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Rewriting the Rulebook on Rehab


Friday, October 10th, 2008 Rewriting the Rulebook on Rehab

According to Nick Hardings article in The Independent (02 10 08) Dr Andre Waismann is rewriting the rulebook for rehab, with incredible success. So why is the medical establishment ignoring his work?

Waismann’s clinic is based in Israel, whereby he offers a controversial solution for drug addicts dependent on opiates such as heroin and morphine, as well as people hooked on painkillers containing the opiate codeine, such as Vicodin. Waismann and his team “clean” them of their addiction. The vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps and fever associated with opiate withdrawal are bypassed and the patient, who is sedated during the process, awakes with no cravings, having gone through detoxification.

Moreover for the ten months following the patient is given regular medication to counterbalance effects of their drug addiction. He says he has successfully treated 11,000 patients over 14 years. He believes addiction is a medical problem, not a psychological one and that, on the whole, humans have an innate desire to be healthy, even those who inject heroin.

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