By: Reilly Johnson
The first truly meaningful step to quitting opiates, is day 1 WITHOUT opiates.
Because If you can’t detox without relapsing… then you can’t get better.
Which is why I’m hopeful these natural home remedies for opiate withdrawal relief will provide some needed help.
Afterall, isn’t this the question we really want answered,
“What REALLY, helps ease opiate withdrawal symptoms at-home?”
Actually, a lot of things can help you out.
But you need to have an open mind and really WANT to detox successfully.
So here they are, safe and natural remedies for opioid withdrawals at-home.
DID YOU KNOW? When you get high on opiates and drugs your brain releases 2-10x more dopamine than your natural reward system releases.
To compensate for the surges of artificial dopamine released after using opiates, your body slowly stops producing it and other “natural feel good chemicals” (called neurotransmitters).
Which is why if you keep abusing narcotics like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, oxycontin, and heroin for longer than a few weeks, your body is often becomes low in key neurotransmitters which in turn creates many uncomfortable opiate withdrawal symptoms.
What are brain chemicals or neurotransmitters?
Brain chemicals have a direct impact on how you feel, and they help determine your attitude, motivation, mood, energy, ability to sleep and much more. Low levels of neurotransmitters and brain chemicals are a big reason why people feel terrible during their opiate detox.
Here’s a few easy tips to try to naturally boost neurotransmitters at-home:
Natural supplements that are easy to obtain can be used to facilitate the healing process of the mind, body and emotions during opiate detox.
Thankfully, there ARE ingredients that can ease opiate withdrawals and speed your recovery time at-home.
Nutrients help by replenishing deficiencies depleted by years of drug abuse. Supplements are formulated to provide you with a safe, natural way to get the nutrients your body and mind need.
Certain deficiencies can cause a number of health problems with your mind, body and emotions:
Heroin and prescription painkillers cause many emotional withdrawal symptoms and mood imbalances including depression, low energy, anxiety, sadness and poor mood.
Almost all prescription drugs and opiates cause damaging and negative side effects to the whole body. But the biggest effect of prescription painkiller addiction is what it does to your mind, body, emotions, liver and digestive system. Make no mistake, prolonged drug use will take its toll. However all is not lost because there are natural supplements that may help ease withdrawal systems and aid your recovery.
Emotional Health & Motivation – 5-HTP, L-Dopa, B-Vitamins, GABA, Calcium and Magnesium work synergistically to rebuild neurotransmitters, boost endorphins and support a positive emotional outlook naturally.
Mind Repair & Replenishment – Huperzine-A, Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopin, Ashwagandha, have all been studied extensively and have shown great results in helping to support improved thinking, clarity of thought and greater memory recall.
Withdrawal Relief & Nutritional Replenishment – Melatonin, GABA, Ashwagandha, Valerian work as a team to relieve many painful withdrawal symptoms often felt throughout the body, rebuild neurotransmitters and supports sleep.
You might use these Over the Counter OTC products and medicine that can help you ease some of the following uncomfortable symptoms during opioid detox.
Ibuprofen – Can help ease body and muscle aches, and is also used for headache treatment and relief.
Benedryl To help stop watery eyes, itching, and can even occasionally aid sleep.
Immodium Can be extremely valuable as it can help you STOP constant restroom visits.
Here’s probably the most common and helpful prescription medications your doctor can write for withdrawal relief from heroin and narcotics like painkillers such as oxycontin, hydrocodone, percocet and others. Here’s three helpful medications but each also comes with side-effects:
Suboxone – Suboxone can be a life saving drug for a heroin addict using needles and those that have been addicted to drugs and using for years and just can’t get clean. And the word is that because suboxones got a longer half life than most other opiates, your opioid withdrawal length can be much longer. If you have a crazy high tolerance and/or are abusing drugs with needles suboxone may be able to save your life. But if you’re addicted to something less addictive like hydrocodone, I’m not sure you’d want to use something like suboxone (naxalone) because that can also be addictive you’ll have to quit that eventually too.
Clonidine – This is a non addictive blood pressure medicine but a useful prescription for opiate withdrawal. I’ve heard stories about correction officers giving it to addicts who get thrown in jail to help ease their suffering without getting them high. Obviously, ask your doctor what he recommends but clonidine may be the most effective and non addictive of everything a doctor could prescribe you.
Benzodiazepines – I really don’t like putting this on the list because they’re also highly addictive, and coming off benzo’s like valium, xanax and others can be brutal because of benzodiazepine withdrawal systems may be more dangerous. And remember the point of potentially using these would be to take just long enough to get through your worst withdrawal symptoms, and then come straight off as fast as possible.
The heat from hot water can offer immediate relief from body aches, tension, anxiety, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome, headaches, and many other opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms.
Home Detox Tip #1: Water can work as a remedy. 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 also prove relaxing or invigorating.
Home Detox Tip #2: Stay sober as long as possible when you wake up in the morning. Many people who do this say they often forget about that dosage as they got busy with their day and end up doing much less drugs then they regularly would have. Start your day off right!
Home Detox Tip #3: Drink as much water as you can to 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.
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. Which makes the sun your ally for feeling better faster after narcotic withdrawal hell.
Key benefits from the sun for opioid withdrawals:
What are you waiting for?
Get outside and get some sun! Take a short walk in the park each morning or evening to change things up. You’d really be surprised by how much activity in the great outdoors can take your mind off prescription opioid pain killer withdrawals and other real world problems. The sun is truly an underutilized opiate withdrawal remedy.
Let’s face it, most people who start abusing opiates get injured and then get a legitimate prescription for opioid painkillers from a doctor. People like the feeling and they keep on taking or the injury never gets fully healed and they must keep taking opiates to help deal with the chronic pain.
Most Doctors prescribe prescription opioid pain killers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, tramadol, morphine, etc. are attempts to help patients “manage their pain”.
Massages can be very helpful for chronic pain. As massages get deep into your muscle tissue and release tightness, muscle aches, back spasms and pain.
Why not give a massage a chance for opiate withdrawal relief, it’s a quick and easy opiate withdrawal home remedy.
If you can, try to sleep a lot during the first few days of detox so you HEAL faster and ENDURE less pain.Because when you sleep you are healing and not hurting nearly as bad. I used to do a lot of weight lifting and I’ll always remember what a seasoned powerlifter told me once,
“You must remember that you don’t get bigger or stronger when you are actually lifting weights at the gym, when you’re body really grows when you’re eating and sleeping. Sleeping is when your body rebuilds itself into a new and better you.”
Why is this?
Because when you are lifting heavy weights you are actually tearing down your muscles. This is why you get so sore after a hard workout. It’s when you sleep that your body gets the chance to repair the damage done by lifting weights. During sleep your body rebuilds itself bigger and stronger than before.
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 drugs are deficient in many essential nutrients that play a vital role in their overall health and 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 to feel healthier faster.
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 lifting also builds confidence and work ethic. Which is another reason why weight training and exercise are known as all time great remedy for drug addictions of all types.
And it doesn’t matter if you are a female or male, both can exercise and list weights. (Females should do the same exercises but just using lighter weight.)
Acupuncture has long been used as a remedy for opiate withdrawal relief and to treat opium addiction 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 does acupuncture for addiction work?
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 acupuncture works:
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?
Getting thru opioid withdrawals and detox is tough. Which is why you need to prepare yourself for the process. The more knowledge you have on ways to minimize or eliminate hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin withdrawal symptoms and speed up your detox the better your chances are at finally recovering once and for all.
If you stay motivated and create a big enough reason why you want it, then you learn new ways to quit after which you stay determined until you finally find out what works for you!