Hi Dr. Yee this is Al I just wanted to thank you for all the advice and support to help me off of oxycodone. Also, I wanted to mention your nurse Eddie did a fantastic job in the post rapid detox recovery process with my friend Mike. He made the experience as best as possible very professional and supportive.
— August 2018
Hello Doc Yee- I'm doing very well. Been doing a lot of walking and feeling great. This was well worth it and fortunately you will never see me again, at least in that capacity. I will definitely let others know that have problem but I think the Rush Limbaugh show or Sean Hannity show is where you reach your most potential patients. Thanks again, going home.
— July 2018
Dr. Yee: Just letting you know I'm starting to feel good. My head is clearing up and I'm sleeping good with no pills at all. Very cool. Thank you for everything, you rock. I am loving life again.
— July 2018
On a personal note to you, you are one of the best doctors I have ever seen. I can tell you really just want to help people. Thank You!
— June 2018
Hey Dr Yee, this is truly a miracle. I feel zero withdrawal. I'm so happy. But the anesthesia did a real number on me. Still very weak. I'm free of this poison and I can't believe I'm feeling zero withdrawal. Thank you so much. I know hundreds of physicians and you are the most caring I've met.
— June 2018
Hi, my name is Rich, and I wanted to take some time to talk about my experience with Rapid Detox of Las Vegas. I am a long time opiate addict and alcoholic and, like many, have struggled with my addiction for over 10 years. I have tried countless times to quit in many different ways all without success. Recently I got to a point where I was using anywhere from 100mg-240mg a day washing it down with lots of alcohol as well. I knew that I had to do something or I was going do die from this kind of abuse. So I started researching different methods online and came across something called "rapid detox". As any opiate addict knows, withdraws from our drug are brutal!! Constant cravings, muscle aches, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, lack of focus, etc... and can take weeks to months to get through it. Of all the programs I found online the 8 hour program at Rapid Detox sounded the best to me because who wouldn't want the promise of going to sleep for 8 hours and waking up opiate free without the cravings!! Too good to be true, right? Being a VERY skeptical person I started researching this process online and the people involved as well. Of course I found lots of material talking about the risks and not a lot about Dr. Yee, the people that stay with you for two days after the process, and why was I staying in a hotel afterwards? I also had a friend of mine who is the most tenacious person I know and just happens to be in the medical coding industry do some research too. The reason I am writing this review is because of how skeptical and scared I was to submit myself to this process as well as make the large investment. I also am writing this because, as I have now learned, the reason there are not many reviews out there is because most of the 560 plus people that have done this process with Dr. Yee and his team want to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. I can tell you that the process is exactly as described. I met with Dr. Yee the day before for almost two hours reviewing the process, I asked lots of questions (so did the friend I mentioned earlier who came with me, which I highly recommend) and felt very comfortable with my understanding of what to expect the next day (actually, I was excited to get going!). The next day I went in to the surgery center (yes, a real, legitimate surgery center) and was prepped professionally and went into my process with no issues whatsoever. My friend was able to be with me right up until I went into the actual room. They put me under, I woke up 8 hours later, and they took me to my hotel (which you can choose by the way) and Eddie and Carol (who have both been with Dr. Yee for years doing this) took amazing care of me rotating shifts. I was unbelievably tired and sleepy but as time went on I slowly regained my energy and appetite. Both of Eddie and Carol were respectful, helpful, monitored and administered medication based on my sleep and breathing patterns, pushed me to walk around and do what I needed to do to start regaining my energy. I could not believe that I was not having any of the typical cravings and intense withdrawal symptoms that I have always had trying on my own, however, I still had and am having some of the residual withdrawals symptoms that I expected because of the length of time I have been using opioids. Such as, headaches, muscle tightness, and low energy levels which continue to get better each and every day. They send you home with a regiment of non narcotic (not substitute drugs like Suboxone or methadone) prescriptions to help you through the process like Gabapentin, Loperamide, Clonidine, Naltrexone, etc.. to help with the normal withdrawal process and to help bolster your chances of success to remain drug free. Now, this was just the first step as my brain still tells me I am an addict and to that end I have enrolled in an outpatient program, I go to AA or NA meetings every day, I have a once a week appointment with a psychologist, and I am meeting with a sponsor in the AA program as well. True success, I am told, is a combination of all of these things and a true desire to stop my addictive behavior and taking the steps to do something about it each and every day. This first step with Dr. Yee and his team was scary at first but truly saved my life and, for me, was the right first step. I hope that others that have gone through this process (or are going to) will take the time to write about their experience as well so that people looking into it wont be so fearful as I was. As it turns out, for me anyway, it was an amazing experience, with incredible and caring people, that truly gave me a second chance at living and moving on with my life. I continue to keep in touch with Eddie and Carol that were with me as they made a huge difference in the quality of the experience and encouraged me every step of the way. I know that they genuinely care and hope that I continue my path of recovery. I will write again down the road to share my progress as I am confident that I have the best start possible. Thank you Dr. Yee, and team!!
“Hey! (I wanted to say all this when we talked but I knew it would make me cry.) I feel I'm getting my life back… actually, a new life, better than I've ever imagined!
Your staff was wonderful, absolute top-notch service! Carol is so cute and personable and makes you feel not so nervous. Eddie has a heart of gold and a wonderful bedside manner (and he is cute too). And Ben… I spent the most time with him. I feel like I have developed a lifelong friend. Ben took great care of me and helped motivate me to get up and began my new life.
Then you, of course… Where do I begin Dr. Yee? Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for being so understanding and always answering any and every text and phone call, no matter what time it was. Thank you for explaining in detail the procedure. Thank you for taking care of me like I was your family or friend and not just patient. Thank you for being there for my husband while I was under. And thank you for giving me this new, fresh start on life that is more beautiful than I ever imagined.
A million thank you’s! One week of no opiates and no cigarettes and 12 pounds lighter! Woohoo!”
“I wanted to share a few thoughts with anyone contemplating Dr. Yee’s Rapid Detox program. I was in your shoes less than one month ago. Sick and tired of being sick and tired, chasing the next fix of sub, OC, vics, perks, or whatever else I could get my hands on. I can go on about all that, but anyone reading this probably already knows that story.
Anyway, I had hit the wall with it, again, but there was that huge fear of the withdrawal that would ensue once I made the choice to call it quits. Truth be told, that was the only thing that kept me on the drugs for the last two years. The fear of the impending hell that is withdrawal is enough to deter anyone from even attempting to take that step.
I know what many of you may be thinking… If this process works so well, why are qualified professionals so adamantly opposed to Rapid Detox? The answer to that is too long to get into, but just keep in mind that many of those who are against this treatment stand to make a lot of money from their specific method of rehabilitation.
To sum up my experience, I can say that I was treated as kindly as possible. I am usually uncomfortable in situations of great unknowns, but I believe that everyone in Dr. Yee’s employ is aware of that and go to great lengths to comfort you. I was picked up at the airport by a very kind lady named Carol, who was nice enough to drop me by In-N-Out Burger® to introduce me to the Double-Double®, then took me to check into my hotel.
After I was all settled, Carol picked me up and took me over to the clinic to meet Dr. Yee for a brief overview of the procedure for the next day. Dr. Yee is a very kind man and he definitely calmed my anxieties about the procedure. Before I left, he gave me a solution to drink that night to “clean me out” for the procedure and that was pretty much all it took. I went back and relaxed at the hotel and felt comfortable knowing what would happen the next day.
As far as the procedure: it's pretty simple, they lie you down on a hospital bed, Dr. Yee gently puts the IV in place, and that was it. I woke up 8 hours later (?) kind of in a haze to say the least, but not uncomfortable, and was whisked away to the hotel by my new best pal Ed.
Ed “hung out” with me at the hotel, made sure I was comfortable, kept me nourished, and gave me someone to talk to (which helped because I was out there solo). By the time I left, we were buddies and I have even kept in touch with him since. He was genuinely concerned with my progress, and continues to be two weeks after I have left. How often do you experience someone that honestly cares that much about other people?
With all due respect to Dr. Yee, I think my buddy Ed was what got me through the next couple of days! I was a little weak when I had to catch my flight out of Vegas, but Ed stayed by my side right up until security kept him from going any further. For that, I owe him a great deal of gratitude.
As I said, it's been two weeks now and I’m feeling great. Don’t expect to come out of the procedure feeling completely reborn, but mentally you should feel a warm, safe notion that the worst is behind you. I experienced no withdrawal, just a little readjusting to everything. What I felt afterwards was nothing worse than a common flu bug for a couple of days. Within one week, I was on my bike, riding 10 miles with relative ease.
I am very fortunate to have had that opportunity, and I will never forget Dr. Yee and his staff for helping me get my life back! With the assistance of my therapist back home, I am confident that I’m on the right path now. As far as the life sucking opiates... it's finally over… time to live again! Thanks to everyone out in Las Vegas for everything!”
“It is 7:35 in the morning at the beginning of a beautiful day and day ten free of addiction. This is an experience I went through on the dates below. I am writing this on the day after Thanksgiving— November 27, 2009. I am also writing this so that but by the grace of God, I never forget this experience.
The trip began on Sunday, November 15th, two days after my dad’s 90th birthday. My friend Kurt was accompanying me to Las Vegas. We left SB in the early afternoon, headed for his daughter’s house in the San Fernando Valley. She would then take us to Burbank Airport for a short flight to Vegas.
A new day dawns as I head down to the hotel lobby to meet Dr. Yee at his clinic. One of his tech’s, Ben, will pick me up for the short drive over to the clinic. I finally meet Dr. Yee in the afternoon at his clinic. He looks to be a man in his late forties or early fifties and is very friendly, as well as professional. We chat, I pay him, he answers all my questions and more, as he has done over the past two months. The big question I had was “How does this procedure work?” Dr. Yee explained that the opiates bond to the receptors in our brain, so during the procedure he was going to administer five bottles of an antagonist named naloxne and this drug actually pushes the opiates right out of those receptors. Technology in the 21st century. Boy, I am glad I was born when I was.
Why did I wait two months? A year ago, I thought I would start taking methadone instead of pain pills. He quickly informed back in early September that he cannot do his procedure until I am off the methadone for two months, as it remains in the fatty tissue of the body and if you went through the procedure you would still suffer withdrawals. I abruptly stopped taking my daily dose of 30mg of methadone. Withdrawals did begin a day later, so I filled my prescription of OxyContin. My OxyContin use escalated drastically up to 450mgs per day. I would crush the OxyContin and then snort them.
As we end our conversation, he hands me a giant bottle of Glyco and asked me to fill it up to the line, quite a substantial amount of liquid, and drink it that evening. It would clean out my system for the next day’s procedure and it did.
Tuesday, November 17:
Dr. Yee picked me up at 7:00 a.m. and we headed for his clinic. He spoke with me for the 10-15 minute ride to his clinic. Arrived and went upstairs. Ben, his tech, was also there. I stripped down and put on some large diapers for any accidents that may happen during the eight-hour procedure. I then lay down on the hospital bed as Dr. Yee carefully placed an IV into my arm. Moments later I felt myself drifting off and then the next thing you know you are waking up. I believe it was now 4:00 or 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Yee sat close by for the next five hours as I came out of the anesthesia. There was a male nurse also there at this time and his name was Mike. The guys helped me to the restroom and back to bed. I was now very cold, so Dr. Yee had a small portable heater and placed it under my sheet and boy did that feel good. Thanks for that one, Dr. Yee. At 9:00 p.m., we left for a recovery home that was not occupied— Recovery Solutions, I believe was their name, and they operated a series of homes for alcoholics and addicts to spend two to four weeks there. Dr. Yee, Ben, and Mike accompanied me in and introduced me to the owner. All were considerate and kind. I soon feel back to sleep for the night.
Wednesday, November 18:
My day begins very slowly. I look through the curtains and see it is day light. Soon I get up and walk to the bathroom and I make it. I do feel okay, however I am very tired. Ben and Mike hear that I am up and are soon by my side. We go through the usual procedure of checking my blood pressure and I take two pills. One is Imodium ® and the other is clonodine.
We go down stairs and there is a bagel a gal name Dani brought for me. I take two bites and it does go down. That’s it for food. We hang out and watch TV and Mike in particular talks to me a lot about what to expect over the next few days. Around 10:00 a.m., I finally take a hot shower and it really is pure ecstasy.
At 11:00 a.m., Dani arrives and I soon find out she is the PR person for Recovery Solutions. Young and attractive, it is a pleasure to spend time with her. She takes Mike and I out to lunch while Ben leaves for the hospital to work. We go to a Mexican restaurant and I ate a few chips, as well as three bites of albondiga soup.
Dani soon goes to work on me, asking about insurance and if I would like to stay for a longer period of time. I thank her and let her know that I was clean and sober for over ten years in my town and that I had a great support group back there of AA, etc. I asked if she could take me to an AA meeting and she did and it was great on day one. The rest of the day consisted of rest and a bit of walking around. An important note, NO WITHDRAWLS!
Thursday, November 19:
This day consisted of much like the day before. However, I was up most of the day and into the evening. Mike and I took a walk out into the desert and it was good. Exertion is difficult, however it does not kill me and my body is slowly coming back to life. I decide with Mike that I would like to go back to my hotel. I would be more comfortable there.
We leave by 2:00 p.m. for the Palace Station Hotel. My friend is there and we decide to walk down and take a Jacuzzi™. I am so tired, I feel like a dead man walking. However, I make it and the water feels awesome. Ate half of a taco for dinner and watch TV for the rest of the evening. Dr. Yee has me take a sleeping aid for the first week and it helps me rest peacefully.
Friday, November 20:
I wake up at 5:00 am and head down to Starbucks for a cup of tea and a muffin. It is hard to get the food down, but it does go down and it stays down. Yeah! The simple pleasures of life. Dr. Yee arrives early and checks me out. Brings me a blood pressure machine, vitamins, and a box of 5-Hour Energy ® drinks. Again answers any and all questions. My buddy and I take walks and I rest in-between. We walk to a hamburger stand and I actually eat half of it. Another yeah! It is a good day.
Saturday, November 21:
Flying home tonight and I can hardly wait. Dr. Yee visits again and promises me I will feel better on a daily basis. Remember: there were no withdrawals for me. Tired, yes. Pain, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and sweats: NO!
We check out of the hotel and head for the airport. Boy, when at the airport, it seemed liked we walked forever, but I did it. While waiting for our plane, we split a turkey sandwich and it tasted good. Again, the simple pleasures of life. A short flight to Burbank and a two-hour drive to Santa Barbara, arriving home at 11:00 p.m. I say hi to my wife and my son Ryan and eat again.
That was my experience for those six days. Today it is November 30, 2009 and the beginning of day 13 with no drugs or alcohol. Today, I am alive and it feels great. I thank God for another beautiful day. I am sleeping six hours each night un-aided for a week now. I have to push myself to walk, but I am walking further each day. Food is the best. It tastes so good. By the way, this past Thanksgiving we had quite a few family members over and I had a good day. We walked and talked on the beach, rode dirt motorcycles and had 13 family members over for dinner. Also played games into the evening. By 9:00 p.m., I was in bed and asleep. I made it through the day and was fine.
I believe Dr. Yee’s procedure was a success for me. I can only imagine what kicking 450mg of OxyContin cold turkey would feel like. It would be excruciating. Yes, the procedure is expensive, but still in the mid-range compared with other places. I placed my life in the hands of this man and, in a professional and compassionate manner; he brought me back to life. I am free from addiction.
Thank you, Dr. Yee, and thank you, God.
My name is Bill Reish and I am 56 years of age. I live with my wife Kathleen and my two sons, Ryan and Matthew, in Santa Barbara, California. If you would like to speak with me about my experience, please feel free to call me at (805) 689-6397 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Oh, by the way, today is the beginning of day 14 and I feel great. There is nothing like living life clean and sober.
- Bill, November 2009
“Hello Dr. Yee. I’m sending this e-mail to you to express my gratitude to you and Eddy. If not for you, I would not be standing at my computer typing this e-mail. I thought my life was over... I could not stop using drugs no matter how much I tried, but with the help of your rapid detox program... It made it possible for me to stop using for a day at a time. The rapid detox made it possible for me to get through the roughest part (the physical pain.... withdrawal...) so I could concentrate on me... which was the problem...
I truly believe you saved my life. You showed true compassion for what I was going through, you listened and gave me hope when I thought there was no hope left. You truly cared for me and my feelings... I like to call it bedside manner, you can’t fake that kind of compassion, and for that I am and always will be truly grateful to you, Dr. Yee. I will never forget you, I think of you quite often… because today I am free. Thank you from the bottom of my heart... Stay well my friend...”
- Patrick P.
“Hi, Adrian, just got your email. Well, let me start by saying that help is on the way. You are in the right place. When I met Dr. Yee for the first time, I too was so worried. Feeling failure lurking me for the rest of my life. For me, Dr. Yee's wisdom put it in perspective right away: it was either a nice $12,000 funeral or a recovery from a disease that takes over your life, as you are aware. Dr. Yee's revolutionary treatment WORKS! Period. I too was abusing drugs for a long time, I was in the darkest time of my life, and Dr. Yee was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Like everything in life, you must work on your recovery. Once you complete your rapid detox, you have to commit yourself to recovery. Every day becomes a small stepping stone to the bigger goal, which is to stay sober.
In my case, I had wonderful people rooting for me, starting with Dr. Yee's nurses. They were so great and they mean business. They are so professional and kind but I warn you, they won't let you get away with funny, manipulative games, so don't try. They will make sure that you recover post detox, and see you through until it's time to go home.
As soon as you come home, it's when the real you starts to flourish. I personally didn't have cravings, my body wasn't hurting, no more cold sweats. However, all of these symptoms were in my head— they still are. So you must work on those feelings. Every day. My advice is: enroll a loved one in you daily recovery, tell everyone you can that you are sober, it helps you to stay accountable, and set small daily goals to avoid disappointments.
In my case, I had my wonderful mother who stayed with me, helping me get through it. I also enrolled myself in counseling, it helped figure out the psychological dependency and teaches you tools as to how to identify trigger moments.
This revolutionary rapid detox saved my life and that of my loved ones. They too suffered along with me, the horrific side of drug addiction. Good luck and go for it.”
“The staff in this program go above and beyond their duties, doctors and nurses alike. I would recommend this program above all others because it works and the continuous service after the procedure. They genuinely care that you return to the path of normal life.”
- B.L., November 2009
“I have my new life thanks to Dr. Yee and his staff. They were extremely professional and gave me my life back. I met with Dr. Yee three weeks before the procedure and he was very thorough, going through my history and answered all the questions I had. Even after my consult, he was available 24/7 for my questions and concerns. It has been over four months now and he is still available if I have any questions. His knowledge on the subject matter really made me choose him and his staff.
If anyone feels like there is no way out, I extremely suggest you call him. Unlike all the other treatment programs, he actually answers the phone himself so you are not talking to a secretary, instead a licensed doctor with the correct knowledge to answer the questions.
Thanks again, Dr. Yee.”
- M.Z. 2009