When it comes to dealing with opiate withdrawal, there are simply no shortcuts on the road to recovery. It is easier said than done, and having a little help during this difficult time will definitely help you manage the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms once they start to kick in. Know what to do and follow the simple tips below to help you ease the physical symptoms to make opiate withdrawal more bearable.
Knowing what you should expect during opiate withdrawal will help you prepare your mind and your body for the discomfort to come. Taking the time to educate yourself about the different symptoms that you might experience will also give you the chance to prepare steps you can to take to help ease these symptoms and keep yourself comfortable and safe the entire time.
- The use of over-the-counter meds for muscle pain and diarrhea will reduce the severity of the symptoms once they appear. Make sure to buy at least a week’s supply of these meds because you may find that you will not be well enough to buy these yourself once you start withdrawal.
- If you are not checking yourself into a detox facility, make sure that you will have somebody that you trust to take care of you during your withdrawal. Having a loved one around will not only ensure that you are well taken care of, it will also guarantee that you will have someone around to get you medical attention in case you need it. Choose someone that you can trust to motivate you during the worst parts of your detoxification so that you are sure not to relapse into taking drugs again.
- Load up on healthy food and make sure you take in a lot of fluids to help flush the drugs out of your system. Get out and get some sun and naturally replenish the vitamins and minerals that you have lost.
- Make your home as comfortable as possible. Make your surroundings clutter free and conducive to rest and relaxation.
- Take warm baths or showers to help ease those aching muscles. Schedule a massage to help get deep into your tight muscles and improve your body’s circulation.
Recovery from drug addiction does not end with withdrawal. Your treatment should ALWAYS be accompanied with behavioral programs which will seal the deal when it comes to your successful recovery. Behavioral treatment programs such as individual counseling, group therapy, or support groups will help a recovering addict identify the root cause of the addiction and will therefore help him identify triggers that may result to relapse. Narcotics Anonymous is a great resource to use for either the meetings they provide or to get pointed in the right direction toward a program that is right for you.
Taking part in behavioral programs will provide you the encouragement and motivation that you may need to see your recovery through during the tough days. Knowing that you are not alone and that you have people to love and support you will help you want to get better and change your ways.