Rapid Detox Center Since 1998

Waismann Method® provides the safest, most effective, and successful rapid detox available. Patients who seek the best opioid treatment option fly from all corners of the world to our exclusive Southern California location. Here, patients receive individualized care from our quadruple board-certified M.D. in a private room of an accredited hospital, followed by a few days at our exclusive recovery center. This additional time under professional care further ensures each patient’s safety, comfort, and success.

Michael H. Lowenstein M.D. is the nation’s most experienced provider of rapid detoxification under sedation. He has successfully treated thousands of patients.

Rapid Detox History

Dr. Norbert Loimer first developed ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification with patients under anesthesia, based on earlier rapid detoxification methods published by researchers at the Yale University. Several modifications and improvements have been suggested by various researchers in the technique of ultra-rapid opioid detoxification (hereafter referred to as Ultra Rapid Opiate Detox).

Rapid detoxification is a medical procedure in which a board-certified anesthesiologist combines IV sedation and opioid antagonists to precipitate a withdrawal syndrome. As a result, the discomfort and duration of an acute opioid withdrawal are significantly reduced.

The process is also known as anesthesia-assisted detoxification, accelerated opioid detox, ultra-rapid detox, and Waismann Method® (the most recognized rapid detox center worldwide). Waismann Method® protocol meets patients’ unique health needs based on a comprehensive medical evaluation that occurs the day before the detox.

What is the Waismann Method Rapid Detox?

Waismann Method Rapid Detox provides a superior level of care to most detoxification under sedation programs. In other words, we combine comprehensive medical evaluations in an accredited hospital by a multi-board certified physician with nearly a quarter of a decade of experience. Additionally, Waismann Method patients receive in-patient professional recovery care for a few days in our exclusive retreat.

What does that mean? It means our priority is your safety and comfort. At the Waismann Detox, we don’t cut corners by admitting you on the day of the procedure because we are not aware of your current health conditions or any substances that might be in your system. Most drugs bought in the streets are adulterated, and even over-the-counter substances can have adverse effects when combined with medications used during rapid detox. More importantly, we also don’t discharge you to a hotel room and expect your loved one to assist you while your metabolism is learning to function without opiates. Every patient is different, and so is their body. How fast patients stabilize after rapid detox depends on several factors, including age, health, length of time using drugs, type of drugs used, and even emotional health.

*Detox centers that promise overnight miracles or the same successful results to all patients are misleading, irresponsible, and possibly dangerous.

Waismann Method® Medically Assisted Opioid Detox Specialists

Above all, use caution when seeking a treatment center. It is important to remember that not all centers follow adequate safety protocols. Some might even try cutting costs by providing unrealistic overnight promises. Other centers offer detox in surgical centers where immediate and necessary medical resources are unavailable.

Rapid drug detox is safe and successful when in a full-service hospital and performed by an experienced board-certified M.D. Only an accredited hospital can provide different specialists for consultation and immediate emergency care. Generally speaking, this extensive availability of resources provides a much safer, more comfortable, and effective opioid detox process.

 Rapid Detox Centers Differences, Risk, and Benefits

One of the safest and most successful treatment options for someone suffering from opioid use disorder is a medically assisted detox, but only when the provider is responsible, honest, and experienced.

 Rapid Detox Safety Protocol:

Hospital admission should be at least a day before anesthesia detox.

  • This extra time allows doctors to gather the information they need to achieve safer and more comfortable detoxification. Furthermore, it is critical to know what patients ingest within the last day before the procedure. Certain foods, medications, or other substances can adversely interact with medicines given during drug detox. Additionally, all patients respond differently to key medications. Knowing your unique response allows the treating physician to better plan what and how much to use while under sedation. Most importantly, patients need a comprehensive medical evaluation to ensure the procedure’s candidacy and safety.

The Importance of a private room.

  • Studies show that patients receive better care in a private room, recover faster, and are less susceptible to disease transmission. Furthermore, they are less likely to receive incorrect medication or suffer from medical errors because they were confused with a roommate. Also, in a private room, patients sleep better, which helps heal and maintain better spirits.

Other drug detox options should be available for those who are not candidates for rapid detox.

  • Not all patients are candidates for rapid detoxification or sedation-assisted detox. When a second option is not available, doctors and patients might push the boundaries further than they should.

There is no need for more than a couple of hours under sedation to achieve successful rapid detoxification.

  • In the ’90s, detoxification under sedation would last 4 to 6 hours. After almost 30 years, the process has evolved. Doctors understand that the longer the patient is under anesthetics, the more risk and side effects the patient might have. When experienced anesthesiologists perform rapid detox, the process should not take more than a couple of hours. Procedures lasting 3 hours or more hours are antiquated and carry more risks.

Unsubstantiated and false claims, such as “promises of achieving a pre-addiction state ” in a couple of days, are misleading and dangerous.

  • Promises of overnight regulation or, even worse, promises of miraculously returning to a pre-addiction state are false sales pitches that the proper authorities should reprimand. The central nervous system (CNS) is constantly regulating itself to adapt to new conditions. The speed and totality of this process are based on several factors and unique to each patient.

Clinician knowledge of the neurobiological foundation of opioid dependence, honesty, and information-sharing with patients, provides better outcomes and met expectations.

No quality of character is more rooted in the practice of medicine than honesty and humility—when a doctor admits the extent of what he can and cannot provide a patient, a safer and more effective solution is achieved.

Verify the license, credentials, and experience of the treating physician

  • Many doctors do not have the experience or knowledge to manage detoxification under sedation safely. Others make overinflated and unsubstantiated claims of experience and success.

That is why it is crucial to have a valid USA medical license. A license that indicates a physician has met minimum requirements for the undifferentiated practice of medicine. At the same time, board certification means that a physician has gone above and beyond primary training and demonstrates proficiency in a particular specialty. Doctors with licenses, certifications, and credentials from well-known American institutions provide patients a higher assurance that they will be receiving the highest level of care from physicians that have undergone the most rigorous scrutiny regarding their ability to practice medicine.

When it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

  • There are no miracles in medicine, and you will not be the first one.  As fast as this type of medically assisted drug detox is, it is not an overnight cure. The procedure is extremely safe when the doctors have ample time to evaluate, stabilize and treat the patient Before, during, and post-detox.  After rapid detoxification, the whole metabolism needs to find a new baseline. This adjustment period affects your sleep, mood, blood pressure, fluid retention, and other essential functions. It is irresponsible to discharge patients to a hotel immediately after detox treatment with a family member. Maybe more profitable for the provider but riskier and more uncomfortable to the patient and caregiver.

Why Choose Waismann Method®?

Our goal is to heal, restore, and transform lives affected by opioid use disorder through a highly personalized medical detoxification provided in an accredited hospital. The commitment to our patient’s safety and well-being is as strong today as it was when we started 22 years ago. By providing medically assisted withdrawal management, individualizing every treatment protocol, and emphasizing safety and comfort, we have consistently maintained superior detoxification results.