Rapid Detox


Rapid opiate detox / rapid detox is a humane, medical breakthrough procedure that has changed lives of thousands for the better, when safety measures were responsibly followed. Like other medical procedures that are costly, many patients try to save money by going to lesser qualified doctors or programs that do not adhere to basic safety protocols. The Waismann Method® refuses to compromise the wellbeing of the patient and the success of the procedure.

The following are possible complications one may encounter when safety measures are not followed.

  1.      They say: Rapid Detox doesn’t have to be performed in a full service hospital. An outpatient “hospital setting”, like a surgery center or office is safe.

    DANGERS Rapid opiate detox is a very serious and involving procedure that has the possibility of being dangerous if it isn’t done properly or in an accredited full-service hospital where most medical resources and specialists are readily available. Long-term use of opiates and other drugs can cause undetected medical conditions, so it is imperative that all patients have proper medical screening, hydration and pre-medication the day before a rapid detox procedure, as well as professional monitoring for a few days following the procedure to ensure stability and minimize complications.
  2.        They Say: Rapid Detox can be safely done in 24 hours.

    To optimize safety of rapid detox, patients should be admitted to the hospital at minimum a day before the procedure to be monitored in a full service hospital’s ICU. Then, after the detox, the patient should stay another day for additional supervision. During this time, a patient’s heart, lungs, electrolytes and fluid balance need to be carefully monitored. This time in the hospital is critical to a patient’s wellbeing and the success of the procedure.  Although a detox procedure is done in a couple of hours or less, it usually takes the body at least a few days to stabilize physically and chemically, so it’s important to have proper assistance and monitoring for at least a few days after.
  3.        They Say: Being under general anesthesia for 4-8 hours or more is better.

    General anesthesia not only is unnecessary for rapid detox, but it can significantly increase risks to the patients. Other rapid detox programs implement this outdated method by placing their patients under general anesthesia for 4-8 hours, while a safer, more advanced and better-tolerated procedure can be achieved in only 1-2 hours under sedation (twilight sleep) when correctly done. If a patient is not adequately pre-medicated before the rapid opiate detox procedure, then general anesthesia is needed to help control the physical effects of withdrawal.  If the patient receives appropriate pre-medication, then general anesthesia unnecessary and sedation is sufficient to ensure that the patient has no memory of the procedure.  With adequate pre-medication and sedation, the procedure can be performed safely without the added need for 4-8 hours of general anesthesia. This lowers the risks tremendously and increases the chance of a successful procedure enormously.
  4.       They Say: It’s safe to be discharged to a hotel with a friend or relative right after detox.

    DANGERS Patients are at a much higher risk of dehydration, cardiac/pulmonary events and even death when sent to a hotel right after rapid detox. Physiological and mental changes that can occur after a rapid opiate detox need to be supervised and addressed by trained medical professionals in order to assist on basic organ function regulation and prevent medical complications. Well-meaning friends and relatives are not trained to recognize and treat the possible physical changes that can take place after rapid detox nor are they equipped to deal with the emotional instability patients can experience due to lack of endorphins, anxiety and sometimes depression, which can lead to immediate relapse.
  5.       They Say: You can immediately go home after the rapid detox procedure 

    DANGERS  For long-term success, it’s crucial that patients are assessed physically and emotionally and provided with aftercare options that address their individual needs. A majority of patients use opiates as a numbing device to mask a physical or psychological pain. Therefore, to reduce the chance of relapse and increase successful recovery, these root causes of addiction need to be addressed.

Not all patients are candidates for rapid detox. The Waismann Method offers a number of different options for detoxification. Learn more about the Waismann Method Difference.


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