Over 12 million people in just the United States alone have reported that they used prescription painkillers. Fortunately, there are opiate withdrawal remedies that can alleviate much of the burden of going through this each year for nonmedical uses. Prescription painkillers are also called opioid pain relievers. They include specific names like hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and many others.
Those that abuse painkillers like these wind up developing a dependency on them. Some of these addicts even wind up moving on to the abuse of illegal narcotics. Heroin is a common choice.
If you wind up stopping opiate use after you develop a dependence, then the following withdrawal usually involves seriously unpleasant symptoms and side effects. They’re so bad that many people wind up just continuing their drug abuse in order to avoid the harsh reality of detoxification.
Opiate withdrawal is rarely life-threatening, but the process does commonly involve symptoms that are hard to deal with. Certain withdrawal effects can even create serious health issues. Your dependence level might also magnify the severity of the symptoms you face during withdrawal.
. That’s good, because breaking your opiate dependence is a crucial first step towards a better life and health.
Withdrawal happens if you use opiates for long enough that your body winds up getting desensitized to those drugs. That means you need more in order to feel any effect it has, and this alters the nerve cells within your brain at a structural level. After a while, your brain cells just need opiates in order to function at all, which means withdrawal happens when you abruptly stop using opiates.
Physical symptoms can last for a week up to a month, followed by a longer period of time involving behavioral and emotional issues. The first remedy you can use to avoid this is slowly drawing down your intake of opiates, to prevent the sudden slamming of the brakes that leads to the worst withdrawals.
Dehydration is common, due to diarrhea and vomiting. Drink lots of hydrating fluids and electrolyte solutions.
Many OTC or over-the-counter medicines can help alleviate particular symptoms. Consider Imodium for diarrhea; Dramamine, Bonine, or Antivert for nausea; Benadryl for nasal issues; and Motrin, Advil, or Tylenol for aches and pains.
If you’re into alternative medicine, acupuncture is noted for reducing withdrawal symptoms. Some Chinese herbal medications, including ginseng, Tai-Kang-Ning, and U’finer, might help out as well.
Don’t go through withdrawal alone. Even if no one can stay with you around the clock, you need someone to know what you’re doing so they can check in on you occasionally. Keep your mind relaxed and entertained but also engaged and occupied as much as is possible.
Medical help seriously increases your chances of a successful withdrawal as well as it makes far more painless. Doctors have medications to reduce symptoms including clonidine, buprenorphine, and methadone. Going through withdrawal in a supervised and medically controlled environment is also far safer than trying to go solo in this. While going at it alone can be appealing, the success rates are not encouraging.