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Cure Opiate Addiction At-Home
There are a number of supplements that can be used to cure opiate addiction at home. As someone who has helped people overcome addictions to meth, Facebook, chocolate, and more using the substances listed below, I can say that the results of taking these things are often surprising.
Of all the opiate addiction treatments I’ve listed below, the one the most important is Honokiol (also known as Magnolia Bark) and Mucuna pruriens (also known as L-Dopa). But amino acid therapies can work wonders for you too. When your body has been addicted to something, you have to feed it the building blocks (amino acids) it needs to start making the neurotransmitters that have been hijacked. Magnolia Bark can work with ailing opiate receptors and as a plant-based medicine, it has its own consciousness, which means that it can help you help yourself. Mucuna is also a plant-based medicine and it can put the steering wheel back in your hands by giving your body the nutritional precursors it needs to manufacture dopamine, which means that you can stop chasing that “fix”.
While Mucuna pruriens can help you control your addictive behaviors and impulses, 5HTP can help with pain during withdrawals and it can replace the serotonin that you’re probably lacking as a result of your opiate addiction. Taking melatonin each night can help you sleep during withdrawals.
Below we discuss a variety of different tools that you can use to stop taking opiates at home without going to a treatment facility. And don’t forget that there are sacred indigenous treatments like Ayahuasca and Iboga (or Ibogaine if you do it in a treatment facility), that you can take 1 time, under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable professional to overcome opiate addiction. Both Ayahuasca and Iboga should NOT be used at the same time as some of the other treatments listed below. Always let Ayahuasceros and Iboga / Ibogaine administrators know if you’re taking the herbs listed below so you can allow the necessary time between use to safely do these various treatments.
Opiate Withdrawal Alternative Medication Options:
Honokiol / Magnolia Bark is an essential herbal treatment for opiate addiction. This plant activates the same opiate receptors that are activated by addictive substances, but it is not, itself, an opiate. Nor is it addictive.
5-HTP (or 5-hydroxytryptophan) is a serotonin precursor that’s typically derived from a plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia. Opiates increase serotonin levels in the brain, which means that, during withdrawals, serotonin levels can be exceptionally low. A 5HTP supplement that increases levels of serotonin in the brain can literally get rid of opiate cravings for some individuals.
Some doctors have been able to successfully wean opiate addicts off the drug by treating their muscle spasms with 5-HTP. But because 5HTP deals with serotonin, you can’t mix it with other drugs like methamphetamines (or any other type of amphetamine) or antidepressants including MAOI’s or SSRI’s. 5HTP can have analgesic effects during opiate withdrawals. Take 100 mg every 4 hours.
Melatonin is another important alternative opiate withdrawal treatment. Serotonin is converted into melatonin to make it possible for you to sleep. If your serotonin levels are low, your melatonin levels will also be low which means you probably won’t be sleeping well. Taking melatonin around 9:00 PM each night (or 1 hour before you intend to go to bed) and making an effort to not expose yourself to bright lights can help you rest while also maintaining balanced serotonin levels. Take 3-25 mg of melatonin nightly.
Amino Acid Therapies are offered in various locations throughout the world. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They’re the basic building blocks of neurotransmitters too! Many people who have battled opiate addiction are very low on the amino acids that they need to build the neurotransmitters that would give them the strength to breeze through opiate detox and withdrawals. Taking amino acids, particularly amino acid formulas that were made for brain health, can help both your body and your mind cope with withdrawals and detox much more easily. Amino acids can definitely help take the edge off the opiate withdrawal and detoxification process. Be sure to take the amino acids with a higher dose of vitamin B6 plus a vitamin B Complex as well.
Vitamin B6 plays a special role in amino acid conversions and the creation of neurotransmitters in the brain from those basic building blocks. If you have too little vitamin B6, your body simply won’t be able to convert amino acids into neurotransmitters. Take at least 25 mg of vitamin B6 daily along with a good B Complex vitamin.
Mucuna pruriens is a bean that grows in Central America and certain parts of Asia. Take 6000-10,000 mg of M. pruriens per day during withdrawals and detox. Continue taking high doses of the supplement spread out throughout the day (1500-2500 mg every 3-4 hours, up to 4 times per day) to quell addictive thoughts and behaviors. Mucuna contains a natural dopamine precursor known as L-Dopa (not to be confused with Levodopa, a synthetic chemical that causes extremely negative side effects–Levodopa is colloquially referred to as LDopa in the medical community which has created all kinds of confusion; just remember that Mucuna pruriens is a bean that people eat daily in some parts of the world and they don’t pay attention to dosages–they just eat it because it’s a part of their staple diet).
When you’re ready to take a lower dose of M. pruriens after 6 months to a year of sobriety, slowly cycle off the bean by taking L-Tyrosine OR L-Phenylalanine supplements, which will be converted into L-Dopa eventually by your body. The process of converting L-Tyrosine or L-Phenylalanine into L-Dopa and then into dopamine takes longer than converting the L-Dopa in Mucuna directly into dopamine, so be aware that there will be a bit of a lag. Take L-Tyrosine or L-Phenylalanine for as long as needed. (L-Tyrosine is contraindicated for people who have melanoma or other types of skin cancers).
Green Tea can help potentiate and smooth the effects of Mucuna while also giving you a pick-me-up during opiate withdrawals.
Akuamma Seeds are another non-addictive alternative treatment for opiate addiction. Akuamma also interacts with opiate receptors but is not itself an opiate. Many people use Akuamma seeds to stop taking Kratom (which can be used to “switch addictions”, an option for some people who haven’t had success at curing opiate addiction using other methods). A lot of people report that Akuamma mostly kills pain and its opiate effects are pretty mild, but the pain-killing effects are worth noting. Lower doses have an uplifting effect while higher doses tend to have effects that are more calming.
Other Important Links:
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Chen, D., Liu, Y., He, W., Wang, H., Wang, Z. (2012). Neurotransmitter-precursor-supplement intervention for detoxified heroin addicts. Retrieved October 20, 2020 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22684569/
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