Home remedies for withdrawal
Research shows that roughly 9% of the American population will misuse opiates sometime in their life.
Opiates can be found in various narcotics and painkillers, from Codeine and Morphine to Oxycodone, Heroin and many others. They are generally used for chronic pain management, and their original use was for cancer patients. The opiate epidemic has increased around the world due to the “euphoric” feeling they give. Opiates have the potential of causing strong physical dependence. Once someone becomes addicted to opiate based painkillers, or heroin, their tolerance builds quickly. Larger doses of the drugs will be needed in order for the user to get their high they are looking for and more importantly so they avoid withdrawals. Opiate withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable and strongly resembles flu-like symptoms. Many addicts can not deal with the withdrawals and continue using, which can easily lead to an overdose and death. This is why it is important get off of opiates before your addiction worsens.
Unfortunately, the opiate addiction rates have sky-rocketed over the past few years and affects millions of people worldwide. While some opiate addicts choose to get inpatient treatment at world-renowned rehab clinics, others opt for home remedies for opiate withdrawal. The benefits of resorting to home remedies to overcome your opiate addiction and to cope with the withdrawal symptoms are many.
First, this is a lot more affordable as opposed to getting professional treatment in a rehab facility. Secondly, it allows you to get treated in the privacy of your home which is particularly useful for those who want to keep their privacy. Third and most importantly, continued use of opiates usually leads to overdose or jail. You do not want to end up in jail going through withdrawals as you will not be in control. Having control of your surroundings, food, showers, exercise, etc will be very important while detoxing. That being said, here you will find a brief overview of some of the most efficient and cost-effective home remedies for withdrawal to have on hand when you are ready to detox.
The most important part of going through withdrawal is making sure you stay hydrated. It’s very common for opiate addicts to have diarrhea and vomiting which depletes your body of fluids. It is important to drink plenty of water along with sodium and electrolyte contained in sports drink such as Powerade, or Gatorade. This is because they contain sodium, sugar and electrolytes, and this helps keep your sodium level balanced as well as keeps you hydrated. Also, it is recommended that you select sports drinks that are light in color. This helps you not to mistake red liquid for blood if you experience vomiting or diarrhea.
Your body will most likely ache as you go through withdrawals. You may experience sore muscles, headaches, congestion and back pain. Never underestimate the power of a hot bath or shower. The hot water will help to relieve the physical pain, release muscle tension, prevent muscle spasms and overall body aches that are often triggered by the withdrawals. Mineral and herbal salts are particularly useful in this case.
Eating Light Quality Meals
During opiate withdrawal, eating is the last thing that will be on your mind. Light meals are also very important, not only to keep your body nourished as it tries to replenish and heal itself from the damage the painkillers have caused. You want to focus on small and light meals, and rather than eating three consistent meals per day, you should enjoy snacking every few hours. Smaller meals such as toast, crackers or light soups. Not only are they easier to digest, but they will also keep your metabolism up and running.
Comfortable Clothing and Outfits
People who go through withdrawals may experience hot and cold flashes. One minute you may be sweating and an hour later you may be freezing cold. Having a change of clothes ready can help to keep you comfortable. Since you are going to most likely sweat at times, it is advised that you keep some thin cotton clothes available along with blankets so you can change your body temperature.
Imodium & Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Imodium is another hydrating agent and helps you to keep your hydration balance intact. In most cases people undergoing opiate withdrawal, suffers from diarrhea. Imodium will help you to get your digestive system functioning properly. This will help cut down on the diarrhea as well as keep you hydrated. Acetaminophen on the other hand will help you to get rid of head aces and other body aches that how baths and showers don’t help with.
When going through opiate withdrawals, it is important that you find things that keep you busy. Do not just sit there and mope. Prepare some items to keep you busy. Movies, puzzles or video games can come in handy. Consider picking up some magazines or books to keep your mind occupied as well. One of the most important things you can do to cope with the opiate withdrawal is to simply entertain yourself – do the things you love the most. If you have friends or family members you trust and who are good influences it might not hurt to have them around to support you.
Other Items to have:
- Tissue paper
- Spare towels
- Garbage bags
Undergoing opiate withdrawal is often very tiring and dirty. You will be sore and uncomfortable. Therefore, the trick is to try and make yourself as comfortable as possible while detoxing at home. The last thing you want to do is have to run out for more toilet paper or garbage bags. Be prepared, remember you can always return the unused items so save your receipts. After a few days you may start to feel better. A little exercise will not hurt. Take a walk around the block. Get some fresh air. Get your muscles moving. Don’t over do it, and don’t do any strenuous activities. Good luck, and remember to stick with it, millions of people have detoxed from the comfort of their own homes and you will make it through. Just remember to remain positive and strong along the way!