Rapid Detox by Waismann Method vs Other Centers Comparison Chart

What is Rapid Detox?

Rapid detox is a medical treatment in which patients are sedated and administered an opiate blocker—such as naloxone—to induce and accelerate an acute opioid withdrawal. This process is a proven and effective treatment for patients struggling with drugs, such as fentanyl, suboxone, or prescription painkillers. Rapid detox is widely considered the most effective method of detoxification from opioids, as it allows patients to achieve complete withdrawal quickly with minimal discomfort. The detoxification process takes place in an accredited hospital where patients are closely monitored by a team of medical professionals throughout the procedure.  

The best first step in overcoming addiction to opioids can be a difficult and daunting task. However, there is help available in the form of rapid detox. Rapid detoxification under sedation was introduced in the 1970s by Dr. Loimer and Dr. Resnick, and it has helped thousands of people overcome their dependence on opioids. The primary goal of this treatment is to allow patients to get through detoxification safely, quickly, and successfully. Additionally, rapid detox alleviates the fear of withdrawal, making it more likely that people will seek and complete treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, rapid opioid detoxification may be the answer.

Does Rapid Detox Work? 

Yes, rapid detox is an extremely effective way to overcome withdrawals, achieve complete opioid detoxification, eliminate physical cravings and speed nervous system recovery. The process allows patients to comfortably undergo detoxification while under sedation, thus providing both a physical and emotional reprieve from the withdrawal process with medical supervision. It should be noted that rapid detox should only be performed in a private ICU room in an accredited hospital by an experienced board-certified anesthesiologist.

Who is the # 1 Rapid Detox Expert in the Nation?

Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein is the most experienced physician providing rapid detox nationwide. He has board certifications in anesthesiology, pain management, and addiction medicine. Board certification signifies the physician has received the highest level of training in their field and is an expert in his respective medical specialty. Dr. Lowenstein has performed thousands of rapid detox procedures since 1998 and has worked with opioid use disorder for over 30 years. He has been featured on major national and international networks such as CNN, NBC, and ABC. Dr. Lowenstein is the best rapid detox doctor because of his experience, expertise, and compassion for his patients.

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Risks and Benefits 

When it comes to drug detox, there are a variety of different approaches that patients can take. However, one method that has become increasingly popular in recent years is rapid detox. This treatment involves the use of powerful drugs to help patients detoxify from substances more quickly. While rapid detox can be an effective way to achieve sobriety, there are a number of risk factors that patients should be aware of before undergoing treatment. 

Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of rapid detox. The results are highly positive when practitioners observe that proper protocols and safety procedures are followed. The issue becomes when corners are cut, especially when these cuts limit patients’ amount and level of care so providers can make additional profits. It is important to remember that rapid detox is a serious medical procedure that requires careful monitoring and supervision. When done correctly, it can be an extremely effective way to help people struggling with addiction. However, when providers attempt to cut corners, it puts patients at risk and can lead to tragic consequences.

Risks of Rapid Opioid Detoxification

  • One of the most significant risk factors is that rapid detox is often provided in non-accredited hospitals or surgical centers. This means that the facilities may not meet the safety and quality care standards accredited institutions require.
  • In addition, rapid detox is often performed by doctors who are not board-certified or have limited experience with this type of treatment. Unfortunately, this can be a cause for concern, as these doctors may not be able to provide the same level of care as those who are more experienced.
  • Some centers only offer detoxification under sedation which might not be the safest approach for some. Because it is the only available protocol, providers are more likely to proceed even when in doubt for lack of options.
  • Another major risk some centers take in order to maximize profits is same-day admission. Opioid-dependent patients do not have the same physiological response or metabolic function as others. Admission, the day before anesthesia detox, is critical to ensure safety and comfort; it allows adequate time for a comprehensive medical evaluation, physical stabilization, and a much-needed understanding of each patient’s metabolism.
  • Rapid detox programs often discharge patients to a hotel room within 24 hours of the medical procedure. Although some centers may claim that patients are cured after detox, it is just not the case. After detox, patients are hypersensitive to any discomfort, emotional or physical. They often feel anxious and lack the tools to handle the first few days of adjustment. It is critical to have professional care during this period, to prevent emotional crisis, unnecessary suffering, and immediate relapse.

In order to ensure your safety and comfort during detoxification, make sure you understand the risks involved in rapid detox programs. Be sure to ask about things like hotel discharge policies and same-day admission procedures. And most importantly, make sure you choose a center that offers comprehensive care and individualized treatment plans.

Main Benefits of Rapid Detox:

  • Complete opioid detoxification is accomplished.
  • Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are mostly avoided.
  • Physical cravings are significantly reduced.
  • Patients can return to their everyday lives quickly and with less disruption.
  • People are more likely to seek opioid treatment when there’s no fear of suffering through severe withdrawal symptoms.
  • Patients can immediately initiate naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy (opioid antagonists and blockers).
  • By significantly decreasing physical cravings with naltrexone, patients have a much better chance of achieving and remaining in full recovery.

There are many programs available and choosing the right could be the difference between success or failure. Rapid detoxification may offer a quick and seemingly easy solution to opioid dependence, but it is not for everyone. It is important to choose a responsible and comprehensive treatment program that will be there for you before, during, and after detoxification. One that does not rush your care but instead sees you as an individual with unique health needs. Remember, there are no miracles; what there is, is responsible and good medicine. An honorable treatment program will offer support and proper care before, during, and after detoxification, and help you get where you need to be.


Waismann Method® rapid detox patients receive care in a private room of a JCAHO-accredited hospital

Waismann Treatment™ provides rapid opioid detoxification in a private room of a full-service accredited hospital.

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. The most important criterion is verifying that the doctor holds a proper license from an accredited medical school with board certification in their specialty. This indicates that they have met the highest standards of care and have been thoroughly trained in their field.

Exercise caution when self-promotion and exaggerated information is highlighted on websites, as data can be misleading and, often, incorrect. Sometimes, physicians claiming unrealistic success may 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 from which medical services are received?

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. It is advisable to be aware of a few things regarding doctors who own their 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 typically have more medical training than doctors who work for someone else. Additionally, if a patient is injured or becomes ill due to medical issues that arise at the medical practice, the liability falls on the business owner.

If quality care is your top priority, knowledge is power. You should not only seek an accredited, board-certified physician but one who owns the medical practice and is fully licensed and insured.

3. How long is the total inpatient stay?

Some centers minimize the length of inpatient care to insufficient levels to reduce costs – a practice that can create unnecessary discomfort and severe health risks. As ‘rapid’ as this detoxification might seem, there is a transition period during which the multi-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, just to name a few.

Additionally, following detoxification, people are hypersensitive to any discomfort, no matter how minor. Be wary of pre-set, ‘one-size-fits-all’ standardized treatment centers. Treatment success is predicated on the premise of customized medical care, tailored to each individual patient, as opposed to one uniform treatment for all.

4. Can I stay longer in the hospital (without extra charges) if medically necessary?

Although rapid detox is a relatively swift procedure, patients should remain in the hospital until a medical evaluation confirms their physical stability and discharge readiness. Hospital stays are typically between 2 to 4 days, varying by a patient, with the option to reevaluate the discharge date.

5. Are there different medically-assisted protocols?

Although you might be interested in receiving anesthesia detoxification, unfortunately not every patient is a candidate. We believe alternative safe and comfortable accelerated detox options should be available for those individuals. If a treatment center offers only one treatment option, the treating doctor will likely go that route, even if not in the best interest of the patient. People are different, and so are their health needs. Hence, there should never be a one size fits all medical detox.

6. How much experience does the physician have with sedation-assisted opioid detoxification? How many patients has the physician personally treated? Is the physician a board-certified anesthesiologist?

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, nor are they a board-certified 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 multiple patients on the same 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. Adverse medical events can go unnoticed when physicians divide their attention between multiple patients.

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 to handle possible physical and emotional instabilities post-detoxification. Furthermore, detox patients are often anxious, fearful, and extremely sensitive to emotional or physical distress post-procedure. Having around-the-clock professional inpatient support is essential to ensure a successful recovery and, most importantly, prevent crisis and immediate relapse.




Rapid Detox Dangerous Claims

Many treatment programs currently provide detoxification under sedation under various names. Some centers try to assert uniqueness by using different names for marketing purposes, although they use the same type of drugs and baseline protocols as any other rapid detoxification. Some so-called “experts” even allege a miraculous one-day cure from opioid addiction, claiming that the person will be returned to a pre-addiction state overnight as if the central nervous system had a reset button.

The consequences of such misconceptions can be disastrous. Promising an overnight cure for addiction might be good for business, but it is undoubtedly dishonest, dangerous, and borderline cruel.

“When the impossible is expected, failure becomes a certainty.”

                                                                                                       — Clare Waismann, M-RAS/SUDCC II 

How Much Does Rapid Detox Cost?

The cost of Rapid Detox can range from $19,800 to $24,800 for five to ten days of inpatient care. The exact cost will be based on the necessary length of treatment, as determined by each patient’s individual health needs. Our staff will assess each patient’s situation and discuss treatment options before admission so that the patient can make an informed decision about their care. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for our patients, and we believe that open communication is essential to achieving this. We want our patients to be fully informed about their treatment options so that they can make the best decisions for their health.

Rapid Detox Cost Includes:

  • All needed transportation, meals, and lodging from the time of admission.
  • Private rooms at a JCAHO-accredited hospital for 2 to 4 days.
  • Extensive inpatient medical pre-evaluation, including cardio assessment.
  • Multi-specialty services are available from cardiologists, pulmonologists, and intensive care specialists.
  • Rapid detoxification in a private ICU room.
  • Vivitrol shot when indicated.
  • A few days of inpatient recovery care in our exclusive six-patient retreat.
  • Private counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Therapeutic services to ease recovery.

Evaluating the cost of rapid detox is an integral part of seeking treatment for opioid use disorder. It is also essential to remember that not all centers are created equal.

Your primary concern should be the quality and quantity of the customized care you receive. While some centers prioritize profits by reducing the amount of inpatient care or treating several patients together in the same room, more reputable centers will concentrate on your well-being and treatment success.

Photo of Dr. Michael Lowenstein Waismann Method Medical Director

Waismann Method® Medical Director Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, is quadruple board-certified and the most experienced licensed physician performing anesthesia detox. His credentials and success with thousands of patients speak for themselves.

WAISMANN METHOD® Rapid Detox Center Difference

“A Detox Center Above the Rest”

Waismann Method was founded and named after registered addiction specialist Clare Waismann. Since 1998 thousands of patients worldwide finding freedom from all over the world have flown to So. California to receive treatment at the center.

Waismann Method is the most recognized rapid detoxification center due to its unrivaled dedication to patient care. The combination of a private Joint Commission Accredited Hospital, a Multi-board Certified Medical Director with 24 years of experience in rapid opiate detoxification, and an all-inclusive recovery retreat makes th,e program not just the safest but also the most successful rapid detox center in the world.

The team at Waismann Method is committed to helping each patient reach their goals and live a fulfilling life, free from the shackles of addiction.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out to the expert team at Waismann Method. We can help you or your loved one get on the path to recovery and start living the life you deserve.


Waismann Method Rapid Detox Location

Waismann Method healthcare professionals believe that every patient is unique and requires individualized treatment. That is why we have concentrated all our efforts in one exclusive location worldwide – Southern California. Our exceptional medical care is reinforced by the emotional support you receive from our team of healthcare professionals.

We hope our compassion and commitment will inspire a positive lasting change in your life. Our private, caring, and supportive environment is designed to help you through every step of the treatment process. From pre-admission to recovery care, our goal is to help you overcome your dependence on opioids and start fresh with a new lease on life. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

Rapid Detox Provided in a Private Room of a Full-Service JCAHO Accredited Hospital, while Under the Care of a Quadruple Board-Certified M.D.

If you are looking for responsible and comprehensive medical care, then the Waismann Method Treatment Program is your best choice. Waismann Method’s responsible and proven approach has helped thousands achieve freedom from dependence on drugs or alcohol. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one start on the road to recovery.


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Reviewed by Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC), founder of Waismann Method® Advanced Treatment for Opiate Dependence.
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