Over the last 30 years, doctors and medical researchers have developed numerous new medical opiate detoxification protocols to treat patients suffering from opioid dependency. Throughout the years, these protocols have been commonly referred to as Waismann Method, Rapid Detox, Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification, Rapid Drug Detox, Naltrexone Detoxification, Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification or Accelerated Opiate Detox. First reported in 1988 by Dr. Loimer, the idea was to use anesthesia combined with opiate antagonist drugs, to rapidly induce withdrawal and accelerate the opiate detoxification process while the patient slept comfortably.

Through the decades, detoxification under anesthesia has become world-renowned for its effectiveness, privacy, and comfort. By the time patients wake up from the procedure, opioids have been successfully removed from the receptors, which makes for a successful detoxification. Another advantage is that patients can commence a Naltrexone therapy immediately. Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist that works at the receptor level to mitigate block the effects of opioids while decreasing physiological cravings. It also minimizes the chance of a relapse.


Is Rapid Detox Safe and who is a Good Candidate?

There should never be one single protocol for any medical treatment, and anesthesia assisted detox is no exception to this rule. Instead, the protocol should be tailored to each patient’s unique medical needs. To maximize the safety and efficacy of treatment, medical resources must be abundant, there should be no rush, and individualized assessments should always be performed. To provide the safest and most effective Rapid Drug Detox  under anesthesia, the procedure should always be performed in a full-service hospital, where immediate and additional support is available. Also, a private room allows for the individualized medical care, which can be a key factor to ensure safety, comfort and privacy.

Multiple treatment options should be available, based on patients’ individual characteristics, such as:

  • Age– Patient’s in their fifties may have significantly different or additional health needs than patients in their twenties.
  • Substances– The use of multiple substances including benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, stimulants, alcohol, and other drugs has a direct impact on the required treatment and outcome. Even different opioids should be managed differently. A patient who takes a gram of heroin per day needs 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 during pre-examination, detoxification, and recovery. Tobacco use, allergies, and even recent air travel (which can cause dehydration) also warrants specific pre-treatment requirements. In addition, medications that patients take to manage medical conditions may also affect the detoxification process.
  • Mental Health– Generalized anxiety, panic disorder, depression, sleep disorder and other mental health conditions can affect both the detoxification process and a patient’s likelihood of having a relapse. Anxiety issues are particularly important to address, as they influence blood pressure, heart rate, and other factors crucial to the safety and comfort of the detoxification process.

Successful detoxification strategies don’t require the patient to adapt to a course of treatment; they adapt the treatment to the individual patient. Whether a patient is undergoing Rapid Drug Detox or a more gradual method of opioid detoxification, they must find a treatment center that addresses and provides the adequate treatment for the individual’s specific needs.

“There is no question that this treatment is the best. Made me comfortable in every aspect. Stop debating and get well. This program changed my life. Worth every penny.”
-Suboxone Patient

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What are the Real Risks of Sedated Detoxification?

Numerous studies have tested the safety and efficacy of the procedure and found largely positive results, provided that practitioners follow proper procedures. According to an analysis from 2003, as long as Rapid Detox occurs “under the proper circumstances,” it has few negative effects and allows patients to recover in comfort. The Waismann Method has established superior safety protocols in a private JCAHO accredited hospital.

Unfortunately, other Rapid Detox Centers are not always as careful. Many facilities have cut the length of in-patient care below adequate levels, relied on sub-par facilities, and failed to hire medical providers with the proper experience and training. The lack of proper medical care and safety precautions have caused patients to experience unnecessary suffering, medical complications, emergency room visits, and death. The Waismann Center is careful to avoid these pitfalls, upholding the highest standards of safety and quality for all patients.

“I am 70 years old and completed the treatment. The care I received was excellent. I highly recommend this facility.”
-Suboxone Patient

“I’ve never ever thought that I can feel this good and functional without Methadone.  This was the best experience of my life.  Thank God for giving me this chance to start over as a new woman.  Love ya’ll.”
-Methadone Patient

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How do I Compare Different Rapid Detox Centers?

For the sake of safety, comfort and effectiveness, Detox under anesthesia must meet the following conditions:

  • Facility Accreditation– Anesthesia Assisted Detox should only be performed in full-service, accredited hospitals.
  • Individual Attention– Patients undergoing the procedure must have private rooms so that caregivers can focus on each patient’s immediate needs without distraction.
  • Early Admission– Patients must be admitted to the hospital at least one day prior to the procedure. Medical staff must then perform physical evaluations, pre-medication, and other procedures to gage how to proceed, so as to maximize both comfort and efficacy. Pre-treatment also allows physicians to access each physiological response, while obtaining a better understanding of the necessary medications and dosages to be used.
  • Optimizing Options– Based on a patient’s medical history, dependence, and other factors, caregivers must select the opiate detoxification protocol best suited for the patient needs.
  • The Benefits of Sedation–  Detox centers that still use general anesthesia for two or more hours, are considered archaic and can pose unnecessary risks to the patient.  The process can be successfully performed under sedation usually lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, thereby avoiding the general anesthesia associated risks.
  • Post-Procedural Care– Once the treatment is complete, the patient should remain in the hospital overnight under careful observation. Patients who are discharged before this point face a higher risk of dehydration, pulmonary and cardiac issues, and other potentially serious medical complications.
  • Inclusive Recovery Facilities– Patients who are recovering from opioid detoxification often struggle with insomnia, anxiety, and other post-detox issues. How one handles discomfort in this challenging phase can make the difference between a successful treatment and an immediate relapse. Having professionals around for a few days, will dramatically improve the likelihood of a continuous and successful recovery.

The procedure is fast and effective, but it is not a miracle. It requires responsible physicians and cooperative patients. With proper understanding and respect for opioid dependence, detoxification needs, and physiological adaptations, anesthesia assisted detox can be a life-saving treatment.

“If you have any issues with opiates at all go to the Waismann Method and Domus Retreat. The knowledge compassion and respect you will receive will exceed your expectations in every way. And you will be given the opportunity to get your life back to normal.”
– Demerol and Suboxone Patient

Why is the Waismann Method ® Considered the Best Opioid Detox and Treatment Center? How does it Work?

Although protocol may vary by patient, most Anesthesia Assisted Detox treatment at the Waismann Method, follows this model:

Part 1: Evaluation

The patient is admitted to an accredited, full-service hospital, where they receive a private room and have access to a range of medical specialists and services. Medical professionals take their medical history and perform a series of tests, including chest scans, kidney and liver exams, physical evaluations, blood work, and, in some cases, echocardiograms and/or a cardiac stress test. Meanwhile, patients receive treatments for withdrawal symptoms and are kept as comfortable as possible. This stage lasts for one to two days.

Part 2: Anesthesia Detox

On the second or third day, patients undergo Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification in private room in the ICU, in which they receive undivided attention from Dr. Michael Lowenstein and his team. Dr. Lowenstein is quadruple board-certified and has been at the forefront of Rapid Opiate Detox treatments for nearly two decades. Thanks to his experience successfully treating thousands of patients and his status as a Diplomat of the American Boards of Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine, he has been widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in opioid dependence.

Part 3: Assessment

The following day, patients are still at the hospital, where they receive additional medical care, IV fluids and electrolytes. At that point, Dr. Lowenstein will evaluate their condition and readiness for discharge to our exclusive recovery facility.

Part 4: Recovery

It is imperative to the success and well-being of the patient that they are adequately supported throughout this transitional period. Family members and loved ones may have the best intentions to help, but they are simply not trained to deal with the physical, and emotional instability of this transitional period. They can actually cause additional anxiety and stress, that can lead to outbursts and immediate relapse. An inpatient recovery center for a few days is not an extra amenity, but a necessary continuation of treatment to ensure treatment success.

Domus Retreat Recovery Center was created to provide the additional care needed post detoxification. At Domus, patients receive around the clock assistance from qualified experts and therapeutic services, making it easier to overcome the final obstacle toward living an opioid-free life.

The Wise Choice for Those Who Choose the Best.

The Waismann Method has become the wise choice for opioid detox, in large part because of our insistence on:

  • Pre-Admission– The patient is admitted to an accredited, full-service hospital, where they receive a private room and access to a range of specialists and services. Caregivers take their medical history and perform a series of tests, including chest scans, kidney and liver exams, physical evaluations, blood work, and, in some cases, echocardiogram and/or cardiac stress test. Meanwhile, patients receive treatments for withdrawal symptoms and are kept as comfortable as possible. This stage lasts for one to two days.
  • Certification and Experience– Our Medical Director and treating physician Dr. Lowenstein, has been certified by the American Boards of Medical Examiners, Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine, and Anti-Aging & Regenerative. Combined with his decades of experience and status as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine, this leaves him perfectly equipped to treat all forms of opioid dependence. He also has almost two decades of experience performing Opioid Detox Under Anesthesia.
  • Accreditation– We perform rapid drug detox in a accredited, private, full-service hospital. Patients have access offers to individualized monitoring, additional medical specialists and resources and multiple medical detoxification options.
  • Included Private Recovery Center– By providing patients a few days of inpatient recovery care through the regulation period, we maximize the safety, comfort  and effectiveness of the treatment.

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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

How do I find the Most Successful Anesthesia Assisted Detox for Opioid Addiction?

Although anesthesia assisted Detox is a generally safe procedure, not all treatment facilities are created equal. The fact that two facilities use the same original idea does not mean they will achieve the same or even similar positive experiences and outcomes. Thus, before you choose a detox center, make sure to consider the following factors:

  1. The type of medical facility and its accreditation.
  2. Whether the facility provides private rooms and undivided medical attention during the process.
  3. Pre-procedure evaluations performed and safety protocols in place.
  4. Additional forms of opioid detoxification options available and flexibility toward patients’ specific needs.
  5. Performing physician’s credentials and level of experience.
  6. Whether the facility uses general anesthesia or sedation
  7. Amount of time devoted to in-patient care and flexibility to fulfill additional needs
  8. Inclusive recovery care post detoxification

With two decades of experience, Quadrupled Board-Certified Medical Director, and Full Service Accredited- Hospital, the Waismann Method is not only the best choice for rapid drug detox, but it should be the only choice. To learn more about Opiate Detox and other available medical opiate treatment options, contact us today.

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If safety and effectiveness of the anesthesia-assisted 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.

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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.