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Just about every adult knows that heroin use is highly addicting, and its repeated use ultimately leads to withdrawal symptoms that, although not therapeutically dangerous, can be troublesome. This is why quitting is so hard. Quitting may not be as hard as Chinese trigonometry, but it’s hard. However, we know that when properly conducted, heroin detox can be concluded without significant discomfort.
Preparing for and starting heroin detoxification during a period of low external stressors is the ideal therapeutic plan. Most individuals can be treated with oral fluids, especially fluids containing electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade), and some may require specialized therapies. A flexible detoxification schedule is also advisable and the timeline of heroin detox may need to be adjusted on an individual basis. During periods of increased symptoms a variety of alternative therapies may be introduced.
Epsom Salt Baths
In hot water, Epsom breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. It is believed that when you soak in an Epsom bath, these minerals soak into your body through your skin. It hasn’t actually been proven, but hot baths alone relax people, which is the therapeutic benefit you are seeking in the first place. Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt into the bathtub while the water is still running.
Acupuncture is one of the more widely used alternative therapies within the context of addictions treatment. It has been used as an adjunct to heroin detoxification strategies because it seems to reduce drug cravings and appears to contribute to success rates. In particular, acupuncture therapy has played an important role in heroin withdrawal treatment.
Phytotherapy is a pseudo-science that uses medicinal plants for therapeutic benefits. Four plants are often used for heroin withdrawal. They are green tea, lemons, turmeric, and noni juice. Each one has unique properties that advance therapeutic benefits. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Lemons are used to purify the blood. Turmeric is a root containing curcumin, which is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Noni is a bitter tasting fruit, and a natural painkiller.
Things that help with withdrawal
There are a variety of things that a person can take to help with withdrawal. They include pharmacotherapies like Subutex or Methadone. Alternative therapies like acupuncture and Epsom baths. You also have home remedies, like green tea with lemon. However, some of the best things you can do to help someone detox are not things you consume or do. Rather, they are things to avoid. So what are those things?
Conditions of Use and Important Data:
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects.
- National Institute of Health: Noni – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/noni
- Introduction to Herbal Medicine: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/course-descriptions/course/introduction-to-heral-medicine/
- Phytotherapy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10930714
- Code of Ethics: http://homeopathyclinic.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/code-of-ethics2010.pdf