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Waismann Method® - Revolutionizing Opiate Detoxification with Personalized Care and Expertise

Welcome to the Waismann Method® - the gold standard in opiate detoxification

For over 25 years, we’ve been pioneering personalized treatment plans, expertly crafted to meet the unique needs of each individual. Led by Michael Lowenstein MD, our approach combines medical excellence with compassionate care, ensuring the highest success rates in addiction recovery. Here, we don’t just treat symptoms; we transform lives. Begin your journey to a healthier, opiate-free future with us, where your safety, comfort, and long-term well-being are our top priorities.”

Starting Your Journey: Personalized Consultation with Our Admissions Team

Embarking on your recovery journey begins with a simple step: contacting our Waismann Method office. Our compassionate admissions team is ready to assist you, guiding you through the initial stages of the treatment process. Whether you choose a brief phone call or an email exchange, this crucial first interaction allows Dr. Lowenstein, our distinguished medical director, to gain a deep understanding of your individual circumstances. This initial consultation is meticulously tailored, focusing on your unique needs, to ensure the most effective treatment approach for your path to recovery.

Tailoring Your Treatment: The Essence of Individualized Care

Let’s start by understanding that the Waismann Method’s success is essentially based on the results of your treatment. Consequently, to provide the best outcome, we first need to hear your story, understand your health needs, and answer all your questions. Additionally, the medical director needs to evaluate if we can provide you the treatment you want and, more importantly, the treatment you need. This conversation will provide you with treatment information, length of inpatient stay, and cost.

Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine, is the concept of prediction, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention- a combination of factors that harmonize the patient’s genetics, health, environment, and lifestyle. Individualized care offers new hope for those struggling with substance use because when treatment is adjusted to each patient, successful results are historically much more prominent.

Having one single protocol for different patients often yields disastrous results. Sadly enough, promises of overnight cures, or should we say miracles, have lately been used by less than legitimate medical professionals to mislead patients who are so desperately seeking hope. This practice is not just irresponsible and but also cruel. It is unfair to promise full recovery, especially in a brief period, because drug use can have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct and indirect effects. The extent of these effects depends on several factors, including the specific drug, other substances in-play, how they are taken, how much is taken, the individual’s metabolism, health history, current mental and physical state, and so many other factors.

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For the Patient: Essential Guidelines During Opioid Treatment Intake

When undergoing intake for opioid treatment, patients should prioritize the following to ensure their safety and optimize treatment success:

  1. Full Disclosure: It’s vital to be transparent about your entire medical, emotional, and dependence history. Mention any current conditions, even if they might seem unrelated or insignificant.
  2. Seek Comprehensive Information: Inquire about available treatment options, their potential risks, benefits, duration of inpatient stay, and post-treatment expectations.
  3. Understand the Facility: Find out the kind of medical facility where the treatment will occur. Check for accreditations, like JACHO. It’s essential to know if additional medical support, such as consultations or emergency services, is available promptly.
  4. Duration and Costs: Clarify the length of your hospital stay. If an extended stay becomes necessary, understand any associated extra charges.
  5. Value for Money: Be certain about the care you’ll receive for your investment. Beware of centers that might mislead you into believing quicker treatments are better due to their profitability. Speedy detox might be attractive, but recovery is a gradual process. Post-detox, the body undergoes changes, including reduced endorphin activity, heightened anxiety about life without opioids, and heightened sensitivity. Adequate inpatient care post-detox is crucial to avoid complications or relapse.
  6. Know Your Physician: Ensure you know who will be treating you. Inquire about their current licenses, board certifications, and especially their experience with sedation-assisted detox.

It’s essential to remember: the more informed you are, the more at ease you’ll feel. Comprehensive knowledge helps in making educated decisions, ensuring you choose the best and safest treatment program tailored for you.

For Healthcare Professionals: Guidelines for Conducting Opioid Treatment Intake

As a healthcare professional, when conducting an opioid treatment intake, it’s crucial to:

  1. Effective Communication: Clearly convey the myriad effects of opioid use and the intricacies of the healing process to the patient.
  2. Offer Tailored Treatments: Propose multiple treatment options that cater specifically to the patient’s medical requirements.
  3. Set Realistic Expectations: Provide grounded, factual information to establish achievable outcomes for the treatment, avoiding any embellished promises or unrealistic assurances.
  4. Prioritize Patient Welfare: Always place the patient’s well-being above potential profits. Be transparent and honest, even if it means admitting that available treatments might not be the best fit for the patient in question.

The cornerstone of effective treatment lies in the healthcare professional’s ability to genuinely listen to the patient. It’s not just about determining “what’s the matter with the patient”, but also understanding “what matters to the patient.” 

Navigating the Treatment Journey with Waismann Method®

Initiating Your Treatment Journey

  1. Reach Out: When you decide that the Waismann Method is right for you, give our office a call. We’re here to discuss your admission and guide you through the initial steps.
  2. Scheduling: Together, we’ll pinpoint a suitable admission date that aligns with your convenience and our availability.
  3. Assistance with Arrangements: Once the date is locked in, our team will be by your side to help you with any necessary preparations.
  4. Traveling to Us:
    • From Afar: If you’re journeying from a distant location, we’ll ensure a representative is there to greet you at the airport, offering a warm welcome.
    • Locally: For those residing in the vicinity, we can coordinate a car service to pick you up directly from your residence.
  5. Our Commitment: We recognize that this is a significant step in your life. Rest assured, we’re dedicated to ensuring your journey is as seamless and comfortable as possible. From the moment you contact us to your arrival, our primary aim is to support and assist you at every juncture.

Embarking on a treatment can be overwhelming, but with the Waismann Method, you’re never alone. We’re here to make the process straightforward and reassuring. 


WAISMANN TREATMENT™: What to Expect on Admission Day

Although every patient's experience is tailored to their unique needs, meaning there's no one-size-fits-all treatment protocol, we can provide a general outline of what most individuals go through during their treatment with the Waismann Method.

1. Arrival and Welcoming:

  • Time: On your admission day, you’ll arrive at the hospital early in the morning.
  • Greeting: A representative from the Waismann Method will be there to welcome you. They will guide you to your dedicated private room. 

2. Initial Comfort Measures:

  • Medication: Shortly after your arrival, our team will administer specific medications. These are designed to stave off any withdrawal symptoms, ensuring you remain relaxed and comfortable.

3. Comprehensive Medical Evaluation:

  • Tests and Procedures: Your treatment journey begins with a detailed medical evaluation. This includes lab tests, X-rays, ECGs, and other vital screenings.
  • IV Therapy: Throughout the first day, you’ll receive intravenous therapy. This replenishes fluids, essential nutrients, and electrolytes that might have been diminished due to opioid consumption.

4. Consultations:

  • Meeting the Medical Team: You’ll have the opportunity to meet and speak with our specialized medical team. They will assess if you require any further cardiac evaluations or other specialist consultations.

5. Preparation for Sedation-Assisted Detox:

  • Illicit Drug Concerns: For those using illicit drugs like fentanyl or blues, it’s essential to understand that these can contain a range of unknown substances. Many of these substances may not show up in standard tests and could interact with medications or lead to their own set of withdrawal symptoms. Having a window of time to clear as much of these unknown elements from your system is crucial.
  • The Importance of Early Admission: If you’re deemed suitable for sedation-assisted detox, arriving at the hospital a day in advance is vital. This preparatory time not only ensures the detoxification process is safe and effective but also helps eliminate any remaining traces of illicit substances, making the detox smoother and preventing unexpected complications.
  • Understanding Medication Responses: This preparatory phase allows our medical professionals to gauge how your body reacts to specific medications—essential information for the detox process. Individuals can have vastly different physiological reactions to the same dose. Therefore, understanding your body’s responses, coupled with insights into any substances you may have taken prior to sedation, ensures we tailor the treatment for maximum safety and efficacy.

Your health and safety are paramount to us. We prioritize taking the time to understand each individual’s unique physiological responses and the potential complications from unknown substances to ensure a safe, effective, and personalized detox experience.

WAISMANN DETOX™ Procedure: Step-by-Step

The detoxification journey, especially for opioid dependency, is intensely personal and multifaceted. The Waismann Method® recognizes the unique nature of every patient’s experience and strives to offer a tailored approach that prioritizes safety, comfort, and successful recovery. Here’s an overview of the journey:

1. Personalized Treatment Approach:

2. Initial Hospital Stay:

  • Patients start their journey in a private hospital room, where they’re cared for and closely monitored.
  • Various medications are administered during this time to mitigate withdrawal symptoms and ensure comfort.

3. Preparation for Rapid Detox:

  • On the second day, after the patient is stabilized and all pre-procedure evaluations have been completed, the rapid detox process typically begins.
  • Under Dr. Lowenstein’s expertise, patients are transferred to a private ICU room for the procedure.
  • The primary goal of rapid detox is to expedite the opioid withdrawal process. This not only achieves full detoxification but also blocks opioid receptors, reducing physical cravings. Simultaneously, the body’s nervous system begins its recovery, producing endorphins rapidly. This ensures that patients experience steady improvement with each passing hour.

4. Post-Detox Recovery:

  • After rapid detox, patients usually witness a marked increase in their activity levels: eating breakfast, walking, and receiving hydration through intravenous fluids to aid in their recovery.
  • Depending on the individual’s specific needs, Dr. Lowenstein might initiate post-detox management treatments, which can include Vivitrol injections or oral naltrexone therapy.

5. Transition to Domus Retreat:

  • Once the medical team has thoroughly assessed the patient’s recovery, they transition to Domus Retreat.
  • At Domus Retreat, patients receive personalized care and attention during these pivotal days of adjustment. The retreat offers an environment of support and care, ensuring the best chance of recovery during this sensitive period.

6. Understanding Opiate Dependence and Recovery:

  • Opioid dependency causes profound shifts in brain chemistry and can impact essential organ functions.
  • Post-rapid detox, it’s vital to keep patients under continuous observation to stabilize bodily functions, prevent possible medical complications, and guard against immediate relapse.

7. The Waismann Method Difference:

Waismann Method represents a promise — to understand, to care, and to guide each patient through the challenging journey of recovery, ensuring they are treated as unique individuals with specific needs.

After Opioid Detox: Recovery Process

Here’s a summary of the post-detox recovery process for those recovering from opioid dependency:


  1. Importance of Comprehensive Care:
    • Rushed treatment can be counterproductive and might appear cost-effective in the short run, but it often leads to greater risks and potential relapse in the long term.
  2. The Role of Inpatient Care After Detox:
    • Staying at an inpatient facility for several days post-detox is pivotal for a successful transition to a drug-free life.
    • This setting provides support for:
      • Regulating sleep cycles, which often get disrupted after opioid use.
      • Managing hypersensitivity, which can be a common post-detox symptom.
      • Aiding gastrointestinal function that might have been adversely affected during opioid use.
  3. Understanding Hormonal Changes & Stress:
    • Chronic opioid intake affects hormonal levels, especially those related to stress.
    • After detox, individuals might experience heightened anxiety, making them more susceptible to cravings and relapse.
  4. Support at Domus Retreat:
    • Guests at Domus Retreat receive 24/7 emotional and physical support, ensuring they are well-equipped to face challenges during their recovery.
    • A holistic approach to healing is adopted, including therapeutic services and nutritionally rich meals crafted by professional chefs.
  5. Building Strength Before Re-entry:
    • The primary objective of post-detox support at Domus Retreat is to allow individuals to build both physical and emotional resilience.
    • This ensures they are in the best possible state of health and mind when they decide to reintegrate into their everyday lives without opioids.
  6. Extended Stay Options:
    • For those who feel they might benefit from prolonged support, Domus Retreat offers extended-stay options, depending on availability.

It’s crucial for anyone recovering from opioid dependence to recognize the significance of comprehensive post-detox care. Having a supportive environment can make all the difference in ensuring long-term recovery success.

At the Waismann Method®, we’re not just another treatment program. We represent the pinnacle of excellence in opioid detox solutions. Our approach is rooted in the understanding that each patient is unique, requiring a tailored medically-managed withdrawal program. The description previously shared offers a window into our rapid detox procedure, but it is only a fraction of the comprehensive options we provide.

We are proud to serve those who seek premier care and unwavering quality in their recovery journey. Should you have any questions or need further insight into our range of treatment offerings, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at 1-800-423-2482.

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