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Everyone’s addicted to something. It could be jogging, exercise, energy drinks, alcohol, or the entire Star Trek series. Others, however, are addicted to certain substances called opiates. Opiates are basically used as painkillers. Doctors prescribe them when the usual ibuprofen and the like, don’t respond effectively. Specifically, opiates slow the body’s central nervous system, causing a variety of well-received effects.

There are a lot of legal synthetic opiates currently available as prescription drugs. Drugs such as OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Methadone, and Morphine are examples of it. Use them long enough, even in legal ways and it’s bound to have negative effects.

Dependence and Withdrawal

These are the two common side effects of nearly any drug. Opiates are used to make the pain go away, foregoing the body’s natural painkilling methods. When painkillers are used enough, the body’s own painkilling system slows down. This applies to nearly every drug with effects that mimic and oust normal body functions.

Then we have withdrawal. Summarized, it’s an unpleasant experience. Withdrawal happens when the body stops getting the substance it has adapted to. Natural homeostasis occurs, and the body’s desire to get back to normal will cause a variety of symptoms. These symptoms vary from overwhelming cravings, chills, extreme hunger, irritability, anxiety and more.

Withdrawal can last for weeks, sometimes months. The progression of effects depends on how long and how much a person has been taking drugs.

Home Detox Options

Seeing a doctor is still the best way to start. They can offer insights into what would be the best course of action. They can also offer advice on some alternative options should patients seek them.

Here are the following options to liberate from the opiate. They can also apply to many other types of addictions such as alcohol.

Cold Turkey

The most common approach to any addiction. Going cold turkey means completely and abruptly stopping drug intake. This is also one of the most dangerous methods if ill prepared. If this is the option taken, never do it alone. Withdrawal is a psychologically and physically trying experience and needs encouragement and motivation. Fortunately, there are supplements that can help ease the withdrawal.

Tapering Off

This means slowly and methodically reducing your drug intake. Do it slow enough and it’s possible to completely avoid withdrawal. This is more favored than going cold turkey, considering that there’s enough supply. What’s important here is to have someone dependable to give you the meds, avoiding temptation.

Use Suboxone

Consider Suboxone as a pseudo-opiate. This medicine makes the body believe that it’s under opioid influence, but without the effects. Using suboxone can virtually eliminate withdrawal symptoms, but it comes at a price. The problem lies in the fact that suboxone is also addictive. Taking it without careful management can cause worse withdrawal symptoms. This drug is best used on heavy users. Provide them with a careful tapering plan. Suboxone must not be used long term, as the withdrawal is often worse than going cold turkey.

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