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Home Remedies For Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate addiction is a mental and physical dependence on a natural opium or synthetic drug such as Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Heroin, Codeine or any other opiate based drug. Opiate withdrawal is not a pleasant experience – side effects such as anxiety, insomnia, pain, diarrhea and tremors among others are very common. Conventional treatment for the withdrawal symptoms can involve use of artificial opiate to reduce cravings (Such as Suboxone or Methadone), but these have unpleasant side effects. Besides, they are still prescription medications designed to trick your body into getting it’s dose of opiates.  When you stop taking Suboxone, or Methadone you will still go through withdrawals. There are several home remedies for withdrawal however, that one can use to help alleviate the opiate withdrawal symptoms and prevent one from getting thrown back to their addiction out of depression.

Here are some tips and tricks I picked up along my own recovery and talking with others as well. Below is a short version of my home remedies for opiate withdrawal, but if you are looking for more online there are plenty of websites that will help you.

Staying Hydrated
When it comes to detoxification of opiates or other toxic substances, water and other drinks are the best. Water is an effective toxic remover and also helps the liver and kidneys to cleanse and completely flush out the system, eliminating harmful waste from the body. You will have to drink plenty of water, at least three liters per day to allow natural cleansing to take place. Water won’t help you just detoxify, but will also ensure that you don’t get dehydrated- the chances of which are very high considering that you may experience vomiting and diarrhea. Other recommended drinks for helping you avoid dehydration include sports drinks with sugar, sodium and electrolytes such as Gatorade or Powerade.

Peace and Quiet
Opiate withdrawal is one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences you can go through. You have to be well prepared to face the challenges ahead. Peace and quiet is essential during this process. Withdrawal will make you uncomfortable, tired, sore and uneasy. The last thing you need at this time is noise. Find a quiet place where you can rest. If you live with family or friends, it is important to inform them about your decision to stop taking opiates. Let them know that you need some quiet and time on your own to recover from the withdrawal symptoms. This is why I always tell people to get off of opiates because if you end up in jail, you are not going to have peace and quiet…

Hot Showers
Aches and pains are some of the most common side effects of opiate withdrawal. Taking hot showers is one of the most effective home remedies for withdrawal to help sooth your body. A hot shower will help to decongest your head and lungs and make it easier for you to breath. The hot water will also ease the soreness and tension in your body.  When opiates are leaving your body, one of the most common symptoms you may experience is hot and cold flashes. Fortunately, a hot shower or hot bath can offer significant relief from these uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Tension, body aches, spasms and the general body discomfort are also common symptoms that be alleviated with a hot bath and shower. You can also try using other herbal minerals or Epsom salt that can help ease your body even more.

It is going to difficult to work out during the initial days of your opiate withdrawal process because the symptoms tend to be intense during the first week. Work out once you feel better. I highly recommend light exercises such as walking or light jogging which will help to reduce stress and help your body heal.  Being outdoors also allows you to enjoy some fresh air and will help you get out of the house so you don’t go stir crazy.

Eat Right
Many opiate addicts spend most of their time trying to get their pills and neglect their health and diet. Fast food, and junk food are normally high on an addicts list because they are fast and easy. Unfortunately they are horrible for your body. They are high in salt and fats, and low in nutrition.  Now that you are detoxing it’s important to eat healthy foods.  Though you may not have any appetite it’s going to be important to eat during your withdrawal. Light and healthy meals will easily be digested and help you while experiencing opiate withdrawal. Committing to eat healthy – vegetables, fruits, chicken and whole grains will help you find the energy you need to improve your health and provide your body with the raw nutrients it needs. Your body requires nutrients to heal. It is advisable to eat a healthy diet when you are detoxing. Eat several small healthy meals and snacks during the day. This will ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it was denied when you were taking drugs. If you have a low appetite, soups are ideal because they contain important nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables, crackers, and eggs are some of the snacks you can include in your diet. Junk food is not recommended during this period. Everything you put into your body should promote healing and wellness.

CalmSupport is one of the leading all natural supplements that may help reduce some of the withdrawal symptoms you are dealing with. It was formulated with the help of Naturopathic Doctor and Herbalists. CalmSupport is made with the highest quality ingredients possible. You can read more on Amazon by searching: Opiate Withdrawal Supplement

For a long term user of opiates, you can expect 5 days of withdrawal symptoms before they start to subside. Stick with it. Don’t give up! If you need any support please check out my Social Networking Site for Addicts at http://FreeFromHell.com  There you will find other people who are going through the same thing as you. It’s a great way to get some support as well as more tips and tricks to beat opiate withdrawals. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and contact me!

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