Rapid detox is one of the most successful detoxification available for those struggling with opioid addiction.

Whether you are struggling with an opioid addiction yourself, or you have a family member or friend who is, it can be a complicated and a sometimes stressful journey. First, it’s imperative to understand whether someone has a dependency or an addiction because these two issues vary significantly. Next, there is the process of deciding which type of treatment to seek. Rapid detox is a medical process of comprehensive, anesthesia-assisted detoxification. This accelerated form of detoxification greatly helps patients overcome withdrawal symptoms and possible health risks related to opioid withdrawal.  

The goal of an anesthesia opiate detox process is the physiological stabilization and medical support as the body rids itself from opioid dependence while the patient sleeps. It’s imperative that someone struggling with a serious opioid problem receives medical detoxification in a hospital setting where doctors can closely monitor and manage an opiate withdrawal. Furthermore, being under medical care provides a superior level of comfort and safety throughout the detox phase. 

Learn more about the rapid detox process and the benefits of this type of treatment. We explain the most common side effects and risks associated with the process, and what to expect throughout the rapid detox journey.   

How Does the Rapid Detox Process Work?      

Rapid detox is the term which describes an opioid detoxification that involves a patient being under anesthesia. The reason patients sleep through the acute detox, is so doctors can minimize the discomfort and length of the withdrawal with specific medications. In a nutshell, patients are able to get through the worst part of opioid withdrawals, while under sedation in a private ICU room. Additionally, a team of medical professionals are able to carefully manage vitals to ensure patients safety.    

Rapid detoxification provides a quick withdrawal from opioid drugs, while also blocking the physical cravings that often lead to relapse. In other words, rapid detox uses a combination of intravenous medications, including Naloxone to accelerate and shorten the duration of acute withdrawal. More importantly, immediately following the detoxification, patients can embark in a Naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy which substantially improves the possibility of long-term recovery.   

Rapid Detox Treatment is Also Referred to as:  

Although most rapid detox centers advertise a similar procedure with a similar name, overall safety, protocols and more importantly, the results are very different. It is important to understand, that the differences in protocols, facility and treating physician directly affects the results of the treatment and safety of the patient. Below is a list of common names for anesthesia detoxification treatments: 

  • Waismann Method® 
  • Rapid Detox 
  • Ultra-Rapid Opiate Detox 
  • Rapid Drug Detox 
  • Naltrexone Detoxification 
  • Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification 
  • Accelerated Opioid Detox 

When researching a Rapid Detox Center, be sure to inquire about the center itself as well as the types of treatments they offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; there is much more to know about a rapid detox center than just the success rate. Peoples standard of success, may not be what you expect. Also, ask whether they are an accredited medical hospital. This is an important requirement to ensure licensed and qualified doctors that you might need, are readily available.    

Why Does Rapid Detox Work?      

For someone experiencing opioid addiction or dependency, we understand that it’s easy to be skeptical when a fast treatment promises to provide the help you have spent so many years looking for. In spite of what most people have heard, opioid dependence is a treatable and reversible condition when a patient receives adequate medical treatment.  

Opioid addiction might feel like an overwhelming and never-ending battle. The good news is that rapid detox has been proven to work time and time again. In fact, the Waismann Method® has been providing rapid opiate detox for two decades with over 98% success rate. 

Here are several reasons why the Waismann Method of rapid detox works:  
  1. Rapid detox is a much more comfortable way to overcome the acute symptoms of an opioid detox, than trying to withdrawal most other methods without anesthesia. 
  2.  Accelerated opioid detoxification also shortens the length of the acute detox. What is extremely beneficial in cases that involve drugs with long half-lives like Buprenorphine based drugs and Methadone. Some of these medications can cause patients to feel withdrawal symptoms for weeks or even months, while rapid detox greatly condenses the discomfort. 
  3. Rapid detox is administered at a full-service monitored hospital, ensuring patients are surrounded by a knowledgeable medical team at all times.  
  4. Rapid detox allows someone to immediately begin Naltrexone or Vivitrol therapy, which immensely reduces the chance of an immediate relapse. 
  5. One of the most beneficial aspects of rapid opioid detoxification is the replacement of judgment and suffering by science. Only this way, individuals suffering from Opioid Use Disorder can seek medical help for OUD, like they would with any other medical condition. Consequently, fewer patients will allow this destructive condition to continue due to fear and shame of receiving treatment. 

In addition, a study by Hensel and Knox analyzed 72 patients who underwent rapid detox. None of the patients experienced any significant medical complications from the treatment and 68% of the participants were abstinent from opiates 12 months post rapid detox.  

Next, learn more about possible rapid opioid detox side effects and risks. 

What are the Most Common Side Effects of Rapid Detox? 

Common side effects of rapid detox will depend on several factors, including the severity of a patient’s opioid use and the length of time they’ve been using. Here are some of the most common effects post anesthesia detox: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety  
  • Restlessness 
  • Poor sleep 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Sweating 
  • Watery eyes and runny nose 
  • Shakiness and chills 

Opioid drugs work by enhancing the activity of neurotransmitters and receptors within the brain. Neurotransmitters carry inhibitory messages, so pain and discomfort effects are lessened. Once opioids are no longer present, the body needs to relearn on how to deal with uncomfortable feelings. Furthermore, because Opioid Use Disorder directly affects endorphin production, emotional and physical hypersensitivity are also part of the immediate recovery process. 

Due to all the physiological regulation that occurs after opioid detoxification, having professional assistance for a few days after detoxification is critical for the success and safety of the patients.  

Are there Potential Risks with Rapid Detox?   

With any drug treatment program, there are always possible risks. People who abuse opioids often also abuse their bodies. Also, people suffering from Opioid Use Disorder often are self-medicating emotional issues that can surface after detox. To have a comprehensive evaluation of pre rapid detox and professional inpatient care immediately post, can greatly eliminate preventable complication and risks. 

Also, when anesthesia assisted detox is provided in a full-service hospital, proper medical resources and resources are readily available. A drug treatment program not located in a full-service hospital cannot provide patients with the immediate medical response in case of emergency. Additionally, there are a number of cases where patients have died in drug rehabs, due to lack of care or medical understanding from the staff.   

No medical treatment comes with an absolute guarantee that there won’t be certain uncomfortable side effects. However, as we mentioned previously, our rapid detox facility has a more than 98% patient success rate. In addition, we operate within a fully accredited hospital, unlike many rehab centers. This ensures our medical professionals can properly respond to any situation that may arise throughout the detox phase.  

Furthermore, we understand the importance of not trading out one dependency for another. This is why we avoid using drugs such as Methadone or Suboxone (buprenorphine), which are also opioids and can become themselves addictive. Instead, our rapid detox process delivers patients a complete opioid detoxification.  

What to Expect During the Rapid Detox Process?   

During Rapid Detox Treatment 

  • The Rapid drug detox program should always be administered in a full service accredited hospital. This will ensure there are medical professionals monitoring patients 24-7.  
  • Generally, patients remain 2 to 4 days in the hospital. The length of stay is specifically based on each individual needs and not on a predetermined schedule. There is typically one day of pre-admission in order to perform all necessary testing and preparation for the rapid detox process, the day of detoxification and the day post procedure.  
  • Following the hospital, the patient will spend 3-7 days at our exclusive recovery center. During this time, various types of services are available, to make the recovery phase effective and pleasant. 

Rapid Detox Aftercare   

  • After the anesthesia-based rapid detox treatment, patient’s body needs to adjust and re-regulate both physically and emotionally. A responsible rapid detox center will not expect a family member or loved ones to assess and assist patients throughout this significant and most fragile phase.