Can You Go Through Opiate Withdrawal at Home?
Fear of withdrawal is the number one reason so many stay in the deadly cycle of heroin or opiate addiction. If you’ve tried detoxing at home, you are aware that it’s not an easy process. Although we recommend pain pill and heroin withdrawal in a supervised, medical detox facility, there are several things that can make opiate withdrawal easier.
Here are the best home remedies to help with opiate and heroin withdrawal.
Heroin Detox at Home
Get Out in The Sun
At least 20 minutes of unfiltered sunlight, regardless of the time of year, will produce the necessary neurotransmitters to improve both clarity, mood and sleep. The sun is also a great source of Vitamin D, which most addicts are profoundly deficient in. Without the proper amount of Vitamin D, we are more likely to become depressed.
Getting some sun is one of the most overlooked tools we can use during heroin addiction withdrawal.
Soak in a Hot Bath
If a bathtub isn’t available, a hot shower will sooth tension, muscle spasms, body aches and anxiety. If a hot bath is an option, purchase natural bath salts, such as EPSOM. They were created to sooth the body and actually do quite well to help during the heroin detox process.
If neither of these is available, getting in the water (even cold water) is another option. If you live near a lake, the ocean, or have a pool, you’ll want to take advantage of the calming ability that water has.
Some people say that switching from a hot bath to a cold shower, and back again, force the body to detox faster. This may be difficult to do in the early stages of detox, but is definitely worth a try.
Massage Therapy for Opiate Withdrawal
Muscle cramps and skin sensitivity almost always accompany opiate withdrawal. A deep tissue massage will not only relieve tightness and body aches, but also helps to speed up the detox process as well. Skin sensitivity might make you worry about getting a massage, but don’t worry. Once the massage begins, you’ll be glad you opted for this type of withdrawal relief.
Drinking plenty of water may not sound like the optimal thing to do when you’re feeling nauseous, but water is the easiest way to flush toxins out of the body, and that’s exactly what you want to do when you’re going through opiate detox.
You can also take make a healthy infused water by adding about 6 slices of cucumber and as many lemon slices to a pitcher of water. Let this steep in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and you’ll have a supercharged detox water.
Try to stay away from soda and coffee during heroin withdrawal, as these beverages tend to dehydrate you, which pushes toxins farther in your body, instead of flushing them out.
Acupuncture Therapy for Heroin Detox
Acupuncture is gaining in popularity in the recovery industry. As an ancient Chinese therapy used to treat stress and relieve pain, it is proven to be exceptionally helpful for opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Acupuncture decreases stress related muscle pain and discomfort. It regulates brain regions connected to pain and emotion, and most importantly, acupuncture promotes the release of endorphins, which are your body’s own opiates. Many individuals experience a euphoric sensation described as feeling lighter and happier after their first acupuncture session.
Personal Obligations and Planning
We can’t always plan out when we’re going to detox from opiates, but if it’s possible, it is highly recommended.
The worst part of heroin withdrawal lasts between 3-5 days, so setting that time aside and making sure you don’t have to work or function outside of your home during that period is best.
Take care of personal obligations, like child care, bills, emails, and phone calls beforehand so you can take the time to detox in as stress free of an environment as possible.
The Medical Detox Option
If you are interested in medical detox and treatment for opiate addiction, we highly recommend this route. During medical detox, you’ll have supervision and 24 hour support. You’ll also be able to relax in pleasant surroundings while slowly tapering (as opposed to a cold-turkey approach). Are you ready to take the next step toward freedom from opiate addiction? Give the caring staff of The Shores a call today. We are here to support you in your journey.