Best Natural Home Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal Relief

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The Top 10 Most Easy and Effective Opioid Withdrawal Home Remedies

By: Reilly Johnson

Opiate withdrawal is MISERABLE. And it’s probably the #1 Reason Why people keep using prescription opioids.

Because you’ll have to survive “opiate withdrawal”, before your recovery can last. After all, excruciating opioid withdrawal symptoms are one of the hardest parts about quitting heroin, hydrocodone (vicodin), percocet (oxycodone), tramadol, oxycontin, morphine, methadone, suboxone.

When you suffer from SEVERE opioid withdrawal symptoms it can STOP your recovery, and START your relapse. 

Heres a few common prescription opioid withdrawals symptoms you may experience:

prescription pain pills

Prescription pain pills have created a nationwide drug addiction epidemic.

  • 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

To make matters worse withdrawal symptoms begin 6 to 24 hours from your last dosage.

And symptoms can last up to 3 weeks or longer.

This is part of the reason why getting off narcotics can be so tough. 

Which is why you’ll need opiate withdrawal help.

You need to find natural opiate withdrawal remedies that ACTUALLY WORK at-home. Because if you can detox off opiates without relapsing, then you’re one step closer to recovering at-last.

Which is why I’m hopeful these 10 home remedies for opiate withdrawal will help you feel better, faster.

#1. Powerful Ways to Ease Opiate Withdrawals and Shorten Detox At-Home

There are ways to natural detox and their are ways to not naturally detox. Either way you’re body needs to rest and recover. And there are 3 main ways people do this. the first way is by using natural detox supplements. 




Supplements can help replenish nutritional deficiencies caused by addiction. They can help provide the body with the natural nutrients it needs to fully recover by providing nutrients, herbs, vitamins and amino acids that can help you safely relieve painful opioid withdrawal pain and speed your recovery.

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There are some quick and easy over the the counter products for effective opiate withdrawal relief. OTC products that may help you include ibuprofen for body and muscle aches, Benedryl to help stop watery eyes, itching, and don’t forget how valuable imodium can be to stop the constant restroom visits.

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The most common medical doctor prescriptions is certainly suboxone. Another non addictive but useful prescription clonidine, correction officers sometimes use if an addict is suffering from serious withdrawal and gets thrown in jail. There’s a few other things he could prescribe you but make sure its not something else you could be addicted too.

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#2. How to Naturally Replenish Neurotransmitters Severely Depleted by Opiate Addiction so You FEEL Better Emotionally

Mental Recovery After 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:

How to Boost Neurotransmitters NATURALLY

#4. Get Instant Relief from Prescription Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms With a Hot Shower

bath for opioid withdrawal

Hot water can help relieve your most painful symptoms.

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. Get Outside and Get Some Sun!

Spend time outdoors soaking in vitamin D from the sun, for a better mood during your detox.

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 Withdrawal Pain and Stimulate Healing with a Massage

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

reflexology for pain relief

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 that chronic pain.

Most Doctors prescribe prescription opioid pain killers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, tramadol, etc. every month for years to try and help patients “manage their pain”.

Massages get 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.

If you’re looking for a natural supplement to help you sleep during your detox, then check out our night formula REST, it contains powerful ingredients like MelatoninGABA, L-Theanine, Mucuna Pruriens, and 5-HTP that promote restful sleep and encourage healthy mood. CLICK HERE to Recover with REST.


#8. Refuel Faster With a Targeted Diet for Your Opioid Detox


Eat as healthy as you can for faster recovery from addiction.

“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.

Supplements for detox


#9. Daily Exercise Helps 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 the 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 drug 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,

Weight training and how it helps overcome addiction  <—

#10. Try Acupuncture To Help You Rebalance At-Home After Heroin 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?

CLICK HERE to learn about alternatives to pain relievers for pain relief

Your Collective Experiences and Knowledge Will Determine You Future Success and Help Guide Your Future

run to raise dopamineGetting 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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  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:

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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 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?

  13. polarman4 says:

    Well,I got smashed in a dock leveler 8years ago. I used to be able to get bucked off a horse and go jogging after,no problem. Now the older I get,the less I can do,and so I went to the er because I lost feeling in both my legs. That was it,it was great,I could go running,I could work like I used to. Then I ran out,I thought I had the flu,couldn’t sleep,sweating but freezing cold,aches,depression,severe anxiety,which the severe anxiety and depression I had before I got caught up in pain pills. I seen a doctor for 2 years,we went from tramadol,to hydrocodone. Then he had to close his practice for medical reasons,me not able to get insurance,I had to stop cold turkey,next thing I know,I’m taking them from my mom,I’m making trips to the er just for relief that would only last a couple days. So I find myself doing everything I said I didn’t want to do to begin with. So now here I sit,waiting for all of this to be over. I have a feeling now that my entire relationship with my fiance has been revolved around pills. She has insurance through the state so she gets go go see a doctor. I think that is the worst part for someone trying to quit,when you live with someone and know they have the relief you need,and refuse to give it to you,so you fight and argue and then the inevitable break up. Over pills. I wish u had never went to the er that night and heard what happened to my back. I guess I should have stated earlier, scoliosis in the lower lumbar,L4 and L5 are shifted and bulging left like they are starting to separate, moderate degenerative discs in the lower lumbar. Some of that is genetic, but some happened when I got hurt at work. Perhaps if I had taken care of it right away instead of shrugging it off,I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    • Thanks for sharing! This can be a vicious a cycle and can be absolutely brutal on a relationship. I’ve seen this before and it flat out sucks. But you’ve got to try your best to rise above it. What we’ve seen a lot of is people think they need these painkillers more than they actually do. Sometimes ibuprofen can prove just as effective on pain. Also hows your weight? I find a lot of back problems and pain get worse the heavier a person gets so that’s something to keep in mind. But the fact of the matter is, if she gets them and you don’t their will most likely always be friction in your relationship. It’s very hard to see those daily and not want them. Also look for alternatives to help your back pain like physical therapy. The key is to keep looking for solutions and do not dwell on the problems. Keep your head up!

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