Opiate withdrawal remedies
Opium poppy plant contains alkaloids called opioids which people refer to as “opiate”. Oxycontin, Vicodin, morphine and even heroin can be a part of opiates. Lots of health centers agree that opiates are strongly addictive and that it is not easy to withdraw. Inconveniences like nausea, diarrhea and sweating are only some of the symptoms of the physical withdrawal. Mental withdrawal includes such symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia and restlessness. It is usually because of these mental withdrawal symptoms that people go back to opiate consumption.
Home remedies and holistic care
When a person decides to quit using opiates, he or she should expect to feel like having a stomach flu for 7 days. A person should also decide whether he or she wants to stop using it really quick or taper off. Buying anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea and muscle-ache medications is a good tip for someone who is about to quit. The holistic route can be taken as well. Passionflower, ginger and valerian root are taken in that case. Some studies have proved that 60 drops of passionflower extract will lessen the discomfort caused by opiate withdrawal. Other researches have shown that ginger helps with nausea and vomiting while the usage of valerian will make a person sleep better.
There is one prescribed drug called Buprenorphine that is said to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. This drug is good because it has the similar effects to those of opiates and therefore makes the process of withdrawal much easier. A person is most likely to be induced with the drug in the doctor's office and it is usually Suboxone or Subutex that is given to him or her on the first day. After that, the medication is then administered at home via tablet or even a patch. The dosage is between 8 and 16 mg per day but the addiction will decide what the dosage will be. It will also decide for how long a person will receive this medication.
If a person wants to get off the opiates quickly there are treatment programs. While the patient is under anesthesia he or she is given opiate-blocking drugs. However, it is important that a person does this at the hospital because there have been some reports of death cases when the treatment was done outside the hospital.
If a person experiences nausea or diarrhea, doctors say that the use of ginger will help. Apart from ginger, lemon balm can also help.
Chamomile tea is used when a person is feeling nervous and anxious. Green tea and valerian tea are known to be of help as well.
A person who suffers from insomnia is also advised to drink chamomile tea. Passionflower and valerian are said to be good for those who are having trouble with sleeping.