Prescription drug dependence is a very serious and growing problem throughout the country. Federal authorities say the prescription medications people can become addicted to include narcotic painkillers and benzodiazepines (which have sedative and hypnotic properties). Opiate treatment centers in the state of Washington have reported an increase in the number of people seeking opiate detoxification. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the most commonly abused and diverted drugs in the state are those that contain oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab). The use of methadone has also soared in recent years, according to the DEA. Methadone is used as an opiate replacement drug to help wean patients off other opiates. People may start off using methadone for this reason but can end up taking it long term because it too can be habit forming.

Most people use prescription painkillers for their intended purpose while others use them for non-medical reasons. As the rates of opiate dependence climb throughout the state, officials are looking at the causes. There’s no arguing that the sharp increase of opiate addiction in recent years can be tied to the huge increase in the number of prescriptions being written for these medications. Also, the Internet has made it easy for people young and old to obtain these controlled substances, sometimes without a prescription. Pharmacy burglaries are common throughout the state and officials say other common methods of diversion are illegal dispensing and prescribing by physicians, forged prescriptions, doctor shopping, illegal distribution by pharmacists and theft from nursing homes, hospitals and pharmacies.

Waismann Method

Waismann Method knows the seriousness of this epidemic and has worked diligently for more than a decade to offer the most comprehensive opiate treatment. We are known for our compassionate and professional approach to opiate dependence and our success and safety rates are tops in the industry. Our medical staff works with patients individually to address specific needs and concerns. Our medical opiate detox begins in a southern California hospital where tests are given to rule out possible underlying problems. The next step is the administration of nonaddicting medications that quickly cleanse the opiates from patients’ systems. This wipes out the physical addiction while patients rest comfortably under deep sedation. The procedure accelerates withdrawal so that symptoms develop and pass while patients are sedated. So many people fear that a painful withdrawal will push them to relapse. Our ability to minimize withdrawal helps patients recover very quickly, without many of the typical cravings and symptoms associated with withdrawal. Patients needing Washington opiate detox stay with us 3 to 6 days and can return home once discharged. Others may choose to extend their healing in our Domus Retreat aftercare center.

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