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Last updated January 2017

Opiate abuse is a devastating epidemic affecting people of all races, genders, ages and classes.  Not only does it affect your brain and body but it also affects your job, relationships, family, friends and more. The CalmSupport Opiate Withdrawal Aid Supplement has been created along with our "Withdrawal Aid Lifestyle Program" for living a healthier life, free of opiates.  Our all natural dietary supplement and program was created with the help of registered herbalists and doctors.  Our unique blend of active vitamins, organic herbs and amino acids along with our "Withdrawal Aid Lifestyle Program" will help lead a healthier lifestyle. It will help to detox your body and help soothe the symptoms of opiate withdrawal naturally. 

Research has shown that a person can better metabolize vitamins and nutrients when taken in their active forms. CalmSupport uses the finest organic herbal powders rather than extracts in order to give you the full benefit that each specific herb provides, as well as only using active versions of vitamins. This allows for easier digestion and faster absorption to provide the maximum benefits.  We pride ourselves by offering the highest quality ingredients in our amazing supplement.

Opiate analgesics overdoses are one of the leading causes of death amongst men ages twenty to sixty-four years old. It is no surprise since “Pharmacies, hospitals and physicians dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone in 2010…That’s enough to give 40 5-mg Percocets and 24 5-mg Vicodins to every man, woman and child in the United States.” source: "Analysis: High Prevalence of Painkiller Sales Turning America into Painkiller Nation."CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 05 Apr. 2012. Web. 11 Aug. 2013.

In some parts of the country sales of opiate drugs have increased sixteen-fold between 2000 and 2010. Thus leading to an increase wave of overdose deaths, pharmacy robberies and other related problems. Opiates can be derived from plants naturally, but are being synthesized by pharmaceutical companies to create pain medications. Many prescription opiates also contain ingredients such as Acetaminophen, which in high doses can be toxic to the liver. This becomes a problem when addicts begin taking higher doses than the recommended use.

One of side effects of opiates is that they make you feel good. When used properly opiates help to alleviate pain. Opiates are also known for giving the user a euphoric feeling. The problem is that the body enjoys this feeling and the user quickly builds up a tolerance, forcing you to take more and more opiates to reach a plateau that is unobtainable. The only certainty of abusing opiates is overdose, death, or jail.

When the time has come to take your life back from the hold of addiction, many things need to be considered to be successful. Simply putting the substance down and moving forward is not the key to living a healthier and happier clean life. Many changes need to be made to build a strong foundation for you to realistically reach you goals. Sobriety. This guide is a tool to use while taking CalmSupport to help you bring those goals to fruition.

 

OPIATES ON THE BODY

Opiates have many effects on the human body. When opiates enter the body they cause extreme relaxation, decreased sense of pain, and decreased sex drive. Other effects include nausea and vomiting along with slowed breathing. Opiates also increase muscle tension in the gastrointestinal tract, which causes constipation.

Opiates change the natural chemistry of the brain by binding receptors called neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters in the brain control movement, mood, and physiology. This includes digestion, body temperature and breathing. The use of opiates causes the neurotransmitters to fire at a higher than normal rate. Over time and constant use the brain becomes dependent on the opiate to keep neurotransmitter levels steady. The longer a user abuses opiates, the more opiates they will need to feel “normal”. This is when addiction becomes a problem.

 

THE POWER OF OPIATES

Opiate addiction is very powerful. Not only are the psychological affects strong, but also the physical affects brought on from the drugs.  When you are ready to stop using opiates, there are a lot of thoughts that may go through your mind.  One of the scariest things about quitting opiates is the fear of the withdrawal. What will the withdrawal symptoms feel like? How sick am I going to get? How long will the withdrawal symptoms last? Am I ever going to feel normal again? Will I ever have energy again or a passion for life?

Opiate addiction is a very serious issue and has destroyed countless lives around the world.  Many people who become addicted continue using because they are scared to face reality.  Opiates were created to help reduce physical pain, but they also reduce "mental" pain by releasing endorphins, which are known as the "feel good" chemicals of the brain. Opiates are known for giving a "numbing" feeling, or a warming sensation to the user.  After abusing opiates for a while, the chemicals in your become out of sync. No longer is your brain producing the proper chemicals independently.   Instead the brain becomes accustomed to using a synthetic drug to do what it should be doing naturally.

Speaking from experience, withdrawal is a very terrifying thing to face. Not knowing how your body will react to the physical aspects of withdrawal, as well as the mental torture that withdrawal may cause is extremely frightening. Some people claim it is like having the worst case of the flu multiplied many times over.

After stopping opiates, your brain will go through some dramatic changes.  Opiates have become a necessity for your brain to function properly. Over time, the opiates replace the need for your brain to naturally produce essential chemicals such as the serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline systems. The effects of not having opiates puts your brain into overload. Each of these levels have been completely altered from their natural state due to the abuse of opiates.  Your brain panics and starts the withdrawal process as it is waiting for the opiates to make you feel "normal". When the opiates are not taken, withdrawal begins.  The brain is unable to keep a stable level of chemicals and reactions such as extreme depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, aches, pains, headaches, hot and cold sweats, confusion, loss of appetite, runny nose, yawning, and an overall cloudy sense of reality begins.

Withdrawal symptoms last longer for some people than others. What causes the length of time varies for many different reasons. Length of use, amount of use, genetics, overall health, and age play a major factor in how long the withdrawal symptoms last.  It is going to take time for your brain chemicals to restabilize, and during this time you may feel miserable. It is important to realize that your brain will slowly start to stabilize and you will start to feel better!

Opiate withdrawal is a scary hurdle to overcome, but we at CalmSupport.com are here to help you the natural way. CalmSupport was formulated with the highest quality of organic ingredients and active vitamins made specifically to help soothe withdrawal symptoms from opiates. Using our Opiate Withdrawal Aid Program will help make withdrawal a little easier on both your body and mind.

ARE YOU READY TO QUIT?
Opiates are a class of drugs commonly used to treat pain. However, they are also one of the more addicting medications. Opiate dependence has become a major problem in the US and other countries around the world. Each case is unique unto itself and so is the strategy for getting off these drugs. There are several factors that need to be considered when someone is trying to come off of opiate drugs including:   

1. How long have they been on these drugs?

2. Do they anxiety surrounding discontinuation?

3. Are they ready to quit?

The longer someone has been on an opiate drug, the more potential there is for dependence, either physically and or psychologically. The more anxious someone is about discontinuing their medication the harder it can be. It is important to have a good network of family, friends, and/or health care practitioners to support you through this process.

Another very important factor in succeeding in getting off opiate drugs is a person’s desire to quit. Sometimes, as with other addictions like cigarette smoking, a person may express a desire to quit when deep down they may have no real desire or drive to quit.

WITHDRAWAL
Withdrawal is a war between your mind and body. Your body goes through huge changes and claws at your mind to give it the chemicals it wants. When your body has been given opiates for along period of time, the chemicals in your brain deplete. The natural levels of these chemicals are low because your brain has no need to produce them while they are being replaced by opiates. When you stop using abruptly (cold turkey) your brain is starving for these chemicals. With minimal means of creating them on their own, the body suffers serious side effects from this. Symptoms you could expect are a runny nose, watery eyes, headache, loss of appetite, upset stomach, aches and pains, depression, insomnia, restless legs, and extreme fatigue.

CalmSupport was engineered to aid in the withdrawal process. Using our product as directed, along with a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water and being active will raise your overall wellness while you are withdrawing. Be sure to also seek support from a professional when needed.

Withdrawal in the physical aspect can last anywhere from three days to a couple of weeks. The mental aspect may last longer. Long term withdrawal symptoms are known as Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and occurs in over 90% of cases. Adding CalmSupport to your daily regimen will lessen these effects. The first few days are going to be rough, but the withdrawal symptoms will then slowly subside as your brain starts producing the chemicals it needs naturally. Using CalmSupport will help in easing the symptoms as well as helping give your body the nutrients that it needs.

PREPARING FOR OPIATE WITHDRAWAL
When you finally decide you are going to stop taking opiates it is a commitment you are making to yourself and to your life. Make sure you are prepared for what you are going to encounter.

Withdrawals are an uncomfortable time for your body to go through. If you sit in a darkr oom for days and do not eat, drink, or shower, your symptoms will last longer than if you follow a few of these tips.

Hot showers will be your best friend. Your muscles and body will be very achy. The steam and hot water are a great way to help relax your body and ease your aching muscles. If you have access to a sauna, that is even better. Saunas are great at flushing the body of toxins while relaxing muscles. If you use a sauna, be conscious of your hydration and make sure someone is there to monitor you.

While withdrawing, the idea of drinking or eating may be the last thing on your mind. Being dehydrated can make the symptoms much worse and even land you in medical treatment. Sports drinks with electrolytes are great at getting some extra nutrients in your body. Keep water or sport drinks nearby at all times and drink as much as you can. You want your urine to be clear or a light yellow. Anything darker than a light yellow means you are dehydrated. If your urine is dark brown contact a medical professional or go to your nearest hospital.

The idea of consuming any type of food during withdrawal is agonizing for most. You may need to force feed yourself in order to get nutrients. Keep in mind that your body is going through intense changes. You have not been treating your body well and it is letting you know. It is time to nourish your whole body to help you recover quicker. Your appetite will be non-existent but you have to get nutrient rich foods into your body. Small frequent meals work best. If you can consume six small meals spread throughout your day you can have constant intake of nutrients. Keep a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables.

If you can not eat a meal without vomiting, try smoothies. If you have a blender or a juicer try to drink your vegetables and fruits. Juicing is an outstanding way to get nutrients quickly into your body while using little energy to digest. It is better to juice vegetables over fruits because of the amount of sugar in the fruits. We recommend eating your fruits because the fiber helps control sugar levels.

Before you start the process, gather your favorite books, movies, video games or something that will keep your mind busy. Any type of distraction is necessary to have available. To keep the mood as light as possible, watch a comedy to help brighten your mood. These distractions will not keep you occupied forever. Get on the internet and join FreeFromHell.com which is a free social network for addiction. It is a place where addicts, family, and friends can interact, seek advice, and comfort. You can find support on there from others who have gone through this or are going through it at the same time. It has hundreds of blogs and a chat room to talk with others in real-time at all hours of the day and night.

Make sure to have Tylenol for headaches and cramps, as well as Imodium to help with diarrhea. Also make sure to have plenty of toilet paper, and wet wipes as well.

Do not let yourself get stir crazy by staying inside all day and night. Get outside and breathe fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. Go for a walk to some place beautiful and tranquil. Just remember that a walk around the block a few times a day is still good enough. You want to keep your body functioning and building through this time. An act as small as a walk can help jumpstart your brain to produce the chemicals it is lacking. If you have a listening device, music is a very motivating factor for many.

The main goal is to be as comfortable as possible. What you put on your body is going to be paramount. Find your most comfortable outfits and keep them available so you can change as often as necessary. You will most likely sweat. Your body is purging itself of many toxins and it will make you feel dirty. This is where the showers come in handy. Have plenty of blankets nearby as well. You will go through hot and cold sweats. Be ready to strip or add blankets frequently.

This is going to be the most intense overall part of your road to recovery. You have to get yourself ready for a battle against your own mind. The voice in your head will try to get you to stop the withdrawal process. Do NOT listen to it, it is lying to you. Push through every step of the way and make it to the other side. You are worth the fight. Never get discouraged or think you aren't capable of making it. That is just an excuse during a weak time. If you use, you will immediately see that it was your brain tricking you. Be stronger than you have ever been. Millions of people have been successful in recovery. You can be one of them if you follow these helpful suggestions and implement CalmSupport into your fight.

USING CALMSUPPORT
Taking CalmSupport is the first step in helping to get your mind and body back to normal. We only use organic herbs and active vitamins. Our unique formula was created to give you each ingredient at a therapeutic level to repair your body and restore it to a healthy state. You should take CalmSupport Opiate Withdrawal Aid twice a day, once in the morning when you get up, and once before you go to sleep at night. Take each capsule with a glass of water and preferably with some food.

CALMSUPPORT INGREDIENTS
CalmSupport only uses the active forms of vitamins as opposed to the inactive forms. This allows your body to skip the step of breaking down the inactive form so the vitamins can be absorbed using much less of your body's energy. Using active forms also allows your body to absorb far more of the vitamin which, in turn, brings you maximum benefit.

Organic Passion Flower Herb Powder – The properties in Passion Flower make it useful as a soothing sleep-aid and in supporting relaxation in times of stress. Scientists believe that Passion Flower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA reduces the activity of some brain cells, inducing a greater state of relaxation.

Organic Valerian Root Powder – Valerian has been used for thousands of years around the world to treat several disorders including restlessness, nervousness and insomnia.  It fights anxiety, nervousness, and lowers heart rate which relieves hypertension.

Organic Oat Stem Powder – Milky Oats Seed is specifically indicated to help rebuild someone's nervous system after chronic stress or drug use. It is known to ease nervous exhaustion due to stress and physical work. It helps to reduce anxiety resulting from alcohol, nicotine, and opiate withdrawal.

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) – GABA is a chemical that is produced in the brain. It is taken by mouth for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used for promoting lean muscle growth, burning fat, stabilizing blood pressure, and relieving pain.

L-Theanine as L-TeaActive (TM) – L-Theanine as L-TeaActive(TM) has been shown to have a direct influence on brain activity, such as reducing stress. It has the ability to relax the mind without causing drowsiness.

Organic Phyllanthus (Bhumyamalaki) Herb Powder – Bhumyamalaki is an herb with strong detoxifying properties for the liver. 

Organic Velvet Bean Seed Powder – Also known as Mucuna Pruriens. Contains L-Dopa, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Dopamine.  This property makes this herb fantastic for people suffering through withdrawal and whose dopamine levels are very low.

Organic Ginger Root Powder – Ginger has shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. It is also an anti-inflammatory and is a powerful natural painkiller. Research has shown that ginger may provide headache relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

Organic Motherwort Herb Powder – Calming herb helpful for combating irritability and emotional volatility. Motherwort can relieve heart palpitations and reduce hypertension caused by anxiety.

Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder – Ashwagandha has been shown to ease agitation and feelings of worry as well as to decrease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Its ability to stabilize moods and boost adrenal recovery is highly valued by many herbalists.

L-Tryptophan – L-Tryptophan is used for insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, facial pain, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). After absorbing L-Tryptophan, our bodies convert it to 5-HTP (5-hyrdoxytryptophan) and then to Serotonin.  Serotonin transmits signals between nerve cells and alters mood.

Zinc (as Zinc Citrate) – Zinc is a metal. It is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. Zinc is used for treatment and prevention of zinc deficiency and its consequences, including stunted growth, acute diarrhea, and slow wound healing. It is used for boosting the immune system, production of antibodies, T-cells and other blood cell activity .

CalmSupport does not use Magnesium Stearate as a flow agent. It is unnecessary for manufacturing and has the potential to greatly decrease the absorption of the formula. Additionally, it is a red flag in the industry that often indicates a supplement is of inferior quality. There have also been questions raised as to whether Magnesium Stearate has the potential to be toxic. For more information, please see the following article by Thorne Research on Magnesium Stearate. Source: http://thorne.com/articles/MagnesiumStearate.jsp (CalmSupport is NOT manufactured, nor do we have any connection with Thorne or any of their subsidiaries)

LIFESTYLE

In the early stages of recovery you have to look at every aspect of your life. This is your fresh start, your new beginning. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to sleep at night has to be different than when you were an active user. Break all old habits and do everything new. You want to rebuild your life in a positive way.

If possible, a change of scenery is your best option. Leaving the city or town that you used in is extremely helpful in the early stages of recovery. Many familiar places can be triggers to using. Landmarks that you automatically associate with buying, selling, and using drugs may overcome your appetite to use. Getting away for a while and building your clean foundation in a new place is paramount to your success.

If you are unable to move or change your locations, people in your old life that influenced you to use or remind you of using need to be left aside. Lose all contact with these people. Change your phone number, delete their numbers, remove your social media profiles and take yourself off the map the best you can.

Recovery time is all about building a better you. You may have a relationship with some of these people you used drugs with. They are not bad people for using but do not feel that it is up to you to help them. You need to take care of yourself and your family first. It is very important to surround yourself with people who are willing to support you, not drag you down. If you want to be clean, you need to be around other people who are clean.

There is a reason that flight attendants always tell you to put on your own mask before helping others in an emergency. You can’t help someone until you have helped yourself first!

DIET

While going through withdrawal, food is most likely the last thing you want to think about. However, eating is going to be one of the most important things you do while you are going through withdrawal. Your appetite will be minimal because of the damage you have done to the serotonin levels in your brain. You need to overcome this lack of appetite and understand the importance of eating. Not only will it help your mind, but eating the right foods will help your body to recover faster by supplying it with the proper nutrients your body is lacking.

During the withdrawal process, you will most likely not be very hungry. You may in fact be sick with diarrhea and vomiting. The most important thing is to stay hydrated. Make sure you have plenty of water and or power drinks available. They will help to replenish your electrolytes your body is missing. You will slowly regain your appetite and as you do, it is important to give your body the healthiest forms of food that are as fresh as possible.

One of the most overlooked aspects of people’s lives is their diet. We live in a fast paced word surrounded by tons of cheap, processed food. The human body was not designed to function on processed food. Natural foods, vegetables, and fruits should be a staple of your daily diet. You get out what you put in, so it is important that you feed your body properly. Reduce your intake of harmful chemicals such as processed foods, high sugars, caffeine, etc. Focus on having balanced nutritious meals, such as lean meats, oats, and natural foods.

Eating Protein is very important in your diet. Protein supplements are available in various types such as eggs, soy, dairy, rice, hemp. For allergy purposes we recommend rice or hemp protein. If you are going to eat meat we suggest eating organically, grain raised animals. As for fish, the small varieties like tilapia and wild Alaskan salmon are better choices with lower amounts of mercury.

Try to eat a broad range of different colored vegetables. Green, Red, Orange, Yellow. By mixing up different colors you will vary your diet, and give yourself the real energy and nutrients your body needs.

Stay away from processed foods, especially fast food. When you are going through the early stages of recovery, you will look for crutches or something to fall back on as comfort. Many people tend to gain a lot of weight when they get clean. This is not a good thing when the food you are ingesting is high in calories, sodium, and fat. Unhealthy foods will do nothing to help your brain chemistry and may even cause depression.

Soda. I know most people hate to give up soda, but this is very important. Diet Soda is not so bad, but you are then mixing in chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and studies have shown that there are no real conclusions as to how they affect the body. If you love the bubble soda taste, there are many “at home systems” you can use to create natural bubbled drinks that are healthier than soda. The massive amount of sugar intake from soda is extremely damaging to your body. You could even try adding some fresh fruit to seltzer or water to give it some flavor.

EXERCISE
Exercise is a key role for many people in recovery. Along with the physical benefits of exercise, your mental health will also greatly benefit. When exercising. your brain releases endorphins. These chemicals stop pain messengers from reaching the brain. Making exercise a part of your daily routine will jump start your brain to restore is natural chemical balance faster.

Exercise is also great for the reduction of stress and anxiety. There are many ways you can exercise. From taking a walk, to playing basketball, or lifting some weights. Yoga has been shown to greatly decrease stress and also teaches you how to breathe and relax. The FDA recommends at least 30 minutes a day of exercise in which your heart rate is raised. But some movement is better than nothing, so get up and move! “Always consult your physician before starting any exercise regimen.”

Many recovering addicts replace one addiction for another. Exercise is an outstanding positive addiction to have. Long term use of opiates can cause damage to your body. What better way to reward your body than to get it back in shape? Many recovering addicts, myself included, find that endurance sports become a great lifestyle change. They help rejuvenate brain chemicals with long exercise and are a great way to fill time in your day. But one thing to remember is that it is important to slowly build up your body. It did not take one night of using to get to the state you are in today…but it will be an easier road ahead once you break the addiction. Endurance sports are good because they release natural endorphins and help the brain get into gear, as well as adding some discipline into your life.

To begin, you should start out taking light walks. Fresh air is good for you, but walking inside on a treadmill is also good. If you can’t use a treadmill, and going outside is also not an option check out your local malls. Many have walking groups that allow you to walk around the mall before stores even open. This is a great way to get in some walking without feeling like exercising. Start out walking for 15 minutes, and increase to 20 minutes, and eventually 30 minutes. The goal is to be able to put in 30 minutes a day to help raise your heart rate. This will not only do wonders to your mind, but will do wonders to your body. You will know you are ready to increase your distance as each walk gets easier, and the distances get further.

Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Exercise can help improve mental health and mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, reduce your risk of certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. Exercise controls your weight, and increases your chances of living longer. When exercising, sustaining a time period of increased heart rate is outstanding for the body.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

When exercising you are flushing toxins out of your system quicker than being dormant. This allows you to get rid of the built up toxins in your body from opiate abuse.

Dehydration is very common in the early stages of recovery and exercise. It can be a very serious problem with a quick onset. You should be vigilant in watching out for symptoms. Symptoms to look out for are dry or sticky mouth, lethargy, low urine output, urine that looks dark yellow, no tears, and sunken eyes. A physical examination may also show signs of blood pressure that drops when you go from lying down to standing, delayed capillary refill, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and shock.

BREATHING TECHNIQUES
Breathing techniques are important for healthy living. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress. When you start deep breathing exercises, this sends an instant message to the brain to relax the body and to calm down. As you start to breathe deeply, blood pressure and heart rate begin to decrease and this gives you a comfortable stress free feeling. Instituting deep breathing exercises multiple times per day every day will raise your quality of life and you can do it anywhere and with no equipment needed!

MIND
Your mind is one of the most powerful “computers” in the world. It is capable of making calculations that computers are unable to. It’s important to maintain a healthy mental outlook. There are many ways one can go about that. Some people enjoy meditation, while others turn towards religion. Others may enjoy being creative and expressing their feelings through art. Writing poetry, keeping a diary, painting, and dance are just a few ways to help relax your mind and give you a mental escape from your daily life. Find something that can help expand your mind, and surround yourself with positive people who share the same hobbies. 

SLEEP
Sleep is going to be one of the most important things you are going to need. Sleeping will help restore your mind and body, but it is not going to be easy. It will be important to follow your exercise routine, and food intake so that it does not harm your sleep cycle. You also want to maintain a schedule so you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.

Sleep is something that needs to be taken seriously. Here are a few tips to help ensure good sleep habits. Your bed should be for sleeping in only. Do not read or watch TV in bed. Though this is very tempting to want to do, it is important that you refrain from doing this. Read in another room so you train yourself and your body that your bed is for sleeping in only. When it’s time to go to sleep, there will be less mental distractions, and your body will soon learn to relax and fall asleep sooner.

It is also helpful to make your room as silent as possible. Unfortunately in this day and age, in busy suburbs and cities silence is something not easily achieved. What we find to be a great solution to this is a “white noise” machine. Found on ebay for less then $20.00, these machines fill the room with white noise which help cancel outside noises. Another easy solution is if you already have an alarm clock/radio, tune it to an AM station filled with static. This does not work for everyone and it might take time to get used to, but it can work wonders. We know many people who travel with their white noise machines because it can help keep outside noises from disturbing their sleep. Install whiteout shades for your windows to make the room as dark as possible. Sleep should be dark, and silent so that your body can get into a deep REM sleep. This is the type of sleep that really helps to rejuvenate the body.

It goes with out saying that you should try and find the most comfortable bed possible. Try adding a foam pad on top of your mattress if that helps. Use comfortable clean sheet as well and keep the room at a moderate temperature. Humidifiers are also great at making a room more comfortable.

Always allow yourself thirty minutes of wind down time before going to sleep. You can watch TV, read a book, or have a warm glass of decaf tea or milk with some honey to relax. Some people find a nice warm shower or bath soothing to help relax before bedtime.

One thing you want to avoid is taking any kind of sleeping pills. Even over the counter sleeping pills. There are many drawbacks to sleeping pills, and opiate addicts can quickly become dependent on sleeping pills.

P.A.W.S.
Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome describes consistent symptoms that occur in over 90% of long time opiate users. The symptoms include mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, extreme drug craving, depression and general cognitive impairment. This could take time, from a few weeks to a few months, to even a few years to overcome. Abusing opiates can cause serious damage to your brain, so it is important to take care of it now that you are taking the right steps to a healthy future. CalmSupport is a great addition to your daily regimen that helps relieve symptoms of P.A.W.S.

AVOIDANCE
It’s very important that once you are willing to get clean that you make sure to avoid things that will make you want to use. Most importantly is alcohol, or alternative drugs. Though they may take the edge off, they could also cloud your judgment or perhaps tarnish your thinking. Living a drug free life should be the goal. It is going to be a struggle, but it will get easier with time. Going to the bar to have a couple of drinks can easily cloud your mind, and make you fall back on bad habits.

If you get injured or are in an accident and have to go to the doctor or hospital, explain that you are a recovering addict. They have alternative medicines that will not give you the “high” feeling. Just because a doctor gives you the medicine, does not mean you are not an addict. Not all addicts start with a prescription, but many do. If you are serious about staying clean, it’s important to share your sobriety with your doctor. It is their job to look out for your best interests.

Don’t test yourself. It is like the alcoholic who just wants to have one drink. That one drink is going to turn into two, then three, etc. There is never a time to “celebrate” and have one pill, one bag or one drink, etc. Do not reward yourself with opiates for staying clean.

RESPONSIBILITY
Once you get some time into the recovery process you can look at restructuring your responsibilities. You may think that your job, bills, and family are your main responsibilities, but the truth is that staying clean is number one. All of those things are important parts of your life but without being clean, they will suffer. Many recovering addicts get a very discouraged feeling that they should be doing more to earn the trust and respect of the people around them. When you get this feeling take a step back and remember that you can not fix everything at one time.

Your life is going to start to improve in many aspects. Your mood and appearance will be noticeably healthier. With these improvements will come a sense of pride. What you have overcome is one of the hardest things in the world to do. You should be more than satisfied with the improvements, but at the same time remember to be humble and never forget where you came from or what you went through.

Over time you can start to build back the relationships you had broken. Actions always speak louder than words. Let those you have hurt see the changes in you. When they start to pay attention to your recovery, they will most likely make a comment or compliment you. That is a good time to make your real amends and to ask for forgiveness for the terrible and vacant life you were living. Not everyone will be that easy to please. You have to remember to stay on the right track. If you apologize and they do not accept it, move on. Never get discouraged by your past and what you did. You can never change the past but you can change the road to your future.

HELPING OTHERS
What may be your greatest responsibility of all is giving back. You survived a living hell. Being successful in recovery is something powerful. Many people have no one to turn to for advice on recovery. Be the person they can call upon for help. Giving back keeps your mind grounded and reminds you daily of the struggles you had. Take the time to talk and give the knowledge you have earned to whoever will listen. You may think your story is not anything special, but something you say may save a life, and there is no better feeling than helping others in need.

SUPPORT SYSTEM
After getting sober, you are going to have cravings at times. There may be something that triggers your cravings, but it’s important never to give in to temptations. One of the most important things is to have a support system, or someone you can contact any time of the day to help you. Perhaps you just need to talk or get advice. Whether it is family, friends, community/religious leaders, volunteers, AA, NA or some equivalent, never be afraid to use your support. FreeFromHell.com was founded by Ryan Donnelly and is a free social media website for addicts looking for help, recovering addicts, friends and families who are affected by addiction.

DISCLAIMER:The statements and supplements referred to throughout this “Lifestyle Guide” have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided was not written by Doctors, but rather researched independently by recovering addicts who have been through this fight and have succeeded.   Do not refer to this as a medical guide. This is strictly a lifestyle guide about healthy lifestyle tips to help cope with opiate withdrawal and lifestyle changes in order live a healthier life free of opiates.



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