What Is Rapid Detox?

Rapid detox is a medical treatment of opioid detoxification under anesthesia. The process rapidly induces and speeds up the detoxification phase while blocking most of the distressful withdrawal symptoms. In this process, intravenous medications such as Naloxone are used to shorten the duration of acute withdrawal.

This fast detoxification process also reduces acute withdrawal syndrome from several days to a couple of hours. While under anesthesia, the patient is not subject to the intense discomfort associated with opiate withdrawal. More importantly, when the patient awakens, the patient’s receptors are free and blocked from opioid attachment. Following the rapid opiate detox procedure, Naltrexone therapy can be initiated to curb cravings and substantially reduce the risk of relapse.

Different drug treatment centers offer various approaches to anesthesia-based opioid detoxification treatment, and the effectiveness and safety varies based on numerous factors, including patient-specific pre-existing health issues.

When researching opioid detoxification options, you might also see rapid detox referred to by one of the following terms:

  • Rapid drug detox
  • Ultra rapid opiate detox
  • Naltrexone detoxification
  • Anesthesia-assisted detoxification
  • Accelerated opioid detox
  • Waismann Method®
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How Does the Rapid Detox Process Work?

Stage 1: Evaluation

Waismann Method® rapid detox begins with the patient being admitted to an accredited, full-service hospital. Next, the patient receives a private room, has access to a range of medical specialists and services, and is evaluated by medical staff. The comprehensive medical evaluation is conducted the day prior to beginning the rapid detox treatment.

Stage 2: Anesthesia Detox

The patient undergoes fast opiate detox under anesthesia in a private room of an ICU. Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, and his team treat one patient at a time to provide superior care and undivided attention before, during and after the rapid detox treatment.

Stage 3: Discharge Assessment

The patient remains at the hospital, receiving additional care, IV fluids and electrolytes following the accelerated detox treatment. The medical team then evaluates the patient’s physical stability for discharge to Waismann Method’s private recovery center.

Stage 4: Recovery

Although loved ones might have the best intentions in wanting to help, they don’t have the medical expertise to properly handle the recovery period immediately following rapid detox for opioid dependence. Having professional inpatient support is essential to the patient’s recovery. Waismann Method’s professional staff members have the expertise to handle the physical and emotional instability of the recovery phase.




Does Rapid Detox Work?

Rapid opioid detoxification is a safe and effective procedure when conducted properly by medical staff. Not all individuals are candidates for rapid detox treatment, however. An inpatient evaluation the day prior to beginning the rapid detox process is crucial in order to identify preventable risks.

The Waismann Method®, for example, is unique in that it conducts rapid detox treatments in a private, JCAHO-accredited hospital and uses a program that tailors each person’s opioid detox treatment to his or her unique medical needs. In this hospital setting, medical resources are immediately available and abundant, and there is no rush to discharge the patient before the appropriate time.

Numerous studies have tested the safety and efficacy of rapid opiate detoxification. These studies show generally positive results for accelerated detox techniques, provided that practitioners follow proper procedures. As long as rapid opiate detox is conducted under the appropriate monitors and circumstances, the process has few adverse effects.

It is essential to conduct thorough research before choosing a rapid detox treatment center. Some rapid detox centers are, unfortunately, not as careful or equipped as they should be. Choosing one that is well-equipped and staffed with medical professionals who specialize in fast detox methods can increase the patient’s chances of success.

What Are the Dangers of Rapid Drug Detox?

Understanding rapid opiate detox risks and the significant differences between treatment centers is a vital step finding a safe option that will lead to a successful result. Not all anesthesia detox providers offer the same level of medical care, so evaluating their reputation, competency and record of success is a critical part of researching detox treatment options.

Examples of risky practices to watch for when researching providers of detoxification under anesthesia include:

  • Doctors cutting the length of inpatient care to insufficient levels
  • Use of sub-par overnight medical facilities that don’t have immediate access to necessary medical resources
  • Medical staff and care providers who don’t have adequate experience or training in ultra rapid opiate detox
  • Discharging of patients to hotel rooms before they are physically ready for such a transition following a fast opiate detox treatment
  • No inpatient recovery care provided

Assessing Patient Safety at a Rapid Detox Center

To ensure safety, comfort, and effectiveness, a rapid detox program offering detox under anesthesia should meet the following conditions:

  • Facility accreditation
  • Full-service hospital
  • Individual attention for each patient
  • Early admission for medical evaluation
  • Short sedation time during the rapid detox treatment
  • Additional detox options without anesthesia based on patient needs
  • Professional post-procedure care in an exclusive recovery facility





What Factors Are Considered in a Patient’s Rapid Detox Treatment Plan?

Successful substance detoxification should not require the patient to adapt to a pre-established course of treatment. Instead, a more effective approach is to adapt the course of treatment to each patient’s unique needs.

Important factors that contribute to the effectiveness of rapid detox include:

  • Age
  • Substances
  • Physical health
  • Mental health

Why Age Needs to Be Factored into a Medical Detox Treatment Plan

Patients in their 50s can have significantly different or additional health needs compared with patients in their 20s. During the comprehensive medical evaluation conducted prior to the medical detox treatment, the medical team will review the patient’s medical history, necessary medications and any conditions that could impact the patient during or after rapid detox.

Different Substances Might Require Different Treatments

Rapid detox treatment plans should be tailored to address the specific type of opioid used or the combination of substances used. Different types of opioids and substances — including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, stimulants and alcohol — require different treatments in order for the outcome to be successful. A patient who uses a gram of heroin per day requires different medical treatment from a patient who takes 400 milligrams of Oxycodone per day, for example. Waismann Method has been conducting successful rapid heroin detox treatments for more than 20 years.

How the Patient’s Physical Health Can Affect a Course of Rapid Detox Treatment

Patients who suffer from high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes or other illnesses have additional medical needs that need to be factored into their rapid detox treatment plan. Similarly, tobacco use, allergies, and even recent air travel, which can cause dehydration, can warrant specific pre-treatment care before the rapid detox process can begin.

Addressing the Patient’s Mental Health Needs Is Also Critical

Treating mental and emotional health issues as part of the overall detox treatment plan can be as crucial as addressing physical concerns. Generalized anxiety, depression, and other emotional conditions can affect the detoxification process and the likelihood of relapse. Anxiety issues are particularly relevant when constructing a rapid detox treatment plan because such issues can influence a patient’s emotional state as well as the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate.

Rapid detox can be an effective treatment option for some patients; however, it is crucial that patients discuss all of their specific needs, their medical history, and their questions and concerns with a medical professional to evaluate all of their detox treatment options before selecting a course of action.


Waismann Method Tailors Rapid Detox Treatments to Your Specific Needs

Waismann Method® follows the above-outlined process to ensure that every patient’s detoxification treatment plan is customized to meet his or her specific needs. The program stands apart as a leader in rapid detox treatment, having created a superior level of safety protocols to prioritize patient well-being, and backed by an outstanding reputation with over 20 years of successful rapid detox results.

Waismann Method® established superior safety protocols for use in a private, JCAHO-accredited hospital.

What Are the Benefits of Ultra Rapid Detox?

Medical stethoscope and red heart isolated on white. Tool for doctor to assess patient health prior to conducting rapid detox treatment.

  • People are more likely to seek opioid treatment when the fear of withdrawal is not present.
  • Medically monitored detoxification under anesthesia is conducted in a hospital.
  • Withdrawal symptoms are reduced in number and shortened in duration with rapid detox.
  • Fewer opportunities to abandon detoxification treatment are present during rapid detox.
  • Waismann Method’s rapid detox process has a nearly 100% opioid detox success rate.
  • Patients have the ability to immediately start Naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy.
  • Decreased physical opioid cravings are experienced after the ultra rapid detox treatment, which dramatically maximizes the chances of the patient having a full recovery.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this opiate detox method.




Experience the Difference of Waismann Method Detox Treatment

Although anesthesia-assisted detox is a safe procedure, not all treatment facilities have adequate medical resources to properly conduct ultra rapid opiate detox. Just because two rapid opiate detox centers have the same original idea or appear to have a similar process does not necessarily mean they achieve the same results. When choosing an addiction or substance dependence treatment center, make sure to consider the significant differences in the specific level of care they offer and their record of detox success. Most importantly, evaluate which treatment center is going to best suit your unique needs.


How to Tell If a Rapid Detox Center Offers the High-Quality Care You Need

Assessing safety, comfort and effectiveness is an important part of researching which detox treatment program is right for you or your loved one.

Look for these examples of superior protocols and standards, which are hallmarks of Waismann Method:

  • Full-service, JCAHO-accredited hospital with comprehensive medical resources, allowing rapid detox experts and other medical specialists to access, consult, and treat patients without risky delays
  • Private hospital, undivided medical attention and individualized care
  • Comprehensive inpatient evaluations and pre-treatment for a full day prior to the anesthesia-assisted opioid detoxification, enabling specialists to tailor the rapid detox treatment plan to the patient’s unique circumstances
  • Additional options of non-anesthesia detox methods to better fit some patients’ specific needs
  • Treating physician has recognized credentials and extensive experience performing rapid opiate detox
  • Use of the latest advances in safe, short rapid drug detox treatment, such as sedation for 30 to 90 minutes instead of the outdated use of general anesthesia for two or more hours
  • Discharge from hospital determined based on each patient’s physical readiness
  • Discharge to an inclusive recovery retreat for the days following medical detox while the patient goes through the regulation phase, including professional care for patients struggling with insomnia, pulmonary or cardiac issues, and other issues

Avoid these examples of substandard care and conduct that can be found at some detox programs:

  • A small surgical or medical center with no emergency services
  • Large medical rooms with other patients going through withdrawal side by side simultaneously
  • Admission on the day of the rapid detox procedure with very little or no knowledge of patient’s physiology or medical history
  • One detox treatment for all patients regardless of their physical and mental health differences
  • Doctors with very little or no recognized credentials or experience conducting accelerated detox techniques
  • Outdated processes using lengthy and riskier general anesthesia techniques
  • Preset discharge dates regardless of the patient’s condition
  • Discharging patients prematurely and sending them to a hotel room with a family member and no professional care post-detox, which can put the patient at risk of experiencing dehydration, pulmonary or cardiac issues, and other unnecessary or preventable medical complications


Waismann Method Is the Smart Choice for Rapid Detox

Waismann Method® is a wise choice for opioid detox because it offers superior care and advanced rapid detox treatment options, uniquely due to the following:

Certification and Experience

Waismann Method Medical Director Dr. Lowenstein has certifications from the:

  • American Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Lowenstein has over 20 years of experience performing rapid detoxification under anesthesia and other types of medical detoxification for opioid use disorder. His expertise in fast detox methods and in tailoring treatment plans to patients’ needs make him highly sought-after for rapid detox treatment, particularly for detox from opioid dependence.


Our team performs rapid drug detox in an accredited full-service hospital. Our patients have access to around-the-clock monitoring, medical specialists, resources and multiple medical detoxification options.

Private Recovery Center

Providing patients with several days of inpatient care at our exclusive retreat maximizes the comfort and effectiveness of the rapid detox treatment. Domus Retreat and Recovery Center was created to provide the additional care needed post-detoxification.

Waismann Method patients receive professional care at Domus Retreat and Recovery Center from qualified experts. Therapeutic services are also provided to ease patients through this crucial phase and on to living an opioid-free life.

Pioneers in Rapid Opioid Detox

Accelerated detox techniques have been used for decades, but Waismann Method was one of the pioneers of ultra rapid opiate detox. We have maintained a 98% opioid detox success rate while specializing in rapid detox since 1998 and now also offer detox treatments for overcoming alcohol dependence as well. Our approach to refining fast detox methods and advancing medical protocols has made Waismann Method an industry leader.

Rapid detox treatment requires the medical expertise and thorough attention provided by the Waismann Method team. Settling for less than high standards of medical care could put your health and safety at risk. Call or email to learn more about your treatment options today.


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