By: Reilly Johnson
In 2016, addiction to opioids, heroin, hydrocodone, percocet, oxycontin and many other prescription opioid pain relievers is at an all time high. Opioid addiction has destroyed almost entire US states and riddled them with crime and problems. And tapering off opiates was one of the only ways to quit without withdrawal symptoms make life unbearable.
A big part of the heroin addiction problem is opioid withdrawal. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are long and painful and not fun. Which is why approaching the detox and withdrawal stage it’s important to use it as an opportunity to create and follow a plan to your own freedom from addiction.
#1 – The Cold Turkey Quit (quitting instantly) – This is where you go cold turkey into withdrawal because you run out of opiates or you decide to quit immediately or something happened that forced you to quit (like jail).
#2 – The 7 Day Get Off Fast Taper Off Opiates – Taper just fast enough to give yourself a cushion for when you come completely off.
#3 – The 30 Day Take it Slow Taper Off Opiates – Gradually over a long peroid of time. If you have the self control to do this, a slow opiate taper can really reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and the length more than any other way.
Once you’ve assessed how bad your withdrawal symptoms will be you need to understand the different phases you’ll past through when you quit narcotics for good.
But first, you need to learn how to taper off opioids, and develop your own opioid withdrawal timeline for success. Here are four important questions you should be asking before deciding to taper off heroin and prescription opiate painkillers.
1. How bad will my withdrawal symptoms be immediately after I stop using opiates?
2. How long will my opiate withdrawal symptoms last?
3. What’s my oxycontin, hydrocodone withdrawal timeline and recovery plan look like?
4. How long will It take to feel healthy and back to my old self?
In order to survive percocet withdrawal you need to find answers to these critical questions, because they strengthen your chances of a lasting recovery dramatically.
Opioid withdrawal length depends on several questions you’ll have to ask yourself. Here they are: It Depends on the type of painkiller or opioid you are addicted too.
Some narcotics are short acting. Some have longer half lives, some are more powerful and some aren’t as powerful. Theoretically the more powerful or harder the opioid, the harder the narcotic withdrawal symptoms will be. but this isn’t always the case.
The more you take it, the higher tolerance for drugs, and the harder and longer your narcotic withdrawals usually are. But every ones body and chemical make up responds to drugs and opiates differently. So your symptoms and detox might be totally different that someone else’s.
Each of those 3 factors will determine how easy and fast you’ll be able to taper off opiates. Each one is critical for how to finally get off opiates and narcotics like oxycontin, hydrocodone, oxycodone:
How long does the addiction learning phase last?
Start to seriously study 1 – 4 weeks BEFORE opiate withdrawal begins so you can find information useful to your recovery. Develop a custom Game-Plan for withdrawal relief, detox and long term recovery
If you can honestly slow taper off drugs like hydrocodone, percocet and oxycontin, then you can ease opiate withdrawal symptoms you feel dramatically. But to taper off opiates successfully, you MUST have the self control to stop taking prescription pain pills to get high, and only taking enough to slow symptoms and make the comedown from opioid withdrawals is easier.
You need to seriously plan exactly how you’ll get off and stay off. Write everything you need down. Get any items that’ll make your withdrawal easier, buy your vitamins and supplements. Get the food you’ll need. Plan out healthy meals. Who’s going to stay with you for support? Who can you count on to help you out.
This stage starts when you take your last pill. And it lasts from days 1 to days 7 coming off opiates.
Here’s what you can expect week 1 off opioids:
Days 1, 2 & 3 off opiates – Withdrawal symptoms usually begin 6 – 24 hours after your last dosage and they will start with a vengeance. Your body will begin to ache and throb, your stomach will twist and turn into knots. Diarrea and nausea is a certainty. You’ll experience extreme tension, anxiety, and stress. You’ll want to to do anything to stop this. But you just got to get through the first few days the best you can.
Days 4, 5, 6 & 7 off opiates – You should begin to feel better at this point. But your body will still feel very weak. You need to focus on nutrition and health. Eat healthy food and vegatables. Begin to take a daily walk outside. Keep following your game-plan and stay motivated.
Weeks 2 – 4 off heroin, opiates and prescription drugs
What Should I be aware of?
The most painful withdrawal symptoms should have subsided by now. Now’s the time to detoxify your body and to begin to develop new positive habits. If you’ve made it this far, you should feel hopeful you can stop. You should begin to feel better each day.
How long will this last?
Week 2 Off Opioids: Withdrawal symptoms linger into this week. Many symptoms you’re probably still feeling. But you have to persevere and refuse to give in. Make sure you don’t do anything stupid like hang out with some drug using friends. Be smart and focus on your health.
Week 3 and Week 4 Off Opioids: This period can also be tough because the user can get bored. Life can begin to get back to normal and if that normal is the same as the old normal, then recovery won’t last.
Weekly Goal: Stay strong, stay away from bad influences. Develop new good habits. Talk to someone about the emotional reasons why used.
From 12 months+ off opiates
What to expect?
This is where you begin to live a new and successful life with the habits you’ve planned out. Must be able to deal with cravings and impulses, eliminate any source of narcotics, heroin, pain killers, etc.
Months 2-6 Off Opioids: Hopefully you’ve mapped out and are currently acting out your new success habits. You should be exercising, learning new things, staying focused on goals and try to be the best you can be.
Months 6-12 Off Opioids: Do not let yourself slip up during this period. A lot of people will have something happen to them, and they will allow that event to derail their success and it will lead to their relapse. Don’t let this happen to you. Be aware of who you hang with and when you’re most vulnerable. Try to prevent tough situations from happening.
1 year Off Opioids: This is about living the life that you always dreamed of. This is the time when you want to enjoy the good things in life. Find fulfillment and help others.
So what are you waiting for? Now you’ve seen the plan and you can finally learn how to taper off and recover from prescription opioids at home.