There are many opiate addicts who fail to follow through with their treatment because of the difficulty of going through withdrawal. Although they desperately want to stop taking opiates, the pain of withdrawal always seems to win. Addiction is a very unique affliction. What works for one person in recovery is not going to necessarily be the right course of action for another. Today, there are various paths that people have successfully undertaken to get through detoxing from opiates.
Among the more popular among all these treatment options are the use of supplements and prescription medication. Many mistake the two to be the same thing but they are entirely different in terms of how they help in the treatment of opiate addiction.
The use of prescription medication to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal has long been used and recommended as treatment for opiate addiction, but not without critics. These medications are synthetic versions of opiates. Because they act in the same manner as other opiates such as Vicodin and heroin, they can be used to reduce the severity of the symptoms that one experiences during opiate withdrawal. By tapering with one of these substances, one can control the extreme physical and emotional highs and lows during detoxification. The use of prescription medications is extremely beneficial for those who have been addicted for a long time since their withdrawal symptoms are comparably worse than those who have been taking opiates for a shorter period of time.
Medications for opiate withdrawal can only be obtained and used upon the recommendation of a physician. The most common medications that are prescribed for reducing the effects of withdrawal are Suboxone, methadone, buprenorphine, and Clonidine. These medications work using the same opioid receptors that addictive opiates attach themselves to. Advocates argue that these medications are safer to use, however, they are just as addicting, making it important that pharmacological treatment for opiate addiction be accompanied with behavioral treatments that will address the reason behind the addiction
Many who have recovered from opiate withdrawal swear by the effectiveness of using supplements in managing the symptoms of withdrawal. However, the power of these supplements is quite controversial and not medically recommended to treat withdrawal but many choose this path instead of medications because many supplements are not addictive and do not pose the same risk of overdose.
One of the most popular supplements used for opiate withdrawal is Kratom, a leaf found in Southeast Asia containing alkaloids which work the same way that opiates do in improving your mood. Kratom also provides relief for nearly all of the withdrawal symptoms that you may experience. Unlike most other supplements one might use for withdrawal, kratom has been found to be highly addictive and poses some of the same health risks as opiates. In the United States, kratom is banned for use and distribution in Vermont, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Tennessee, with several other states considering taking the same measures.
Phenibut is a supplement that is said to be very effective in managing pain and muscle spasms that may come with withdrawal.
There are also vitamin supplements that are recommended for use during withdrawal primarily because they replenish the nutrients that your body loses. Multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, acai berry supplements, amino acids, Vitamin B-6, and melatonin help the body restore its balance during opiate withdrawal.
You can find popular “recipes” floating around on the internet for combining many of these supplements in vitamins in a way to try to maximize the benefit they bestow, such as the Thomas Recipe. You will find those who swear by the Thomas Recipe, but when you take a hard look at its ingredients, it is hard to believe that it will effectively alleviate opiate withdrawal symptoms over a wide range of different levels of addiction. It can also be more costly than people realize.
The most effective route, if you are considering the supplement path, is to find one of the all-in-one supplements that are currently on the market. These are designed specifically to counteract the common symptoms of opiate withdrawal. The most popular, and in my opinion most effective, option out there today for naturally providing some relief to opiate withdrawal symptoms is Elimidrol. Although it is a relative newcomer compared to other products out there, the positive buzz is undeniable. Like any other supplement option, or any treatment option for that matter, it is not a cure-all and it will not work for every single individual, but it provides the best chance for getting relief during a detox.
Many are finding that a combination of methods are most effective for them. They will use a rapid tapering schedule, which allows them to get off of the opiates more quickly than a normal tapering schedule would. This reduces the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms as compared to quitting completely. Then they take something like Elimidrol or some other combination of supplements to help them cope with the reduced withdrawal symptoms.
In this way, many who are afflicted with opiate addiction have been able to quit while still going about their daily routine of working, going to school, etc.
Remember, that when it comes to overcoming an opiate addiction, there is no universal solution for everyone. You and your loved ones know yourself best and are best equipped to make the decision of what is the right path for you.