The United States is battling with opiate and opioid addiction epidemic resulting in roughly a hundred Americans dying from drug abuse every single day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that opioid-caused deaths have already quadrupled in the last 18 years.
Opiates are derived from opium-like codeine and morphine, while opioids are the synthesized variants like in Percocet and Vicodin. However, in popular culture, both terms are being used interchangeably.
In the late 90s, pharmaceutical companies promoted the use of prescription opiates to solve America’s crisis of physical pain.
Eventually, it resulted in many people taking Percocet and OxyContin, among other prescription drugs regularly. Unfortunately, many ended up getting addicted. A part of this opiate crisis is the huge challenge of trying to overcome opiate addiction as withdrawal can be very painful and exhausting to the individual. There are also several symptoms that can be unpleasant and could take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Some of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
- High blood pressure
- Flu-like symptoms
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Extreme irritation and cravings
- Shaking, feeling chilly and hot and cold flashes
- Uncontrolled anger
- Queasiness, nausea, and diarrhea
- Cramps, muscle pain, and body and bone aches
A recent study shows that a pharmaceutical drug promises to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms of opiates.
However, why would you want to replace your drug use with another drug and risk yourself of experiencing even more side effects? Other recent studies from the National Institute of Health and the CDC demonstrate the promise of using natural remedies to combat the common symptoms of withdrawing from opiate use.
Below are the deemed most effective natural remedies for withdrawal symptoms of opiate use:
A Nutritious Diet
A lot of the withdrawal symptoms of opiate use occur 2 days after stopping opiate. It often lasts several days. If you can go through withdrawal without going through a relapse, your chances of recovering from addiction can add up.
Often, patients undergoing withdrawal symptoms are nutritionally deficient in magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Thus, it is vital that you increase your intake of these minerals either by consuming food with high doses of these minerals or by taking supplements. Potassium and calcium may be taken orally as a supplement but should not be consumed with vitamin D.
Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin so you may opt to use bath salts. Counteracting nutritional deficiencies can greatly improve your body’s ability to fight the adverse effects of stopping opiate use and help increase your potential to fight addiction.
Another major concern in withdrawing from opiates is dehydration. Often patients suffer from diarrhea due to chronic constipation that they experience when they were still addicted to opiate drugs.
Diarrhea can be coupled with increased sweating and be extremely dehydrating. As such, you should increase your water intake as well as electrolytes to speed up your recovery. Remember that electrolytes are minerals that addicts are often depleted with. Getting important minerals like the aforementioned ones can help keep you fully hydrated during this time.
It can be extremely uncomfortable and can be coupled with cramping, muscle pain, and trouble sleeping. A lot of these issues are the result of inflammation which is a natural result of opiate withdrawal.
Bodily inflammation is treated by natural anti-inflammatories and can be quite painful. Remedies may include green tea, passionflower, fish oil, astragalus root, and turmeric. Passionflower is a very potent anti-inflammatory and can be used in worst cases of opiate withdrawal.
Activated charcoal has detoxifying and natural anti-inflammatory properties making it a potent remedy to fight the adverse effects of withdrawal. In essence, activated charcoal is a burnt plant material that is heated to very high temperatures devoid of oxygen. It can help develop pores to absorb several toxins in your body.
The plant ranks among the top powerful tools to fight anxiety, pain, and irritation triggered by opiate withdrawal. It is particularly effective with CBD oil, the non-psychoactive oil from a cannabis plant.
A study shows that cannabis can be used to treat opiate withdrawal sans any harm to the user. Cannabis is well-known for fighting depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other ailments in patients who suffer cancer, epilepsy, and other chronic diseases.