Detox from opiates at homeAnyone who has put an addiction to opioids, narcotics, or prescription pain killers can tell you about the absolute agony they likely suffered going through opioid withdrawal.

It is a blend of symptoms that can only be described as nearly unbearable. Hot and cold chills, severe body aches, insomnia, diarrhea, shakes, anxiousness, lethargy, fevers, cravings, jaw-clenching, and that is just in the first few days.

If you do nothing to treat the symptoms, in some cases you can expect to experience them for up to a month or longer. There are some things you can use at home to help ease some of the symptoms. Nothing is going to eliminate the withdrawal symptoms completely.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol). You are likely to experience body aches, muscle pains, and cramps throughout your withdrawal. You are also likely to suffer headaches, especially if you become dehydrated (a likely by-product of diarrhea). Acetaminophen can help to alleviate some of the aches and pains. Do not go over the daily recommended use.

Imodium AD. Opiates slow down your digestive track, often times causing constipation. Once you stop using opiates, you might experience the other extreme with diarrhea. Diarrhea can lead to your body losing too many fluids, causing dehydration. Imodium AD will help to relax the digestive track, ease the diarrhea, and give your body time to absorb the fluids it needs.

Dramamine. Many people experience nausea when going through withdrawal. Dramamine can help to reduce those dizzy spells.

Additional supplements. You are going to want to find either individual vitamins or a strong wide-spectrum mineral supplement containing 100% of the recommended daily dose of Zinc, Phosphorus, Copper, Magnesium, and Potassium. Bananas can also be a great source of potassium. Vitamin B6 is also important. It is important to give your body the minerals it needs. You may experience trouble keeping foods down, so you need the supplements to replenish these minerals in your body.

A simpler and much less expensive method than all of these, including the Imodium AD and Dramamine is to try a supplement specifically designed for opiate withdrawal relief like Elimidrol.

Prepare a comfortable environment. Get prepared at home before you begin your withdrawal. Make sure the room is at a comfortable temperature. Have a fan in the room. Have a TV or tablet with access to plenty of programming to take your mind off of things when possible. Be prepared to change your sheets often because of sweating. Have plenty of loose and comfortable clothing at the ready. Again, because of sweating, you will want to change clothes often.

Hot baths. Soaking in hot baths can help to ease the muscle aches you are going to experience. Take them as often as needed.

Avoid going through withdrawal alone. Just because you have decided not to check yourself into a rehab facility, does not mean you should do this alone. Have someone with you that can support you. Better yet, have a few people that can rotate in and out with you.

Eat food and drink water. You are not going to feel like eating or drinking at times during your withdrawal, but it is vitally important that you do so. Your body needs nourishment and to stay hydrated. It is important to replace fluids that may be lost from vomiting and diarrhea. Stick with foods like Saltines and yogurt that tend to be easy on your stomach.

Get some light exercise. Nothing too strenuous, but take a short walk or maybe even a bike ride. Exercise can help to keep your spirits up as well as distract you from your symptoms.

Believe you can do it. As corny as it may sound, you have to believe in yourself and that you can get through this to take back your life.