You will never find a person who has experienced opiate withdrawal that will tell you getting through a complete opiate detoxification is easy or that you will not experience some pretty significant discomfort. If you have decided that you are going to detox at home instead of trying a treatment center, there are some supplements you can consider that will help make the opiate withdrawal symptoms bearable rather than nearly debilitating.

Remember that everyone’s body is different. One person may find success with these supplements, while someone else might find that they provide almost no relief at all. The only way to know if any of them work for you is to give them a try.

Individual Supplements

Phenibut. Phenibut is a derivative of the naturally occurring inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. It is sold as a nutritional supplement, but is not approved as a pharmaceutical in the United States or Europe. It has shown in animals that it may help anxiety, but has not been scientifically tested in people. It acts similarly to benzodiazepines such as Xanax. Again, testing on phenibut has been limited, so its long-term effects on the body are not known. Many people have used it during detox and reportedly found some relief for the anxiousness that is often experienced during opiate withdrawal.

L-Tyrosine. This can help to give your body some energy to combat the “opiate withdrawal malaise” many feel during detox. It is a popular ingredient used in the Thomas Recipe. Start with around 2000 mgs. If it is not helping, you can increase the dosage, but do not exceed 4000 mgs. Some people find that it makes them a little jittery, similar to how you might feel if you drink too much coffee. If you experience that, back off the dosage or stop taking it completely. You can also expect it to cause diarrhea, but generally it passes quickly.

Loperamide. Loperamide will act on the motility of your digestive system. In other words, it should help to calm the diarrhea some and you may find it provides some relief for vomiting. Loperamide is the active ingredient in Imodium AD, Fortasec, Lopex, and Pepto.

Kratom. This one is a little bit more controversial. Evidence points to kratom being around in civilizations in Southeast Asia for thousands of years. Despite that, there has been very little testing done on the effects of kratom in the human body. Chemically it acts very similar to the way that opiates do. Because of that, many people have found it provided them with relief for a wide range of opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Due to it reacting chemically similar to opiates, an argument can be made that kratom is nearly as addictive as any other opiate out there. Withdrawal symptoms from kratom do not seem to be as intense for most people compared to opiates.

The other issue with kratom centers around its legality. It is currently illegal in four states in the United States with legislation pending in several other states to determine its legal status. If you are considering using kratom, be sure to make sure its use is legal in your location.

Valerian Root. You can find Valerian root in most local pharmacies. It is a herb that has some sedative qualities. Generally, its sedative qualities are considered rather minor, but you may find that it helps a little with anxiety and sleep while giving you a general calming effect. If you have heart problems, check with your physician before taking Valerian root.

Potassium. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is one of the most difficult symptoms to deal with in opiate withdrawal. One of the causes of RLS is a low level of potassium in the body, which is very common when dealing with diarrhea and vomiting. Taking a potassium pill can help minimize muscle aches and RLS. You can also try foods high in potassium like bananas, salmon, raisins, spinach, or kale.

Passion Flower. Another herb that can be found at most pharmacies. Passion flower can help to ease anxiety and promote sleep.

Ibuprofen. Muscle aches and pains will be experienced throughout withdrawal. A simple over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen can help. The relief it provides will most likely be minor.

Diphenhydramine or Dimenhydrinate. These are the active ingredients in sleep aids such as Unisom, Tylenol PM, and Sominex (diphendyramine) as well as Dramamine, Gravamin, and Driminate (dimenhydrinate). Effectiveness varies from person to person. Some people will tell you that these products drastically helped with insomnia during their detox, while others will proclaim that they had no impact at all.

Opiate Withdrawal Supplements

There are a variety of supplements manufactured and sold that are designed for the sole purpose of addressing the many symptoms of opiate withdrawal. These solutions give you a better bang for your buck, so to speak. They will have far more ingredients than you could combine by buying supplements individually. As a result, they potentially will give more relief across a wider range of symptoms.

Rapid Tapering

Many people find that weaning themselves off of opiates minimizes opiate withdrawal symptoms and provides them with the best chance of a successful detox. The negative side of tapering is that it does elongate the detox period. The longer you are taking opiates, the greater chance there is for a relapse.

Consult with your physician to develop a rapid detox schedule to fit your situation.