Published in Pravda
What is drug addiction associated with in our minds? Who do we see as a victim – the addict or the society? Most of us have never experienced the tragedy of addiction personally, but we know about its social consequences. We see only the exterior, it is hard for us to understand what is behind it. It seems to us that the people addicted to drugs have a distorted state of mind that causes actions that violate the rules of the society, and we figure that something must be wrong with the person’s character. This conclusion seems very logical and we act on it. But is it true? It is known that the addicted person is ready to do anything to obtain the necessary dose of the drug.
From the outside, the dependency seems to have psychological cause – the person likes “getting high” and simply wants to do it more and more. What most people don’t see, and therefore don’t understand, is that the addict’s brain has undergone certain changes and physically requires the drug. It is the nature of drugs to lead the body into believing that they are vital to it, and accordingly the body begins to demand the substance on a constant basis.
The problem with this is that the substance is extremely dangerous to the body and if is continuously being taken the result can be tragic. It seems that such a condition would cause interest in the medical field, but surprisingly few doctors have researched the physical origins of addiction and abide by the methods of detoxification that have been around for decades. This approach, long and extremely painful for the patient, has proved to be ineffective, but is still being widely practiced. Could it be because we are more comfortable when we can lock the “dangerous” person out of our society? That way we don’t have to deal with the addict and can blame them and not the treatment if they return to drugs.
There are people, however, that dare to look deeper that the outward sings of addiction, but when they speak up, all of a sudden we feel uncomfortable. People are not comfortable with change, and beginning to see addiction as a physical problem that needs direct medical attention requires a complete transformation of our way of thinking.
Why don’t we try to put ourselves in the addict’s place. Wouldn’t it make us hope for a miracle that deceives our body? If we understand the real cause of drug addiction, it will seem that such a process can only be dreamt of. However, it exists in the modern medical field, although not many people know about it.
Dr. Andre Waismann, an intensive care physician, is one of those people that know about the reversal process. Furthermore, he has developed one himself, after years of witnessing the tragedy of addiction. Claming that drug dependency is a disorder of the central nervous system, he has developed a unique treatment that addresses the actual root of the illness. The so-called Waismann method employs an antinarcotic drug in conjunction with anesthesia and a follow-up treatment with medication that leads to a complete reversal of the addiction process.
The initial treatment is only four hours long and the following hospitalization takes only a day or two. The patient is spared the suffering and the pain and the treatment is truly effective, allowing full recovery from addiction. Having developed this rapid detoxfication approach, Dr. Waismann, who has treated thousands of patients, says that his current challenge is to ” release patients from all the misguided theories they were made to believe so long, and to provide them with the knowledge and treatment they deserve, and the freedom of choice where they can make good or bad decisions and take full responsibility of the outcome.” He also understands that he alone cannot cure everyone in the world. For this reason, he has started sharing his findings with other doctors around the world.
In May of this year Dr. Waismann came to Kazahstan, where he has been invited by the Sezon magazine that was organizing a charitable action at the time. In Almaty he has treated five teenagers addicted to heroin. A week has passed since the initial treatment, and the patients have not experienced any craving for the drug.