Once a relatively minor type of addiction in the United States, opiate addiction has skyrocketed in recent years – and in many ways, it is now a global epidemic. Fueling the trend is a major over-reliance on prescription medication to handle pain; rather than medical professionals seeking to treat the causes, they often merely treat the symptoms.
Anybody who has faced opiate addiction or knows somebody who has will tell you that the addiction can be an absolute nightmare. As expensive as the habit can be, treatments are often even more expensive, leading to addicts not receiving the care they need.
However, there are all-natural solutions available that can help reduce or eliminate opiate addiction outright: today, we’ll talk about three of them so that you have the 411.
Known for thousands of years to the people of Southeast Asia. Kratom is a leafy plant that can be prepared in a number of ways. This supplement’s composition mimics that of milder opiates found in nature. It effectively tricks the brain into thinking that it is an opiate (when in fact it’s not).
While the legality of kratom has been questioned in a handful of states and countries, the herb remains legal to buy throughout most of the United States. Its minor recreational value has been exploited. Some people feel kratom is comparable to prescription opiates in the same sense that coca leaves are comparable to cocaine. It is a very, very mild alternative that cannot cause overdoses.
An ever-growing list of people is reporting their experiences with kratom. Many claim they used the supplement to wean themselves off opiates and kick the habit for good.
Opiate addiction can wreak havoc on the brain and body. Even acuter are the side-effects when ceasing to consume opiates in any form. As such, mitigating those negative effects can play a huge role in whether addiction can successfully be beaten.
Enter GABA, a neurotransmitter which affects key aspects of physical and mental relaxation. GABA comes in many forms. It can be found in everything from alcohol to passionflower. For those seeking to beat their opiate addictions, a GABA supplement that crosses the brain-blood barrier can help quiet nerves, reduce restless limbs and ultimately facilitate sleep.
Last but not least, one herb known the world over may provide multiple benefits to those seeking to quit opiates. It is cannabis. Not only can cannabis help alleviate symptoms related to pain, anxiety and general irritability, but it also possesses natural substances that can ease other mental conditions brought on by withdrawal (like depression).
Websites such as examinedexistence.com report that in addition to generic cannabis, derivatives – such as CBD oil – can provide comparable relief without any acute inebriation or psychoactive effects. This can be the perfect solution for those who do not or cannot use traditional cannabis. However, they want to alleviate the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
These three natural substances can be found rather easily, depending on your location, and all provide substantial benefit when quitting opiates. Whether you are concerned with the withdrawal symptoms you’ll face or merely want to help someone you know get clean. Try to consider one or more of these options when putting together a plan.