When you are ready to quit using opiates, there are a few things you should do to make the transition more comfortable. Planning ahead will be extremely important so you should do some research in preparation. You want to know what you will be going through, and how to make yourself as comfortable as possible during your detox and withdrawal. Covering all bases in preparation for the worst case scenario will allow you to concentrate on getting better and not worrying about having to ask for help or even going out to the store to get something.
First thing you should always do is research the effects of withdrawal. What to expect, what is happening to your body and brain and knowing you will have to fight with everything you have to make it through. Take a trip to the grocery store to stock up on a few items. You will not have any huge appetite but that does not mean you shouldn't eat. It's important to give your body easy to digest nutrients while going through detox. You do not want to become dehydrated to too weak from not eating. Soups are a great simple "meal" that is easy to digest and allows your body to gain some nutrition. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. It will be important to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and to flush out toxins from your body. Some of the best drinks to have available are sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade. The added electrolytes will help keep you hydrated.
Stock up on movies or tv shows, especially comedies. You will need all the humor and high spirits you can during this stressful time. Make your house and room as comfortable and cozy as you can. You will be extremely uncomfortable in your own skin for the next 3-7 days. Having clean soft sheets on your bed, adding extra pillows to the couch, and clean comfy clothes will make your life easier. Make sure to have many options for clothing due to the fact that you will most likely be sweating a lot. Your body with be trying to get rid of the toxins and it comes out in your sweat. The sweat during withdrawal is clammy and smelly. You will want to dress in layers allowing your body to cool off quickly but also allowing yourself to add clothing if neccessary. One of withdrawals side effects is hot and cold sweats. One minute you will feel hotter than the sun and the next you will feel like your house is the North Pole.
The shower will be your best friend for the week. When your muscle aches, headaches, and sore bones start to bother you, turn your shower on as hot as you can handle. Let the bathroom fill with steam and take the hottest shower your skin can stand. This will calm your muscles and open your pores to let out more toxins. Many people spend the majority of their time in the shower as it's very comforting.
After the first few days of withdrawal, you will need to get up and start moving around. Laying around the house with start to become counter-productive and will do more harm than good. I know the last thing in the world you will want to do is exercise, but getting out in the sun and walking around the block will do wonders for your brain chemicals and your muscles. Being outside and getting natural vitamin D will help as well. After being cooped up in the house for so many hours get outside and breathe some fresh air. If you have pets, spend some times with them. Scientific studies show that animals do amazing things for the recovery of humans who are ill. They bring joy and love!
Be ready to have the fight of your life. Look at the withdrawal process as a rite of passage. You have done so much damage to your body, it is going to make you pay for it. Never get discouraged, it has been done by millions of people including myself. Living a real life is well worth suffering for a few days. Your new life is about to begin. It's your turn to live and be naturally happy!
CalmSupport Opiate Withdrawal Aid may help to ease some of the symptoms while you go through withdrawal. Before quitting any prescription medications and starting any supplement, always consult with a licensed medical professional first.