Why Choose Rapid Detox?
Those who have chosen rapid detox in most cases have attempted to detox on their own or through traditional methods. However, despite the commitment and strong desire to quit, many find that the withdrawal symptoms are too intense and uncomfortable, to the point that it interferes with their normal day to day activities. Those who succeed through the withdrawal process still have to manage the physical cravings, which is one of the biggest causes of immediate relapse.
The Waismann Method® of rapid detox is a safe medical treatment that humanely reverses physical dependency while eliminating physical craving. The procedure speeds up the withdrawal while pushing the opiates off the receptor sites.
The detoxification part of the process only takes 60-90 minutes while patients are under moderate sedation (not general anesthesia) in intensive care of a full-service accredited hospital. It is performed by our medical director Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein, who is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist.
Because no two people are the same, each procedure is personalized to the individual and his/her needs. Our method and practices are also unique and implement the most advanced techniques. This is one of the safest, quickest and most humane ways to detox from opiates.
Pre-Treatment & Pre-Medication
Patients are admitted to our full-service accredited hospital and provided with a private room at least one day prior to the procedure for a full physical health evaluation in advance before beginning the process. Patients dependent on opiates have developed a slower metabolism and changes in organ function over time. The digestive system, heart rate, blood pressure, and kidney function are frequently compromised. For the safety and success of the detoxification, doctors evaluate health, physical condition, and opiate use, and then customize the treatment to meet the specific needs of each individual.
Each and every patient undergoes a diagnostic work up, including but not limited to: evaluation of blood and urine; assessment of heart, lung and kidney function. Based on the results of this thorough evaluation, a personalized program is designed to reverse opiate physical dependency. It is imperative that patients are closely monitored under our expert care during the premedication process. Stabilizing each patient helps ensure a smooth and safe procedure.
- The pre-treatment duration and procedure are based on each patient’s individual medical, drug and psycho-social history. Several specialized physicians in our hospital may be consulted on an individual basis. A safe and comfortable experience is only ensured by having a true understanding of each patient’s medical and psycho-social background.
What to Expect During Rapid Detox Procedure
- Once the pre-medication process is complete (usually next day), patients are transferred to our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the beginning of detoxification. Our doctors perform the Waismann Method® rapid detox treatment, which is conducted while the patient sleeps comfortably under moderate sedation. While the patient is sleeping comfortably, an accelerated opiate withdrawal is precipitated with medications. This medically-induced withdrawal is controlled and closely monitored by our nationally-recognized anesthesiologists for their expertise in W METHOD™ treatment.
- Patients are transitioned to a state of opiate receptor blockade
- While sedated, patients feel no discomfort. When they awake they are free of opiate physical dependency and have no memory of the procedure. The accelerated withdrawal occurs within a period of a couple hours, rather than days or weeks as with traditional methods.
- After the patients awake, they are closely monitored in the I.C.U. by the nursing staff for the rest of the day and night. Our medical staff is specially trained to ensure patient comfort and safety before, during, and the treatment procedure.
What to Expect Following Treatment – Aftercare Options
Patients typically stay in the hospital for two to four days. Patients are then transitioned to an enjoyable stay at the Domus Retreat (www.domusretreat.com). Domus is a private aftercare that was specifically designed to care for opiate dependent patients. The specialized staff at the Domus Retreat supervise clients as they transition to a new life without drugs. Opiate dependency causes numerous changes in neurotransmitters of the brain chemistry as well as the function of other organs. Domus provides continued care and monitoring, allowing patients to regain the necessary physical and emotional strength for successful and safe rehabilitation.