Opioid Addiction and COVID-19

By The Fix staff 06/04/20

Opioid addiction is a consequence of untreated pain, either physical or emotional, and in most cases, both.

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The global coronavirus pandemic has likely just begun. People across the globe need to prepare for the fact that our lives will probably be changed for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, people struggling with opioid use disorder mustn't delay their treatment while the pandemic is ongoing.

Waismann Method® Opioid Treatment Specialists have adapted their protocols to offer safe, effective opioid detox during the pandemic. Here is what you should know about medically assisted detoxification, and how the Waismann Method® Opioid Treatment Specialists are keeping patients safe during this time.

What is Rapid Detox or Medically Assisted Opioid Detoxification?

For over 21 years, Waismann Method® has offered medically assisted solutions to treat withdrawal symptoms of opioid and alcohol dependency. Medical treatments are provided within a private room of a full-service accredited hospital.

The goal of the treatment is to provide patients suffering from opioid use disorder a safe, effective, and much more pleasant way to successfully get through withdrawal. In other words, instead of forcing people to endure unnecessary pain and health risks related to an opioid detox, withdrawal symptoms are medically managed, and vitals adequately controlled.

"We offer patients a humane and effective solution to a physiological condition that has the potential to harm all aspects of someone's life," says Clare Waismann, founder of the Waismann Method. "Our approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder is based on science, compassion, and results."

Detox treatments are under the supervision of a quadruple board-certified medical director, Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D. Dr. Lowenstein has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) for over two decades. He is also world-renowned as one of the most experienced rapid detox physicians in the world.

Waismann Method team has worked diligently for over 21 years in providing the most advanced and successful opioid detox protocols. Rapid detox was just the beginning of a myriad of medically assisted protocols based on each patient's overall health needs.

"We believe patients should have the right to become opioid-free so they can be emotionally present to work with whatever emotional issues they have," Waismann says. "Often, long-term opioid maintenance drugs don't fix the real problem; instead, they just delay it."

Opioid addiction is a consequence of untreated pain, either physical or emotional, and in most cases, both. Successfully treating the physical dependence allows people the stability to focus entirely on addressing their pain, and moving forward without substance abuse.

"This newfound freedom from drug dependence, combined with non-addictive forms of craving management, allows people to be emotionally present to adhere to whatever type of emotional support is necessary to sustain recovery," Waismann says.

Getting through detox with sedation and other supportive medications is terrific but not enough. A short amount of care throughout the regulation period is crucial for patients to regain some physical and emotional strength before returning home. For that reason, Waismann Method provides patients with a few days at Domus Retreat - a safe haven for those seeking compassionate and professional assistance in this first part of recovery. Also, at Domus Retreat, treatment professionals can help clients identify underlying mental health issues, and guide them toward the resources that can support their emotional and physical health.

Adjusting safety protocols in response to COVID

As a science-based medical provider, Waismann Method pays close attention to the latest medical guidance. It has implemented new measures in order to continue to provide detox during the pandemic while keeping everyone safe.

Waismann Method and Domus Retreat Enhanced Safety Precautions During Covid-19

As concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) consume our nation, the Waismann Method and Domus Retreat team step up to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees by adopting additional protocols.

  • Family visits have been suspended at this time.
  • Those seeking admission will be screened with questions concerning current health, recent travel, and interactions with others before arriving.
  • When in the hospital, out-of-state patients or those with suspicious symptoms will be tested for COVID.
  • Individuals who fail to meet medical criteria will be denied admission.
  • Patients and staff are instructed to practice aggressive hand washing; avoid touching face; masks and gloves are provided and, in some areas, enforced.
  • Maintaining Domus with 3 to 4 clients at one time.
  • Housekeep staff are spending additional time disinfecting and cleaning all areas of Domus Retreat
  • We continue to monitor CDC and state health department recommendations and adapt as needed.

The time for detox is now.

Currently, some people are concerned about seeking substance abuse care. But the truth is that opioid use disorder is a medical condition that gets worse with time. Delaying detox and treatment can pose an irreversible risk to people.

Addiction does not discriminate, and the need for treatment certainly does not wait for "a convenient time." Times of crisis lead to heightened stress and anxiety amongst every living being, and especially for that suffering from addiction. There is no better time to seek help than now. The Waismann and Domus Team is fully prepared to help patients get the help they deserve when they need it the most.

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