It is painful withdrawing from an opioid drug. The initial and half-life withdrawal symptoms make just the thought of stopping a horror for many. So it’s reassuring to know that there are researchers out there who are looking for ways to help people ease their way through the process of coming off opiates and there are new products worth reviewing. Here are some natural ways to escape dependence on opiates.
Frequency Stimulation Method
Called the “Escape to Life” method, this relatively new method offers the allure and motivation of a short-term, discreet period of therapy in Switzerland, accompanied by their method where a “neuro-jet” is used to stimulate the body’s own endorphins to activate. This procedure is alleged to reduce withdrawal symptoms, and is supported with “situation-based medication.” It is anticipated that people can move through withdrawal in an extremely short time.
Vitamin C Therapy
Opioids disrupt neurotransmitter activity in the brain, particularly the dopamine receptors. Now research is proving that ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) possesses anti-dopaminergic activity in the brains of mice. There is the suggestion that administering high doses of Vitamin C prevented the same levels of dependence on morphine in mice as their counterparts who did not receive ascorbic acid.
Studies have also been done on humans to show significantly reduced intensity of withdrawal symptoms in subjects treated with Vitamin C. There are signs that merit further study of Vitamin C’s impact on neurotransmitter repair in recovery from opioid abuse in humans. Knowing this, some practitioners are recommending that those going through withdrawal boost their intake to the highest safe levels.
Outpatient Suboxone Detoxification
Suboxone is the product name for buprenorphine, which functions to bind to the opioid receptors in the brain, effectively blocking them from receiving any other opiates. Simply put, one cannot get high on other substances, because the suboxone is in the way.
The idea is to get the more harmful drug out of the way, then wean off of the suboxone. This is a very popular method of withdrawing from drugs like Oxycontin and Percocet, but the jury is out whether it works for long term recovery. It’s important to also change one’s thinking and drug-seeking behavior if the goal is to stay off drugs.
The Ritiro Total Withdrawal Support System
This three product system is comprised of natural ingredients that are intended to support your withdrawal in a completely well-rounded way. Ritiro daytime focuses on anxiety, restless legs, tremors and shaking. Ritiro nighttime promotes sleep, and has a proprietary ingredient used in the Orient for years to fight withdrawal and its pain.
Endorphin Starter utilizes an ingredient that converts to serotonin in the body, to help your body restart its own endorphin system. Quickly and effectively this system helps your body work through the pain and discomfort of withdrawal. This remedy has the potential to help you to quit opiates naturally.
Withdrawal Ease System
This is another withdrawal system that utilizes herbs alone to help you utilize naturopathic products to detox from opiates. It also utilizes a daytime and nighttime formulation but does not have an endorphin starter as the product above. Each system contains a slightly different list of herbs.
It is recommended that you do your own research if you are looking into escaping from dependence on opiates and that you seek a doctor’s opinion about detoxing. Remember that withdrawal alone can’t change behaviors: your mind and spirit will have to change drug-seeking behaviors as well.