Opiate addiction is extremely dangerous because it can cause death from cardiac arrest. The dependence on opiates occurs so rapidly that most individuals end up taking too much too fast, which leads to an overdose. The euphoria effect makes the opiate addiction so much more dangerous because individuals do not even realise that they are abusing the pain relieving medication.
Withdrawal symptoms of opiates include, but are not limited to:
- Low energy
- Runny nose
- Tremors; and
- Abdominal pain
These symptoms may last one week up to a few months, depending on the severity of the addition. There is a cure for opiate addiction, whether it is through in-facility care or at home. The home care remedies are explained below.
- Taper Down
The first and most important thing every addict must do is taper off the substance. Research has shown that most individuals struggle with the cold turkey approach because of the severe withdrawal symptoms; therefore, if you taper down little by little you will lower the amount of opiates in your system. This will lessen the symptoms of detox. Approach a friend or family member about your plan so that they can help you achieve this goal. They can help to keep you accountable and on schedule as you go through the process towards detox.
- Healthy Foods
While you are in detox, you will want to replace the bad toxins in your body with optimum nutrients. Therefore, before you start the process stock up on plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your appetite may not be the best, so stick to small meals throughout the day. Do not replace your addition of opiates with junk food and/or caffeine. Stick to healthy foods because this will shorten the detox process. Eat plenty of protein, including chicken, fish and turkey. The healthier the foods you put into your body the better you will feel.
Water is another important factors in detox. You do not want to become dehydrated on top of the withdrawal symptoms. Make sure you drink half of your body weight in ounces each day to stay fully hydrated. Get a large plastic bottle to fill each morning and try your best to drink as much as you can throughout the day.
- Natural Healers
Chamomile tea is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a useful all-natural pain reliever and good replacement for pain reliving medications. It is also a calming agent that will keep your anxiety at bay while reducing stomach nausea and diarrhea too. Green tea contains antioxidants that flush opiate toxins from the kidneys and liver. Aim to drink three to four cups of green tea per day to invigorate the system and reduce the stress load on the body. Ginger root extract is another natural nausea relieving medication. Lastly, adding a little cayenne pepper to your diet (half a teaspoon with water), which will take your mind off of the opiate withdrawals. This all-natural irritant helps to draw your attention away from opiate addiction.
- Orange Juice & Banana
Ensure you have orange juice and bananas on hand. Both of these fruits help to replenish the body with potassium and Vitamin C, which also help fight off muscle cramps. Vomiting encourages dehydration and this can lead to nasty muscle cramps. These two food sources have a natural drug reducing effect too, so they are extra beneficial in the fight against opiate addiction.