Rapid DetoxThe Waismann Method is a combination of in-patient rapid detox, pre-procedure, and post-procedure medical services. Together with our exceptional standards of safety and patient care, we have a complete opiate detox program that is not only safe, but incredibly effective.

Since 1999, Waismann Method’s doctors have successfully helped thousands of patients world-wide make a safe transition to an opiate-free life. Using our renowned rapid detox treatment, our doctors are able to induce and speed a patient’s withdrawal from opiates while the patient sleeps comfortably in our JCAHO Accredited Hospital.

Because of our success and outstanding safety protocol, patients from all over the world fly in to our exclusive location in Southern California.

Due to our success, some treatment centers try to imply that they are affiliated with us. This is our only location; we are NOT affiliated with nor have we trained any other doctors or hospitals anywhere else.

“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, May 2014


What Is Rapid Detox for Opiates?

Rapid detox, short for rapid detoxification, is a pharmacological & medical procedure that helps a drug-dependent person reach a drug-free state in a short time.

If it’s done by highly-trained medical professionals in the right setting, rapid detox can safely and effectively reverse a person’s physical opiate dependence.

Although the rapid detox medical procedure typically lasts only 30-90 minutes, we require that our patients are with us for a minimum of 5 days.


In the Waismann Method rapid detox procedure, our board-certified anesthesiologist administers opiate antagonist(s) medication to push opiates off of their receptors in the brain, while also blocking them to eliminate physical cravings.

During our rapid detox procedure, which typically lasts 30-90 minutes, the patient sleeps comfortably under mild sedation (not anesthesia) and has no conscious memory of the withdrawal experienced during the procedure.

After the rapid detox procedure, you will be with us for a minimum of another 2-3 days at our after-care center. This is so that we can supervise your physical and mental transition back to an opiate-free life, and make sure that you are recovering as you should be. This is part of our rigorous Safey Protocol, and sets us apart from other opiate treatment programs.

Our Rapid Detox Procedure

A board-certified anesthesiologist using the Waismann Method administers sedation – not anesthesia – to bring the patient to a minimally conscious state. The physician then administers a combination of medications that lower opioid levels quickly. Doctors and nurses closely monitor the patient throughout the entire detoxification procedure.

“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.”


However, before undergoing the Waismann Method, patients must spend at least one day in our JCAHO accredited hospital for extensive medical testing and evaluation. It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure as an in-patient so pre-medication can be properly administered to stabilize body functions. The proper pre-medication and evaluation helps our doctors achieve a smooth and safe detoxification procedure.

Thorough examination and testing before the rapid detox procedure gives our doctors important insight into the patient’s total health. This allows them to adjust the rapid detox treatment protocol as needed to reduce the patient’s risk for complications. Safe and effective rapid detox relies on a precise combination of medications.

Only trained and certified anesthesiologists should perform rapid detox and they should only perform it in an ICU inside a full service hospital. Rapid detox specialists must adhere to the highest quality and safety requirements to ensure a positive outcome.


Our doctors rely on our exceptional hospital for monitoring tools and immediate access to additional medical services and specialists. Testing & evaluation may include an EKG, blood laboratory tests, urine toxicology screening, physical exam, blood work to evaluate kidney and liver function, medical history, stress test, chest x-ray, and/or an echocardiography.

Chronic drug use can cause a variety of medical conditions that should be considered prior to detoxification. Other medical conditions, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, being overweight or a smoker, the use of multiple illicit or prescription drugs increase the associated risk, as does being over the age of 40. Many patients are dehydrated and malnourished. Providing pre-treatment reduces the risk for complications and improves outcomes.

“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, March 2014


Pre-admission also provides our professional medical staff an opportunity to identify any underlying psychological or physical conditions that could affect treatment outcome, as opioid use often masks unforeseen conditions.

Rapid Detox After-Care Program

After rapid detox, patients require close post-care monitoring for several days in a professional setting. Regulation of organ functions like heart rate, blood pressure, fluid absorption, body temperature, and brain chemistry can be smooth and natural for some patients, for others the body may find it difficult to self-regulate.

Therefore, staying in a hotel room after rapid detox without the appropriate care could be an unnecessary risk that should not be taken. Our patients spend a minimum of 2-3 days in our Domus Retreat after-care facility. Domus means “home”, and corresponds well with the level of comfort and care that you will receive here. This follow up care also reduces the risk for relapse and medical complications.

I am 70 years old and completed the treatment. The care I received at Domus was excellent. I highly recommend this facility.” -Suboxone Patient, November, 2013


The Waismann Method is the safest and most effective choice in rapid detox because our professionals offer the highest quality before, during and after the procedure.

Alternative Methods of Opiate Detoxification

There are many approaches to detoxification from opiates, including “quitting cold turkey,” tapering, and opioid replacement therapy. Each approach tries to manage opiate withdrawal symptoms long enough for the individual to reach a drug-free state.

Patients who do not want to experience a lengthy and uncomfortable withdrawal from opiates, most often select rapid detox as their preferred form of detoxification.

Natural detoxification is rarely fatal but it can cause terrible withdrawal symptoms that last for days or even weeks. Without medical intervention, the unrelenting discomfort of opioid withdrawal sharply increases the risk for relapse and/or medical complications.


Natural detoxification from opioids, sometimes called quitting “cold turkey”, can be an  incredibly uncomfortable and prolonged process that occurs without any medical intervention – stop taking opioids and your body will do the rest.

Some opioid-dependent individuals try tapering, or using a smaller dose of opioids – just strong enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms – each day until the individual reaches a drug-free state. Tapering can last for weeks or months and is often accompanied by continuous withdrawal symptoms.

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, November 2013


Opioid replacement therapy, most famously using methadone or Suboxone to replace heroin, merely trades dependence on one drug for another. The individual takes methadone or Suboxone to stop withdrawal symptoms while he learns how to live without opioids.

Once he develops the tools he needs to live a drug-free live, he tapers himself from the replacement opiate drug. Tapering from the opiate replacement comes with its own opioid withdrawal symptoms that the individual must manage.

The withdrawal symptoms of suboxone can be severe and difficult to manage, and it has become one of the opioids we detox the most at this point.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Rapid Detox

Those who are considering rapid detox should be aware that from provider to provider, how rapid detox is executed and the level of safety measures in place can vary significantly.

Differences in rapid detox treatment protocols between providers include:

  • type of facility
  • pre-procedure protocol
  • medical specialist availability and experience
  • use of sedation vs. general anesthesia
  • length of procedure
  • post-detox recovery protocols

The success of the rapid detox procedure and the safety of the patients’ well-being are strongly tied to these variables.

Learn More:

Safety Protocol Page

Our Treatment Facility Page

Possible Complications Page

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