It is very common for opiate addicts to prefer to keep their recovery under wraps and decide to go through withdrawal in the privacy of their own homes. It is possible to go through opiate withdrawal at home, but of course you should always consider employing the services of a detox facility especially if you have been addicted to opiates for a long time.

When you do decide to go through withdrawal on your own, you have to make sure that you prepare for it and that you have someone that you trust with you during the entire period. As your body detoxes, you will may not be well enough to look after yourself, especially during the acute withdrawal phase. Having someone there to help you gives you a better shot at success, and can help to ensure that you do not give in to cravings.

There are several home remedies that are proven effective in making opiate withdrawal more manageable. Go through the list below and try to prepare the items required for each before your detoxification so that you will already have them on hand when you need them.

  • Help can be bought over-the-counter – Medications such as loperamide, anti-histamine, ibuprofen, and meclizine will help reduce the discomfort that you may feel from the withdrawal symptoms. Make sure you have at least a week’s supply of these medications handy because you should expect that you will not be well enough to go to the store yourself.
  • Keep yourself comfortable – The best way to counter the effects of your opiate withdrawal is to keep yourself comfortable. Make sure that you have your softest blanket on hand, have clean sheets and pillows ready (you are likely to sweat through each), and make your surroundings as conducive to rest and relaxation as possible.
  • Take hot showers or baths. The warmth of the water will help relax your muscles and will help ease muscle aches and cramps. A warm bath at night will also help induce sleep.
  • Get a body massage. A body massage will improve your circulation and will help relax your deep muscles. Remind yourself to drink plenty of water before your massage session to facilitate the removal of toxins in your body after the massage.
  • Keep your mind occupied all the time so as not to entertain thoughts of drugs cravings. Prepare your favorite books or movies and have them nearby to limit your idle time. Download audio books but don’t listen to self-help books on addiction, opt for stuff that is entertaining instead. Think of the activities that you used to love doing. This will be the best time to engage yourself again in your favorite things.
  • Get out and move. Go outside and soak up the sun. Getting out in the morning and getting under the sun will help replenish your Vitamin D deficiency and regulate your sleep. Walk, jog or exercise. Getting active will make your body release endorphins that will help you feel good. Breaking a sweat will also help reduce your depression, flush out the toxins, and increase your appetite.
  • Eat healthy and hydrate. Stock up on essentials such as soup, crackers, or bread. Vomiting is not unusual with opiate withdrawal. You will want food on hand that will be easier to keep down. As the nausea and vomiting passes, force yourself to eat fruits and vegetables to give your body the nourishment that it needs. Also remember to hydrate to replace the body fluids that you have lost.