Hi Coley (and others):
I just discovered this forum a week or so ago, but have been impressed with the knowledge and willingness to share it that I've found here. Opiate
withdrawl is something SWIM
has no small amount of experience with. SWIM found himself consuming $100-250 worth of hydros, norcos, and oxys on a daily basis, and then struggling through 2-3 days of hell afterwords.
The one and only thing SWIM found that has done anything at all for him is Kratom
. He did a lot of research into it, and found that it's being used as a replacement therapy for both methadone
and other lab manufactured opiates
. Evidently, if 'fills in' one's opiate receptors, providing relief for most people who are trying to kick the habit.
(I was going to include a Wiki link, but evidently that is a no-no. It's also been discussed at length here.)
SWIM decided to try it out, though admittedly in the hopes of obtaining a similar buzz that hydros or oxys impart. While there was a mild sense of euphoria
, the main thing that SWIM noticed was, he didn't have ANY urge or need to run out and get a fix. Since taking Kratom, SWIM had exactly one instance of taking any opiates (they were given as a trade, SWIM spent no money on them). If anything, the effects were dulled. It's SWIM's best guess that because the Kratom was still in his system, the majority of his opiate receptors were still filled in with the Kratom, and therefore had no room for the hydros he'd taken. A day later, and he had no urge to get any more hydros. Of course, SWIM likes opiates and the effect they give, but isn't fiending or jonesing to get more. He certainly wouldn't hawk anything of value for them at this point, which, two months ago, he was starting to.
I hope this helps. I know that not everybody has the same reactions to the same things. SWIM feels a lot more confident that he can come into a pocketful of cash and not translate it into a pocketful of dope because of it.