This is a question that I get asked a lot when I encounter someone in a similar situation to where I found myself about a year and a half ago. You have made the decision that you absolutely have to get off of the opiates you have been using, but there is one big stumbling block stopping you. It’s the elephant in the room at many substance abuse meetings or one-on-one’s with counselors. Withdrawal.
There are no statistics on this, nor will there ever be. Having gone through it myself, and gotten to know quite a few others who have, I fully believe the number one reason that many of us continue to use opiates well after we know we should stop is to avoid withdrawal.
Opiate withdrawal is a lot like having the worst cold you have ever had in your life, and then imagine it about 5-10 times worse.
Yes there are some euphoric feelings produced by opiates. They certainly provide pain relief for those faced with chronic pain. However, if there was no withdrawal or the withdrawal was very mild, I think most people who are abusing opiates right now would stop cold turkey.
It might be an oversimplification of the problem facing our nation with the opiate epidemic, but in my experience withdrawal is what keeps many opiate users coming back.
And that brings us back to the original question that I often get asked. Are there supplements out there that can eliminate the side effects of opiate withdrawal? The answer is no. Despite what anyone may try to tell you who is pitching some sort of miracle drug or cure-all, there is nothing out there right now that will eliminate opiate withdrawal symptoms. HOWEVER, there are supplements that can help to provide some relief and lessen the intensity of many of the withdrawal side effects to make opiate withdrawal much more bearable.
Some people have even reported that they worked so well that they were able to continue working and going about their daily routine while experiencing withdrawal. If you have yourself experienced even a slight touch of withdrawal, you know that is pretty significant relief.
You can find many different recommendations of individual supplements that can help ease specific opiate withdrawal symptoms, such as Imodium AD for the diarrhea and vomiting, potassium for muscle aches, and so on. If you search around enough, you will even find entire “recipes” that people have put together which include a list of ingredients and instructions on how and when to use them throughout your withdrawal. The most well-known of these recipes is the Thomas Recipe.
Although it has been bandied about quite a bit online, many people have said that the Thomas Recipe did not give them enough or any relief from withdrawal symptoms. Others of course say that it significantly helped them through withdrawal. If you are interested in it, I think this is one of the best articles I have read about what it is and the many shortfalls of the Thomas Recipe.
When I was facing the prospect of withdrawal I searched around quite a bit for solutions that would make withdrawal easier to get through. The on that kept popping up in my searches and that many people seemed to be talking about was Elimidrol. Elimidrol is what I would call an all-in-one remedy for opiate withdrawal. In other words, you do not have to buy a bunch of different ingredients. You do not need to follow some detailed regimen of when to take those different ingredients. It is a single dosage solution.
Elimidrol comes in a powder form that you mix with water. Some people do not care for the taste of it, but a simple solution to that is to mix it with something else like Gatorade.
There are two variations of Elimidrol. There is a Daytime and Nighttime formula. I would suggest getting both and using as directed.
If you are like me and do not want to mess with a bunch of individual ingredients to concoct some solution of your own, nor be worried about a schedule to follow directing you as to what you should take and when, then Elimidrol is the solution for you as well.
Again, there is nothing that will magically take away all of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. However, you will not find a list of ingredients that are proven to address the many symptoms of withdrawal like this anywhere else in a single solution.
If you would rather mess around with individual supplements to try to get through opiate withdrawal, then I feel I should at least point you in the right direction, so here are a few you can try.
Imodium AD. Search anywhere online for remedies for opiate withdrawal, and you will almost always find this at the top of the list. The active ingredient is loperamide. Loperamide is an opioid-receptor agonist and acts on the opioid receptors in the large intestine. It does not attach to opioid receptors in the opioid nervous system. You probably do not care about the science behind what it does and how it works. I will just tell you that it will provide relief for diarrhea and some vomiting.
Multivitamin. One-A-Day or Centrum are good common multivitamins. Eating is going to be a challenge in the first day or two of withdrawal for many people. Combine that with the diarrhea and vomiting you are likely to experience, and your body is losing valuable vitamins it needs to get through withdrawal, without them being replaced. A simple multivitamin can help.
PediaLyte. Diarrhea and vomiting can also cause your body to become dehydrated. PediaLyte contains a lot of minerals and nutrients your body needs, but unlike a lot of popular sports drinks it does not contain as much sugar, which can make dehydration worse.
Ibuprofen. An over-the-counter pain relief solution can help with some of the muscle aches and soreness you will feel. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can also work.
Topical Muscle Cream. This can also help some of those muscle aches, so grab some IcyHot or BenGay.
Unisom. Insomnia is likely to be one of the longest lasting and most difficult to deal with symptoms of opiate withdrawal that you will experience. Unisom is an over-the-counter sleep aid that has helped some people to battle their insomnia during opiate withdrawal.
Passion Flower. Passion flower can also be found OTC. It is a common ingredient in a lot of natural sleep aids. It is good for insomnia as well as anxiety.
Healthy Diet. It is important to have a healthy diet throughout your withdrawal. A healthy diet replaces necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function and combat the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Kratom. I have never used kratom and do not personally recommend it. I simply want to mention it here because you will find it mentioned a lot online if you search for opiate withdrawal supplements. Chemically, kratom acts very similarly to how opiates act in our body. While that makes it potentially an ideal candidate to help deal with withdrawal, there is also the concern that kratom itself can lead to dependence. Frankly, there is not enough research right now on the long-term, or even short-term, effects of kratom on the body for me to feel comfortable suggesting it as a viable supplement to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
It is also not legal everywhere in the United States. Kratom is currently illegal in Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Vermont, with legislation pending in several other states. If you are going to try this, be sure to check the legal status of it in your area.
Avoid Stimulants. Many people think that a stimulant is a good idea to combat the general lack of energy that is felt during withdrawal. However, in most cases you will find that taking a stimulant, yes even caffeine, will only cause your withdrawal symptoms to intensify. If you are a coffee drinker, only drink enough to prevent the caffeine headache from setting in.
Again, I really think the best solution out there is Elimidrol, but if you are going to try to put something together yourself to help, these options are viable. I just do not think you will find the same level of relief with these.