10 Easy and Effective Opioid Withdrawal Home Remedies
By: Reilly Johnson
Opiate withdrawal is MISERABLE.
Almost everyone knows that getting thru “opiate withdrawals” is one of the hardest parts about quitting opioids like (but not limited) heroin, hydrocodone (vicodin), percocet (oxycodone), tramadol, oxycontin, methadone, suboxone and others.
Because SEVERE opioid withdrawal pain can STOP your recovery and START your relapse in an instant.
Heres just a few common symptoms you may experience:
- Strong cravings, extreme anxiety, anxiousness
- Chills, shakes, hot and cold flashes, goose bumps
- Diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea
- Depression, irritation and agitation
- Deep painful muscle aches, bone & body aches
- Insomnia, restless leg syndrome
- Flu like symptoms, sick all over
- And more
And to make matters worse, withdrawal symptoms begin within 6 to 24 hours from your last dosage, and can last up to 3 weeks or longer.
Now do you see how difficult it can be to quit and stay clean? This is part of the reason why getting off narcotics can be so tough.
And It’s why finding natural opiate withdrawal remedies that ACTUALLY WORK at-home, can be critical to your recovery. Because if you can detox off opiates without relapsing, then you’re one step closer to a lasting recovery.
Which is why I’m hopeful these opioid withdrawal home remedies will help you feel better fast.
#1. How to Naturally Ease Opiate Withdrawals and Shorten Detox Length
There ARE natural nutrients, herbs, vitamins and supplements that can help safely relieve opiate withdrawal symptoms, and recover faster.
#2. How to Replenish Neurotransmitters Severely Depleted by Opiate Addiction
DID YOU KNOW? When you get high on opiates and narcotics it releases 2-10x more dopamine into your body than your natural reward system releases.
To compensate for the surges of dopamine drugs release, your body slowly stops producing it. Which is why by the time you’re ready to quit using drugs, your body is usually producing little to almost no natural dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and other key brain chemicals. These brain chemicals directly effect your mood, motivation, outlook and attitude.
And the longer you’ve used drugs for, the lower your natural brain chemicals may be. This is a big reason why many people feel so terrible, lethargic, depressed, and with little motivation during their detox. To learn more about how you can naturally replenish neurotransmitter levels, read our article below:
#4. Get Withdrawal Relief Now With a Hot Shower
If you’re sitting there, aching and hurting like hell, then a hot shower may become your new best friend. The heat from a shower or bath on the body usually provides instant relief from many symptoms..
The heat from hot water can offer immediate relief in the body from aches, tension, anxiety, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome, headaches, and many other opioid painkiller withdrawals.
All water can work as a remedy: Just get in the water anywhere. Being in water, fully submerged and swimming can do wonders for your mood and is therapeutic for your body. A visit to your local lakes, beaches, rivers, pools or whatever else is nearby might prove to be relaxing and invigorating and the sort shock you need to remember a better easier time.
#5. Reflect and Renew Outside in the Sun
Spend time outdoors, go for walks and play in the sun for better moods.
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. 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.
#6. Ease Pain and Stimulate Healing with a Massage
Massages stimulate healing by increasing blood flow to your muscles where you need it most.
Let’s face it, most people who start abusing opiates get injured first, get a legitimate prescription and then develop a lifelong habit to deal with the chronic back pain.
Doctors prescribe prescription opioid pain killers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, etc. every month for years and years to try and help patients “manage their pain”.
Massages gets deep into your muscle tissue and can release tightness, muscle aches, back spasms and pain. Why not give or get a massage for opiate withdrawal symptoms, it’s a quick and easy opiate withdrawal home remedy.
#7. Sleep More So You Suffer Less
If you can, try and sleep a lot during the first few days of hydrocodone/heroin/opiate withdrawal/ detox, so you heal more and endure less.
Because when you sleep, you’re healing, not hurting. Any seasoned bodybuilder will tell you,
“You don’t get bigger or stronger lifting heavy weights in the gym, you get bigger and stronger when you’re at home sleeping, because that’s when your body heals itself and allows you to recover the most.”
Why? Because when you lift heavy weights and exercise regularly you actually tear down your muscles, which is why you get sore after a hard workout.
It’s when you sleep that your body gets the chance to repair the damage done by lifting weights. And your body rebuilds itself bigger and stronger than before.
When you’ve beat up your body and mind by abusing drugs and opiates for a long time, it’s important you get plenty of sleep during opiate detox. Sleeping can help you heal during detox.
#8. Refuel Faster With a Targeted Diet for Your Detox
“A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.” – Henry David Thoreau
Lets face it, most drug users diets consist of fast food, candy, ice-cream, microwavable meals, and make nutrition a total afterthought.
This is part of the reason why many people who abuse painkillers, heroin, opiates and drugs maybe deficient or low in many essential nutrients vital for their overall health and general well being.
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.
Cut out the processed foods and stick to proteins, vegetables, fruit and protein. If you commit to eating a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits and protein you’ll be surprised at some of the health problems that may begin to disappear.
Drink as much water as you can and hydrate and flush your system clean. And do not drink drink soda’s, coffee and other drinks that dehydrate you without even knowing it. Thus robbing essential vitamins and minerals from your body.
To learn what supplements work best during opiate detox check out my article below.
#9. Daily Exercise Will Help You Build Habits for a Recovery that Lasts
Exercise maybe the single best way to produce natural feel good brain chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin – which act as our body’s own natural opiates.
But 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 badly depleted by opiate abuse and addiction. Weight lifting also builds confidence and work ethic. Which is another reason why weight training and exercise are known as all time great remedies for addiction.
And it doesn’t matter if you are a female or male. Both can lift weights the same. Females should do the same exercises but just using lighter weight.
To Learn More See My Article,
#10. Acupuncture May Help You Rebalance At-Home After Addiction
Acupuncture has been used as a remedy for opiate withdrawal relief and addiction treatment dating back hundreds of years to China.
Acupuncture practitioners believe natural energy, known as chi flows through the body along pathways called meridians bringing health. And any blockage of this energy causes illness in people.
This energy can be blocked by any number of things and opioid addiction is certainly something that blocks vital energy. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatment unblocks and free’s the energy, thus maintaining balance and restoring health.
How it works:
Acupuncture works by inserting very thin needles into the skin at specific points or meridians on the body. This usually does not hurt.
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 remedy for you?
Interested in learning about other natural home remedies for pain?
Your Collective Experiences and Knowledge Will Guide Your Future Recovery
Getting thru opioid withdrawals and detox is tough. Which is why you need to prepare yourself. The more knowledge you have on ways to minimize or eliminate withdrawal symptoms, the better your chances are at a lasting recovery.
Also keep in mind not every remedy will work the same for everyone. The true trick to recovery is to be determined, learn, and test out what works.
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