Waismann Method

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Waismann Method
Founded1998; 26 years ago (1998)
FounderClare Waismann
HeadquartersBeverly Hills, CA - California
Key people
  • Clare Waismann RAS/ SUDCC
  • Michael H. Lowenstein M.D.

Waismann Method® Opioid Treatment Specialists is a USA-based opioid detoxification center located exclusively in Orange County, California.[1] The center was named after its founder Clare Waismann SUDCC/RAS. Mrs. Waismann’s goal was to assemble an outstanding team of healthcare professionals to implement and develop the most effective, science-based, and individualized treatment protocols for opioid use disorder.[2]

Since its inception, Waismann Method, under the leadership of Clare Waismann and the medical direction of Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein, has successfully treated thousands of patients and has established a superior reputation globally for offering comprehensive medical care, exceptional results, and unparalleled safety protocols for medically assisted opiate detoxification.[3]


Waismann Method® was founded in 1998 by Clare Waismann, a renowned Registered Addiction Specialist and Certified Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor. The treatment center started with the medical direction of two prominent multi-board-certified physicians, C. Bernstein, M.D., and M.H. Lowenstein, M.D.[4][5]

The purpose of this new treatment approach was to provide patients with a safer, more humane, and effective way to get through an opioid withdrawal than the standard, highly unsuccessful drug rehab methods. It was clear that a hospital-based inpatient detox could offer patients undisputable advantages. In a hospital, doctors could offer patients multiple treatment options, from detoxification under sedation (rapid detox) to medically supervised opioid withdrawal with continuous medical care and supervision. The immediate availability of medical resources and specialists not only maximizes comfort, but also prevents health related complications. Additionally, the combination of medications and medical services shortens the duration and discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms leading to a significant improvement in the patients' chances of completing detoxification.[6]

Since its inception, the Waismann Method team has successfully treated patients from around the world by offering personalized treatments with a combination of advanced medical protocols and therapeutic services. The center is focused on modifying each treatment protocol to best fit each patient's specific health needs. Furthermore, the medical director, Dr. Michael Lowenstein, is multi-board-certified in anesthesiology, addiction treatment, pain management, and regenerative medicine. He is also considered the #1 expert and most experienced rapid detox doctor in the country.[7]

Products and services

Waismann Method, is not one single protocol, but several medically tailored solutions. Throughout the decades, the Waismann Method team has worked diligently to develop a range of protocols for those seeking assistance in overcoming opioid dependence — from in-hospital rapid opiate detoxification to medically supervised detox. The exact treatment protocol, length, or health care facility will depend upon the patients’ physical needs and goals, and options will be discussed with the patient.[8][9]

Waismann Method opioid detox is accomplished in a controlled environment and managed by our quadruple board-certified medical director with over 23 years of opioid detoxification experience. While some patients require a slower controlled detox protocol, others do much better with a precipitated withdrawal under anesthesia. After detox, patients may start a monthly shot of Vivitrol to reduce cravings, or a daily oral dose of Naltrexone. The significant difference is that the Waismann Method team treats each individual patient based on their health needs—the team of professionals does not support a one-size-fits-all approach.

Opioid Use Disorder is a multifaceted medical condition that affects many biological functions. There are no overnight miracles, and there is certainly not one solution for all. A responsible medical professional is willing to modify and tailor each treatment protocol to best fit each patient's health needs. In order to achieve a safe and successful treatment, there should be adequate inpatient treatment time, in a facility with appropriate medical resources, including experienced licensed professionals.[10]

Recovery from long-term opioid use is a complex multidimensional process affected by a combination of factors. Addiction-related cognitive injury is one of the consequences that can occur as a result of chronic heavy substance use and is also a direct predictor of recovery outcomes. The early treatment approach addressing both the physiological and psychological effects accompanying substance use disorders, can ultimately enable the patient to get well and stay well. For that reason, the Waismann Method has partnered with Domus Retreat to support patients through the stabilization period following medically assisted detox. At Domus Retreat, health care professionals can identify and manage deficits that commonly accompany substance use disorders and can negatively impact the recovery process. A few days of inpatient recovery care has shown a significant potential to enhance treatment experience and facilitate successful recovery outcomes.[11]

Some of the programs offered by Waismann Method Opioid Treatment Specialists are:

  • Rapid Detox Under Sedation
  • Medically Supervised Opioid Withdrawal Management
  • In-Hospital Medically Assisted Opiate and Alcohol Detoxification
  • Recovery Care (In Partnership with Domus Retreat)
  • Relapse Prevention Services
  • Naltrexone Therapy
  • Vivitrol Shots
  • Rapid Detoxification from all opioids, including buprenorphine, methadone, and fentanyl


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