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Rapid opiate detox / rapid detox is a humane, medical breakthrough procedure that has changed lives of thousands for the better, when safety measures are responsibly followed. Like other medical procedures that are costly, many patients try to save money by going to lesser qualified doctors or programs that do not adhere to basic safety protocols. The Waismann Method® refuses to compromise the well-being of the patient and the success of the procedure.


  1. They say: Rapid Detox does not have to be performed in a full service hospital. An outpatient “hospital setting”, like a surgery center or a clinic is safe.

    DANGERS – Anesthesia Assisted Rapid opiate detox is a serious and involving procedure that has the possibility of being dangerous if a full range of medical resources and specialists are not available if needed. Long-term use of opiates and other drugs can cause undetected medical conditions, so it is imperative that all patients have proper medical screening, hydration and pre-medication the day before a rapid detox procedure, as well as professional monitoring for a few days following the procedure to ensure stability and minimize complications.

  2. They Say: Rapid Detox can be safely done in 24 hours.

    DANGERS – To optimize safety of rapid detox, patients should be admitted to the hospital at minimum a day before the procedure to be monitored in a full service hospital’s ICU. After the anesthesia assisted rapid detox is completed, patients should remain in the hospital at least another day for additional care and medical supervision.During this time, a patient’s heart, lungs, electrolytes and fluid balance need to be carefully monitored. This additional time in the hospital post anesthesia assisted rapid detox, is critical to a patient’s well-being and the success of the procedure.

  3. They Say: Being under general anesthesia for 4-8 hours or more is better.

    DANGERS – General anesthesia not only is unnecessary for rapid detox, but it can significantly increase risks to the patients. Other rapid detox programs implement this outdated method by placing their patients under general anesthesia for 4-8 hours, while a safer, more advanced and better-tolerated procedure can be achieved in only 1-2 hours under sedation (twilight sleep) when correctly done. If the patient receives appropriate pre- treatment, general anesthesia becomes unnecessary and sedation is usually sufficient for the rapid detox. This advanced protocol has lowered the risks of rapid detox tremendously and has increased the chances for a safe, comfortable and successful detox.

  4. They Say: It’s safe to be discharged to a hotel with a friend or relative immediately after detox.

    DANGERS – Physiological and emotional changes that can occur after a rapid opiate detox need to be supervised and addressed by trained medical professionals in order to assist on basic organ function regulation and prevent medical complications. Well-meaning friends and relatives are not trained to recognize and treat the possible physical changes that can take place after rapid detox. Patients are at a much higher risk of dehydration, cardiac/pulmonary events and even death when not properly assisted. Emotional instability, is another issue that can surface due to lack of endorphins, anxiety and depression which can lead to immediate relapse if not properly managed.

  5. They Say: All Opiate Dependent Patients can Use Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox

    DANGERS – Our Rapid Detox center focus on our patient’s’ unique medical needs and life circumstances, while offering the best medical care in a discreet and supportive environment . Instead of patients adapting the only detox offered , we modify each treatment to maximize treatment safety and effectiveness. No two profiles are identical. Differences in personal and medical histories, along with behavior and psychological issues can dictate different treatment approaches. Therefore, an individually designed treatment is plan for each client based on a extensive evaluation, including a thorough medical examination, upon arrival at our hospital.

Not all patients are candidates for rapid detox. The Waismann Method offers a number of different options for detoxification. Learn more about the Waismann Method Difference.

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