Why Rapid Detox Works So Well — and Why Other Treatment Centers Don’t Provide It

Female patient in hospital bed completes successful rapid detox treatment under care of male doctor and female nurse

Since 1998, the Waismann Method® team has been providing ultra rapid detox for patients suffering from opioid use disorder. The notion of sleeping through an opioid withdrawal has become more and more popular for its comfort and for providing a nearly 100 percent detox success rate.

Some less-reputable rapid detox centers have advertised claims of “overnight” detox, “24-hour” detox or even a “painless” detox in an effort to attract patients. Although the rapid detox process indeed shortens and reduces discomfort, there is no such thing as a completely painless withdrawal. Drug withdrawal by nature is an uncomfortable event. For that reason, being in a medical facility and having medical management makes opioid detox much safer and easier to get through.

Furthermore, an opioid user’s body does not function regularly. Although the sleeping part of the detoxification is fast, proper inpatient care the day before and a few days after the procedure is crucial for the safety, comfort and success of the patient.

Read All About It Here: What Is Rapid Detox and How Does It Work?

Rapid Detox Lays the Foundation for Successful Follow-Up Care

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 130 Americans die of an opioid overdose. Some treatment centers are pushing the idea of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs to prevent further overdoses, but providing more opioids could prolong a person’s opioid use disorder instead of treating it. The most beneficial treatment focuses on a complete detoxification in addition to emotional care to assess what led to the opioid use.

Rapid detox — also referred to as detox under anesthesia or ultra rapid detox — provides the most effective detox from opioid drugs. It lays the foundation for successfully treating the underlying issue that caused the opioid use in the first place.

The Waismann treatment center team believes addiction is often either a consequence of untreated emotional issues or an increasing, untreated physical dependence. We see medical detox as the best first step in an effective solution. Waismann rapid detox has proven its excellent results by successfully treating thousands of patients in the last 20 years.

Why Rapid Detox Works

Rapid detox is significantly different from other drug treatments because it has a nearly 100 percent detox success rate. After detox, patients are entirely opioid free. This freedom better equips patients to then manage adjusting to being opioid free with the help of non-opioid medications and therapy.

Once science replaces preconceived ideas about who an opioid user is and what treatment each person deserves access to, medically assisted detoxification protocols, including rapid detox, could become the standard of care. America is not only plagued by an opioid epidemic, it’s also stuck in the thinking that it’s necessary for a person to fall into a lifetime cycle of medications and rehab stays. That’s not true. When a person gets proper medical detox from a board-certified medical doctor, followed by individual emotional care, he or she can break the addiction cycle.

Benefits of Ultra Rapid Opiate Detox

Additionally, rapid detox conducted in a full-service, JCAHO-accredited hospital offers several benefits — such as safety, effectiveness and privacy — that other treatment methods do not. Rapid detox patients typically experience the following advantages:

1. Rapid detox allows people to seek treatment without delays:

Fear of withdrawal can be a significant barrier between the opioid user and treatment. Making detox more comfortable is not just much more effective, but it can make people seek treatment sooner. Anesthesia-assisted detox offers the fear-relieving benefit of sleeping through the worst part of acute withdrawal and of having hospital staff on hand for any need.

2. Detox is medically managed:

Patients are admitted to a private room of an accredited hospital where a comprehensive medical examination is completed prior to the anesthesia detox. Vitals, fluid retention and many other effects of opioid use and detox are under the management and control of a team of medical professionals.

Proper rapid detox is performed by an experienced, multi-board-certified medical doctor in a private room of an ICU unit. In the ICU, he and his team have access to several medical specialists and a number of vital emergency resources. Patients should have a clear understanding of the risks and benefits of this or any procedure before choosing any treatment type.

Additionally, the hospital setting enables the medical doctor to tailor the detoxification treatment plan in any way necessary. For example, if the doctor determines that anesthesia is not required based on a comprehensive medical evaluation of the patient, then he can adjust the medical detoxification protocol accordingly.

Detox protocols should not be predetermined. They should be adapted to the patient’s individual needs to provide the safest, most comfortable and most effective complete detoxification possible. Only in a hospital is the doctor fully equipped to decide how and when to adapt detox protocols; to access the medical resources necessary to address every possible medical issue; and to determine the appropriate length of stay.

3. Nearly 100 percent opioid detox success rate:

Because patients are asleep during ultra rapid detox, they skip considerable withdrawal discomfort and achieve complete detoxification. This success might have otherwise been unachievable for them because of the difficulty associated with trying to detox without anesthesia or medical support.

Furthermore, patients who suffer from anxiety and have not had success with other treatments might also benefit from having a complete detox under medical management. The ability to complete a detox treatment plan successfully encourages people to continue on the path of emotional health with therapy.

4. Ability to start naltrexone or Vivitrol® therapy immediately:

Vivitrol® and naltrexone are non-opioid medications that have been shown to be incredibly successful tools in preventing relapse following complete opioid detoxification when used in conjunction with counseling. Rapid detox completely removes opioids from a person’s system, so he or she can begin one of these medications right away.

5. Counseling without the influence of opioid drugs:

The American Society of Addiction Medicine advises that rapid detox should be combined with continued counseling. Without the presence of opioids after rapid detox, mental health professionals can provide a much more accurate diagnosis and a much more adequate plan for emotional care. Also, patients who are not under the influence are mentally clearer to provide critical emotional information and receive support needed to achieve long-term results.

Female doctor explains rapid detox treatment to male patient in hospital bed

Why Other Treatment Centers Don’t Offer Rapid Detox

Rapid detox by Waismann Method® continues to deliver exceptional medical care, unparalleled experience and superior results. Some drug treatment centers claim to offer medical detoxification but do not offer the same level of medical care and do not operate in a full-service hospital. These lower medical standards create risks for patients and create confusion about what patients should expect from medical detox providers.

Find Out: How to Choose the Right Rapid Detox Treatment Center for You

Other drug treatment centers that attempted providing rapid detox in the past when it was initially gaining popularity stopped offering it. In some cases, they could not keep up with the medical standards necessary to ensure patient safety and success. Additionally, because rapid detox should only be provided in a full-service hospital, it can be expensive from an operations perspective. Some treatment centers simply don’t want to invest in that level of care, and some even try to encourage patients to choose other methods of treatment that they do offer instead.

A rehab, for example, can be less expensive for a treatment center to operate but can generate income for long periods as patients stay for weeks or months. Rapid detox, however, requires just one to two days in the hospital and several days or a couple of weeks in a licensed aftercare recovery center. Any follow-up therapy or other emotional care thereafter can be determined based on the individual patient’s needs at his or her discretion.

From a patient perspective, the cost of one treatment over another might be a factor, but a treatment’s health benefits, care standards and success rate should, hopefully, be the deciding factors. Rapid detox offers fast, safe, effective treatment and the best opportunity to successfully be opioid free.

Published on March 21, 2019

Reviewed by Clare Waismann, CATC, Founder of Waismann Method® Advanced Treatment for Opiate Dependence

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