methadone

Methadone Detox

It’s not uncommon for people to seek out detoxification programs for a drug that is supposed to wean them off other habit-forming drugs.

Methadone is a synthetic opioid used for opiate “replacement” or “substitution” therapy. It’s used for patients addicted to opiates such as OxyContin and heroin by preventing the onset of withdrawal. The problem is that methadone is also an opioid and can cause a severe dependency after a period of time.

People who take methadone to treat opiate addiction may need a second detox if they become physically and psychologically dependent upon it. Methadone as replacement therapy has worked for many people in terms of helping them get off very dangerous drugs. But this type of therapy can be very long-term and doesn’t allow patients to become truly free of opiate addiction. After suffering through addiction, patients who want to heal deserve a solution that gets them drug free once and for all.

The Waismann Method of Rapid Methadone Detoxification

Our rapid opiate detoxification is designed to work quickly, safely and address the painful and lengthy withdrawal phase that patients fear so much. We are based in southern California where patients check into our full-service hospital first a day or two before detoxification for thorough medical testing and pre-medication. This helps us rule out possible underlying conditions.

Once the patient is fully cleared they are transferred to the ICU for close monitoring. Once patients are appropriately sedated and pre-medicated, they are put under sedation for around 60 to 90 minutes. While the patient sleeps comfortably, an acute opiate withdrawal is accelerated with medications to block the opiate receptors. This medically-induced withdrawal is controlled and closely monitored by board-certified anesthesiologist with over 14 years’ experience with this process. During the sedation, patients feel no discomfort and have no memory of the acute withdrawal. After the patients awake, they are closely monitored for the rest of the day and night. Our medical staff is specially trained to ensure patients are comfortable and safe before and after the detoxification procedure.

The hospital stay is typically 3 to 5 days and 2 to 7 additional days that patients spend transitioning in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility. Our program is known for its compassionate and discreet approach to methadone detox. We actually treat the highest levels of Methadone in the country. We receive patients from all over the world that cannot find a treatment center that will accept them due to the high levels.

We are proud to offer our patients the best medicine has to offer in treating opiate dependency. The major difference between WAISMANN METHOD® treatment and other medical detoxifications is the safety, comfort, and success of our patients. Every patient has a different medical and dependency history, and we treat them as individuals with specific needs.

Detox occurs when the body is ridding itself of substances, including drugs, alcohol and other toxins. This process will begin once patients stop taking the medications they’ve become dependent upon. Medically based detox is necessary in order to keep patients safe and comfortable during an otherwise difficult time. Patients no longer have to fear withdrawal because it can be managed effectively.

Methadone addiction is a serious problem in the United States and tends to happen quickly and to unsuspecting individuals who have been prescribed Methadone for legitimate pain reasons. The addiction creeps up quickly and once you have a Methadone addiction, chances are it’s too late to find an easy solution to get off Methadone.

Why Us?

1. The Waismann Method of rapid drug detoxification allows most patients to return to a productive life in a matter of days and eliminates the need to spend months in hospitals or rehab programs.
2. Traditional drug rehab treatment methods for Methadone addiction – talk therapy along with medicinal treatment to lessen the pain of withdrawal – often have less than 10% success rates after the first year due to Methadone’s powerful, physically addictive properties.
3. Waismann Method is proud to say that we have the highest success rate of any other Methadone detox facility . The Waismann Method allows most patients to return to a productive life in a matter of days and eliminates the need to spend months in hospitals or rehab programs.
4. Our advanced rapid drug treatment method treats Methadone addiction as a physical disease that can be overcome with advanced medical techniques.
5. The Methadone detox treatment is performed in a full service hospital under the strict supervision of one of our medical directors. You are followed every step of the way from admission to discharge, and you are assisted in creating a plan for remaining opiate-free once you complete your detox from Methadone.
6. Continuously featured in the media as a trusted expert and information source in the field of rapid opiate detoxification.
7. We treat the highest levels of Methadone in the country.

Other Treatment Options for Methadone Dependence

Waismann Method’s program offers rapid opiate detox that doesn’t rely on potentially addicting medications to help patients recover. Some facilities treat opiate dependence by administering other opiates. This is known as opiate replacement therapy and is typically accomplished with Suboxone or Subutex. This can be effective for some people but is a long-term fix to a problem that has probably lingered on for long enough.

People may find they need to be on replacement medications for a while. They may also need a second detox if they become dependent upon the replacements.

Traditional drug rehab treatment methods for Methadone addiction – talk therapy along with medicinal treatment to lessen the pain of withdrawal – often have less than 10% success rates after the first year due to Methadone’s powerful, physically addictive properties.

The right program should be safe, effective and humane. It should help to manage a painful withdrawal, thereby guarding against future instances of relapse. Patients also need to know that Methadone detox doesn’t have to be painful or take weeks, months or years

Treatment Details

The rapid detox treatment is performed in:

A full service JCAHO acredited hospital under the strict supervision of one of our medical directors. This is a very serious procedure that has the potential to be dangerous if not performed in an accredited, full-service hospital. Patients need access to medical specialists and necessary equipment should complications arise. Long-term opiate intake can cause undetected medical issues and patients should be thoroughly screened, hydrated and pre-medicated before rapid detox. They should also be closely monitored by medical professionals following the procedure. Detox offered in an outpatient center may not have such safety protocols in place.

PRE PROCEDURE

It is crucial that patients for Methadone detox are admitted to our hospital one to two day before the procedure for a complete medical evaluation including medical history, physical exam, and blood work to evaluate kidney and liver function. Patients also have a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram, and may undergo an exercise stress test if necessary. Patients then start treatment pre-medication protocol where medications are given to prevent or relieve the symptoms of withdrawal. Additional medications are used to lower the acid content of the stomach, and to curb the adrenalin or adrenergic response to withdrawal.

It is imperative that patients are properly evaluated before the procedure as an in-patient so pre-medication can be properly administered to stabilize body functions. This helps to achieve a smooth and safe detoxification procedure.

THE RAPID DETOX

Patients are transferred to the ICU for close monitoring. Once patients are appropriately sedated and pre-medicated, they are put under sedation for around 60 to 90 minutes. While the patient sleeps comfortably, an acute opiate withdrawal is accelerated with medications to block the opiate receptors. This medically-induced withdrawal is controlled and closely monitored by board-certified anesthesiologist with over 14 years’ experience with this process. During the sedation, patients feel no discomfort and have no memory of the acute withdrawal. After the patients awake, they are closely monitored for the rest of the day and night. Our medical staff is specially trained to ensure patients are comfortable and safe before and after the detoxification procedure.

• The Waismann Method eliminates the cravings that often accompany traditional opiate detox treatments.
• You are followed every step of the way from admission to release, and are assisted in creating a plan for remaining opiate-free once you complete your detox from Methadone.
• Read more about Rapid Detox with the Waismann Method.

Post-Procedure After-Care

Usually the morning after procedure, patients are transferred from the ICU back to the medical floor where they continue to recover, receive intravenous fluids, and regain their strength. Patients are encouraged to get out of bed, walk, and resume eating regularly. During this period, physicians assess the patient’s readiness for discharge

Patients are usually in the hospital for three to four days, with the remainder of the time at the Domus Retreat (www.domusretreat.com), where we work with the emotional health of our patients, while the medical staff supervises the physical transition. Opiate dependency causes numerous changes in brain chemistry and organ functions, so after the procedure it is paramount that patients are monitored properly for at least a few days in order to regulate basic functions and prevent medical complications and immediate relapse.

• Post treatment patients come to the Domus Retreat After-Care facility for post-procedure after-care, located in Orange County, for its peace and serenity. At the Domus Retreat, we have the opportunity to assess the root of the cause of dependency, such as misdiagnosed depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, social issues and much more.
• Licensed therapists assess each patient’s specific emotional and social needs and offer individualized After-Care options to help patients move beyond their opiate or painkiller dependency.
• Read more about the Post-Procedure After-Care.

Methadone Withdrawal and Rapid Detox

Unsupervised Methadone withdrawal can be dangerous for patients with some with these conditions or medical issues:

  • Smokers
  • High doses of Narcotics
  • Polypharmacy
  • Hypertension ( High blood pressure)
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Asthma or other pulmonary problems
  • GI disorders

Trying to stop taking opiates cold turkey can result in a very painful withdrawal syndrome that can be dangerous and can linger for 2 weeks to 6 months. Symptoms can include:

• Strong drug cravings
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Aches and pains
• Severe agitation
• Insomnia
• Mood changes

Rapid detox plans have received some bad press regarding the potential dangers of the treatment. This press stems directly from programs that attempt to cut corners by not using a hospital and reduce the inpatient time. WAISMANN METHOD® treatment on the other hand, combines effective and fast detox techniques with a carefully tailored solution that is ideal for the needs of the individual patient. This is the safest approach to rapid detoxification, and our success rate is testament to this fact. WAISMANN METHOD® treatment has successfully treated thousands of patients. WAISMANN METHOD® treatment is the right choice for a drug free life.

When choosing a rapid opiate detox program, read more about safety, risks and complications.

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