Home Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal Symptom Relief

Withdrawal Home Remedy for Lortab (Hydrocodone)

10 Quick and Easy Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedies

By: Reilly Johnson

Opiate withdrawal home remedies that actually work are few and far between. 

Opiate abuse causes persistent changes inside the brain that leads to dysfunction when opiates are no longer available to the cells that once used them. These deprived cells then misfire, causing physical pain, mental distress, and emotional upset.

This misery often leads people back into their drug-using habits and can make getting off opiates such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, heroin seem like an impossible task.

Which is why it’s important you learn how to manage your narcotic withdrawal symptoms as effectively as possible. Because if you don’t, relapse becomes a real possibility.

And the whole cycle starts all over again.

So to help you finally feel better, faster at home I’ve listed 10 safe and effective, quick and easy natural opiate withdrawal home remedies:

Opioid Withdrawal Home Remedy#1: Four Natural, Legal Supplements for Fast Relief

5-HTP for Opiate Withdrawal & Serotonin Production

Little known supplements can come up big during your detox.

Very few legal supplements actually work for instant narcotic withdrawal relief… But there are a few supplements that aren’t well known but CAN work wonders for fast at-home relief.

The 4 Best Legal Supplements for Fast At-Home Opioid Withdrawal Relief are:

#1. Kratom to reduce pain and ease cravings.

#2. Phenibut – to relieve tension and anxiety, ease body aches and to aid sleep. Very good for physical relief from symptoms.

#3. L-Theanine for anxiety relief, motivation and acts as an all natural anti-depressent.

#4.  5-HTP  for serotonin and neurotransmitter reproduction, which can improve sleep and mood.

Opioid Withdrawal Home Remedy #2. Four Surprisingly Effective Withdrawal Relief Products You Can Get Over The Counter, at Your Grocery Store


There are effective over the counter supplements for some specific symptoms.

It’d be a mistake for you to underestimate the usefulness of certain over the counter products for your withdrawal and detox.

1.Imodium – When you stop taking opioids you start running back and forth to the bathroom… a lot. Imodium works great to stop diarrhea, help relieve nausea and reduce constant restroom breaks.

2.Benedryl – This can help relieve itchy watery eyes and runny nose. It can also help ease yawning and relieve itchy irritated skin. It can also help you sleep, when it sems you canʼt.

3.Ibuprofen – This can help with muscle aches, body aches and headaches. Donʼt underestimate good old fashioned Ibuprofen, because it CAN help you.

4.Cough and Cold Nighttime Formula – Most people agree, acut opiate withdrawal feels a lot like the flu. Which is part of the reason a formula similar to a cough and cold flu formula can ease many similar symptoms and help you sleep.

Opioid Withdrawal Home Remedy #3. Replenish Depleted Nutrients to Ease Withdrawals and Speed Healing after Opioid Addiction


The OFC supplement system is custom formulated to support relief from many painful withdrawal symptoms.

DID YOU KNOW? That when you get high on opiates and narcotics it releases 2-10x more dopamine into your body than what your natural reward system releases.

.. And to compensate for the huge surges of dopamine drugs release into your body, your body will slowly stop producing it.

Which means when you quit drugs, your body is producing almost NO natural dopamine, and if you’re no longer getting it from opiates. You will feel like shi*.

And the longer you’ve used drugs for the lower your natural levels may be.

This is a huge part of the reason why people feel so lethargic, depressed, with no motivation during their detox. Opiate and all drug abuse effects you mentally, emotionally and physically.

The OFC’s New Ultimate Opiate Withdrawal-Recovery System was designed to support your mental, physical, and emotional systems damaged and depleted by drug abuse. Replenishing nutritional deficiencies can help relieve painful withdrawal symptoms and speed recovery.

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Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy #4: Take a Hot Bath or Shower for Almost Instant Relief


Baths, and hot tubs can ease many physical withdrawal symptoms.

Hot bath’s and showers are HUGELY underrated remedies! Any they could possibly be the fastest and most effective opioid and narcotic withdrawal relief remedy of all. 

The heat offers immediate relief from body aches, tension, anxiety, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome, headache, and nearly every other symptom.

If you’re laying there feeling all beat to hell, then a hot bath or shower will be your new best friend.

The water can help: Just get in the water anywhere. Being in water, fully submerged and swimming some can do wonders for your mood and is therapeutic for your body. A visit to your  local watering holes like lakes, beaches, rivers, pools, theme parks or whatever else is nearby hole might prove to be shocking and invigorating.

Bath tip: All natural bath salts such as EPSOM and many other varieties can be very useful home remedy for prescription opioid pain reliever symptoms such as muscle aches, tension, stress, sinuses, anxiety and many others.


Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy #5: Get Sun, Go for Walks & Spend Time Outdoors

sun for opioid withdrawals

The sun’s healing rays give Vitamin D and offers warmth when it’s needed most.

When you hurt like hell, why not take advantage of the healing power of the sun?

Without the sun, all life on earth would die. Which means the sun is necessary for ALL life on this earth to grow and prosper.

So why not let the sun be your ally from opiate withdrawal hell?

Key benefits from the sun for opioid withdrawal:

  • Strong bright light produces the key neurotransmitter, serotonin which plays an important role in mood and sleep.
  • The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which scientific studies estimate at least half the population is deficient in. Lack of Vitamin D is a common symptom of depression
  • Your body gains warmth and energy from being in it, it helps you feel good.

What are you waiting for?

Get outside and get some sun. And then tell me it doesn’t put you in a better mood, even if just a tiny bit.

Generally speaking, people who are outside and get sun are often times happier with their lives than people who spend more time inside. And it’s because they’re more active, they are moving constantly and movement is scientifically proven to increase happiness.

Bonus Tip: Take a short walk outside in the park or go on a small nature hike. You’d really be surprised by how much activity in the great outdoors can take your mind off prescription pain killer withdrawals. The sun is truly an underutilized opiate withdrawal remedy.

Warning: Wear sun tan lotion. Remember to not stay out to long and to test your skin tolerance for sun burns.

Opioid Withdrawal Home Remedy #6. Get a Full Body Massage for Tension, Anxiety and Relief from Muscle Aches and Pains

massage for opiate withdrawal symptoms

Massages can have a dramatic effect on many people who never realized their healing power.

Truth is… Not much feels much better during withdrawal than a nice long massage.

Massages stimulate healing by increasing blood flow to your muscles and where you need it most.

Massages gets deep into your muscle tissue and can release tightness, muscle aches, back spasms and pain. Why not give massage for opiate withdrawal a shot?

People who use and abuse opiates are also people who have chronic back pain. Many doctors prescribe prescription pain killers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, etc. every month for this very reason.

A common withdrawal symptom is sensitivity to the skin, which surprisingly can make your massage feel even that much better.

Bonus Tip: Drink as much water as you possibly can. Most people drink soda’s, coffee and other drinks that dehydrate you without even knowing it. Thus robbing essential vitamins and minerals from your body. That’s why you need to drink as much water as you can and hydrate and flush your system clean.

Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy #7. Sleep As Much as Your Body Will Allow to Ensure Complete Healing

melatonin for better sleep

Your body heals the most while you sleep.

Sleep as much as you can the first few days of withdrawal as your body and mind needs rest for a full recovery. Plus, if you’re asleep you won’t be in pain. 

Any seasoned bodybuilder will tell you, “You don’t get bigger or stronger lifting heavy weights in the gym, it’s when you’re at home sleeping, when you recover the most.”

Why? Because when you lift heavy weight you actually tear down your muscle, which is why you get sore.

It’s when you sleep that your body gets the chance to repair the damage done by lifting weights. During sleep is when your body rebuilds itself, muscles stronger and bigger than before.

When you sleep is when your body heals itself.

When you’ve beat up your body and mind with drug addiction for a long time, it’s crucial you get plenty of sleep to support a full recovery. Melatonin is a great natural supplement for sleep.

Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy #8. Eat Healthy and Clean. Cut Out The Processed Foods and Stick to Proteins, Vegetables, Fruit and Whole Foods


Eat as healthy as you can.

“A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.” – Henry David Thoreau

Most people who abuse opiates and drugs are also deficient in many essential nutrients vital for health and well being.

Lets face it, most drug users diets consist of fast food, candy and microwavable meals and make nutrition a total afterthought.

Drug use and addiction is usually just the start of many more bad habits to come.

Most people who abuse opioids also eat very poorly.

Your body wasn’t made to to break down an endless stream of processed food, preservatives and dangerous taste additives like MSG (monosodium glutamate), pesticides and chemicals. This food is not healthy and contains no nutritional value. And it can also contribute to a myriad of health problems that often shows itself as deadly diseases like heart disease and cancer.

Do you think you’re lacking in essential vitamins and minerals?

If you do, then commit to eating a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits and protein as much as you can during your detox. If you do, you’ll find your energy levels rising and many health problems may begin to disappear.

When you improve your eating habits, you improve nearly every other single area of health.

Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy#9. Weight Training Releases “Feel Good Neurotransmitters” Endorphins and Dopamine Faster Than Any Other Way.


Exercise is the single best natural way to produce the natural feel good chemicals, endorphins, dopamine and serotonin which are known as the body’s own opiates.

To release these feel good chemicals you must exercise vigorously. The stronger the physical demands you place on your body, the greater the release of endorphins.

Weight bearing activities build dopamine in the brain which is often gets depleted by opiate abuse. Which is another reason why weight training is one of the best home remedies for opiate withdrawal relief.

And don’t let it matter if your a female or male. Both can weight train just as good. Females should do the same exercises but just using lighter weight.

Learn how weight training helps overcome oxycontin addiction

Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy #10. Acupuncture May Help You Rebalance Your Body and Mind after Addiction.

All-Natural and Effective Opiate Withdrawal Home Remedy


Acupuncture has helped a lot of people recovering from addiction.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy used to relieve pain and treat stress-related health conditions.

Acupuncture practitioners believe energy, known as chi flows through the body along pathways called meridians bringing health.

And any blockage of this energy causes illness in people. Your natural energy can be blocked for any number of things but opioid abuse is certainly something blocks this energy.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatment unblocks and free’s the energy, known as, the flow of chi. Thus maintaing balance and restoring health.

Acupuncture works by inserting very thin needles into the skin at specific points or meridians on the body. This usually does not hurt. And here’s what we know about if it works:

  • Studies have shown acupuncture can significantly decreases stress-related muscular pain by up to 50% or more.
  • MRI studies have found acupuncture modulates brain regions regulating pain and emotion.
  • Studies indicate acupuncture increases body circulation and stimulates area’s that may have not been working very well previously.
  • Releases endorphins, feel good chemicals known as the body’s own opiates.

As you can see acupuncture can be very beneficial to improving physical and emotional well being. Why not try acupuncture and see if it works as an opiate withdrawal home remedy for you.

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  1. Anca says:

    Jessica, I respect some of your feelnigs about this problem, yet others I can’t.I agree that there are a lot of people who claim they have severe back pain & go in to get an exorbitant amt. of pain meds. Doctors are stuck because back pain is hard to prove.Being a pain patient for awhile now, I can tell U that I’ve seen some in that waiting room that I could physically see they were taking too much pain meds. Their eyes were all red & bleary & their speech was impaired. Nobody on pain meds for pain should be showing those symptoms. Those people were getting a buzz off of it. It was obvious.A patient who is in true pain will never get a Buzz from their pain meds. The only thing the meds do, is relieve some pain for them. That is their purpose. And here is where I totally disagree with U. Pain medication is not only meant for cancer patients. People have different types of pain from different causes. When pain is Acute , your need for pain meds/narcotics/Opioids should not be permanent. It should be very short lived. But when your pain is chronic, and U cannot find any relief from any other type of medication or therapy, there aren’t many things U can turn to.If I could have a decent, normal life without taking meds, I would be fine without them. But this I can’t do. Believe me, I tried. I tried for at least 10 of the 18 yrs. I have had my problem. After this, my doctor recommended some pain management and meds. Strong meds. I’ve seen people taking much more in volume than I take, so I don’t feel that I’m using it as a dependency thing. I take only as much as I can find some relief from.It doesn’t matter which type U take. What matters is which type works for your pain. If Tylenol works for U, then great, U take that. If regular aspirin works better for U, then take that. Everyone is different as well as their pain is different. We all have different tolerances for pain also. Unfortunately, once your in pain for a lot of years, U also develop a lower tolerance for it. I used to have a very high tolerance, but I find I’m not as strong against it anymore. I’m tired of being brave. I’m in pain !! Help me !!If I should develop cancer in my future, I truly pray that I can be brave & not take too much medication for my pain. But I promise U that if I do need it, I want it !!To refuse to treat a patient in pain with the correct medication is cruel & unethical. And if it happens to be an Opioid, then it must be.I’m happy that U don’t have chronic intractable pain in your life. If U ever should get it, I hope U can find a compassionate doctor who will not prejudge U. And I’m sure at this moment U will say to me that U will not take strong meds. You’ll make do on Tylenol or something other than Opioids/narcotics. But just wait n’ see. Wait n’ see what your trying to deal with & if U have the strength to avoid strong meds. Honey .when U take every type of over the counter help that’s there & nothing helps at all where will U turn ? Will U just suffer for the rest of your life ? Will U be willing to not get out of bed each day & not be able to get yourself dressed & washed & fed or take care of your kids ?Are U willing to do that, just to be able to tell everybody that U don’t take strong medications ? That’s insane & ridiculous. If U wish to be a martyr, U may do that. But don’t expect everybody else to be one with U.I’m sorry for the loss of your relative. But U still cannot judge their pain with another’s pain. They are all different.One person can take a 5mg. pill & get totally knocked out from it, while another could take 50 mg. pill & not feel anything. I can’t explain to U why. I just know it is.It’s my guess that your relative did have either a high pain tolerance, or was taking other treatment to help in addition what U knew of.Can U say that U can compare the pain of falling down & cutting your knee, to the pain U may have from a bad toothache ? I don’t know if all cancer pain is the same, depending on which type U may have. From what I’ve seen or been told, different cancers bring different levels of pain for each person. Knowing this I would say U don’t have the right to criticize anyone for taking pain medication that is stronger than your relative took. Some people need 3 sugars to make their coffee sweet enuff to drink. Others only use one. Which one is right ? Do U get my point ?

    • ShellyBelle says:

      Back and neck pain are subjective to a point, but MRI’s can pretty much substantiate most all claims. However, everyone experiences pain at different levels.

      When some people hurt bad enough, they don’t mind going thru exuciating shot treatments, RFAs and even surgeries.
      (Radio Frequency Ablation- burn nerves on multi levels in spine to desensitize them). Effective up to 12-18 months, maybe more,
      Depending on the person.

      This helps give a doctor a pretty good idea if a person is faking or not.

  2. desperate depressed lady says:

    I have been on opiates for 7 years now. I have seeked proffesional help different times,but
    Nothing helped. I was being treated and still doing drugs. We could`nt figure out why i was on 190mgs of methadone and still craving drugs. Blood work was done and the results i have a very high metabalisim. I have decided to do it myself, cold turkey. I hate the way it makes me feel coming off drugs. Im going to try these home remedies and hope they will work for me. A few years back i came off drugs on my own, i was in so much pain i thought for sure i was going to die. I could not eat, sleep,had to force myself to even take a drink of water. But finally the nightmare was over. It took 42 days but after it was all over it was worth it to me. I was clean for 1year, then i made the biggest mistake of using thinking this time i could control the drug. Lol. I pray these home remedies work for me. I want off these drugs more than anything. Thanks you for posting these remedies.

  3. josh price says:

    Thank you for all your info! This was exactly what I was looking for. Keep it up!

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  5. Tom says:

    After nearly 30 yrs of smoking marijuana I decided to quit. Already having high blood pressure which was under control, it is getting worse. Insomnia is a fact now. It has been 1 week. Still waiting for relief. My mood has actually got better since quitting, but nervousness and anxiety are still present only when I am not occupied with work. How long will this take?

  6. JMoses says:

    Enjoyed the motivational videos.

  7. Emily says:

    Hi! I love this post! Very informative and good tips on a healthy, natural detox. Sometimes, people don’t have the option of tapering slowly and these are wonderful bits of advice.

  8. Stockton says:

    I agree with this post and this seems to be a great article with some very valuable information. What i don’t agree with is the first comment. While I not only understand I also agree with are: their are many different types of pain that have little or no
    factual or proven treatment to provide to people and that everyone is different, some having very little ways to moderate their pain problem. But my problem with the comment is that you seem to me like you have an addiction to opiates. I would like to say I was an opiate addict for 2 years and I have now been clean for almost a year now. And I realized during my addiction problem was that everyone that has a dependence on a substance has a problem no matter of you are using them for pain or not. Your life depends on them either way whether recreation use that leads to physical withdrawal or using it to stop pain and it is prescribed to you because you are still getting the SAME physical/mental withdrawal as the person who stole their gmoms pain meds. How many times have people gotten addicted to their pain meds they were prescribed for a short amount of time and that lead to an opiate dependency? Hundreds of thousands of times. Yes, it may be the only way you can function but wouldn’t that be called a dependency? If all opiates were taken away, would you completely stop your use? And then for you to say no one that is prescribed opiates uses them to get high is absolutely ridiculous. People do all the time! And usually the people who sell them on the street are prescribed them. Either way whatever reason you are using them for you are still putting horrible toxins into your body and it is slowly deteriorating/killing you each day. My personal decision would be to take them off the market completely. They are abused way to much and will never ever stop until something along those lines is done. I’m completely for people having the human right to rid off their pain but my personal opinion would be to go another route to cure pain even if it works for ya.
    It is a horrible drug and should have never been put on the market because of what is it doing right now in every single person who reads this’ backyard, literally. it is a never ending addiction cycle especially if you think your reason for doing them should allow you to do them. And for whoever who reads this and is an opiate addict take your life and wht you are doing serious. Quit before you dig yourself into a hole where theres no going back and in ten years your dead, in jail or in the streets. Real shit.

  9. The Chemist says:

    These drugs DO NOT kill pain. I’ve tried all the opiates there are. The negatives of these pills out weighs the positive in so many different ways. The big pharm. companies, the government, the FDA do not care how many lives this shit is destroying. Just keep making more stronger pills that are the most highly addictive things on the planet.

  10. Enuff im done says:

    Hello all im new to this site i have tryed stoping hydros before the longest i ever made it was 4 days, i look back now and wish i had suxed it up and stayed with it but now i have to stop dr wont give me any more he wants me to go to a pain management dr well i dont have the money for that, so took the last i had this morning and now starts the hard part, i just home i can do it this time cuz i dont want to take them anymore but my body craves them, thank u for listening

    • Reilly Johnson says:

      It looks like your doctor is doing you a favor, hydrocodone withdrawals shouldn’t last you longer than 1 week. You don’t want to get caught in the pain management trap, that can be a very expensive long roller coaster ride of emotional highs and epic lows. Use this as your chance to quit and find something else that makes you happy. I wish you the best of luck, let us know how it goes.

  11. Whitney says:

    Thank you for this. I am going in day 2 of complete cold turkey from my perks. The worst part is the cold sweats :( I’m gonna try some of this stuff and hope it works!!

  12. Piper says:

    Will this interact with Suboxone?

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