What are the Main 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.

In the last several years, other “rapid detox” centers have popped up around the country, offering overnight miracle cures without the proper safety protocols,  immediate post-detox care, adequate facilities, or even experienced credentialed professionals to perform the procedure.  For many Rapid Detox Centers, the goal is simply to keep costs low and shuffle in as many patients as possible, in a short amount of time. Waismann Method® stands apart from the rest, by providing responsible medicine and thorough care.


Examples of the Waismann and other Rapid Detox Center.

Our doctors have been one of the pioneers of rapid detox. Their experience and success with detoxification under sedation is unmatched.  Under the medical direction of  Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein, the Waismann Method has been a forerunner in the evolution and advancement of Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox. This commitment to providing the superior care is as strong today as it was almost two decades ago.

  • The difference between being treated in a Hospital, Clinic or a Surgery Center

An accredited hospital provides the services required for a thorough assessment of the patient, enables appropriate monitoring, allows for immediate access to services and specialists when necessary.  The availability of a range of medical specialists including cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologist, helps us to serve best our patients who have varied medical histories. Another advantage of a full-service hospital is the ability to modify the manner and length of the detoxification process. Because our detoxification methods are individualized, and far more precise; the risk of complications is lowered, and the chances for a successful procedure is much higher.

  • Experience and Credentials

Experience and superior credentials set the Waismann Method physicians apart from others. Our medical director is an internationally respected authority in opiate treatment. He is Quadruple Board-Certified and has himself successfully performed thousands of anesthesia-assisted opioid detoxification.

Others:   Hire temporary doctors with unknown or not widely recognized certifications or degrees. Sometimes these physicians have no experience or little to no experience with detoxification under sedation.

  • Individualized Assessment

Patients are admitted to their private room of our full-service hospital, at least, one day before undergoing the Waismann Method ® of anesthesia detox. This way our experienced team of professionals has the required time to perform a thorough assessment and examine each patient’s underlying health and medical needs and ensure candidacy for anesthesia assisted detox or other modified form of detoxification. Each patient’s medical and drug histories are evaluated, and the most appropriate detoxification treatment is selected.

Others: Some Rapid Detox Centers, will have laboratory tests performed outpatient and admit patients only on the day of treatment. This practice could jeopardize the safety, comfort and the result of the procedure. By not knowing what the patient ingested in the previous 24 hours (from food to different drugs that can interact with the drugs given during treatment), or how patients will respond to various medications, may can affect the effectiveness and safety of the procedure.

  • Length of time Inpatient and Under Sedation

Waismann Method® usually requires patients to remain under our professional care for 5 to 10 days. Opiates affect the function of some vital organs. It is crucial to the well-being of the patient, that the proper medical supervision is present before, during and after anesthesia detox. As a result of our specialized pre-treatment protocol, the time under sedation required to complete the detox process is significantly reduced, usually to an hour and a half or less, keeping the risk of any sedation-related complications to a minimum.

Others: Some Rapid Detox Centers may still be using old protocols, where patients are under anesthesia for 2 to 6 hours and discharged to a hotel room within a day. Keeping patients under anesthesia for a longer period, have become both unnecessary and archaic, with a higher chance of risks and complications.

  • Complete Opiate-Free Detox

When we describe opiate detoxification, we mean complete detoxification. We don’t use opiates to treat an opiate addiction. This substitution theory with drugs like Suboxone is essentially what many other “drug treatments” do. The goal of WAISMANN METHOD ® RAPID DETOX is to eliminate safely and comfortably all opiates and allow the patient to commence an opiate-free life.

Others: Some drug treatment programs use substitution drugs such as Suboxone, replacing one opiate for another instead of detoxifying. This means that eventually, patients might need to suffer from the painful withdrawal they were trying to overcome, in the first place.

  • Post-Detox Care

Patients who abuse opiates have usually been self-medicating physical or emotional pain, if not both.  We know all too well that the most difficult, physical symptoms of opiate detox can be treated quickly with procedures such as rapid detox, but that treatment should not end there.

Ongoing support for a few days is indeed necessary during this regulation phase. The adaptation period can take some time, and experts at our Domus Retreat facility have made this transition easier and more comfortable for thousands of people.

We know that the appropriate support is critical during this time, and we offer our post-detox care in an upscale, tranquil and extremely private setting. Our 6000-square-foot recovery retreat offers treatments and amenities unmatched by any rapid opiate detox facility or aftercare. In fact, Waismann Method Treatment‘s recovery success is due, in large part, to the success of our Domus Retreat Recovery Center. Patients brain chemistry and function have been compromised, and it’s imperative to allow the proper time to adjust at least so appropriate decisions can be made.

Others: Competitors may simply send patients to a traditional drug rehab or to a hotel with a family member with very little knowledge and preparation to assist the patient properly. Patients who are sent home or to hotel rooms with a companion to recover immediately after anesthesia assisted detox, are at much higher risk for serious injury, dehydration, pulmonary/cardiac events and even immediate relapse. As much as loved ones want to assist, they are not qualified professionals trained to evaluate and treat potential emergencies.

  • Dignity

WAISMANN METHOD ® RAPID DETOX treatment has provided the safest opiate detox for thousand 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, they differ on so many levels, from the credentials and experience of the treating doctor to the quality and medical recourse provided by the facility. All of these factors will ultimately affect the safety of the detoxification process, the effectiveness of the treatment, and the comfort of the patient.

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