Understanding Rapid Detox ( Ultra Rapid Detoxification, Anesthesia Assisted Detox, Rapid Drug Detox) 



What is Rapid Detox?

Rapid Detox is a  detoxification process which uses antagonist drugs to shorten the duration of an opiate withdrawal syndrome, while patients are under anesthesia and are not subject to discomfort. Different Rapid Detox protocols have been developed since 1988 when Dr. Norbert Loimer described his Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification under Anesthesia. The goal of the procedure was to induce an opioid detoxification while blocking receptors to minimize suffering and reduce physical cravings.

Waismann Method Rapid Detox Center has been the #1 choice for anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification treatment for almost two decades.  Patients are admitted to a full-service hospital to undergo treatment. At the hospital patients can be carefully monitored for a few days by an extensive medical staff.


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Since the late 90s, doctors at the Waismann Institute, have successfully helped thousands of patients from all over the world to 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 opiate withdrawal; by using the latest available techniques.  At the Waismann Institute, around 98% of our patients complete opiate detox, and can move forward with a recovery program of their choice.


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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.

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Rapid Detox Procedure

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 30 to the 90 minute procedure is performed in an intensive care unit (I.C.U.), and the patient is required to be in the hospital for 2 to 3 days.  
Proponents of this detox process state that: with Rapid Detox, complete opioid detoxification is attained, the patient experiences limited withdrawal symptoms; physical opiate dependence is eliminated, and the physiological craving for drugs is significantly reduced.

At the Waismann Method®, we pride ourselves on providing the safest rapid detox protocol available. We hope that all Rapid Detox Centers will follow a universal standard of care to ensure the well-being of the patients while maintaining the effectiveness of the treatment.



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Safety Standards

A number of different  Rapid Detox protocols have been developed since Dr. Loimer reported his technique in 1988. 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 Dr. Loimer’s idea without following necessary safety protocols. Some of these unregulated detox procedures have resulted in complications, emergency admissions, and even deaths.


Basic Rapid Detox Safety Protocols:

  • Anesthesia detox should always be administered in an accredited hospital.
  • Private rooms – Patients should be evaluated and treated individually in private rooms.  What other medical procedure patients are allowed 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 additional day, allows for an overall physical evaluation, pre-medication for a smooth detox, and a better knowledge of patient’s response to significant medications. Understanding how each patient physically responds to the pre-medication, gives medical staff a more accurate idea of which drugs and proper dosages to be used during the procedure.
  • Multiple medical detox options –  Our medical staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the most efficient detox protocol to be used 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 30 to 90 minutes.
  • 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 have been reported in Rapid Detox Centers that do not allow the proper inpatient post detox time.
  • Aftercare – Physical discomforts, insomnia, and emotional instabilities are common reasons for complications and 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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Waismann Rapid Detox

(The description bellow applies to most cases, but can and will be modified if needed.)

First day or two: 

Patients are admitted to a private room of a full-service accredited hospital for close monitoring and access to different health care services and specialists. At that time, an extensive medical evaluation including but not limited to medical history, chest x-ray, physical exam, blood work, evaluation of the kidney & liver function, and sometimes a stress test or an echo-cardiogram, if deemed necessary.

Throughout this time, patients are kept comfortable and receive medications to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Second or third day:

Patients are transferred to their private room in the ICU, where our multi-board certified anesthesiologist performs the Rapid Detoxification procedure. This process typically lasts 30-90 minutes where the patient has a limited conscious memory of the withdrawal symptoms while under sedation. After the procedure, patients remain in the ICU overnight for continued observation and individualized medical care.

Third or fourth day:

The morning after rapid detox, patients continue to recover while receiving IV fluids and electrolytes. During this period, physicians assess readiness for discharge to our exclusive recovery center for a few days.

Remaining days:

The recovery center offers amenities and therapeutic services designed to maximize comfort and success of the procedure. This additional inclusive care, ensures patients are recovering as well as they should be while minimizing the risk of any complications or immediate relapse.

Private Recovery Center

Domus Retreat Recovery Center is a 6000 square ft. licensed facility that is nestled in an exclusive residential neighborhood.

We believe that after detoxing, patients require close post-care monitoring for several days in a safe environment. This transitional phase can be challenging for some. Physicological transitions: sleep regulation, fluid retention, body temperature, and emotional stability can be difficult to regulate.  Experts at our Domus Retreat have made this transition easier for thousands of people, by providing the highest degree of comfort and support.


Waismann Exclusive Benefits

  • Pre-admission: Provides our professional medical staff an opportunity to identify underlying psychological or physiological conditions.
  • 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, obesity, smoking, and the use of multiple drugs can increase the risks associated with detoxification. A thorough examination and evaluation gives our doctors valuable insight into the patient’s overall health. The results of these tests provide our physicians with the adequate information to adjust the treatment protocol based on each patient specific needs.
  • Pre-medication Evaluation:  It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure. Pre-medication can be administered to stabilize body functions and help our doctors achieve a smooth and safe detoxification.
  • Quadrupled board-certified medical director: Dr. Lowenstein is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine, and Pain Management. His certification and experience are what provides him with the excellent 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 additional 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.

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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 idea of using anesthesia and sedation might be the same, but the treatment method used, safety and results vary immensely from center to center.

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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