If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate addiction and finding it difficult to learn the best way to quit…you are not alone.
In fact, you are part of an ENORMOUS population of people that share a common bond.
It is estimated that somewhere between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with over 2.5 million residing in the US alone. I too was once afflicted with a severe opioid addiction.
Recovering from opiate addiction has been the most difficult challenge I’ve faced thus far in my 37 years of life.
But I recovered, and if I can do it…anyone can.
However, the statistics are not in our favor. Opiate abuse is increasing in exponential numbers, and for those individuals that actually manage to quit, it is estimated that 90% of them end up relapsing.
This staggering statistic confirms the poor prognosis: Opioid dependence is, in fact, a chronic, relapsing condition.
But it doesn’t have to be.
There is a superabundance of herbs that can be used to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms from home… and some of these herbs for opiate withdrawal are VERY POWERFUL.
In this article, I’m going to teach you about the Top 3 Herbs for Opiate Withdrawal Symptom Relief.
Many years ago, I was a counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program (OTP). During one of my individual counseling sessions, a patient on methadone told me about a plant named kratom for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms.
I went home after work and got on my computer.
I then proceeded to type kratom for opiate withdrawal in the search box.
The patient on methadone was right. This medicinal kratom plant could easily eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
I’ve been studying kratom for several years now. I frequently recommend it to people that want a natural solution for opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Here are some interesting facts about kratom:
- Kratom is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, which is a member of the coffee family.
- Kratom is not an opiate, which are drugs derived from opium.
- Kratom is an opioid agonist, which are natural or synthetic substances that bind to opioid receptors in the brain, thus mimicking the effects of opiates and preventing withdrawal symptoms.
- Kratom is not regulated by the DEA, making it legal to purchase and consume (a few states and cities have recently banned it though).
- Kratom helps with opiate withdrawal, pain syndromes, depression, and anxiety.
- Kratom contains an active alkaloid (7-hyrdoxymitragynine) that has been reported to be more potent than morphine.
Kratom can be consumed by taking capsules, extracts, teas, or mixing the leaf powder with water or another beverage and drinking it.
And while kratom can be extremely helpful, it can become addictive. Furthermore, if you take kratom daily for a couple of months or more, you could develop a dependence and suffer from opioid withdrawal symptoms upon immediate cessation of the plant.
Tapering off kratom can help.
Tapering is systematically lowering your kratom dosage over the span of a few weeks or longer. This prevents the shock to your body that ensues from detoxing cold-turkey.
Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a beautiful plant that is widely used for recreational and medicinal use throughout many parts of the world.
The main psychoactive constituent of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabidiol (CBD) is another compound in marijuana that has recently been shown to have numerous medicinal benefits.
Common marijuana effects include:
- Increased appetite
In a study from 2013, it was suggested that marijuana use may help ameliorate withdrawal symptoms during Methadone Treatment.
In the study, 91 patients on methadone were studied at Thomas Jefferson University. The use of marijuana was found to decrease the patients’ scores on the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS).
Note: The COWS is an objective tool commonly used to measure the severity of opiate withdrawal symptoms. After the study ended, researchers found that marijuana may help to increase success rates of Methadone Treatment due to its ability to diminish the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Common opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Hot and cold flashes
- Aching muscles and limbs
Using Marijuana for opiate withdrawal can result in the following benefits:
- Reduction of anxiety
- Relaxation of muscles and nervous system
- Helps you fall and stay asleep
- Increased appetite
- Eases nausea and stomach pain
Note: Marijuana is currently illegal and classified as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning the U.S. federal government claims that it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. However, many states have now passed laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal use, and each state has their own regulation system in place.
3. Passion Flower
Passion Flower is an exquisite flowering plant that has a long history of use among Native Americans in North America and European colonists.
Throughout history as well as the present day, passion flower has been used to treat a number of health conditions.
Presently there are around 14 conditions passion flower has been used for, but for the purposes of this article, I will concentrate solely on how it can help ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Passion flower has been shown to be helpful for:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) upset due to narcotic drug withdrawal
- Opiate withdrawal
- Nervousness and excitability
- High blood pressure
- Pain relief
Note: Passion flower can effectively treat depression during opiate withdrawal. Furthermore, in a study passion flower was shown to be helpful for the mental symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal.
Passion flower contains the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors harmaline and harmine. Passion flower also contains several flavanoids that are MAO inhibitors, including apigenin, kaempferol, and quercetin. MAOs are enzymes that break down neurotransmitters and stop their messaging activity.
Thus, taking passion flower for opiate withdrawal can result in an abundance of the following mood-boosting chemicals in the brain:
- Serotonin – Makes you feel emotionally relaxed.
- Norepinephrine – Increases energy, fights fatigue, fights depression, helps the body respond to stress.
- Epinephrine – Increases energy, fights fatigue, fights depression, helps the body respond to stress.
- Dopamine – Responsible for feelings of pleasure and enjoyment in life.
Note: Passion flower also increases brain levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a “mental relaxant.” It helps with anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tension.
Herbs For Opiate Withdrawal – Conclusion
As you can see, there are some powerful herbs for treating opiate withdrawal symptoms.
And kratom, cannabis, and passion flower are only my Top 3.
There are actually many herbs for opiate withdrawal that work well.
Using plant therapy to assist in the opiate recovery process is always an effective addiction treatment modality, especially when it’s combined with nutrition, exercise, and other supplements.
If you have any comments or questions on the use of herbs for opiate withdrawal, please post them in the comment box below.