Opioid dependence and addiction are complex conditions. In addition to various contributing factors, it comprises bouts of physiological and psychological relief followed by significant discomfort or distress. This continuous rollercoaster of effects often results in a devastating and vicious cycle leading to dependence. When an individual suffering from substance use disorder, involving drugs or alcohol, seeks treatment, it can be incredibly overwhelming. However, there are several promising treatment options available.
Waismann Method® Difference
Waismann Method is named after its founder, Clare Waismann, a Registered Addiction Specialist and Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor. Clare strives to end the stigma surrounding those suffering from addiction by promoting treatment based on medical science, compassion, respect, and individualized care. For over two decades, the Waismann Method team has successfully implemented a superior level of detox safety to achieve the utmost effectiveness of opioid treatment options, making a recovery attainable and sustainable.
The medical treatment is led by medical director Dr. Michael Lowenstein, a quadruple board-certified M.D. and world-renowned rapid detox expert. Waismann Treatment addresses and manages the complexity of withdrawal symptoms that accompany substance use disorder. This is pertinent as the detox and withdrawal process preceded by the long-term use of drugs or alcohol is often the main barrier to achieving full recovery. Furthermore, withdrawing from alcohol or drugs without proper medical care can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a condition relating to the continuous use of opioids. It reflects modulations in the neuro-circuitry of the brain reward system, involving numerous neurotransmitters and brain regions—psychosocial, genetic, and environmental factors all impact this condition. According to 2016 data, twelve million Americans misuse opioids; and for approximately two million Americans, misuse is significant enough to be categorized as an Opioid Use Disorder. Despite this, Opioid Use Disorder is vastly undertreated, often due to the stigma associated with the disorder, failed results, and the profound discomfort experienced in the detox during the withdrawal process.
Opioid Use Disorder requires medical care coupled with psychosocial support. Opioid withdrawal symptoms (OWS) are critical drivers behind repeated and continued opioid use. In addition to behavioral characterizations associated with Opioid Use Disorder, tolerance and physical dependence reflect complex neurobiological changes in several pertinent systems in the brain.
Opioid Dependence & Withdrawal
Physical dependence is responsible for the distressing withdrawal symptoms individuals experience upon suspension of opioids. Opioid receptors are located throughout the central nervous system and peripheral tissues. These receptors regulate endogenous and exogenous sources of opioids. Endogenous refers to the body’s natural opioids. At the same time, exogenous refers to external and synthetic opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and morphine.
Opioid agonist activation of the presynaptic terminals of nociceptive fibers blocks the release of pain neurotransmitters, resulting in pain relief. The binding of opioid receptors on y-aminobutyric acid-ergic (GABA) neurons inhibits GABA release, allowing more dopamine to be released, which often manifests in euphoria.
The cessation or sudden reduction of opioid use in a physiologically dependent individual can result in withdrawal symptomatology, including physiological (somatic) and effective or psychological symptoms.
Withdrawal from opioids is a very uncomfortable, unpleasant, and often anxiety-inducing process. However, the severity and duration of opioid withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the amount and time of opioids regularly used.
Common withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- increased body temperature
- racing heart
- muscle and bone pain
- high blood pressure.
Comprehensive Medically Assisted Detox
Waismann Method Rapid Detox is a medically assisted detox procedure for opioid use disorder. It involves sedation from a board-certified anesthesiologist along with FDA-approved medication administration. The anesthesiologist combines IV sedation with opioid antagonists to clear the receptor sites. Rapid detox helps to reduce and alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It also blocks opioid effects in the event of relapse. Waismann Method Rapid Detox helps to reverse the effects of chronic opioid use on the nervous system. Restoring the nervous system takes time; medically assisted sedation detox facilitates this process while modulating and reducing the heightened anxiety that often accompanies withdrawal symptoms.
In addition to providing medical support, research also shows that implementing the human compassion, patience, and respect model have been shown to enhance treatment outcomes for those suffering from opioid use disorder. This approach is undoubtedly held by founder Clare Waismann RAS, a fierce advocate and seasoned professional in addiction treatment. The Waismann Method team is passionate about providing patients struggling and suffering from Opioid Use Disorder with the most individualized, humane, and effective opioid detoxification based on their unique, individual needs.
Waismann Treatment: A Level Above the Rest
- Before the detoxification, the Waismann Method team provides comprehensive in-hospital health evaluations. This higher level of care allows safer detoxification that meets patient health needs. It also concurrently supports emotional well-being and improves comfort.
- This detoxification must occur in a private and accredited hospital to ensure patients’ safety. The elevated level of care allows the professional staff to carefully assess the patient while identifying pre-existing medical conditions that could inhibit patient safety and treatment efficacy. The medical opioid detox, including assessment and rapid detox, occurs in a hospital at an average of a two to three-day stay. Rapid detox is followed by a short visit at a private recovery center dedicated to personalized treatment approaches post-detox. This is an essential component of the process towards increased treatment safety, success, and complete recovery.
- After detoxification, patients often undergo a significant physical and emotional regulation period. Having access to ongoing professional assistance during this vulnerable time is imperative for patient safety and treatment success for recovery. The recovery center following Waismann Method Rapid Detox provides comprehensive, thoughtful care needed throughout this transitional period.
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Integrative Care Approach
Domus Retreat, our private recovery center, is the optimal place for healing and support from a multidisciplinary team. Research demonstrates that implementing a collaborative model of care offers patients who struggle with opioid use disorder significantly higher treatment success (Burton & Martin, 2020). In addition to having around-the-clock support from a multidisciplinary team of professionals, these therapy modalities include yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, individual psychotherapy, and drama therapy. There is also an emphasis on consuming fresh, nutrient-dense, whole foods prepared by on-site professional chefs. This around-the-clock assistance immediately after rapid detox helps restore the balance needed before the individual faces the world’s vulnerabilities while being opioid-free. Ongoing research highlights the importance of this additional care and comprehensive, person-centered approach in sustaining recovery.
Movement-based therapies can provide balancing and stress reduction benefits. A recent 2020 study found that breath-based yoga and movement-based yoga- both had significant reductions in salivary cortisol- as well as self-reported stress. Further stress improvements included lowered blood pressure, improved heart rate variability (HRV), and fasting glucose. These modalities also help promote parasympathetic nervous system activation, helping to get the body out of the stress response and harmonizing rest and digestion mode.
Addressing nutritional deficiencies is also part of the recovery process. Not only does this help to restore the body in terms of physiological health, but largely from a mental health perspective. Nutrition plays a vital role in influencing neurotransmitter concentrations and pathways in the brain and the gut, having significant implications for improved mental being.
Those suffering from opioid use disorder often have greatly compromised gastrointestinal (GI) functioning. This further impedes psychological health because the gut actually synthesizes several neurotransmitters. Sufficient nutrition in conjunction with the above-noted therapies helps to promote healing via the gut/brain axis, which has been noted to have favorable effects regarding recovery.
Waismann Method’s attention to nutritional deficiencies is also part of the healing process. Not only does this help to restore the body in terms of physiological health, but largely from a mental health perspective. Nutrition plays a vital role in influencing neurotransmitter concentrations and pathways in the brain and the gut, having significant implications for improved overall physical health, strength, and mental being.
Waismann Method Focus
Withdrawal symptoms from Opioid Use Disorder can lead to an array of medical complications. Detox treatment by a multi-board certified physician with over twenty years of experience congruent with Clare Waismann is pertinent in achieving a successful recovery. Waismann’s goal is to heal, restore and ultimately transform lives affected by opioid use disorder through a highly individualized and effective treatment protocol.
Waismann Treatment™ has consistently maintained superior detox results by delivering personalized medically assisted withdrawal management while concurrently emphasizing patient safety and comfort. Research demonstrates growing evidence for the effectiveness of medically managed detox treatment. Despite this, most addiction treatment facilities do not offer in-hospital medically assisted detoxification or individualized aftercare, specifically tailored to each patient.
Along with their post-detox recovery treatment that addresses both the body and mind, the Waismann method team offers a holistic, comprehensive, evidence-based treatment protocol for sustained recovery from opioids. Waismann Method® team prides itself in providing the safest, most comprehensive, and effective medical opioid detox treatment available.
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Written by Lauren Chaunt
Lauren is well versed in the nutrition, mental health, and substance abuse disorder field. She holds a BA in Honors Research Psychology from Rhode Island College in addition to a Masters in Clinical Psychotherapy.
Reviewed by Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC), founder of Waismann Method® Advanced Treatment for Opiate Dependence and Domus Retreat®. Clare Waismann is an authority and expert on opioid dependence, opioid use disorder, substance dependence, detoxification treatments, detox recovery, and other topics covered on RapidDetox.com.