Is there some kind of home remedy for detoxing off codine..ect? I just can't stand the way I feel when I do not have any pills. I am a working mother and wife, and yet I feel like a junky! This is so sad! I really need to know that I am not the only one..sometimes I wonder how did this happen. It started with back pain, then dental work, and now several out patient surgeries for varicous veins.. this is insane, I feel like I am losing my mind...
You are not the only one! And please remember you aren't a junkie. You aren't sticking needles in your arms or snorting illegal drugs. You are taking a controlled substance that is manufactured under FDA regulations. Keep that in mind, you wont be as hard on yourself. Prescription drug abuse is a huge epidemic in this country right now. I am a 23 year old college graduate that is addicted to Vicodin. My counselor said to me today that addiction doesn't stereotype, it happens to all walks of life! Today was actually my first counseling appointment in order to start recovery. I feel so alone and nervous that I'm not strong enough to quit. As far as home remedy... if you find that it's difficult to wake up in the morning without codeine, try drinking some coffee. B12 vitamins will also give you energy and put you up to speed. If you're back is sore, or any muscles, try a hot bath. I'm by no means a professional, but that's just a few things I do when I run out of my "stock".
Yes, there is a home remedy, nicknamed the "Thomas Recipe." Here's a link to finding it on this site: https://www.drugs.com/forum/featured-conditions/thomas-recipe-opiate-withdrawal-35169.html You don't need to read through all the responses on that thread; the details are in the first post.
IF you do use a benzodiazepene (like valium, xanax, klonopin, etc.) - please use it as little as possible - and for as short a time as possible. Those drugs are very dangerous - and it's all too easy to become addicted rather quickly. If you can manage your symptoms without the benzos, all the better for you. Benzo addiction is a nightmare, and its withdrawal is far worse than the withdrawal off narcotics.
Generally, depending on the extent of your drug use, the worst of any withdrawal is over within about 5 days. If you've been taking the drugs only occasionally, not every day, it should be easier. Sleep will be difficult, so try some home remedies like benadryl or melatonin or kava kava, available in health food stores. Immodium may become your best friend for tummy troubles.
Emotionally, it's going to be rough - but if you keep away from taking any more narcotics, it will even out. The minute we put another drug into us, the entire cycle begins again, so if you stop - stay stopped. It's all too tempting to reach for "just one pill" to minimize the withdrawal symptoms, but that one pill will pull you right back into the nightmare. It will "undo" all the good you've done by abstaining. Recovery is about complete abstinance from all mood-altering, addictive chemicals - as we are not safe taking any, once we've lost control of one of them.
Can't add alot more than what others have already posted. If you decide to stop cold turkey then have the over the counter remedies available as spoken about in the Thomas recipe. You can google this. Otherwise you have the option of tapering off the codeine. I can't tell you how to do this without knowing how many and what strength you are taking, but would be happy to help you do this if you so desire. If you taper, you will avoid most of the withdrawal symptoms that you'll experience from stopping abruptly.
There are many wonderful people on this site, as you can see from previous posts, that have been or are going through what you have been through. We are here to be supportive anyway we can. Keep on posting.
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