10 Ways to Handle Opiate Withdrawal Without a Doctor
Taking opiates for a certain period of time usually leads to dependence on them. If you suddenly stop taking opiates, your body will start reacting, a situation which is called withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms can be mild or severe depending on the period of time, and on the doses you used.
- Try to slowly reduce the opiate doses before you stop using them completely. It might limit the intensity of your withdrawal.
- Dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea is a common symptom of withdrawal. That’s why you need to drink a lot of hydrating fluids.
- Practice Yoga. Its breathing techniques will help you control yourself in difficult situations such as insomnia, agitation, cravings etc.
- Try auricular acupuncture. It is scientifically proven that acupuncture reduces significantly the withdrawal symptoms.
- Start using Chinese herbal medications such as: Tai-Kang-Ning (effective for heroin withdrawal), ginseng and U’finer (effective for the brain damages that opiates cause).
- Make sure you have soft blankets, extra sheets because you will need them due to excessive sweating.
- Keep your mind occupied with books, movies, other distractions and things you enjoy. This can increase your chances of success.
- Eat chocolate. It encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
- Get outdoors and exercise, go out for a walk or to meet some friends. This will distract your attention from the pain of withdrawal.
- Remember that withdrawal symptoms don’t last forever. So be positive, and believe that you can overcome your dependence on opiates and that the withdrawal symptoms will pass.
In addition, if you decide to go through withdrawal on your own, make sure a friend or a relative knows that you are planning to do so, because you may need someone to support you and to check on you during this process.
If you are worried about your symptoms and can’t handle it, or feel that you won’t be able to go through withdrawal process alone, you must see a doctor or find a rehab facility for help.