L-Tyrosine for Opiate Withdrawal
Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal
Most opiates are drugs prescribed as pain medications. Also called narcotics, these drugs are naturally derived from opium. Opioids are synthetically made to replicate opiates. Natural opiates include morphine, while synthetic and semi-synthetic prescription opioids include oxycodone and hydrocodone. Heroin is also a semi-synthetic opioid, although it has no approved medical use in the U.S. There has been a tremendous amount of negative attention on opiates and opioids in recent years. Throughout the 90s these drugs were often overprescribed, and that continued into the 2000s. The result has been a surge in opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses.
Dependence and addiction are two of the most troubling and damaging side effects of opiate and opioid use, prescription or otherwise. Dependence can occur with or without addiction. Dependence is a physical condition, while addiction is a psychological disease. Physical dependence to opiates and opioids can occur after only administering these substances for a few weeks. The body starts to depend on the presence of opioids quickly. When someone is dependent and tries to stop misusing opioids, they experience physical and psychological symptoms. These symptoms are referred to as withdrawal.
The earliest stages of opiate and opioid withdrawal begin anywhere from six to 30 hours after the last dose of the drug is taken. This varies based on the specific opioid. For example, heroin withdrawal symptoms start much faster than methadone withdrawal. During the initial stages of opiate withdrawal, a person will typically experience anxiety, irritability, aches and pains, drowsiness, sleep disturbances and sweating. A few days after the last dose, symptoms become worse and can include chills, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. For some people, symptoms of opiate withdrawal can last weeks or even months. This tends to be the case with psychological symptoms primarily. For example, anxiety, depression and sleep problems can linger.
Along with prescription medications, a program to assist an individual to abstain from or rid their body of toxic or unhealthy substances may include supplements and vitamins. One specific option is L-tyrosine for opiate withdrawal. L-tyrosine is an amino acid classified as a natural stimulant. It’s often referred to as a nootropic as well. L-tyrosine is believed to improve focus, reduce stress, and support healthy brain chemistry, even under difficult situations. L-tyrosine for opiate withdrawal may also be helpful in encouraging the brain to start producing more dopamine. This is important because, during withdrawal, the brain is depleted of dopamine and struggles to start producing its own. A lack of dopamine contributes to the psychological symptoms of opiate withdrawal, like depression. Along with L-tyrosine for opiate withdrawal, other possibly beneficial supplements include Vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium. Individuals who misuse Opioids tend to have low levels of these vitamins and minerals.
While L-tyrosine for opiate withdrawal may be helpful, doing an at-home cleansing to rid the body of drugs isn’t recommended. At-home opioid and opiate cleanse can be difficult and can increase the risks of recurrence of misuse. If someone is not successful with the cleanse, this can also increase the chances they will suffer an overdose. However, supplements and vitamins like L-tyrosine may be given in a medical facility that has departments specifically to aid an individual in their recovery, as part of supplemental therapy.
If you or a loved one is dependent on opioids or opiates, contact The Recovery Village. From the initial days of abstaining from or ridding the body of toxic or unhealthy substances all the way through your individualized aftercare plan, we can walk you through what to expect and how to make it happen.
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