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The Waismann Method Medical Group offers advanced treatment for opiate dependence from its southern California location using the Waismann Method.

We talked with Waismann Method registered addiction specialist Clare Waismann about the trends she is seeing in opiate addiction and how the Waismann method helps people overcome their dependence on opiates.

TestCountry: What trends are you seeing in prescription drug abuse?

Clare Waismann: It appears as though one of the trends in prescription drug abuse is patients who are trading prescription painkillers for heroin because it is so widely available. This includes people who never imagined that they would ever touch an illegal drug. The high dosages that we are seeing patients taking are also extremely concerning as well. Patients seem to be willing to accept the higher risk of overdosing to take these large doses, and their tolerance levels are extremely high. We are seeing numbers unlike any that we have ever seen in our two decades of opiate detoxification experience.

TestCountry: How prevalent are synthetic drugs among the people you are treating?

CW: Synthetic drug use is prevalent among those seeking treatment. Some of the most common synthetic drugs that we treat are Dilaudid, Methadone, Demerol and Buprenorphine (Subutex). Previously, the most common synthetic drugs we treated were Hydrocodone-based drugs like Norco and Vicodin. However, since the passing of laws which prevent doctors from simply calling in these drugs, we have seen a decrease in patients seeking treatment for them. This makes us wonder if individuals have simply switched to using stronger painkillers because they have fewer prescribing restrictions. They may have even switched to heroin.

TestCountry: Can you please tell us a bit about the Waismann method of addiction treatment and what makes it effective?

CW: Waismann Method Medical Group offers a scientific approach to reversing dependence on opioids. Our method is the most advanced and effective medical treatment option currently available for medical detoxification. Our exclusive Southern California location treats patients from all over the world in private rooms located in a real accredited full-service hospital. The detoxification process involves the administration of a combination of medications that are administered intravenously while the patients is comfortably sedated. These medications shorten the duration of withdrawal and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with it. Once patients are stabilized following detoxification, they are sent to our private recovery retreat called Domus. There, they receive continuous care for several days to ensure their safety, comfort and the effectiveness of detoxification.

Our main goal is to detox patients from opioids in a humane, safe and effective manner using the most advanced medical resources available and some of the country’s top opiate addiction experts. As every patient has unique needs, we develop customized treatment plans to accommodate a patient’s lifestyle as well as their medical needs. The average inpatient treatment program lasts for between 5 and 10 days, inclusive of a few days in the hospital and a few more at our recovery retreat.

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TestCountry: What are the most common reasons a person starts abusing prescription drugs?

CW: In most cases, drug abuse is due to some type of physical or emotional pain. More often than not, it is a combination of both of these, and the patient might even be unaware that they are self-medicating to alleviate the symptoms. More and more, we see high numbers of patients with some type of mental illness that has never been properly diagnosed or treated, and they turn to opiates in order to self-medicate the symptoms and or emotions that they cannot handle. We believe that if more effective and individualized mental health care was available, we would see a lot less crime and drug addiction in our society.

TestCountry: What effect does prescription drug addiction have on a person's work performance?

CW: Prescription drug addiction has a tremendous effect on a person’s work performance. Most of the time, the addiction starts as a source of energy and strength. The opiates take away physical discomfort as well as personal constraints and inhibitions. However, as tolerance builds up, so do the issues. Some of these include carelessness, exhaustion, lack of desire or motivation, indifference, and many others.

TestCountry: How much of a problem is prescription drug abuse among veterans?

CW: Prescription drug abuse among veterans is huge mainly due to the emotional numbing component. Service members gave us their all, and most of them came back physically and emotionally scarred. In addition to needing the most humane and effective medical detoxification available, they also need specialized and individualized long-term emotional treatment and support. This is the minimum that we should give them for all that they have given us as a society.