9 Ways to Quit Opioids and Defeat Addiction
By: Reilly Johnson
AHUGE number of people make the mistake of trying to quit opiates BEFORE knowing ALL the available treatment options! Don’t make this mistake. Learn your options below, then decide the best way for YOU to quit. Any one of these methods could work for you. These are NOT ranked in any particular order.
1. Cold Turkey
Quitting opiates cold turkey can be long, hard and painful. However, it’s probably the most common way to quit. Let’s face it, most users go hard until their out and then suffer cold turkey withdrawal symptoms. Quitting cold turkey can work fairly well, if only because those who make it through those nasty withdrawal symptoms now have extra motivation to stay clean.
So if you come straight off opiates, make sure you’re prepared. There are a lot of natural opioid withdrawal easing supplements that can help you through this initial stage. Do some research on ways to ease your symptoms, such as exercise, warm baths, and sleep aides.
2. “The Slow-Taper”
Slow tapering can completely eliminate withdrawal symptoms if done right. Obviously, the slower you taper, the less painful your withdrawal symptoms will be. It is quite possible to quit using this method, but one must be very disciplined or have a loved one that can distribute and monitor your usage.
But for some users, this may not be a very realistic way to quit. The slow taper method ends up being a way to justify and prolong continual drug use. Rather than taking just enough to keep from feeling withdrawal symptoms, the abuse continues and you find yourself attempting to quit cold turkey!
3. Suboxone or Naxalone Treatment (Buprenorphine)
Suboxone really does eliminate opiate withdrawal symptoms - almost instantly, but it comes at a price. Suboxone therapy can work well for the “right” person. If you’ve eliminated your drug supplier, are disciplined and committed, or have someone watching you take it everyday, this can be a miracle drug! However, it has been used as a crutch in many instances. Some that are prescribed Suboxone abuse it by utilizing it to keep them from experiencing withdrawal symptoms when their supply runs out, instead of taking it properly to eliminate their addiction.
Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Suboxone and Naxalone. Buprenorphine has a stronger affinity to your brains opiate receptors than ALL other opiates.
Suboxone treatment was initially put into place as a 28-day program. It is highly recommended that you do not stay on it long and that you create a strict plan to get off of it as quickly as possible. Some that have utilized this therapy say that the withdrawal from the Suboxone is even worse than the withdrawals from the opiods they were addicted to. Others cannot justify using one drug to eliminate the addiction to another. Especially when it is just as easy to become addicted to the Suboxone.
4. In-Patient Rehab
Depending on the rehab for opiate addiction and your situation, this could be exactly what you need. In-patient rehab is done in a residential setting, with the addict staying right at the facility, instead of travelling to clinics for appointments. This is a great option for users that require extensive emotional or physical support. It’s one way to opioid detox success
The treatment methods and success rates vary greatly from rehab to rehab. If you choose this option, do careful research into the effectiveness of their treatments. Ask a lot of questions. Ask to speak with others who were successful there and are still successful.
In-patient rehab provides the user with a structured day in a safe environment, where they can be monitored, have access to physiological treatment, and develop healthy life habits for when they are released.
Rehab is not for everyone and is not cheap. A huge percentage of people who come home from rehab start using immediately. If you’re going to pay $10,000 or more for a short stay at rehab, make sure you get your money’s worth at a quality facility with a history of success.
5. Out-Patient Rehab
Out-patient rehab can work if you already have a great support system in place and good self control. If you feel you already have your addiction under control and you just need a little guidance to get you over the hump, then out-patient rehab might work for you.
Out-patient rehabilitation is a form of rehab in which patients travel to a facility or doctor’s office for treatment and are able to return to their homes instead of staying at the facility or hospital. This option is much less expensive than in-patient rehab, as there is no cost for hospitilization. This treatment typically includes visits with doctors and counselors with a specific treatment plan put in place and monitored.
This type of treatment will only be successful if you have taken the steps to eliminate your hook up sources from your life. Often times the problem is prolonged and slipping up can cause even more barriers between family members and friends. Know your limits and what’s realistic for you.
6. Waismann Method
The Waismann method is a rapid detoxification program that allows patients to sleep through withdrawal and detox under light anesthesia. While you sleep, doctors are monitoring you and pumping you full of medications to help cleanse and restore your body. So essentially, they put you to sleep in a “light coma” (more or less), so you wake up 4 or 5 days later with no withdrawal symptoms.
While this may seem like the perfect solution, the Waismann Method is extremely costly, with one facility charging $16,800 for treatment! The other pitfall is that even though your withdrawal symptoms will be eliminated, your addiction and cravings do not just disappear. Follow-up treatments with therapists or counselors should be utilized, so there is an even larger expense in the long run.
7. Ibogaine Therapy
This is the closest thing to a silver bullet for addiction as you’ll ever find. Ibogaine Therapy may be the most successful treatment ever invented for ending opiate addiction. Ibogaine, is an indole alkaloid found in the bark of the root of the African shrub Tabernan- the iboga. It has strong anti-addictive qualities, including high efficacy in acute opioid withdrawal and addiction.In laymen’s terms, it’s a secret tribal hallucinogen that helps you achieve your 2 most difficult goals.
1) Eliminates opiate withdrawal symptoms in under 24 hours
2) Eliminates the desire for opiates, many people who take it swear it eliminates addiction all together.
If there ever was a miracle drug for eliminating opiate withdrawals and addiction, Ibogaine is it. Read this fascinating scientific study about how Ibogaine helped hardcore heroin users and other drug addicts, Ibogaine-study.pdf
All good things come with a downfall of sorts, and Ibogaine is no exception. The use of Ibogaine has a mortality rate of 1 in 300, with deaths coming from brachycardia (your heart rate slowing way down) and lethal combinations with other drugs. The risks and benefits of this treatment should be weighed out very carefully and treatment should only be done in a medical setting.
8. The Vivitrol® Shot
This is the newest FDA-approved treatment for opiate addiction — a once-a-month shot with the drug Vivitrol that blocks opioid receptors in the brain. “Vivitrol is nothing new. It’s just a chemical in a delivery form that is new,” Dr. Joseph Py, corporate medical director for Discovery House. It has been used since 2006 to treat alcohol dependence.
Vivitol treatment needs to be utilitzed alongside a 12-step program or counseling for the addict to change their behaviors and daily lives. This treatment can only begin after the user has gone 7-10 days without partaking in drug use. Otherwise, serious complications could occur.
9. The 33 Day In Home Opioid Recovery & Repair Program® (coming soon…)
Michael Jordan says, “Work Ethic Eliminates Fear”. Do you get what he’s saying? He saying if you want to succeed in anything, you need to put in the time, effort, and work to get that way. If you want to be the best you got to train the best. Just like the athlete who goes to practice and trains hard every day to be great at his sport, you need to train yourself to succeed against opiate addiction.
Your success or failure comes down to you. You’re the only one who can stop using drugs, no one will ever be able to make you quit. That’s why it’s VITALLY important you learn the skills and techniques that can move you past your demons! YOU alone can develop the knowledge and confidence it takes to quit.
Always remember you’re responsible for your outcome. If something hasn’t worked in the past, learn more, `study your opponent and make adjustments for the problems stopping you. Do not make the same mistakes twice. Get smarter and play the game better! Failure means learning how to NOT do something. Keep trying and trying until you find a solution! Keep a positive attitude and continue to do things that develop new confidence in yourself and you will overcome!
- Get Off Opiates Fast At-Home (without rehab)
- Feel ZERO Withdrawal Symptoms (if you have the patience)
- Shorten Your Withdrawal Length (with unique vitamins)
- Repair Your Body and Re-Energize Your Mind (what to take today)
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