Rapid Detox Differences
There are very distinctive differences between Rapid Detox Treatment providers. Those differences should be carefully considered when choosing the best opiate treatment program. Waismann Institute has been the leading rapid drug detox program worldwide, for almost 20 years.
What to consider when choosing the Best Detox Center
In the last few years, several “rapid detox centers” have popped up around the country. These treatment centers are offering rapid opiate detox without the proper safety protocols .
An accredited full-service hospital provides access to specialists for consultation or even immediate treatment when needed. This accessibility significantly contributes to the safety and effectiveness of the procedure.
Inclusive hospital services such as radiology, allow for special studies or interventional procedures if required as part of the pre-procedure evaluation. Twenty-four hour laboratory testing is available to enable optimization of the patient’s blood chemistry prior to discharge from the hospital.
These are just a few examples of the additional medical resources accessible at hospitals, but generally not available in a surgery centers.
Experienced Credentialed Physicians:
Having extensive experience with anesthesia assisted opiate detoxification allows a physician the ability to individualize each detox based on particular health history, dosage and type of drugs taken and much more. Having excellent credentials, recognized by reputable institutions shows capacity and competency of the treating doctor.
Being able to identify and implement the procedure modifications that each patient warrants, requires a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience.
Adequate Inpatient Pre-Evaluation:
Patients physiological response to medications varies immensely. Some patients can be given a small dosage of commonly used medications and become overly sedated, have low blood pressure or even slow heart rate; other patients might need larger doses or different medications to maintain the expected stability and comfort.
The treating physician should require at least a day of assessment prior to anesthesia detox is performed, in order to properly manage the right drugs and dosage to be used during detoxification.
Length and Anesthesia Used During Rapid Detox:
Rapid Detox Centers which are still using anesthesia for two to six hours, are simply using an archaic protocol. This antiquated form of detox can pose significant and unnecessary risks to the patient.
Medicine is an evolving science and Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification, has been part of this evolution for two decades.
Current anesthesia detox protocols should last more than two hours, therefore making the process safer while reducing unwanted side-effects.
The Benefits of an Private ICU Room:
Anesthesia Rapid Detox can cause sudden physiological changes which, might require the comprehensive medical care and undivided attention that often only an ICU Unit and staff ( ICU staff can include doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists) can provide. Post detox patients should remain in this elevated care setting, for the careful monitoring of heart, blood pressure, chemicals levels (such as salt and minerals in the bloodstream) and respiratory function.
During and post detox, patients should be in an ICU where they receive the required extensive and individualized monitoring.
Accelerated Detox Recovery Risks:
Accelerated Detox, can accurately describe the speed in which your body has been pushed to eliminate the opiates. But as fast as the opiates are pushed off the receptors, the detoxification is not complete, and neither should inpatient care received. Significant and numerous physiological changes are taking place.
Essential organ functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and fluid retention are trying to regulate, not to mention sleep patterns and emotional balance. While this process can be smooth for some, others may find it incredibly difficult.
Having a few days of inpatient recovery can be the difference between succeeding or not.
Waismann Method and other Rapid Opiate Detox Centers
Our medical director is one of the pioneers of rapid drug detoxification. His credentials, experience, and success with detoxification under sedation are unmatched. Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein and the Waismann Method team have been the forerunner in the evolution and advancement of Anesthesia Assisted Detox.
The commitment to provide superior care for opiates dependent patients is as strong today as it was in the late 90’s when we started.
Waismann Method® and other Rapid Detox differences:
- The difference between being treated in a Hospital, Clinic or a Surgery Center
Waismann Method Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox: Performed in a private accredited hospital with a full range of specialists including cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologist to assess and assist. These additional resources minimizes the possibility of complications, while maximizing the chances for a comfortable, safe and successful detox.
Others: Provide Detox in surgery centers or operating rooms where patients cannot remain over 23 hours. This pre-set amount of time does not give adequate pre-treatment and evaluation, does not allow for extended stay in case patient is not medically stable and does not provide additional medical resources that might be suddenly needed. Often patients are sent to hotels rooms under the care of family members while overly sedated or feeling extremely sick. In some cases, patients have been transferred to emergency rooms of hospitals that are unfamiliar with the detox procedure of the patients history.
- Experience and Credentials
Waismann Method®: All patients are individually treated by our medical director Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein. Dr. Lowenstein is Quadruple Board-Certified and has himself successfully performed thousands of anesthesia-assisted opioid detoxification in the last two decades. He is nationally and internationally recognize as one of the highest authorities in opiate dependence treatment.
Others: Hire temporary anesthesiologists with very little experience in opiate addiction and dependence. Doctors with foreign unknown or not widely recognized certifications or degrees. Physicians with no experience or little experience in detoxification under sedation, which are not comfortable in modifying the detoxification as needed to accommodate patients specific medical needs.
- Individualized Assessment
Waismann Method: Patients are admitted to their private room of our full-service hospital, at least, one day before undergoing the Waismann Method ® of anesthesia detox.
Others: Some Rapid Detox Centers, will have laboratory tests performed outpatient and admit patients only on the day of treatment. This practice does not allow for a thorough understanding of patients needs and physiology or pre-medication, which could jeopardize the safety, comfort and the result of the procedure.
- Length of time Inpatient and Under Anesthesia
Waismann Method®: As a result of our specialized inpatient pre-treatment protocol and recovery care, the time under sedation is significantly reduced, keeping the risk of any anesthesia-related complications to a minimum.
Others: Patients might remain under anesthesia for 2 to 6 hours and discharged to a hotel room within a day. The lengthy time under anesthesia and the lack of recovery inpatient care, can greatly maximize patients comfort and medical complication risks.
- Private Rooms
Waismann Method®: Patients are always treated in their private rooms. We believe in providing undivided and individualized attention.
Others: Some facilities will admit and treat a number of different patients, side by side. This practice jeopardizes privacy, comfort and individualized medical attention that is crucial for the detox safety and effectiveness.
- Post-Detox Care
Waismann Method®: Ongoing inpatient support for a few days post-procedure, is indeed necessary. Waismann Treatment provides a specialized private recovery center specifically designed for patients after rapid detox. Our superior success, is in large part due to the care our patients receive at our exclusive Domus Retreat Recovery Center.
Others: Patients are simply send to a drug rehab with other patients or a hotel with a family member. Both of these options allows for a greater risk for serious injury, dehydration, pulmonary/cardiac events and even immediate relapse. As much as loved ones or drug rehabs want to assist, they are not qualified professionals or trained to evaluate potential conditions after anesthesia assisted detox.
Waismann Method® continues to be the wise choice, when compare with other Rapid Detox Centers
WAISMANN METHOD ® RAPID DETOX treatment has provided the safest opiate detox for thousands of patients, from all over the world. It has allowed individuals to return to a healthy and productive life, with their dignity intact.
We don’t make our patients feel guilty or shameful about their condition. We empathize with our patients and assure them that they are not alone.
So if you ask what the real rapid detox differences are?
There are many differences, and they differ in so many levels; from the credentials and experience of the treating physician, to the quality and medical resources provided by the facility. All of these factors combined should be carefully considered before choosing a Rapid Detox Center.they will ultimately affect the you safety, comfort and wellbeing of the patient.