Many individuals who suffer from substance use disorders avoid getting treatment because they fear the painful withdrawals. Of course, their concern is justified as withdrawals can be painful and potentially dangerous. Unfortunately, much apprehension toward receiving treatment is often the result of misinformation or lack of knowledge. Especially when the information is about today’s advancement in medical detox such as the Waismann Method® rapid detox treatment.
What is Rapid Detox and How is the Waismann Method® Different From Other Programs?
Rapid detox is a medically-assisted detoxification process which allows patients to successfully get through opioid withdrawal, while under sedation.
While in a private room (ICU) at an accredited hospital, an anesthesiologist places patients under sedation. A combination of medications may induce withdrawals and achieve complete detoxification within about 2 hours. Patients are monitored in the hospital for 2 to three days. Medical professionals do this before, during and after the procedure. It is to ensure their safety at all times.
As a leader in the industry for over 20 years, the Waismann Method® has one of the highest success rates of any opioid detox treatment currently available. We differ from the others because we provide treatment plans that are based on each patient’s unique needs. Our safety protocols are unmatched while the privacy and comfort of our patients are sustained.
Our primary goal is to provide a successful medical detox while ensuring our patients’ comfort and safety.
Debunking the Myths About Rapid Detox
Although rapid medical detox has helped many thousands of opiate-dependent individuals, the stigma and misinformation surrounding this treatment method prevent far too many from taking this first step towards a drug-free lifestyle.
To dispel some of the misconceptions and concerns about rapid detox, let’s take a look at 10 of the most common myths and provide the real facts which support the efficacy of medically-assisted detoxification.
Myth 1: Medical Detox is Not Safe
Fact: The safety of rapid detox is based on several factors, including the experience of the physicians and the level of the medical facility where the detox occurs. The Waismann Method® is conducted in an accredited hospital. Next, a comprehensive examination that includes an EKG, chest x-ray, blood work, and kidney, liver, lungs, and other vital level analysis. To assist in removing impurities while balancing and strengthening the metabolism prior to rapid opiate detox, patients receive vitamins, electrolytes, and IV fluids. Administering medications also help minimize the withdrawal response and maintain a satisfactory level of comfort for the patient.
Myth 2: Medical Detox is Like a Nightmare
Fact: This myth most likely originated from people talking about the discomfort they experienced when trying to detox without professional assistance. While it’s true that detox can be uncomfortable, the process can be made more tolerable with medication-assisted detox. Unfortunately, fear of withdrawals has kept many individuals from seeking the help they need. With the Waismann Method rapid detox, they disprove the myth time after time.
Myth 3: Rapid Detox Uses General Anesthesia
Fact: Rapid detox involves sedation, which is a form of anesthesia. However, sedation avoids some of the risks and adverse side effects associated with general anesthesia. The patient maintains his or her natural physiological reflexes, including the ability to breathe on their own. In the past, rapid detox providers used general anesthesia which required patients to be intubated, but medicine has evolved to allow us to achieve the same end results without compromising the safety or comfort of the individual in our care.
Myth 4: All Rapid Detox Centers are the Same
Fact: Although the idea of putting a patient to sleep during an acute opiate withdrawal might be common between medical providers, how the process is done, how safe it is and the experience of the patient greatly differs. Many programs, in order to save money, admit patients on the same day of treatment or even worse, send patients home or to a hotel room immediately after detox. These practices can put family members and loved ones in a very difficult place and patients at great physical risks. The Waismann Method® requires a total of 5 to 10-day inpatient stay. Although rapid detox is a quick method, there are pre and post-procedure care, that cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing patients safety and effectiveness of the treatment.
Myth 5: Detox Gets You Hooked on Another Drug
Fact: We DO NOT use MAT medications such as methadone or Suboxone, quite the opposite, we detox patients from these drugs. When patients complete the Waismann Method® rapid detox treatment, they are fully opioid-free.
Myth 6: Rapid Detox Is a Quick Cure For Addiction
Fact: Opioid Addiction is a complex disorder that involves physiological and psychological factors. When a person undergoes detoxification, the physical aspects go away thus allowing them to concentrate on the emotional ones. It is very difficult to achieve an accurate emotional diagnosis or to be productive in any kind of therapy when under the effects of opioids or suffering from withdrawal. For that reason and many others, rapid detoxification is usually the best first step towards a full recovery.
Myth 7: You Can Detox at Home
Fact: This misconception has resulted in many deaths. Depending on the substance involved and the severity of the addiction, drug detox can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. These include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, respiratory depression, dehydration, seizures, and coma. We highly recommend seeking a medical professional or detox facility. This is where health care professionals and addiction specialists oversee the withdrawal process.
Myth 8: After Detox, You’re on Your Own
Fact: With the Waismann Method, patients are usually in the hospital for two to three days, and the remainder of their time at an exclusive recovery center. Each individual receives around the clock professional support during the transitional and regulation phase. We offer 7-10 or 14-day programs to ensure that our patients are physiologically adapting to the chemical readjustment.
Myth 9: All Medical Detox is Painful
Fact: Some of the opioid withdrawal symptoms experienced during non-medical detox can be painful and sometimes quite lengthy. However, with the Waismann Method Rapid Detox, doctors manage the worst part of an acute withdrawal while the patient sleeps comfortably under sedation.
Myth 10: After Medical Detox, I Will Be Sober
Fact: Medically-assisted detox successfully eliminates the physical withdrawal symptoms and the physiological cravings, but the individual still has to work in order to maintain an opioid-free lifestyle. Although the reasons why people first used an opioid drug differ, the large majority of patients kept using to medicate emotional or physical pain. Treating the root of the problem after detox is the best way to prevent a relapse.
Recovery From Addiction Begins When You Take the First Step
The above facts about rapid detox will help you have realistic expectations about the process. Of course, not everyone is a candidate for the treatment. A doctor will conduct a medical evaluation to determine eligibility. He or she can recommend a detox protocol that is individualized for your specific needs.
If you’re ready to end your struggle with opioid abuse, please contact us today. We will be available to answer your questions. Let us help you take the first step toward the opiate-free life you want and deserve.