped thousands of patients from all over the world 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 withdrawal using the latest available techniques.  At the Waismann Institute, around 98% of our patients complete opiate detox and are able to move forward with a recovery program of their choice. Our extremely high success rate is because we use a combination of individualized medical approaches to make the opioid detox as safe and comfortable as possible. Patients from all over the world fly into our location which is solely based in So. California, seeking the best available opiate treatment and our unmatched safety protocol.

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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.

“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


Rapid Detox Procedure

At the Waismann Method® rapid detox center, our multi-board certified anesthesiologist administers opiate antagonist medication combined with sedation (not general anesthesia), in order for the patient to sleep through the detoxification while the withdrawal syndrome occurs. This process typically lasts 30-90 minutes and the patient has a limited conscious memory of the withdrawal during the whole procedure. After the procedure, patients remain in their private room of the ICU overnight for continued observation and medical care. Once discharged, patients are taken to our exclusive recovery retreat for a few days. The retreat offers amenities and therapeutic services designed to maximize comfort and success of the procedure. We provide this additional inclusive care to ensure patients are recovering as well as they should be while minimizing the risk of medical complications or immediate relapse.

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“I am 70 years old and completed the treatment. The care I received was excellent. I highly recommend this facility.”
-Suboxone Patient


Private Recovery

Once our patients are physically stable to be discharged from the hospital, they spend a few days at our Domus Retreat recovery center. This extended care reduces the risk of immediate relapse and other complications that can occur following rapid drug detox.

After detoxing, patients require close post-care monitoring for several days in a safe environment. Regulation of organ functions:  heart rate, blood pressure, fluid absorption, body temperature, and brain chemistry can be smooth and natural for some patients however, for others the body may find it difficult to self-regulate. Some Rapid Opiate Detox Centers discharge  patients to a hotel room or similar without adequate professional care, which could place the patient under unnecessary risks. We know that most patients expect that the majority of the withdrawal discomfort to be treated at the hospital, but the physiological and chemical regulation can take some additional time. Experts at our Domus Retreat have made this transition easier for thousands of people, by providing the highest degree of comfort and support.

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“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


Safety Standards

Rapid drug detox also known as ultra rapid detoxification (UROD) is a technique where opiate detoxification is induced by the use of an opioid antagonist (naloxone).  The 40 to the 90-minute procedure is performed in an intensive care unit (I.C.U.) and the patient requires to be in the hospital for 2 to 3 days.  Proponents of this detox process claim that complete opioid detoxification is attained, the patient experiences limited withdrawal symptoms; physical opiate dependence is eliminated, and the physiological craving for drugs is greatly reduced.

A number of different protocols have been developed since 1988 when Austrian physician Norbert Loimer reported this technique of anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification. The goal of this new technique was to rapidly induce detoxification while minimizing the dread of opiate withdrawal syndrome.

Unfortunately in recent times, the term “rapid detox” has become a catch-all term and many detox centers are using the idea of the process without following the basic safety protocol. Some of these unregulated detox procedures have resulted in complications, emergency admission and even death.


Safety Protocols:

  • Anesthesia detox should always be administered in an accredited hospital.
  • Private rooms – Patients should be evaluated and treated individually. In what other medical procedure would you allow 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 process uses medications to achieve a goal. Pre-medicating correctly allows for a smooth and comfortable process. Understanding how each patient reacts to certain drugs or familiarity with patients physical condition and response, gives medical staff a more accurate idea of dosages and medications to be used.
  • Multiple medical detox options –  Our medical staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the most efficient detox protocol 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. The Waismann Method of rapid detox usually requires a patient to be under sedation for a period of 40 to 90 minutes. A number of factors contribute to the overall safety of anesthesia during anesthesia assisted rapid detox treatment. These can include:
    • Anesthesia Detox performed in the ICU of an accredited full-service hospital, which provides access to proper medical equipment, additional monitoring and resources.
    • Experienced Board-Certified Anesthesiologist.
    • Length of time under anesthesia.
    • Private-room for undivided medical care.
    • Adequate inpatient post-monitoring time
  • Medical inpatient 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 immediately after detox to recover are at much higher risk for complications, dehydration, pulmonary/cardiac events, and even death because they don’t have qualified medical professionals to evaluate and treat potential medical emergencies.
  • Aftercare – Physical discomforts, sleeplessness, mood changes and anxiety are possibilities after detoxification which can cause emotional outbursts and may cause immediate relapse. However, when patients receive inpatient care for a few days, they have a much better chance to improve quickly and become successful in their recovery.

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“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

Waismann Rapid Detox

  • Pre-medication Evaluation:  It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure. Pre-medication can be properly administered to stabilize body functions and help our doctors achieve a smooth and safe detoxification.
  • 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, being overweight or a smoker, and the use of multiple drugs can increase the risk associated with detoxification. A thorough examination and evaluation give our doctors valuable insight into the patient’s overall health. The results of these tests provide our doctors with the adequate information to adjust the treatment protocol based on each patient specific needs.
  • 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
  • Quadrupled board-certified medical director: Dr. Lowenstein is board certified in anesthesiology, addiction medicine, and pain management. His certification and experience is what provides him with the optimum 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 extra 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. We understand that when we induce and speed a withdrawal syndrome, we achieve detoxification but the metabolism still needs to regulate. The body needs to adapt and find its base line, what usually takes a few days. This process can be difficult for some individuals, but with experienced professional assistance, difficulties tend to get better smoother and faster.

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“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


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 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

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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.

Call today 310-205-0808 for a confidential assessment and explanation of options.
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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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