The Thomas Recipe
What Is the Thomas Recipe?
Millions of people across the country use prescription painkillers for medical and recreational use. When taking medication, specifically opiate medication, in incorrect dosages, users put themselves at extreme risk of dependence. Stopping opiate use can be just as dangerous if the drug is eliminated cold turkey. Severe addicts are prone to withdrawal symptoms, and it is not uncommon for them to continue abusing drugs to avoid the withdrawal process.
For safety, doctors recommend detoxing in a rehabilitation facility rather than at home. However, some users choose to pursue at-home detox options for privacy. A common withdrawal solution is the Thomas Recipe, a self-detox regimen combining supplements and medication to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Self-detox programs affect every user differently. It is important to consult a physician or addiction specialist prior to participating in an at-home regimen. Without the proper guidance and support, the withdrawal process can become dangerous.
The Thomas Recipe follows a strict detox schedule spanning two weeks or more depending on the severity of the addiction. The regimen can be divided into less than 10 steps, though the recipe may vary slightly from one source to the next. Some of the key steps in the Thomas Recipe schedule include:
- Try to take at least a week off from work to fully commit to the detox schedule, without interference.
- Take vitamin and mineral supplements immediately, preferably with potassium-enriched food like bananas to help combat muscle aches. Take them everyday.
- Take a benzodiazepine, preferably Valium, regularly and in safe doses to induce sleep. Taper off of the drug gradually each day to avoid dependence. By day four, stop taking benzodiazepines.
- Take Imodium AD as often as needed to combat diarrhea symptoms.
- Take hot baths or showers frequently to help ease muscle aches and to encourage comfortable sleep.
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- Benzodiazepines, preferably Valium or Klonopin since they are easiest to taper from. Other options include Librium, Ativan or Xanax. Benzodiazepines help to combat anxiety symptoms, but they are only available through prescription.
- Imodium AD or an equivalent to help with diarrhea.
- L-Tyrosine 500mg capsules, which are amino acid supplements that help to produce dopamine and decrease stress.
- Multivitamins with at least 100 percent of zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.
- Vitamin B6 capsules.
- Access to a jacuzzi, hot bath or hot shower to aid with muscle aches and sleep.
- Bananas are optional, but they are encouraged since they are rich in potassium.
Finding ingredients for the Thomas Recipe can be difficult, specifically because it includes prescription medication. The drugs used can also be highly addictive, so it is important to discuss your plan with a physician or addiction counselor. You may be unable to receive medication outside of their counsel.
These ingredients can be expensive. Before deciding to participate in this regimen, ensure you have all the resources to follow through with the program. If not, participating in a more supervised treatment program may be the better option for you.