The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Treat Opioid Withdrawal
Opioid withdrawal can be excruciating. Depending on the specific type of opioid, withdrawal can last between four days and three weeks. In fact, the symptoms can be so severe and painful that the prospect of withdrawal keeps people from stopping their opioid use. If they do attempt a detox, the harsh reality of withdrawal can cause them to turn back to the drug. The problem is made worse as the person begins to feel like they lack the power to stop using opioids.
Traditional detox options range from attempting to quit cold turkey to seeking hospitalization or taking specific medications to lessen the withdrawal symptoms. However, people who are struggling to break their addiction may be searching for a way to lessen the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms.
Alternative options such as vitamins and supplements may help mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms. However, it is necessary to consider that, whenever recovering from an addiction, new addictions can form. Some people attempt to stop using opiate only to become addicted to a substance that is meant to lessen the withdrawal symptoms.
The safest and most effective method of withdrawal treatment is medically supervised detox or a similar medical program. Use of any alternative substance to treat opioid withdrawal is taken at your own risk and should occur after research, careful consideration ad a consultation with your doctor. Some research has been conducted concerning supplements and vitamins for opioid withdrawal. However, the research is ongoing and new medical advances are continually made.
Consultation with medical professionals is always advisable. It is essential to check with your doctor when considering alternative treatment options in light of your specific situation and medical history.
- Following a low-saturated fat plan
- Eating complex carbohydrates
- Regularly eating fiber
Additionally, the feeling of hunger can often be confused with a craving for opioids. It can be helpful to remember that, when this feeling comes, it may be an indication of hunger. Eating can help supply the body with the nutrients it needs to not only sustain recovery but to also help prevent relapse in the long run. Clinician and author Beth Reardon suggests specific dietary elements that target the liver in her book, The Mindful Diet:
- Spices and herbs such as parsley and cilantro
- Vegetables such as artichokes, broccoli and kale
- Fish such as sardines and salmon
- Beverages including white and green tea and water
Facing opiate withdrawal symptoms can be challenging, but alternative treatments can potentially lessen the severity of the situation. Considering vitamins and supplements and improved diet as alternative treatments can make a positive impact.
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