Substance Abuse in any form substantially depletes your body of nutrients. In order to be effective during WDs most people state they needed to increase doseage levels beyond the recommend dose level; some substantially. Levels are for intensity of Detox WDs; post-detox WDs would be less. Use your own judgment about your needs and what you feel is best for you and what you are comfortable with and customize your own detox list to your preferences/needs. These things may help lessen WDs; others have reported good success.
What Symptoms To Expect Vicodin has a half-life of 4-8 hours; therefore, WDs will begin for most between 8-16 hours after last dose taken. Most people express that detox feels like a case of the flu. You will likely experience achy joints, weakness, restless legs syndrome if you were a havy user over 100 mg a day (this is less likley to occur in those who exercise daily or who are active), headaches, lack of clarity in thought, irritability-does not play well with others, severe “coffee jitters” to the extent that it is difficult to sit still and with heavy use, some experience involuntary muscle twitches, general feeling of “the all overs”, nausea but most do not report vomiting, and most report diarrhea. WDs will increasingly worsen up to about days 3-4 and then begin to turn the corner and stabilize. Drugs with longer half lives like suboxone or methadone, can take up to 3 days to feel the full effects fo wd and the wds can last quite a bit longer.
It is best to plan your detox needs and shop in advance of starting. When you externally provide the body with chemicals that alter the brain, the body reads the signal and reacts by stopping its own natural production levels. So, when you cold turkey stop the external source, it jolts your body and whiplashes your system into wakeup mode. All those little workers have been snoozing for however long you have been administering the external supply source. Now the alarm bells are ringing all throughout your system, and they are running around like keystone cops screaming “oh s**t!!!!” They will get back on the job for you again, but it takes a while for them to get synchronized and functioning efficiently again.
1-2 weeks Ahead of Planned Detox If possible, plan your detox 1-2 weeks ahead and commence with the Multi-Vitamin, Multi-Mineral, B-Complex 100mg, Zinc (pain-take only after eating food), & St. John's Wort (depression; but do NOT take if you are taking SSRIs) to build a solid base level BEFORE you start the detox. Many who have not built a solid base in advance have reported a more difficult time during detox. It took them a minimum of 1 week to achieve maximum relief level when days 1-4 are likely to be your worst WD days during detox. You may not feel depression now, but detox WDs usually results in the onset of depression until your body acclimates and can regulate itself. Building a nutriment base BEFORE detox will help lessen WDs and lessen the level of additional supplements you will need to help you cope. Waiting til you are actually in WDs to start taking supplements will mean that the supplements will be less effective and you will likely need substantially increased levels. Start an exercise routine that you can live with to release stoved up endorphins that are dying to work again...MOVE!
About Work You should plan to take time off work to detox, usually a long weeeknd for light use and a week for heavier use/using 100 mg as a medium usage dose. Options for those who work are to plan to take off or call in sick with the flu, or the hybrid plan is time detox where you take last pill late the night before, go to work jittery and leave work early “with flu”---since you went home sick w/flu no one will be terribly surprised when you aren’t able to make it in most, if not all, of the following week.
During days 1-2 (and possibly day 3) Exercise of some sort each and every day for 20-30 minutes minimum Most detoxers say it is best if you can try to sleep as much as you can during the first couple of days at least. Nyquil, Benadryl (not w/Benzodiazepine Detox!), Valerian Root, Melatonin, Sominex, 5HTP (do not exceed 300mg daily) are types of things that may help you to sleep. Select other things from the OTC Options list as needed use other things from the list. Phenergan and Elavil are 2 prescription drugs that help and both are not habit forming. Take a good calcium/magnesium supp at night to help with sleep as well. Theanine helps with anxiety and REAL green tea as well
Days 3-5 You will likely start to stabilize. When you feel that you are starting to level off begin the L-Tyrosine and phenylalnine. Both of these can cause anxiety if you are anxiety prone, but as a rule they help energy tremendously for most.
-HOT baths several times a day to help with aches; add Epsom Salts or vingear
-Heating Pad & warm blankets to keep muscles warm and relaxed. Cold temperatures in your house for sleep.
-Hot Rice Socks for muscle warmers. Fill cotton socks w/rice, stretch and leave room on ends to loop and self tie sock end. Heat rice socks in microwave for approximately 2 min. Heat, check & apply to achey areas. An end towel can be used to make a rice bag as well.
-Keep nourished; drink lots of water: Add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar for body PH rebalancing & pain; and if you can, add 1 tablespoon Honey for energy. Dehydation feels alot worse than withdrawals. Do not dehydrate and is very easy to do considering the runs and decreased intake due to nausea.
-Relaxation Exercise to help lessen muscle cramping ,pain, & restless legs syndrome, EASY exercise regimine to activate your own natural endorphins & dopamine to help w/pain. While in bed work your muscles-tighten the muscles in your entire body all at once as hard as you can---hold it for several seconds(hold breath)---slowly release muscles and breath. Do entire body 5 times and then repeat doing one area at time--both legs then both arms-then low back/abdomen area; repeat cycle/one leg-one arm, etc. compression therapy with tight stockings or ace wraps help RLS as well..Exercise helps RLS more than anything. Also, anemia is a cause of rls..have your levels chaecked and increasing iron intake can help.
SHOPPING LIST OPTIONS TO HAVE ON HAND DURING DETOX Print out list to shop and to use as a tool to track what you take & its effectiveness. You will not probably need all of these products, it is just a guide to what you may need or what may help you.
Soup & Frozen Meals- enough for a few days
Liquid Nutritionally Balanced Meals; e.g., Slim Fast or Ensure
Gatorade (replaces electrolytes)
Benadryl, melatonin, valerian root with a good strong odor, choose what works for you for sleep. Nyquil works for many. Check the tylenol dose.Tylenol PM works but by this point most have had enough tylenol for a life time.
Robitussin DXM-helps WDs; taper ease aide...mucinex with dextramorphan (DXM) helps as well. Mucinex has a drying effect on your sinuses so only take as directed. There is also a product called Robitussin Cough Gels that is pure DXM at 15 mgs available at Walmart, if you wish to avoid the decongestants and antihistamines in the other cold formulas.
Imodium (4-6 hours after onset; first few hours let body purge toxin concentrates) [detoxers have posted that 4-6 tablets daily substantially helped them not only control diahhrea, but also lessened WDs. Liquid type works faster..available at Walmart.
Aspercreme or Biofreeze for Joint Pain
EmergenC from Walmart or wherever to help your immune system as it is common to pick up every bug in the air after detox. You need your C!
Orange Juice w/Calcium-2 (will help joint pain & helps stabilize central nervous system) Great if you are a morning juice drinker.
Bananas-2 bunches (potassium source; eat 2-3 daily; will help joint pain &helps stabilize central nervous system)
Green Tea-great antioxidant to help cleanse your system of toxins. Get te real stuff from the oriental market.
Peppermint Tea & Peppermint Candy-Nausea. Walmart also has an anti-nausea medication that is less than 3 dollars. Very sweet. Phenergan is an anti-nausea medication that is a prescription med. It also helps with sleep and nausea and also with the runny nose some people have during wds. Most doctors will call it in for a tummy virus as it is not habit forming.
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Bars-has antioxidant & central nervous system coping properties. Eat for cravings
Zinc 50 or 60 mg (3xdaily ONLY W/FOOD; will substantially help joint pain) or a multi -vitamin with this equivalent.
*L-Tyrosine-Health Food Store-will help joint pain & nerves) One hour before eating start w/2000 mgs; scale up/down based on how you feel up to 4,000 mgs. Take w/B-6 to help w/absorption. It will give you a surge of physical & mental energy that helps counteract malaise feeling. If you experience "coffee jitters" reduce to comfortable level.
*5HTP 100mg 3xdaily-no more than 300 mg daily ...some may take this only at night at 100-200 mg for sleep. If you are on an antidepressant talk to your doctor, but 50mgs is usually a safe dose for those on ADs. These amino acids are found in the food we eat each day, especcially those high in protein. Turkey is full of 5htp, hence the sleepy effect after a Thanksgiving meal.
D-Phenylalanine (Health Food Store-helps joint pain) Compliments effectiveness of L-Tryosine and 5HTP. Doses should begin at 2000 mg and escalate, if tolerated to 4000 mgs a day in divided doses. Powdered amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine) and many other supplements in powdered form, are available at Bulk Nutrition online and have virtually no taste. Mixing them with EmergenC is an easy way to avoid taking tons of pills each day.
B-6 (needed for aborption & effectiveness of L-Tyrosine/D-Phenylalaline)
B-Complex w-B12 Sublingual Liquid Drops (Walmart-Spring Valley Line-key ingredient here is the B-12 which helps central nervous system & energy level. B-12 can only be absorbed by the body through natural dietary sources, injections, or liquid sublingual-under tongue. Sub-lingual absorption is still under review, so IM or SQ injections are still more highly recommended.
Calcium and magnesium (helps joint pain & nerves) best at night for sleep
*St. John's Wort will help w/onset of depression which will also affect level of joint pain) also helps fibromyalgia if taken in a combo with 100 mg of 5htp and 800 mg of magnesium 3 x a day
Multi-Vitamin Formula (Costco/Sams/Walmart) -helps joint pain, nerves, and depression)
Multi-Mineral Formula (Costco/Sams/Walmart) -helps joint pain, nerves, and depression)
Hyland's Leg Cramps-Walmart-Homepathic Supplement has Quinine in it which helps w/leg syndrome; tonic water can also help rls... RX levels of Quinine available from doctor.
Fish Oil-OMEGA 3-Helps w/legs syndrome &pain /helps inflammation
Kava Kava comes in handy for anxiety and can be found in some shops and also online
Always check with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements if you are on antidepressants
Mindless Comedy Movies-mental distraction aids; make sure you get 1 week rentals unless you have someone who can return them for you. Books to read that take you away from the present..a thriller can be a good choice as it gets your adrenalin going and takes your mind away as well
However, NO antihistimines if you are detoxing from Benzodiazepines Some online medical reports suggest that antihistimines (Benadryl, TylenolPM, sleep aids) may increase risk of Benzo withdrawal seizure.
None of these things will totally eliminate WDs; but, may help lessen them.
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