Rapid Detox

What Is Rapid Detox?

Rapid detox, short for rapid detoxification, is a pharmacological & medical procedure that helps a drug-dependent person reach a drug-free state in a short time. Performed by highly trained professionals & in the right setting, rapid detox safely and effectively reverses the patients’ physical dependence on opiates.

In the procedure, doctors administer opiate antagonist(s) that pushes the opiates off the receptors while blocking them to eliminate physical cravings. During this, the patients sleep comfortably under sedation or general anesthesia and has no conscious memory of the withdrawal experienced during the procedure.

Alternative Methods of Opiate Detoxification

There are many approaches to detoxification, including “quitting cold turkey,” tapering, and opioid replacement therapy. Each approach tries to manage withdrawal symptoms long enough for the individual to reach a drug-free state. Those who do not want to experience a lengthy and uncomfortable withdrawal from opiates tend to select rapid detox as their preferred form of detoxification.

Detoxification is a safe, natural and incredibly uncomfortable and prolonged process that occurs without any medical intervention – stop taking opioids and your body will do the rest. Natural detoxification, sometimes called quitting cold turkey, is rarely fatal but it does cause terrible withdrawal symptoms that last for days or even weeks. Without medical intervention, the unrelenting discomfort of withdrawal sharply increases the risk for relapse and/or medical complications.

Some opioid-dependent individuals try tapering, or using a smaller dose of opioids – just strong enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms – each day until the individual reaches a drug-free state. Tapering can last for weeks or months and is often accompanied by continuous withdrawal symptoms.

Opioid replacement therapy, most famously using methadone or Suboxone to replace heroin, merely trades dependence on one drug for another. The individual takes methadone or Suboxone to stop withdrawal symptoms while he learns how to live without opioids. Once he develops the tools he needs to live a drug-free live, he tapers himself from the replacement opiate drug. Tapering from the opiate replacement comes with its own withdrawal symptoms that the individual must manage.

Rapid Detox Is Unregulated

Those who are considering the rapid detox should be aware that it is currently an unregulated procedure. Because of this, how rapid detox is executed and level of safety measures in place varies from provider to provider. These differences include type of facility, pre-procedure protocol, medical specialist availability & experience, use of sedation or general anesthesia, length of procedure, post-detox recovery protocols, etc. The success of the rapid detox procedure and the safety of the patients’ well-being are strongly tied to these variables.

The Waismann Method of Rapid Detox

Our doctors have successfully performed this treatment for more than 14 years. We receive patients from all over the world, at our facility in Southern California. Due to our success, some treatment centers try to imply that they are affiliated with us. This is our only location; we are NOT affiliated with nor have we trained any other doctors or hospitals anywhere else.

The Waismann Method is a combination of pre-procedure and post-procedure medical services and care that together with in-patient rapid detox results in a procedure that is not only safe, but incredibly effective.

Only trained and certified anesthesiologists should perform this procedure and they should only perform it in an ICU inside a full service hospital. Rapid detox specialists must adhere to the highest quality and safety requirements to ensure a positive outcome.

The Rapid Detox Procedure

Before undergoing the W-Method, patients must spend at least one day in our JCAHO accredited hospital for extensive medical testing and evaluation. Thorough examination and testing before the procedure gives the doctor time to adjust the W Method treatment protocol to reduce the patient’s risk for complications; safe and effective rapid detox relies on a precise combination of medications. Pre-admission also provides the professional medical staff an opportunity to identify any underlying psychological or physical conditions that could affect treatment outcome; opioid use often masks unforeseen conditions.

Our doctors rely on our exceptional hospital for monitoring tools and immediate access to additional medical services and specialists. Testing & evaluation may include an EKG, blood laboratory tests, urine toxicology screening, physical exam, blood work to evaluate kidney and liver function, medical history, stress test, chest x-ray, and/or an echocardiography.

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. The proper pre-medication and evaluation helps our doctors achieve a smooth and safe detoxification procedure.

Chronic drug use can cause a variety of medical conditions that should be considered prior to detoxification. Other medical conditions, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, being overweight or a smoker, the use of multiple illicit or prescription drugs increase the associated risk, as does being over the age of 40. Many patients are dehydrated and malnourished. Providing pre-treatment reduces the risk for complications and improves outcomes.

A board-certified anesthesiologist using the W Method administers sedation – not anesthesia – to bring the patient to a minimally conscious state. The physician then administers a combination of drugs that lower opioid levels quickly. Doctors and nurses closely monitor the patient throughout the entire detoxification procedure.

After rapid detox, patients require close post-care monitoring for several days in a professional setting. Regulation of organ functions like heart rate, blood pressure, fluid absorption, body temperature, and brain chemistry can be smooth and natural for some patients, for others the body may find it difficult to self-regulate. Therefore, staying in a hotel room after rapid detox without the appropriate care could be an unnecessary risk that should not be taken. This follow up care also reduces the risk for relapse and medical complications

The Waismann Method is the safest and most effective choice in rapid detox because our professionals offer the highest quality before, during and after the procedure.

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