Colorado Drug Rehab....Is There PAIN-FREE DETOX?
Understanding and Choosing a Painless and Drug-Free Detox
Painless, Drug-Free Detox
Colorado Drug Rehab receives many calls from people looking for a good way to detox from drugs. These can include opiates, such as heroin, oxicontin, Percocets, Vicodin and other opiates, methamphetamines, marijuana,cocaine, crack and even alcohol. Everyone is looking for a detox that will be as pain-free as possible. Many of these people have had previous withdrawal episodes and the memory of the previous ordeal is more that they can confront again.
The pain from withdrawals is a mixture of physical and emotional stress. If it were only physical, most people would willingly go through the discomfort, but the anxiety, sleeplessness and feeling like "I am going to scream" that comes from the heightened nervousness, is usually what keeps someone from confronting withdrawals and ending their drug dependency. There is also the feeling of futility since detoxing off of these drugs usually doesn't last long and no one wants to repeat these detoxes very often. However, this can be handled..read on.
Some of these calls come from family member or other loved ones, but often it is the person addicted to opiates and other drugs that has already begun to withdrawal when the call is made. Unfortunately, this is a little late since every minute in withdrawals can seem like hours, and, no matter what is going to be done to help this process, it will take longer than the detoxing person would like.
Hardly anyone prepares themselves for what they are going to experience with drug withdrawals, especially opiate pain killers. If you are one of the people that is reading this in advance of your decision to go through withdrawals, then you are to be commended because this page of data will make your detox much easier and, if you follow these guidelines, you will be able to stay off of these drugs once you are past the withdrawals.
Withdrawals from opiates, meth, marijuana and other addicting drugs isn't an easy process, but there is good news: If you follow the instruction on this page, it can be easily confronted and your ability to stay clean is more sustainable.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE WITHDRAWALING FROM LARGE AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL AND/OR BENZODIAZOPINES, THIS HOME DETOX NOT FOR YOU! Alcohol and Xanax, Valium or barbiturates are drugs that can cause seizures if you try withdrawaling without medical supervision. If you have other medical conditions, be sure to consult your physician about any withdrawals that you are attempting since you should not assume that you can safely withdrawal without some complications related to your other problem.
If you choose to use this time-tested, effective method of detoxing, you need to realize that you are doing so at your own risk. Admitted, the literature has very few examples of anyone having complications from opiate withdrawals, in fact, when someone is arrested and jailed who are addicted to opiates, they are many times given a towel and a bucket to tough it out. Even though this process is used by over a hundred residential treatment facilities, to follow it from a website assumes that you are willing to assume responsibility for the process and outcomes related to this advice.
If you are in the process of withdrawing now, or taking so little drugs that the withdrawals are keeping you from sleeping and you feel nervousness and having strong drug cravings, a major reason is the nutritional deficit that your body is in whenever you are addicted to drugs. Most people find this answer to simplistic and hard to believe, but years of experience and many successes have proven this point.
This is a method of withdrawaling at home from the physical addiction to opiates and other drugs that do not require medical support and this method has proven to be much easier than "cold turkey" and has been very successful for hundreds of people that have done this process at home on their own and with the help of loved ones.
However, you should get prepared for this withdrawal process before you stop taking the addicting drugs. Most people don't decide to withdrawal, but find themselves in a situation where they have no choice. That doesn't give them the time to get the vitamins, minerals and education needed to dramatically reduce the pain of these withdrawals.
Many times the addicted person is unable to get any more opiates, but they may be taking benzodiazepines, like Xanax, but they are still facing some uncomfortable feelings when they begin to start withdrawaling more severely from the opiates. They may have had the belief that the benzodiazepines were going to relieve their opiate withdrawal symptoms. Xanax, Valium and other benzodiazepines will relieve some of the anxiety that accompanies withdrawals, but it won't take way the symptoms of opiate withdrawal and taking these drugs will actually lengthen the time it takes to get through opiate withdrawals. It is best to stop all drugs when going through withdrawals.
Here are some important data on opiate withdrawals or detox: NOTE : EVEN THOUGH THIS ADVICE IS FOR OPIATE WITHDRAWALS, IT IS ALSO THE SAME FOR OTHER DRUGS, ESPECIALLY COCAINE, METH and MARIJUANA.. (Most calls are from opiate users, but methamphetamine withdrawals and even marijuana withdrawals will be handled with the same procedures.) As mention above, this is NOT for alcohol, benzodiazepines or barbiturate withdrawals... these drugs need medical support.
1. Depending on the half-life of the opiate that one is taking, withdrawals will begin within four (4) to (24) hours after the last dose of opiates. Heroin and morphine have a short half-life and, depending on one's tolerance to for these opiates, a person will start withdrawaling in about 4 to 6 hours after their last dose. Methadone will begin to wear off after about 18 hours and LAAM will wear off after approximately 36 hours.
2. There are some special cases for someone that is withdrawaling or detoxing from buprenorphine, (Suboxone ®) which has properties of an agonist and antagonist opiate and its withdrawals are more mild than those of hydrocodone or other agonist opiates and will start wearing off after approximately 6 hours. However, the cravings for drugs after the physical symptoms have ceased will still be profound.
(Please note: the times indicated for when a person will begin to start having withdrawal symptoms after their last does of opiates is very SUBJECTIVE. It depends on the amount of opiates that have been consumed in the past 24 hours, the type of opiates (hydrocodone vs. methadone, ect.) and the level of liver function of the person as well as some other physiological factors. These times are averages and should help someone understand, generally, what to expect and when.)
3. Withdrawal will be slower and last longer if a person is taking other mind-altering medications while they are detoxing from opiates or other drugs and if they have been many types of drugs and alcohol. It is important to note that anyone that has been taking large amounts of alcohol or regularly taking benzodiazopines, or barbiturates should consult a medical professional as soon as possible since it is well established that withdrawal from these drugs will induce convulsions whereas opiates alone will NOT. Convulsions can be deadly and should have medical supervision. If you are unsure, please call 877-888-4802 and our counselors will help you decide if medical detox is necessary and help you find an appropriate provider.
4. Withdrawals or detox from opiates has a strong physical component, but it is always referred to as being similar to a severe case of the flu. Well, that is true, but you must remember that a severe case of the flu is very hard to confront when you have been strung-out on opiates and depleted your reserves of endorphins, which give you the strength to overcome pain, and being without that built in mechanism to give you strength, heroin and other opiate withdrawals feel much worse than the flu.
Opiate withdrawals are also accompanied by elevated anxiety, which makes the time in withdrawals seem more painful and the perception of time is lengthened, so the detox begins to feel as though there is no end to the suffering.
5. A drop in havingness. One of the major points of pain in drug withdraws is a psychological feeling of loosing something that you have depended on to help you through all of the hardships of life, as well as embellishing the highs in life. Now you are facing having to confront these problems without the aid of your chemical support or security blanket. This is one of the major components of detox that causes failure and it actually seems to increase the amount of physical pain one feels during withdrawals.
NOTE: Anyone addicted to opiates will want medical detox because they feel that they need to be "tapered down" on their dosage to avoid the pain and anxiety that they have experienced without opiates to help them in the withdrawal process. The desire to have medically assisted detox is only natural, but it certainly isn't necessary. After medical detox, most patients are then having to withdraw from benzodiazapines and other pharmaceuticals that are given to easy the withdrawal symptoms.
Many residential rehab programs have social model detox (drug free) that are more effective and efficient than the medical model detox programs. This is unbelievable by those that are wanting drugs and are worried that they may be facing a withdrawal that is similar to the bad experiences they had the previously when they detoxed without any professional assistance or in a program that didn't give them the needed clinical care to make drug-free withdrawals a painless success.
RECOMMENDATION: It is not advised that anyone try to detox from opiates on their own without someone that can help them through the process, or in a program where their vital signs and points of pain can be addressed. If you haven't anyone to help you with your withdrawals, please call our office for advice.
6. Unfortunately, most people are withddrawing from drugs without any organized planning for the process. They have run out of drugs, so they are abruptly left without their next dose and withdrawals begin. However, if you plan out your detox, you can do some things that will greatly reduce the pain, anxiety and discomfort that you would feel from being pushed into withdrawals or detox.
PREPAIRING FOR AN DRUG WITHDRAWAL
If you are a loved one is needing to withdrawal from heroin, Vicodin, OxiContin, Percodan, Percocet or any other opiate painkillers or ay other addicting drugs, there are some items that you can do that will greatly relieve the suffering that is usually felt with opiate withdrawals.
1. BE PREPARED... as you learned in boys are girls scouts, preparation is of foremost importance in confronting anything that requires strength and endurance... it is true for opiate withdrawals as much as anything.
2. VITAMINS AND MINERALS... when a person has been taking opiates, the body has been challenged in terms of its pool of vitamins and mineral reserves and over the past 30 years that we have been doing drug withdrawals, we have yet to have a patient that didn't need nutrient support and have yet to have anyone that didn't appreciate how much easier their withdrawals were because of attention paid to this component.
1. "The Drug Withdrawal Formula" sometimes called the"DRUG BOMB"
The routine prescription or collection of vitamins and minerals is referred to by most treatment programs as the "Drug Bomb" and is made up of the following:
1,000 milligrams of niacinamide (not nicotinic acid ).
This helps counteract any mental disturbance.
5,000 IU of vitamin A.
400 IU of vitamin D.
800 IU of vitamin E.
2,000 milligrams of vitamin C.
500 milligrams of magnesium carbonate (to make the vitamin C effective).
25 milligrams of B-6.
200 milligrams of B complex.
300 milligrams of B-1.
100 milligrams of pantothenic acid.
It can be difficult to find these vitamins and minerals in these amounts at your neighborhood health food store and it has never been something that you can find at Whole Foods Markets, but you can order the "Drug Withdrawal Formula" from Peter Gillham's Nutrients http://www.petergillham.com. (323) 667-1894... You won't find these products at Peter Gillham's website. You have to call the number listed here to get these specialty products. You can also get the correct CalMag from Peter Gillham's Nutrients as well. When you call Peter Gillham's Nutrients, ask them for the "Drug Withdrawal Formula" and "CalMag". Those are the brand names for the vitamins listed above. Peter Gillham's is the best source of these products.
In the process of becoming addicted to drugs, the body does all it can to rid the drug and its metabolites out of the person so that the body's survival won't be threatened. However, in the process, the body pushes fat-soluble drugs into the fat tissue and rather than staying there dormant, these drugs leach back out into the blood stream causing the person to feel the familiar effects of these drugs and causing relapses and cravings. In this process, the vitamins and minerals that are stored in the fat tissue are also leached out and the body is left in a deficit condition, which causes depression and a lack of energy which is always accompanied by cravings for more drugs and/or alcohol.
With the Drug Bomb, you should also get some CalMag with the following ratios: Calcium Gluconate and Magnesium carbonate in a 2:1 ratio with citric acid added to enhance it absorbability. This is a special formula and is as important as the Drug Withdrawal Formula. CalMag, in this formula can also be found at Peter Gillham's Nutrients or you can purchase a product called "A to B Calm", which is an excellent product as well. CalMag is a NATURAL TRANQUILIZER. and can be taken up to 7 times per day and should always be taken at bedtime. CalMag will relax the muscles of the body and keep your legs from jumping at night as well as reduce the gastrointestinal discomfort that accompli es withdrawals.
CalMag relieves the "jerking legs" and lower back pain that accompanies opiate withdrawals and will help you sleep more soundly, as well. You can also get a bottle of 100mgs. B1 to supplement the B1 in the Drug Bomb and take another 300-500mgs. of B1 at bedtime and repeat the same if you awaken in the night due to nightmares or anxious feelings during the night. Take the B1 with a cup of CalMag for best results. If you are still experiencing sleeplessness, buy a bottle of 5-HTP, which is an amino acid that induces sleep and will usually allow you to soundly sleep for 4 to 5 hours between doses.
Sleeplessness can continue after withdrawals for some time (too long), but if you keep taking the supplements listed above, especially the CalMag, B1 and 5-HTP, you will be getting ample sleep within weeks.
Cobwebs or Fuzzy Headedness are two of the annoying feelings that go along with detox from drugs. CalMag and B1 are the best solutions for this feeling. These feelings come from heightened anxiety and these supplements will stabilize your nervousness and give you energy and excitement about life.
3. Ask for a Friend or Family Member to Help You
It is very important to help someone that is going through withdrawals to ease their pain and to make their withdrawal successful. Withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs isn't easy and it is always helpful to have someone help you through the process, just as you would want someone to help you if you had a severe case of the flu. You can call our counsellors and we will do all we can, but you really need someone with you for the first three or four days. Call our office and we will inform you of books that show how someone can assist another in getting through drug withdrawals. All loved ones are glad to help someone kick a drug habit and later you can repay them by staying clean and being productive.
It is a huge step for someone to get to the point that they will actually admit that they have a drug addiction and an even larger success when they are willing to withdrawal from their habitual use of these drugs. That is the most that we can expect, so it is important that we make the withdraw process as easy and comfortable as possible so that they won't be so exhausted that they can't feel the "high" of being drug-free again.
4. A Written Guide To This Natural Detox Procedure
To help in the process, there are techniques of massage and other body-oriented actions that you can do to help relieve the pain that is associated with opiate and other withdrawals. Some of the simplest, yet effective procedures are taught to loved ones using mild massage techniques. It is impossible to give you that instruction on this website, but Colorado Drug Rehab will get you in touch with a drug treatment center that sells a manual that is easily understood and teaches you to perform the actions that will bring relief to someone's whose muscles are tight and causing pain and sleeplessness. If you are interested in the DETOX BOOK, call us at 877.888.4802 and we will get you in touch with the people that wrote and distribute this manual.
Unless you need medical attention, as described above, A Good Social Model Detox is Usually A Better Choice. ...You will feel better sooner and it is much less expensive.
Many alcohol and drug treatment programs do not provide detox or withdrawal programs, therefore it is up to the addict or alcoholic to detox on their own or go to a licensed detox center.
There are some programs that profess that detox isn't necessary... there are many other lies on the internet.
Families or Individuals call us at 877-888-4802 to get advice on your case. We have given you some of the basics of doing withdrawals at home and the differences between Medical Detox and Social Model Detox. It is best that you call our counselors before you embark on either form of withdrawals. Knowing that you have all of the information will handle much of the psychological problems related to withdrawals.
ONE LAST AND IMPORTANT ASPECT TO WITHDRAWALS
As mentioned above, a major component of detoxing is emotional or psychological. Therefore, to make your withdrawals easier and more successful, NEVER sit for extended periods and watch TV. Sometimes it is okay to watch a movie, but make it a comedy. Never watch the news or political programing like FOX or MSNBC! (Actually, it is a good idea to stay away from this negative side of life for three months following your withdrawals.)
You need to keep yourself busy doing activities that have an outcome, like taking time to clean a neglected area of the house, etc. Also, during the first three to four days, you should take a walk outside and concentrate on everything outside of your head and thoughts. Look at the different flowers or new growth of the trees. It is beneficial to walk with a companion and resist talking about your withdrawals, but talk about the beauty in your surroundings.
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DISCLAIMER: None of the information contained here should be considered medical advice. Alcohol and drug detoxification should be done under medical and/or professional supervision. At the first sign of alcohol or drug withdrawal sysmpoms or discomfort, immediately seek medical advice. Do not attempt to detox from alcohol or some other drugs without proper medical supervision. If you feel that you have a medical emergency, call 911 and seek immediate advice and help.