Dr. Andre Waismann
Born in Brazil, Dr. Waismann initially started his medical career as a surgeon and trauma specialist. Later he added to his training intensive care management.
At the intensive care he noticed that some of the patients with continuous pain management treatments, based on opiates had 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, Dr. Waismann became the MD for the Jerusalem district for the Israeli police. 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. 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 met with the psychologist (Legarda) for discussions and to witness some treatments. He realized that there was no difference from the roots of opiate dependency between a street heroin addict and pain patients.
Back in Israel Dr. Waismann decided to develop an effective and safe procedure that introduced 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 has developed and advanced his procedures based on his personal experience.
The ANR treatment became the most effective and safe way of treatment to allow patients to be freed of 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 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’s with him and his team, or someone else.
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.