Rapid Detox by Waismann Method®

Reviewed by Clare Waismann, RAS / SUDCC

Rapid Detox and How it Works
Difference between Treatment Programs
Is Rapid Opiate Detox Safe? Risks and Benefits
What Are the Risks and Benefits?
The Best Rapid Detoxification Near Me
What Are Questions to Ask a Treatment Center?
Why is the Waismann Method® Considered the Best Opioid Detox Worldwide?

Rapid Detox and How it Works

If being entirely off opioids is the goal, controlled studies and reviews confirm that rapid detox, using antagonist medications to precipitate an opiate withdrawal, is the most practical and cost-effective method. Waismann Method® Rapid Detox Center has been the most successful sedation detox program in the nation. In the last two decades, thousands of patients from all over the world have flown to California to undergo the WAISMANN TREATMENT™. The results are unparalleled to any other form of opioid detoxification available.

Rapid detox, sedation-assisted rapid detox, or any opioid detoxification using a combination of sedatives and antagonist medications are medical procedures, which occur while the patient is receiving close monitoring in a hospital over a 2-to-3-day period. The great benefit of using this type of medical detoxification is that it allows patients to attain complete freedom from opiates much more comfortably and successfully. Additionally, rapid detox eliminates physical dependency and significantly reduces withdrawal symptoms in just a few days. Meanwhile, Naltrexone and Vivitrol (the non-addictive medication given post-detox) also lessen the craving for opioids, which minimizes the risks of relapse.

Understanding that this type of opioid detoxification is a highly effective way to get through the withdrawal syndrome and eliminate physical dependence is imperative. Still, it does not treat mental health disorders or underlying addictive behaviors.

Regardless of the issue that initially led you into opioid dependence, you first need a successful detox treatment program to achieve complete sobriety or effectively work on your emotional health. Receiving medical assistance in a hospital setting is always the best option because it provides the highest safety and comfort level.


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Difference Between Program Results

Throughout the years, various treatment programs have named sedation-assisted detoxification differently, trying to claim uniqueness. Some claim to rapidly detox you from every substance, while others claim a miraculous neuro-regulation in a day, or worse; some dare to promise that they can bring you to a pre-addiction state overnight. As if your central nervous system had a reset button or as if you were just this gullible person with no common sense.

To understand a successful and possible treatment outcome, you first need to learn what happens during prolonged drug use. 

During the early phase of drug use, neurotransmission normalizes when the substance leaves the brain and intoxication wears off. However, continuous drug use leads to changes in neuronal structure and function. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that these changes can cause long-lasting or permanent neurotransmission abnormalities.

Opioids have several adverse effects on the central nervous system, including toxic effects on neurons. Additionally, opiate drugs also affect the brainstem, which controls basic survival behaviors. Although most people seem to get back full CNS function in time, how fast and the extent to which a full neuro-recovery is achieved will depend on many factors and is unique to each patient.  

When health care professionals make false promises and miraculous claims to patients, the consequences can be disastrous. Overpromising might be good for business, but it is undoubtedly dishonest, unfair, and borderline cruelty. 

“When the impossible is expected, failure becomes a certainty.”

While we sometimes want to believe in miracles, it is not an option when your health is on the line. As the patient, it is up to you to have realistic expectations, do comprehensive research, and determine precisely what kind of treatment you will receive.


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WAISMANN METHOD® has provided patients with nearly 100% opiate detox success rate

Call us today. We want to understand your situation so that we can discuss the best available treatment options.

Ready to Be Opioid-Free?

Waismann Method® Rapid Opioid Detoxification is for those who aren’t willing to compromise their level of care, well-being, and treatment success.

If you are ready to be opioid-free, call us now.

By next week, opioid use could be a part of your past! Speak confidentially with someone who understands your concerns. 


Rapid Detox Methods Risks and Benefits

Rapid opioid detoxification safety and effectiveness depend on the treating physician’s qualifications, experience, and procedure setting. To ensure you receive treatment from the most qualified doctor, you must first verify his license, credentials, and board certifications. Furthermore, your safety and comfort heavily depend on the medical resources available and the treatment facility’s accreditations.

Due to all the reasons above, Waismann Method® provides treatment in a full-service JACHO accredited hospital, under the direct care of a quadruple board-certified physician with over 22 years of experience in rapid opiate detoxification under sedation.

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Numerous studies have evaluated the safety and efficacy of rapid detox. Generally, studies show positive results, but only when practitioners follow proper protocols and safety procedures to avoid adverse effects.
Unfortunately, some treatment centers are not as responsible or equipped as they should be. Choosing a program that operates in a full-service accredited hospital with well-trained staff and experienced board-certified medical professionals can significantly improve patients’ well-being and success.

Remember, detox centers offer different levels of medical care. Therefore, evaluating reputation, competency, and success records are critical to finding the best treatment facility or, at least, the safest one.


  • People are more likely to seek opioid treatment when there’s no fear of suffering through severe withdrawal symptoms.
  • A Quadruple Board-Certified M.D., with the utmost experience in the nation providing rapid detox, manages the detoxification procedure.
  • Symptoms of withdrawal are significantly reduced, and the duration is considerably shortened, resulting in almost zero likelihood of abandoning treatment and a nearly 100% opioid detoxification success rate.
  • Patients can initiate naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy (opioid antagonists and blockers) immediately. By significantly decreasing physical cravings with naltrexone, patients have a much better chance of achieving and remaining in full recovery.
  • People become emotionally present and have a more accurate emotional assessment, and adherence to whatever recovery care is indicated for their individual needs.

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Waismann Method® rapid detox patients receive care in a private room of a JCAHO-accredited hospital

Waismann Treatment™ provides rapid opioid detoxification in a private room of a full-service accredited hospital.

Searching the Best Rapid Detox Near Me

Searching for the best rapid detox center near me is not always the best idea. Although a close location might make things easier, convenience should not be your priority when your health and well-being are on the line. The best way to assess the quality of care you will receive in a treatment center is by asking the right questions. You will also need to understand significant differences between facilities, protocols, and, most importantly, the treating physicians’ experience and ability to handle the unexpected. When researching the best rapid detox center, do your due diligence and seek verifiable sources to ensure the level of care you will receive.

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Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a Rapid Detox Center

What are the treating doctors’ credentials, license, and length of experience providing anesthesia detox?

Exercise caution in believing self-promoting and exaggerated information found on websites. You will be surprised at how misleading the data can be. Sometimes, doctors claiming unrealistic success might not be licensed to treat patients or have real credentials from known medical institutions. Sadly enough, unverifiable, misleading claims can lead to unexpected negative results.    

How long is the total inpatient stay?

Some centers cut the length of inpatient care to insufficient levels because they want to reduce costs. However, this practice can cause unnecessary discomfort and severe health risks. As “rapid” as this detoxification might seem, there is a transition period during which the many-body systems affected by opioid use are trying to re-regulate to a new normal. This affects almost every vital function, including blood pressure, heart rate, bowel function, fluid and electrolytes, and sleep, to name a few.

After detox, people are hypersensitive to any pain. Having an inability to produce endorphins can cause additional discomfort. Be aware of treatment centers that have pre-set, standardized inpatient stays for all patients. Most importantly, the medical care you receive should be customized to your specific needs rather than fitting into a one-size-fits-all protocol.

Can I stay longer in the hospital if medically necessary?

Although rapid drug detox is a fast procedure, patients should remain in the hospital until a medical evaluation shows their physical stability and discharge readiness. Hospital stays are usually 2 to 4 days but can vary by patient. More importantly, options to change the discharge date should always be available.

Are there different medically-assisted protocols?

Although you might be only interested in receiving anesthesia detoxification, not every patient is a candidate, and other comfortable options of accelerated detox should be available to you. If there is only one treatment option, the treating doctor will likely go that route, even if that is not in the patient’s best interest. People are different, and so are their health needs. For that reason, there should never be a one size fits all medical detox.

How much experience has the “treating doctor” had in sedation-assisted opioid detoxification? How many patients have they personally treated? Are they “board-certified” anesthesiologists?

These are probably your most pressing questions because this determines your level of safety. If the treating physician does not have extensive experience in this procedure, if they are not board-certified or are not an anesthesiologist, run the other way!

Will I receive a private room, or will I be treated side by side with strangers?

Sadly enough, some centers admit patients one day a week for financial benefits, so all patients receive treatment together to cut costs. Treating several patients simultaneously does not allow doctors to provide the individual attention necessary to ensure safety. When physicians divide their attention between multiple patients, adverse medical events can go unnoticed.

Will I be discharged to a hotel room without appropriate inpatient recovery care?

Although loved ones have the best intentions, they often lack the medical expertise necessary to handle post-detoxification patients. Furthermore, detox patients are anxious, fearful, and extremely sensitive to any emotional or physical distress. Having around-the-clock professional inpatient support is essential to ensure a successful recovery and, most importantly, prevent immediate relapse.

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 Waismann Method® – Best Opioid Detox Center Worldwide

rapid detox expert Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, has treated thousands of opioid patients

Waismann Method® Medical Director Dr. Michael Lowenstein, MD, is quadruple board-certified and the most experienced licensed physician performing anesthesia detox. His credentials and success with thousands of patients speak for themselves.

  • Full-service accredited hospital with vast medical specialists and resources immediately available to you.
  • Quadruple Board-Certified Medical Director, with over 23 years of rapid detox experience.
  • Private room for individual care, privacy, and comfort
  • Inpatient comprehensive medical evaluation
  • Individualized care and undivided attention of the treating physician
  • Moderate IV sedation instead of general anesthesia
  • Multiple sedation-assisted protocol options to meet each patient’s unique health needs.
  • Discharge based on the doctors’ evaluation of the patient’s physical readiness and stability — no pre-established or rushed hospital discharge.
  • Comprehensive private recovery care included, for a few days with multiple services ensures safety, comfort, and success. During your stay at Domus Retreat, you will be receiving various therapeutic services to make the recovery phase much more pleasant.
  • Psychotherapist assistance

Rapid Detox Near Me

Waismann Method®  healthcare professionals share the philosophy that every patient is unique and requires treatment tailored to their needs. For this reason, we provide you with a private, caring, and supportive environment in one single and exclusive location worldwide – Southern California. Our exceptional medical care is reinforced by the emotional support you receive from our team of healthcare professionals. Overall, we hope that our compassion and commitment will inspire a positive lasting change in your life. 

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Rapid Detox in a Private Room of a Full-Service JCAHO Accredited Hospital, While Under the Care of a Quadruple Board-Certified M.D.

  Thousands of Patients Successfully Treated with the Utmost Care, Comfort, and Privacy.
Reputation Based on More than 23 Years of Exceptional Care.
Call Us Today at 1-800-423-2482 for Information on All Available Treatment Options.


  • We understand that making this first call can feel overwhelming and even scary. We appreciate your effort and understand your struggle. Our team is willing and ready to hear your history and discuss available options.

    Your questions are confidential, and our responses compassionate and knowledgeable.

    Call now and speak confidentially with a recovery expert.

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Reviewed by Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC), founder of Waismann Method® Advanced Treatment for Opiate Dependence.
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