What is Rapid Detox?


Rapid Detox is the medical evolution from the traditional opioid detoxification methods used by drug rehabs. In a rapid detox treatment, the patient is placed under sedation and given a combination of drugs that – including an opioid antagonist – induce and accelerate the detoxification process. Patients remain under the effects of the anesthetic for a period of 30 to 90 minutes. Once awake, most have no memory of the detoxification procedure and, most importantly, the physical dependency to opioid-based drugs is virtually gone.



Over the last 30 years, doctors and medical researchers have developed numerous medical opioid detoxification protocols. These treatments were developed to ease people suffering from opioid addiction through the withdrawal phase. Some of these drug treatments have been commonly referred to as the following:

  • Waismann Method®
  • Rapid Detox
  • Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification
  • Rapid Drug Detox
  • Naltrexone Detoxification
  • Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification
  • Accelerated Detox

Understanding the process and the differences between treatment centers is key in achieving success. The Waismann Method has been considered the best and safest Rapid Detox Center for nearly 20 years. Its reputation for providing superior care and excellent outcomes is world-renowned. Thousands of patients have traveled to California to receive the Waismann Treatment.


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Benefits of a Rapid Detox Treatment

  • 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 Natrexone or Vivitrol therapy.
  • Decreased physical opioid cravings after detox, which greatly maximizes full recovery chances.


Is Rapid Detox Safe?

Waismann Method® rapid detox is safe. There should never be one single protocol for any medical treatment; anesthesia assisted detox is no exception to this rule. An opioid detox treatment should be tailored to each patient’s unique medical needs. To maximize the safety and efficacy of the process, medical resources must be abundant and there should be no rush to discharge. Rapid drug detox under anesthesia should always be performed in a full-service hospital, where immediate and additional medical support is immediately available. Furthermore, patients should have private rooms, which allows for individualized medical care that ensures safety, comfort and privacy.

Patient characteristics to be considered:

  • 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, 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 their pre-examination, detoxification and recovery special care are often required. Tobacco use, allergies and even recent air travel (which can cause dehydration) also warrant specific 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 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 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.

“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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Risks of Anesthesia Opioid Detox

Numerous studies have tested the safety and efficacy of rapid detoxification and found mostly positive results; provided that practitioners follow proper procedures. As long as Rapid Detox occurs under the proper circumstances, it has few negative effects and allows patients to humanely recover in comfort. Waismann Method® has established superior safety protocols and administers the detoxification in a private JCAHO accredited hospital.

Unfortunately, other Rapid Detox Centers are not always as careful. Some of these centers:

  • 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.

The lack of proper medical care and safety precautions have caused patients to experience unnecessary suffering, medical complications, emergency room visits, and death. 


“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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Finding the Best Rapid Detox Center

To ensure safety, comfort, and effectiveness, detox under anesthesia must meet the following conditions:

  • Facility Accreditation Anesthesia Assisted Detox should only be performed in a full-service, accredited hospital.
  • Individual Attention Patients must have private rooms so that the medical staff can focus on immediate individual needs without distraction.
  • Early Admission Patients must be admitted to the hospital at least one day prior to the procedure for evaluation and pre-medication. Early admission also allows physicians to access each patient’s unique physiological response, which provides a better understanding of the necessary medications and dosages to be used.
  • Customization Based on a patient’s medical history, dependence and other factors, caregivers must select the opiate detoxification protocol best suited.
  • Short Sedation Time 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 shorter 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 a center handles discomfort during this challenging phase can make all the difference between a successful treatment and an immediate relapse. Close, professional monitoring for a few days will dramatically improve the likelihood of a full recovery.

Our procedure is fast and effective, but it is not a miracle. It requires responsible physicians and cooperative patients. With a 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

Waismann Treatment

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, where they receive a private room and have access to a range of medical specialists and services. Medical professionals take the patient’s medical history and perform a series of tests. This comprehensive pre-examination can include chest x-ray, kidney and liver exams, blood work, and, in some cases, echocardiograms and/or cardiac stress tests. Meanwhile, patients receive treatment for withdrawal symptoms to maintain comfort. This stage can last for 1-2 days.

Stage 2: Anesthesia Detox

Second or third day, 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. Dr. Lowenstein is quadruple board-certified and has been widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in opioid dependence.

Stage 3: Assessment

The following day, the patient remains at the hospital, where they receive additional medical care, IV fluids, and electrolytes. At that point, An evaluation is performed to evaluate physical stability and readiness for discharge to our exclusive recovery center.

Stage 4: Recovery

It is imperative to the 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 the recovery stage. They can actually cause additional anxiety and stress, which can lead to patient outbursts and their immediate relapse. An inpatient recovery center for several days is not an extra amenity, but a necessary continuation of treatment to ensure overall success.

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

Waismann Method – The Smart Choice

Waismann Method® is a wise choice for opioid detox, in large part due to our insistence on the following:

  • Pre-Admission After being admitted to an accredited, full-service hospital and receiving a private room, the patient has access to a range of specialists, services, and medical tests to determine their readiness for the detox procedure. Meanwhile, the patient receives treatment for withdrawal symptoms and is kept as comfortable as possible.
  • Certification and Experience Our Medical Director and treating physician Dr. Lowenstein has been certified by the American Board of Medical Examiners, Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine and Anti-Aging & Regenerative. His status as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine, combined with his decades of experience, leave 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 an accredited, private, full-service hospital. The patient has access to individualized monitoring, additional medical specialists and resources and multiple medical detoxification options.
  • Included Private Recovery Center By providing the patient with several days of inpatient care at our retreat through the recovery 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

Choosing an Opioid Treatment

Although anesthesia assisted detox is a generally a 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. 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 inpatient care and flexibility to fulfill additional needs.
  8. Inclusive recovery care post detoxification.


With two decades of experience, a 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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