Opiates are meant to be drugs created to help people who are inflicted with severe pain. They are the saving grace for those with chronic pain or recovering from injuries or situations that bring about pain. Opiates are made from opium which is extracted from poppy seeds. However because people tend to develop a tolerance to the drug very quickly they then start increase their dosages and this leads to addiction. The body becomes dependent on the drugs and ceases to function on its own, craving the drug and leading the person to do anything in their means to acquire the drug. Addiction is difficult to recover from but it is possible to do it. There are different ways to detox from opiates and there are people who have been down the road and have made it to the other side.
Methods of detoxification
There are different ways of detoxing from opiates. It is not easy though because of the withdrawal symptoms that one goes through. The symptoms experienced come in two phases. The first stage comes after about twelve hours since the last opiate dosage. It comes with anxiety and the person is irritable. They experience muscle pain and fatigue but struggle to sleep. There is also uncontrollable sweating. There after the second phase begins with fever, stomach cramps, a running tummy, nausea and vomiting. Sometimes these symptoms last for several weeks. This is why it is very difficult to quit because the withdrawal symptoms can be severe and discouraging. Detoxing comes in different forms. For some they go the medical route where other drugs are introduced to the system. Then others want to go naturally and detox at home with home remedies. This depends greatly on the person as well as what they can afford. The medical route that is taken involves either checking into a hospital or a treatment center and being put on drugs such as suboxone or methadone to help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings. This is best done under the supervision of a doctor. Methadone is also used to detox from opiates. It works by tapering off from high dosages of opiates until the person no longer needs to take any at all. This process takes a little time and needs patience as they still experience some discomfort with withdrawal symptoms. Patients should be in the clear after twenty-one days. There are also other methods of that can be useful but will take time and will still lead the patient through the painful process of withdrawal. These are home remedies used only to alleviate the symptoms just so the person feels they can get through to the next phase. These include, taking a hot bath or shower to help with the muscle aches, the tension and anxiety. There is also getting some sun, which allows the body to absorb some vitamin D, gain some warmth and also the sun helps pick up one’s mood. Body massages also help with muscle aches, tension and to rid the person of any anxiety. Patient must have enough rest. But the most important thing is for one to have support. Not going through withdrawal alone and allowing other people to help you through such a process. Group therapy is also highly recommended for assistance through recovery.