The Waismann Method ® rapid opiate detoxification procedure often times gets compared to other rapid detox programs. However, there is a HUGE, fundamental difference between the two… One that can come at the cost of the patients’ own physical safety and well-being.
These other programs will be cheaper, but they definitely are not safer.
Rapid Drug Detox Myth 1: It’s safe to perform Rapid Drug Detox in an outpatient “hospital” setting, like a surgery center or office.
FALSE – Rapid opiate detoxification is a very serious procedure, and can potentially be dangerous when not performed properly or in an accredited full-service hospital where most medical resources and specialists are available immediately. 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 the procedure, as well as professional monitoring for a few days following the procedure to ensure stability and minimize complications.
Rapid Drug Detox Myth 2: It’s safe for rapid opiate detox to be completed in 24 hours.
FALSE – To optimize safety, patients should be admitted at least the day before procedure and monitored in the ICU/full-service hospital for at least a day after a rapid opiate detox procedure. During this time, a patient’s heart, lungs, electrolytes and fluid balance need to be carefully monitored. This time in the hospital is critical to a patient’s wellbeing and the success of the procedure. This monitoring time is critical to a patient’s wellbeing and the success of the procedure. Although a detox procedure is done in a couple of hours or less it usually takes the body at least a few days to stabilize physically and chemically, so it’s important to have proper assistance and monitoring for at least a few days after.
Rapid Drug Detox Myth 3: It’s safe to be under general anesthesia for several hours for rapid detox to work.
FALSE – Not only is general anesthesia unnecessary for this kind of procedure, it can be significantly more dangerous and uncomfortable for patients. Some programs put patients under general anesthesia for 4-8 hours, but a safer and better-tolerated procedure can be achieved in only 1-2 hours under moderate to heavy sedation (twilight sleep) when administered properly. Older protocols required patients to be under anesthesia for longer periods of time, but current medical advances allow for much shorter periods with less risk. If not adequately pre-medicated prior to the detox procedure, then general anesthesia is needed during the procedure to help control the physical effects of withdrawal. If the patient receives appropriate premedication, then general anesthesia is not required and sedation is sufficient to ensure that the patient has no memory of the procedure. With adequate pre-medication and sedation, the procedure can be performed safely without the added the need for a breathing tube, ventilator and 4-8 hours of general anesthesia.
Rapid Drug Detox Myth 4: It is safe to go home or to a hotel with a family member immediately after rapid detox.
FALSE – Patients who are sent home or to hotel rooms to recover are at much higher risk of serious complications like dehydration, pulmonary/cardiac events and even death. In addition, the emotional and physical changes that can take place following rapid detox should be monitored and addressed by trained medical professionals in order to assist on basic organ functions regulation and prevent medical complications. Family members and friends are simply not capable of recognizing and treating the possible physical changes that take place afterwards nor are they equipped to deal with the emotional instability patients can experience due to lack of endorphins, anxiety and sometimes depression, which can lead to immediate relapse.
Rapid Drug Detox Myth 5: It’s safe to go home immediately after the rapid detox procedure.
FALSE – In order for patients to achieve long-term success, it’s crucial that they are assessed physically and emotionally and provided with aftercare options that address their individual needs. Opiates are numbing devises that a majority of patients use to mask physical or psychological pain, so once a patient detoxes the root cause of any underlying issues should be addressed so true healing can begin.