Every day, thousands of people search the internet for information on how they can lessen and ease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal using home remedies. There are thousands of articles and videos online that share tips, but many of them aren't very detailed. Many of these videos and articles are very dark and depressing, and created by people who have very little time clean (or who have never lived through the process personally).
I never try to deter people from helping others, but I feel it's important to get information about opiate withdrawal from someone who went through it themselves. I personally suffered through the withdrawals and came out the other side successful and happy. I now live my life opiate free and have been clean for over 4 years. I've made it part of my life helping and sharing my story with others. I never thought I would have made it, but being clean has been the best choice I've ever made. I've compiled a home remedies for withdrawal guide for people preparing for home withdrawal. I made this list from personal experience and with talking to thousands of people over the past few years in order to make the withdrawals a little easier to manage.
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So where do we begin? Let's look at why you are going through withdrawal in the first place. When you take opioids, you damage the natural chemistry of your brain. This does not happen from short term use, but if you are taking opioids on a regular basis for over 40 days (the number of days may vary from person to person, as well as how much opiates are being taken), chances are your brain chemicals are not at their normal levels. When you stop taking opiates abruptly, your brain sends signals to your body to make you feel the way you do (which is usually miserable). The anxiety and restlessness is caused by an overabundance of noradrenaline. This noradrenaline has been rising in your brain to keep up with the higher levels of opioid molecules (heroin or painkillers). Anxiety, restlessness and that overall shaky and extremely uncomfortable feeling will go away over time, but it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as eating right, getting sleep, and most importantly staying away from any drugs.
You will most likely experience hot and cold sweats that fluctuate throughout the day. One minute you feel like you are sitting naked on an iceberg in Antarctica and the next minute upi feel like your wearing 30 sweatshirts and sitting over a volcano. This is completely normal. Opiate withdrawal directly effects the hypothalamus gland in the brain. The hypothalamus gland regulates temperature and hunger in your body. This is why you may also have no appetite as well when going through withdrawals.
One common side affect of withdrawals is body and muscle pain. Taking hot showers will not only help to soothe your body, but will also help to clear your head and open up your sinuses making it a little easier to breath. If possible find access to a sauna, as sweating will help to remove some toxins from your body. Whenever you use a sauna, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and have someone keeping an eye on you.
With little to no appetite, you need to force yourself to eat healthy light meals. Meals high in vitamins like leafy greens and a good balance of protein and carbohydrates is essential. As your brain replenishes the chemicals you have depleted from abusing opiates, it's important to provide your body with the nutrients it needs. If you have anyone supporting you through the process, ask for massages as it will also help to loosen your muscles and ease some of the pain you may be experiencing while going through withdrawal.
The most important part about going through withdrawals at home is your mind-set. You have to prepare for withdrawals as if you are preparing for war. It is your life you are taking back, and you need to be prepared to have cravings, and be able to not cave in to them. You and I both know you will have people around you doubting your sobriety. Show them what you are made of, but most importantly show yourself what you are capable of doing. Don't let these drugs hold you down any longer. Suck it up and fight for your life! Do not let the drugs trick your brain into thinking you need them to survive. I promise you will be happy again. You can live a wonderful and awesome life without opiates. You only get one life, don't waste any more of it being a prisoner to opiates. It's time for you to take your life back and live your life to the fullest potential.
You can read more on our Home Remedies for Withdrawal page where we offer tons of tips to help prepare before, during, and after opiate withdrawal.