Preparation for the side effects of withdrawal from opiates is the most important step for detoxification at home, according to Healthline. Staying comfortable and safe are also important steps to prevent relapse.
Going through withdrawal from opiates can be dangerous because the side effects may be severe, depending on the level of addiction. Seeking help from a doctor or other medical professionals is recommended, states Healthline. However, detoxification at home is possible with the proper preparation. You should try to taper off addictive substances in order to decrease the intensity of side effects. Self-regulated tapering may be difficult for some people, given the compulsive nature of addiction.
To combat the side effects of withdrawal, purchase enough over-the-counter medications to last for several weeks, according to Healthline. Common symptoms include muscle aches, sweating, diarrhea, cramping, nausea, vomiting and sleeplessness. Over-the-counter medications, such as loperamide, meclizine, antihistamines and ibuprofen, help counteract some of these side effects. Drinking a lot of hydrating fluids, especially those with electrolytes, helps combat dehydration.
Staying comfortable is also important during home detoxification, Healthline explains. Have on hand plenty of soft blankets, a fan and extra sheets in case you encounter excessive sweating. Keep your mind occupied and engaged with things you enjoy, such as movies, books and exercise. It is also important to tell a family member or friend you are attempting the withdrawal process at home so they can check on you and offer support.