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Dr. Andre Waismann
Born in Brazil, Dr. Andre Waismann initially start his medical career as a surgeon and trauma specialist. Latter, he added to his training intensive care management.
At the intensive care he notice that some of the patients after a continuous pain management treatments, based on opiates, patients developed dependency to those medications. Withdrawals from opiates medication became a challenge where patients and doctors would struggle to overcome the withdrawals.
After his military service at the Israel defense forces, Dr. Waismann became the MD in charge for the Jerusalem district for the Israeli police.
Among with other activities he became in charge of the treatment of hundreds of inmates addicted to street opiate based drugs.
Dr. Waismann decided to improve the level of care of those inmates. Instead of providing them with opiates substitute, like methadone, he tried to look for better alternatives. He asked for advice from several specialists in Israel and other countries.
At that time, the most rational approach he found was from a Spanish psychologist who was trying to precipitate withdrawals with opiate antagonists along with sedation to take the adverse symptoms of the withdrawal.
Dr. Waismann flew to Spain to meet with the psychologist name Legarda for discussions and to witness some treatments. He realized that there was no difference from the roots of opiate dependency between a street heroine addict and pain patients.
Back in Israel Dr. Waismann decided to make out of this approach, a vial and safe procedure introducing modern techniques of intensive care medicine. He started discussing with local senior anesthesiologists and a safe, effective and humane treatment protocol was developed.
Since 1994 Dr. Waismann kept developing further the protocol, on a continuous improvement, base on his personal experience.
The ANR treatment became the most effective and safe way of treatment to allow patients to be freed from opiate dependency and its side effects, withdrawals and craving.
Ask him, and he’ll tell you – opiate addiction is a disease of the central nervous system. He’ll also tell you that it’s not a personality disorder, or the fact that the dependent is lazy or predisposed to criminal behavior. It’s a disease. A disease that Dr. Waismann believes is highly treatable. In fact, his vision for the future treatment of opiate addiction mirrors that of a dentist appointment. Where individuals would walk into their local hospital, announce that they have an opiate addiction, and would be treated right there on the spot. It’s for this reason that he has expressed no desire to patent his method, claiming that he would like everyone who is in need of this life-saving treatment to have access to it. Whether it is with him and his team, or not.
Even though that vision seems a ways off, Dr. Waismann persists in his activism, and has taken his plight worldwide. From the early 1990s until today, the ANR method has spanned continents in its reach. From Italy to Australia, Indonesia to the United States, and back again – over 20 countries, and countless patients have been positively impacted, and their lives forever changed by the work of Dr. Waismann.
Dr. Waismann’s ANR Method
He established the world’s first treatment center where opiate dependent patients are treated for their dependency with advanced medicine. In addition, the symptoms (withdrawal and cravings) are treated as a medical illness by qualified medical personnel, including anesthetists and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) nurses.
Treatment is provided at a modern, general hospital in an effective and safe manner.
Initially in 1993, he developed a new approach with a technique called UROD (Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification). Dr. Waismann traveled the world to lecture, teach and introduce his revolutionary method, which utilized Naltrexone (an opiate antagonist) and anesthesia. Soon after, variations of the method appeared at medical facilities worldwide.
By 1997, Dr. Waismann had treated thousands of patients in his clinic, and the experience gathered allowed him to refine his technique, replacing the old Rapid Detox with his new procedure called Accelerated Neuroregulation or ANR.
Using the new advanced ANR treatment, the Dr. Waismann Clinic Team provides every patient with an individual treatment, according to their specific drug-dependency and medical history.
ANR efficiently cleanses the receptors reducing withdrawal syndrome to a period of hours instead of days. This happens while the patient is unconscious. The amount of receptor blockage required depends the level of dependency of each patient. This brings cravings to irrelevant levels when patients regain consciousness.
Patients are successfully treated for dependency on prescription opiate medications such as Methadone, Suboxone (Subutex), Vicodin®, Percocet®, Codeine, Oxycontin® and others.
Dr. Waismann’s Mission
In this age of violence – when death is often viewed as a legitimate commodity, when policies on management of famine, terror, disease, and ignorance are determined by political lobbies, when one person’s tragedy becomes another person’s evening of entertainment – we must seek grace and find a place where each one of us can still make a difference.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from Opiate Dependency. Too often, society condemns them for crimes they are not responsible for, and moral prejudice together with theories about addictive personalities prevent these people from obtaining the medical care they urgently need.
Opiate abuse is widespread with no effective available treatment. Its victims are not viewed as patients, but more usually – as outlaws. Society has pushed them to the gutters and the dark alleys of life, in an attempt to protect itself from them. The solution has been addictive opiate replacements and long term isolation from society. Rehabilitation centers around the world offer sufferers of opiate dependency a treatment that involves a long, tormenting withdrawal syndrome. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the withdrawal syndrome is often followed by biologically-rooted craving.
Failing to provide a better solution, the suffering is justified for its so-called “therapeutic value”. This process prevents patients from seeking treatment, and among those who do seek treatment, many drop out. Worst of all, is that the minority that does complete the treatment is likely to relapse, and as a result, will be more reluctant to seek treatment again.
Opiate Dependency requires professional medical care. Unfortunately, it has been treated by social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and law enforcement personnel. However, times have changed, and Opiate Dependency has finally been recognized as a central nervous system disorder caused by continuous opiate intake. Therefore, we must not judge, punish, or morally confront those with Opiate Dependency, but provide them with the appropriate medical attention they urgently need to reverse the withdrawal and its cravings.
Join us in the fight against human suffering, and witness the birth of a new era.
From: Australia“Dear Dr. Waismann, thank you very much for treating H.S. He can’t stop talking about you, and our family is very grateful for your work. You are a real life-saver!”