Rapid Detox by Waismann Method vs Other Centers Comparison Chart

What is Rapid Detox and How Does It Work?

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. Waismann Method is only available in So. California.

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.

Rapid detox is a medical treatment performed in an accredited hospital in which an anesthesiologist precipitates an opiate withdrawal while the patient comfortably sleeps under sedation.

It is essential to understand that rapid detox treatment is not for everyone and should only be performed under the care of an experienced board-certified anesthesiologist in a private ICU room of an accredited hospital.

Does Rapid Detox Work? 

Yes, rapid detox is an effective method for detoxing from opioids. This medical detox was developed in the late 1970s by Dr. Loimer and Dr. Resnick, and it has helped thousands of people withdraw from opioids quickly and safely. Rapid opiate detox treatment is highly effective in reducing the length of time it takes to withdraw from opioids such as fentanyl, Percocet, and oxycodone, as well as suboxone and methadone.

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WAISMANN METHOD® has provided patients with nearly 100% opiate detox success rate

If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, rapid detox may be an option worth considering. To learn more about rapid detox, please contact us today. Waismann Method’s team of professionals can help you determine if this treatment option is right for you.

Ready to Be Opioid-Free?

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 

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.

When done responsibly, rapid detox can be an effective way to overcome opioid dependence. Several risks associated with the procedure can be minimized when proper safety protocols are followed.


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 patients can verify background history and success claims.
  • The program offers only one treatment protocol, regardless of patients’ 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 medical detox.


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.
  • People become emotionally present and have a more accurate emotional assessment and adherence to whatever recovery care is indicated for their individual needs.

If you are considering detox under sedation, it is essential to be aware of the risks. Make sure to ask questions and do your research before making any decisions.


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. 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.




Rapid Detoxification Center Differences

Many treatment programs, under various names, have claimed to provide sedation-assisted detoxification, trying to assert uniqueness. Some dare to allege a miraculous one-day cure of opioid addiction. Even worse, making the outrageous and untruth promise to return you to a pre-addiction state overnight as if your central nervous system had a reset button. To select a reputable and successful treatment program, you first need realistic expectations.

When healthcare 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 cruel.


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

                                                                                                       — Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC 


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. We do not support miracle cures that require no effort on the part of the patient. Such programs create false hope and waste the time and money of those who turn to them in desperation. They also put patients at risk by raising their expectations and failing to deliver on those promises. We believe that patients should be informed about all available treatment options, including those that may require more effort on their part. We believe that patients should make decisions about their care based on accurate information, not false promises.


How Much Does Rapid Detox Cost? Is It Covered by Insurance?

Considering the rapid detox cost is an integral part of the process when you are ready to seek treatment for your addiction. It is essential to remember that not all centers are created equal. The quality and amount of care you receive should be your primary concern. While some centers prioritize profits by reducing the amount of inpatient care or treating several patients together in the same room, more reputable centers concentrate on your well-being and treatment success.

It is essential to be an informed and proactive patient when it comes to health care. One way to do this is to understand the costs associated with different medical procedures. While it is important to consider the quality of care you will receive, it is also essential to look at the overall cost of the procedure. By doing your research and knowing what to expect, you can save yourself, money and stress. Being an informed patient is always the best course of action when it comes to health care.

rapid detox expert Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, has treated thousands of opioid patients

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 Detoxification Center

Waismann Method seven-day inpatient treatment costs $19,800, while a ten-day stay may cost $22,800. The cost and length of stay are based on the patient’s health needs, which the medical staff will determine before admission. Unfortunately, insurance companies still do not cove rapid detoxification, hopefully, in the near future.

Patients are usually in the hospital for two to three days and an additional four to seven days at our recovery center. We believe that this substantial assistance during the emotional and physical transition is key to maximizing the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. If you have any questions about the cost of our rapid detox, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We aim to provide compassionate and professional care for each and every one of our patients.

WAISMANN METHOD® Rapid Detox Center Difference

“A Detox Center Above the Rest”

Addiction specialist Clare Waismann founded Waismann Method in 1998. Since then, the center has been providing sedation-assisted detoxification in California, its only location. Our program is the most highly respected and successful of its kind in the nation. Thousands of patients from all corners of the world have flown to California in order to receive our treatment which offers comprehensive care with unparalleled results.


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.  

Rapid Detox 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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    Your questions are confidential, and our responses compassionate and knowledgeable.

    Call now and speak confidentially with a recovery expert.

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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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