Home Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal Relief

Home Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal Relief

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Opiate addiction has become one the nation's largest problems.

Top 10 Natural Home Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal

By: Reilly Johnson

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The first meaningful step to quitting opiates is a successful withdrawal. But If you can’t withdrawal without relapsing… then you can’t get better.

Which is why I’m hopeful these natural home remedies for opiate withdrawal will give you the relief you seek.

Because we all want the same question answered:

“What ACTUALLY helps ease opiate withdrawal symptoms at-home?”

Thankfully, a lot of things can help you.

But you need to have an open mind for the following opiate withdrawal remedies.

Here’s 10 natural remedies for opioid withdrawal, these things help with withdrawal relief.

Home Remedy #1. Replenish Endorphins, Dopamine & Serotonin Depleted By Addiction

DID YOU KNOW? When you get high on opiates and drugs your brain releases 2-10x more dopamine than your body’s natural reward system would have released.

To compensate for the huge surges of artificial dopamine being released after using drugs and opiates, your body starts to slowly stops producing these “natural feel good chemicals”. Which is why if you keep abusing narcotics like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, oxycontin, morphine, and heroin for longer than a few weeks, your body is likely low in key neurotransmitters, which can in turn create many uncomfortable opiate withdrawal symptoms.

What are neurotransmitters and why are they important now?

Neurotransmitters have a direct impact on how you feel, and they help determine your attitude, motivation, mood, energy, ability to sleep and much more. Brain chemicals are known as dopamine, serotonin, GABA, endorphins and others. And low levels of these brain chemicals are a big reason why people feel so terrible during their opiate detox.

Here’s a few recovery tips to try to naturally replenish endorphins & dopamine at-home:

  • Exercise Hard
  • Get strong bright sunlight for at least 15 min
  • Take 5-HTP supplements & L-Tyrosine
  • Eat spicy foods

#2. Natural Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs May Help Your Withdrawal 

Supplements for opioid detox

How Can Vitamins, Minerals & Amino Acids Speed Up Detox off Opioids?

Natural supplements that are easy to obtain can be used to facilitate the healing process during opiate detox. Nutrients help by replenishing deficiencies depleted by years of drug abuse. Specific supplements, vitamins, herbs & amino acids can be formulated to provide you with a safe, natural way to get the nutrients you need.

Certain deficiencies can cause a number of health problems with your mind, body, digestive system, liver and emotions. For example, heroin and prescription opioid painkiller abuse causes mood imbalances including depression, low energy, anxiety, sadness, constipation, nausea.

Herbal Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal

Almost all prescription drugs and opiates cause damaging and negative side effects to the whole body. Make no mistake, prolonged drug use will take its toll on your health in many ways. However all is not lost, because there are natural supplements and herbal remedies that may help ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and aid your lasting recovery.

Emotional Health & Motivation Vitamins

5-HTP, L-Dopa, B-Vitamins, GABA, Calcium and Magnesium work synergistically to rebuild neurotransmitters, boost endorphins and support a positive emotional outlook.

Mind Repair & Replenishment Vitamins

Huperzine-A, Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopin, Ashwagandha, have all been studied extensively and have shown great results in helping to support improved thinking, clarity of thought and greater memory recall.

Withdrawal Relief & Sleep Vitamins

Melatonin, GABA, Ashwagandha, Valerian work as a team to relieve many painful withdrawal symptoms often felt throughout the body, rebuild neurotransmitters and supports sleep.


#3. Opiate Withdrawal Remedies Over-The-Counter (OTC)

Over the counter products

To the surprise of some there are a few effective over the the counter (OTC) products for opiate withdrawal relief. 

You might use these Over the Counter OTC products and medicine that can help you ease some of the following uncomfortable symptoms during opioid detox.

Ibuprofen – Can help ease body and muscle aches, and is also used for headache treatment and relief.

Benedryl To help stop watery eyes, itching, and can even occasionally aid sleep.

Immodium Can be extremely valuable as it can help you STOP constant restroom visits.

#4. Opiate Withdrawal Medications Doctors Could Prescribe for Painkiller Withdrawals, Heroin Detox and Narcotic Addiction

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Yes, there are medications your doctor can prescribe to help you make it through withdrawals more comfortably.

I wouldn’t say this is a home remedy for heroin and narcotics, but it’s a remedy nonetheless. Because listed below are probably the most common and helpful prescription medications your doctor can prescribe for opiate withdrawal relief from heroin and narcotics such as oxycontin, hydrocodone, percocet, methadone. Here’s three helpful opiate withdrawal medications that may help, but remember each also comes with it’s own side-effects and downsides.


Suboxone can be a life saving drug for a heroin addict using needles and those that have been addicted to drugs for years and just can’t get clean. With that said it’s not perfect for everyone. Suboxone is an opiate. Also suboxone’s got a longer half life than almost all other opiates. Which means your suboxone withdrawal length could last much longer. If you have a crazy high tolerance and/or are abusing drugs with needles suboxone may be able to save your life. But if you’re addicted to something like hydrocodone, I’m not sure you’d want to use something as powerful as suboxone (naxalone) to quit. Because suboxone can also be addictive and you’ll have to quit that eventually too.


This is a non addictive blood pressure medicine but a useful prescription for opiate withdrawal. I’ve heard stories about correction officers giving it to addicts who get thrown in jail to help ease their suffering without getting them high. Obviously, ask your doctor what he recommends but clonidine may be the most effective and non addictive of everything a doctor could prescribe you.


I really don’t like putting this on the list because they’re also highly addictive, and coming off benzo’s like valium, xanax and others can be brutal because of benzodiazepine withdrawal systems may be more dangerous. And remember the point of potentially using these would be to take just long enough to get through your worst withdrawal symptoms, and then come straight off as fast as possible.

#5. Hot Water: Long Showers & Baths Can Act As Remedy

If you’re sitting there, aching, and hurting like hell then a hot shower may be your new best friend. 

The heat from hot water can offer immediate relief from body aches, tension, anxiety, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome, headaches, and many other heroin, hydrocodone & other opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms.

Home Detox Tip #1: Water can work as a remedy. Being in water, fully submerged and swimming can do wonders for your mood, and is therapeutic for your body. A visit to your local lakes, beaches, rivers, pools or whatever else is nearby might also prove relaxing or invigorating.

Home Detox Tip #2: Stay sober as long as possible when you wake up in the morning. Many people who do this say they often forget about that dosage as they got busy with their day and end up doing much less drugs then they regularly would have. Start your day off right!

Home Detox Tip #3: Drink as much water as you can to flush your system clean. And do not drink drink soda’s, coffee and other drinks that dehydrate you without even knowing it. Thus robbing essential vitamins and minerals from your body.

#6. Get Sun: Go Outside & Take Walks

When you hurt like hell from heroin withdrawals, why not take advantage of the healing power of the sun?

Without the sun, all life on earth would die. Which means the sun is necessary for ALL life on this earth to grow and prosper. Which makes the sun your ally for feeling better faster after narcotic withdrawal hell.

Key benefits from the sun for opioid withdrawals:

  • Strong bright light produces the key neurotransmitter, serotonin which plays an very important role in mood and sleep.
  • The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which scientific studies estimate at least half the population is deficient in. Lack of Vitamin D is a common symptom of depression
  • Your body gains warmth and energy from being in it, it helps you feel good and promote a positive mood.

What are you waiting for?

Get outside and get some sun! Take a short walk in the park each morning or evening to change things up. You’d really be surprised by how much activity in the great outdoors can take your mind off prescription opioid pain killer withdrawals and other real world problems. The sun is truly an underutilized opiate withdrawal remedy.

#7. Massages Stimulate Healing

Massages stimulate healing by increasing blood flow to your muscles.

Let’s face it, most people who start abusing opiates get injured and then get a legitimate prescription for opioid painkillers from a doctor. People like the feeling and they keep on taking or the injury never gets fully healed and they must keep taking opiates to help deal with the chronic pain.

Most Doctors prescribe prescription opioid pain killers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, tramadol, morphine, etc. are attempts to help patients “manage their pain”.

Massages can be very helpful for chronic pain. As massages get deep into your muscle tissue and release tightness, muscle aches, back spasms and pain.

Why not give a massage a chance for opiate withdrawal relief, it’s a quick and easy opiate withdrawal home remedy.

#8. Sleep More, So You Suffer Less

Sleeping helps you heal faster during opioid detox.

If you can, try to sleep a lot during the first few days of detox so you HEAL faster and ENDURE less pain.Because when you sleep you are healing and not hurting nearly as bad. I used to do a lot of weight lifting and I’ll always remember what a seasoned powerlifter told me once,

“You must remember that you don’t get bigger or stronger when you are actually lifting weights at the gym, when you’re body really grows when you’re eating and sleeping. Sleeping is when your body rebuilds itself into a new and better you.”

Why is this?

Because when you are lifting heavy weights you are actually tearing down your muscles. This is why you get so sore after a hard workout. It’s when you sleep that your body gets the chance to repair the damage done by lifting weights. During sleep your body rebuilds itself bigger and stronger than before.

#9. Refuel With the “Right Food”

“A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.” – Henry David Thoreau

Lets face it, most drug users diets consist of fast food, candy, ice-cream, microwavable meals, and make nutrition a total afterthought.

This is part of the reason why many people who abuse drugs are deficient in many essential nutrients that play a vital role in their overall health and well-being.

Your body wasn’t made to to break down an endless stream of processed food, preservatives and dangerous taste additives like MSG (monosodium glutamate), pesticides and chemicals. This food is not healthy and contains no nutritional value, and it can also contribute to a myriad of health problems that often shows itself as deadly diseases like heart disease and cancer.

Cut out the processed foods and stick to proteins, vegetables, fruit and protein to feel healthier faster. 

Home Remedy #10. Exercise Daily

Exercise maybe the single best way to produce natural feel good brain chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin – which act as the body’s own natural opiates.

Did you know? Weight bearing activities build dopamine in the brain.

But to release these feel good chemicals you must exercise vigorously. The stronger the physical demands you place on your body, the greater the release of endorphins.

Weight lifting also builds confidence and work ethic. Which is another reason why weight training and exercise are known as all time great remedy for drug addictions of all types.

And it doesn’t matter if you are a female or male, both can exercise and list weights. (Females should do the same exercises but just using lighter weight.)

Home Remedy #11. Acupuncture Treatment 

Acupuncture has long been used as a remedy for opiate withdrawal relief and to treat opium addiction dating back hundreds of years to China.

Acupuncture practitioners believe natural energy, known as chi flows through the body along pathways called meridians bringing health. And any blockage of this energy causes illness in people.

This energy can be blocked by any number of things and opioid addiction is certainly something that blocks vital energy. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatment unblocks and free’s the energy, thus maintaining balance and restoring health.

How does acupuncture work for heroin withdrawal treatment? 

Acupuncture works by inserting very thin needles into the skin at specific points or meridians on the body. This usually does not hurt.

Here’s what we know about if acupuncture works:

  • Studies have shown acupuncture can significantly decreases stress-related muscular pain by up to 50% or more.
  • MRI studies have found acupuncture modulates brain regions regulating pain and emotion.
  • Studies indicate acupuncture increases body circulation and stimulates area’s that may have not been working very well previously.
  • Releases endorphins, feel good chemicals known as the body’s own opiates.

As you can see acupuncture can be very beneficial to improving physical and emotional well being. Why not try acupuncture and see if it works as an opiate withdrawal remedy for you?

#12. Your Motivation Will Likely Determine Your Success or Failure

Getting thru opioid withdrawals and detox is tough.

Which is why you need to prepare yourself for the process. The more knowledge you have on ways to minimize or eliminate hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin withdrawal symptoms and speed up your detox the better your chances are at finally recovering once and for all.

If you stay motivated and create a big enough reason why you want it, and you stay determined and focused, you will finally find out what works for you!


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  1. Anca says:

    Jessica, I respect some of your feelnigs about this problem, yet others I can’t.I agree that there are a lot of people who claim they have severe back pain & go in to get an exorbitant amt. of pain meds. Doctors are stuck because back pain is hard to prove.Being a pain patient for awhile now, I can tell U that I’ve seen some in that waiting room that I could physically see they were taking too much pain meds. Their eyes were all red & bleary & their speech was impaired. Nobody on pain meds for pain should be showing those symptoms. Those people were getting a buzz off of it. It was obvious.A patient who is in true pain will never get a Buzz from their pain meds. The only thing the meds do, is relieve some pain for them. That is their purpose. And here is where I totally disagree with U. Pain medication is not only meant for cancer patients. People have different types of pain from different causes. When pain is Acute , your need for pain meds/narcotics/Opioids should not be permanent. It should be very short lived. But when your pain is chronic, and U cannot find any relief from any other type of medication or therapy, there aren’t many things U can turn to.If I could have a decent, normal life without taking meds, I would be fine without them. But this I can’t do. Believe me, I tried. I tried for at least 10 of the 18 yrs. I have had my problem. After this, my doctor recommended some pain management and meds. Strong meds. I’ve seen people taking much more in volume than I take, so I don’t feel that I’m using it as a dependency thing. I take only as much as I can find some relief from.It doesn’t matter which type U take. What matters is which type works for your pain. If Tylenol works for U, then great, U take that. If regular aspirin works better for U, then take that. Everyone is different as well as their pain is different. We all have different tolerances for pain also. Unfortunately, once your in pain for a lot of years, U also develop a lower tolerance for it. I used to have a very high tolerance, but I find I’m not as strong against it anymore. I’m tired of being brave. I’m in pain !! Help me !!If I should develop cancer in my future, I truly pray that I can be brave & not take too much medication for my pain. But I promise U that if I do need it, I want it !!To refuse to treat a patient in pain with the correct medication is cruel & unethical. And if it happens to be an Opioid, then it must be.I’m happy that U don’t have chronic intractable pain in your life. If U ever should get it, I hope U can find a compassionate doctor who will not prejudge U. And I’m sure at this moment U will say to me that U will not take strong meds. You’ll make do on Tylenol or something other than Opioids/narcotics. But just wait n’ see. Wait n’ see what your trying to deal with & if U have the strength to avoid strong meds. Honey .when U take every type of over the counter help that’s there & nothing helps at all where will U turn ? Will U just suffer for the rest of your life ? Will U be willing to not get out of bed each day & not be able to get yourself dressed & washed & fed or take care of your kids ?Are U willing to do that, just to be able to tell everybody that U don’t take strong medications ? That’s insane & ridiculous. If U wish to be a martyr, U may do that. But don’t expect everybody else to be one with U.I’m sorry for the loss of your relative. But U still cannot judge their pain with another’s pain. They are all different.One person can take a 5mg. pill & get totally knocked out from it, while another could take 50 mg. pill & not feel anything. I can’t explain to U why. I just know it is.It’s my guess that your relative did have either a high pain tolerance, or was taking other treatment to help in addition what U knew of.Can U say that U can compare the pain of falling down & cutting your knee, to the pain U may have from a bad toothache ? I don’t know if all cancer pain is the same, depending on which type U may have. From what I’ve seen or been told, different cancers bring different levels of pain for each person. Knowing this I would say U don’t have the right to criticize anyone for taking pain medication that is stronger than your relative took. Some people need 3 sugars to make their coffee sweet enuff to drink. Others only use one. Which one is right ? Do U get my point ?

    • ShellyBelle says:

      Back and neck pain are subjective to a point, but MRI’s can pretty much substantiate most all claims. However, everyone experiences pain at different levels.

      When some people hurt bad enough, they don’t mind going thru exuciating shot treatments, RFAs and even surgeries.
      (Radio Frequency Ablation- burn nerves on multi levels in spine to desensitize them). Effective up to 12-18 months, maybe more,
      Depending on the person.

      This helps give a doctor a pretty good idea if a person is faking or not.

  2. desperate depressed lady says:

    I have been on opiates for 7 years now. I have seeked proffesional help different times,but
    Nothing helped. I was being treated and still doing drugs. We could`nt figure out why i was on 190mgs of methadone and still craving drugs. Blood work was done and the results i have a very high metabalisim. I have decided to do it myself, cold turkey. I hate the way it makes me feel coming off drugs. Im going to try these home remedies and hope they will work for me. A few years back i came off drugs on my own, i was in so much pain i thought for sure i was going to die. I could not eat, sleep,had to force myself to even take a drink of water. But finally the nightmare was over. It took 42 days but after it was all over it was worth it to me. I was clean for 1year, then i made the biggest mistake of using thinking this time i could control the drug. Lol. I pray these home remedies work for me. I want off these drugs more than anything. Thanks you for posting these remedies.

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  5. Tom says:

    After nearly 30 yrs of smoking marijuana I decided to quit. Already having high blood pressure which was under control, it is getting worse. Insomnia is a fact now. It has been 1 week. Still waiting for relief. My mood has actually got better since quitting, but nervousness and anxiety are still present only when I am not occupied with work. How long will this take?

  6. JMoses says:

    Enjoyed the motivational videos.

  7. Emily says:

    Hi! I love this post! Very informative and good tips on a healthy, natural detox. Sometimes, people don’t have the option of tapering slowly and these are wonderful bits of advice.

  8. Stockton says:

    I agree with this post and this seems to be a great article with some very valuable information. What i don’t agree with is the first comment. While I not only understand I also agree with are: their are many different types of pain that have little or no
    factual or proven treatment to provide to people and that everyone is different, some having very little ways to moderate their pain problem. But my problem with the comment is that you seem to me like you have an addiction to opiates. I would like to say I was an opiate addict for 2 years and I have now been clean for almost a year now. And I realized during my addiction problem was that everyone that has a dependence on a substance has a problem no matter of you are using them for pain or not. Your life depends on them either way whether recreation use that leads to physical withdrawal or using it to stop pain and it is prescribed to you because you are still getting the SAME physical/mental withdrawal as the person who stole their gmoms pain meds. How many times have people gotten addicted to their pain meds they were prescribed for a short amount of time and that lead to an opiate dependency? Hundreds of thousands of times. Yes, it may be the only way you can function but wouldn’t that be called a dependency? If all opiates were taken away, would you completely stop your use? And then for you to say no one that is prescribed opiates uses them to get high is absolutely ridiculous. People do all the time! And usually the people who sell them on the street are prescribed them. Either way whatever reason you are using them for you are still putting horrible toxins into your body and it is slowly deteriorating/killing you each day. My personal decision would be to take them off the market completely. They are abused way to much and will never ever stop until something along those lines is done. I’m completely for people having the human right to rid off their pain but my personal opinion would be to go another route to cure pain even if it works for ya.
    It is a horrible drug and should have never been put on the market because of what is it doing right now in every single person who reads this’ backyard, literally. it is a never ending addiction cycle especially if you think your reason for doing them should allow you to do them. And for whoever who reads this and is an opiate addict take your life and wht you are doing serious. Quit before you dig yourself into a hole where theres no going back and in ten years your dead, in jail or in the streets. Real shit.

  9. The Chemist says:

    These drugs DO NOT kill pain. I’ve tried all the opiates there are. The negatives of these pills out weighs the positive in so many different ways. The big pharm. companies, the government, the FDA do not care how many lives this shit is destroying. Just keep making more stronger pills that are the most highly addictive things on the planet.

  10. Enuff im done says:

    Hello all im new to this site i have tryed stoping hydros before the longest i ever made it was 4 days, i look back now and wish i had suxed it up and stayed with it but now i have to stop dr wont give me any more he wants me to go to a pain management dr well i dont have the money for that, so took the last i had this morning and now starts the hard part, i just home i can do it this time cuz i dont want to take them anymore but my body craves them, thank u for listening

    • Reilly Johnson says:

      It looks like your doctor is doing you a favor, hydrocodone withdrawals shouldn’t last you longer than 1 week. You don’t want to get caught in the pain management trap, that can be a very expensive long roller coaster ride of emotional highs and epic lows. Use this as your chance to quit and find something else that makes you happy. I wish you the best of luck, let us know how it goes.

  11. Whitney says:

    Thank you for this. I am going in day 2 of complete cold turkey from my perks. The worst part is the cold sweats 🙁 I’m gonna try some of this stuff and hope it works!!

  12. Piper says:

    Will this interact with Suboxone?

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  14. polarman4 says:

    Well,I got smashed in a dock leveler 8years ago. I used to be able to get bucked off a horse and go jogging after,no problem. Now the older I get,the less I can do,and so I went to the er because I lost feeling in both my legs. That was it,it was great,I could go running,I could work like I used to. Then I ran out,I thought I had the flu,couldn’t sleep,sweating but freezing cold,aches,depression,severe anxiety,which the severe anxiety and depression I had before I got caught up in pain pills. I seen a doctor for 2 years,we went from tramadol,to hydrocodone. Then he had to close his practice for medical reasons,me not able to get insurance,I had to stop cold turkey,next thing I know,I’m taking them from my mom,I’m making trips to the er just for relief that would only last a couple days. So I find myself doing everything I said I didn’t want to do to begin with. So now here I sit,waiting for all of this to be over. I have a feeling now that my entire relationship with my fiance has been revolved around pills. She has insurance through the state so she gets go go see a doctor. I think that is the worst part for someone trying to quit,when you live with someone and know they have the relief you need,and refuse to give it to you,so you fight and argue and then the inevitable break up. Over pills. I wish u had never went to the er that night and heard what happened to my back. I guess I should have stated earlier, scoliosis in the lower lumbar,L4 and L5 are shifted and bulging left like they are starting to separate, moderate degenerative discs in the lower lumbar. Some of that is genetic, but some happened when I got hurt at work. Perhaps if I had taken care of it right away instead of shrugging it off,I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    • Thanks for sharing! This can be a vicious a cycle and can be absolutely brutal on a relationship. I’ve seen this before and it flat out sucks. But you’ve got to try your best to rise above it. What we’ve seen a lot of is people think they need these painkillers more than they actually do. Sometimes ibuprofen can prove just as effective on pain. Also hows your weight? I find a lot of back problems and pain get worse the heavier a person gets so that’s something to keep in mind. But the fact of the matter is, if she gets them and you don’t their will most likely always be friction in your relationship. It’s very hard to see those daily and not want them. Also look for alternatives to help your back pain like physical therapy. The key is to keep looking for solutions and do not dwell on the problems. Keep your head up!