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 withdrawal symptoms. Subsequently, this accelerated method of rapid opioid detox uses a combination of intravenous medications, including Naloxone to shorten the duration of acute withdrawal.

This fast 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. More importantly, 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.

The Evolution of Rapid Detox Treatments

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, get through the withdrawal phase.

In the 1980s, Ultra Rapid Opiate Detox history began. Since then, many anesthesia based opioid treatments have surfaced. Although the idea of detoxification under anesthesia might be the same, the effectiveness and safety of each center differ significantly.

Learn more about how Rapid Detox works.

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  • Waismann Method®
  • Rapid Detox
  • Ultra Rapid Opiate Detox
  • Rapid Drug Detox
  • Naltrexone Detoxification
  • Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification
  • Accelerated Opioid Detox
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Understanding what rapid opiate detox is and the significant 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 anesthesia detox providers are similarly competent or even responsible.




Are There Risks Associated with Rapid Drug Detox?

Rapid opioid detoxification is a safe and private procedure. However, there should never be one single protocol for all patients. Our program tailors each opioid detox treatment to each patient’s unique medical needs. In a hospital, medical resources are immediately available, abundant, and there is no rush to discharge.

Numerous studies have tested the safety and efficacy of rapid opiate detoxification and found generally positive results, provided that practitioners follow proper procedures.
As long as rapid opiate detox occurs under the appropriate monitors, the process has few adverse effects.
For this reason, the Waismann Method® has established excellent safety protocols in a private JCAHO accredited hospital.

It is important to conduct thorough research because, unfortunately, other rapid detox centers are not always as careful. Some of these overnight treatment centers may:

  • 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.


Considering Patient Risks and Benefits

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

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, antidepressants, stimulants, alcohol and other drugs) directly impacts the type of treatment and outcome. Different types of opioids should be dealt with differently. A patient who uses a gram of heroin per day requires 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) can warrant particular pre-treatment care.
Mental Health – 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.

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.

If safety and effectiveness of the anesthesia-assisted detox process are your priorities, Waismann Method Medical Group should be your choice. We offer two decades of outstanding reputation, based on excellent care and extensive safety protocols.

The Waismann Detox Center Difference

Although anesthesia assisted detox is a safe procedure, not all treatment facilities have the adequate medical resources. Just because two rapid opiate detox centers have the same original idea, does not necessarily mean they achieve the same results.

Therefore, when choosing an addiction treatment center, make sure to consider the following differences and truly think through what best suits your needs:

  •  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 anesthesia-assisted detoxification
    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 the rapid opiate detox
    VS Doctors with very little or unrecognized credentials and experience.
  • Latest advances in a safe and short rapid drug 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.

What are the Benefits of Ultra Rapid Detox?

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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.

Read this article to learn additional benefits of opiate detox.


Considering Patient Safety at a Rapid Detox Center

To ensure safety, comfort, and effectiveness, detox under anesthesia must meet the following conditions:
  • Facility Accreditation – JCAHO Accreditation- This is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
  • Full-Service Hospital – Anesthesia Assisted Detox should be performed in a full-service hospital where multiple medical resources and recourse is immediately available. In case of an unexpected situation, available specialists can assess, consult or treat without risky delays.
  • Individual Attention – Patients should always have their private rooms so medical team can focus on the individual without distraction, what provides safer and more effective care.
  • Early Admission – Patients must be admitted to the hospital at least one day before the procedure for evaluation and premedication. 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 select the most appropriate opiate detoxification protocol.
  • Short Sedation TimeAnesthesia-Assisted Opiate Detoxification that still uses general anesthesia for two or more hours, is considered outdated and can pose unnecessary risks. This process can be successfully performed under sedation usually lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, generally avoiding any anesthesia-associated risks.
  • Post-Procedural Care – After anesthesia detox, patients should remain in the hospital overnight. Traditional discharge to hotel rooms or homes can place patients at a higher risk of dehydration, pulmonary, cardiac issues or unnecessary medical complications.
  • Inclusive Recovery FacilitiesThe regulation period is challenging for most people. Patients recovering from opioid detoxification often struggle with insomnia, anxiety and other post-detox issues. Professional assistance during this challenging phase can make the difference between a successful treatment and an immediate relapse.



How Does the Rapid Detox Process Work

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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

Although loved ones may have the best intentions to help, having inpatient support is essential.  Our professional staff have the expertise to handle the physical & emotional instability of the recovery phase.

Waismann Method® is the Smart Choice for Rapid Detox

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 in Anesthesiology , Addiction Medicine and Anti-Aging & Regenerative. Additionally, he has status as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine. His decades of experience leave him ideally equipped to treat all forms of opioid dependence. Dr. Lowenstein has 20 years of experience performing Rapid Detoxification Under Anesthesia and other types of treatments for opioid use disorder.


Accreditation We perform rapid drug detox in an accredited, private, full-service hospital. In this manner, the patient has access to around the clock 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 the comfort and effectiveness of the treatment.

  • Domus Retreat Recovery Center was created to provide the additional care needed post-detoxification. Patients receive professional care from qualified experts. Therapeutic services are also provided to ease this crucial phase towards living an opioid-free life.

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