In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use DLPA for opiate withdrawal….and to be quite honest, I feel like I’m giving out “Top-Secret” information! It absolutely blows my mind that more people aren’t aware of DLPA’s incredible and diverse benefits.
When it comes to acute opiate withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal, DLPA is seriously one of the most beneficial supplements there is.
After making it through acute opiate withdrawal several times, I often ended up using opiates again within a week to three months after quitting.
Why couldn’t I stay clean???
Though I had no clue at that point in my life, I’ve since learned about the severe biochemical imbalances that opiate addiction causes or exacerbates…which ultimately lead to massive cravings and poor mental health.
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Opiate Addiction Brain Chemistry 101
I believe it’s important for you to have at least a basic understanding of how brain chemistry can become deficient during opiate addiction. The following information can help you to better understand why it’s so difficult to quit opiates and stay clean long-term.
There are essentially two primary disruptions in the body from the continued use and subsequent cessation of opioid drugs:
- Endorphin deficiency
- Dopamine deficiency
Endorphins and dopamine are neurotransmitters, which are substances that transmit nerve impulses across a synapse. The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breath, and your stomach to digest.
They also play a HUGE role in mood, concentration, sleep and weight, and can cause a number of negative consequences when they become out of balance.
Imbalances in biochemistry can result from the following:
- Stress (physical and emotional)
- Genetic predisposition
- Toxins in the environment
- Poor diet
- Drug abuse
It is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels, and in opiate abusers…I’m sure it’s 100%.
There are two types of neurotransmitters:
- Inhibitory – Calms the brain and acts as a mental relaxant
- Excitatory – Stimulates the brain
As I stated earlier, opiate addiction causes two primary deficiencies: endorphin (inhibitory) and dopamine (excitatory and inhibitory).
Endorphins are our natural painkillers (natural morphine). Our bodies release endorphins when we exercise. Perhaps you’ve heard of “runners high”, which describes a euphoric feeling produced by the massive production of endorphins after running long distances.
Endorphins promote joy, euphoria and contentment…and that leads us to why opiates make you feel so good.
Different drugs mimic different neurotransmitters. Opioid drugs specifically mimic endorphins. That’s why opioids are so beneficial at relieving pain and producing euphoria. When an opioid is taken, the body produces massive amounts of endorphins in quantities our bodies weren’t designed to handle.
If you use opioids consistently over a period of time, the body starts making more opioid receptors, and that’s how tolerance is developed. Now the brain has become dependent on opioids to produce endorphins, and it stops making them naturally.
The problem arises when an opiate abuser lowers his dosage considerably or comes off opioids completely. You are now supplying your body with less endorphins from the drugs, but your brain doesn’t supply you with the rest. Your brain short circuits, and therein lies the problem. What results is a massive endorphin deficiency leading to increased sensitivity to physical and emotional pain, among other problems.
Dopamine is our main focus neurotransmitter. Dopamine is also responsible for our drive or desire to get things done…our motivation. Dopamine lifts the dark clouds of depression, is responsible for feelings of pleasure, and plays a role in the “reward system” in the brain. Prolonged use of opioids leads to continuous spikes in dopamine levels.
Over time, the brain eventually adjusts natural production of the neurotransmitter to compensate for the presence of drugs. Due to both the over-activation of dopamine during periods of opiate intoxication and long-term changes in brain chemistry, natural dopamine levels become lowered and depleted. Once your dopamine levels are depleted, it’s virtually impossible to experience pleasure without using the drug.
Things that used to provide you with pleasure no longer do so:
- Job promotion
- Your kid does well in a soccer game
- Trip to Disneyland
You no longer derive enjoyment from these activities. It now takes a huge spike in dopamine (drugs, sex, gambling etc.) to feel pleasure. This is one of the top reasons why opiate abusers relapse within a few months of quitting drugs…they have “pleasure deafness”, life basically sucks, and they are also sensitive to physical and emotional pain due to the endorphin deficiency.
Enough is enough…they feel like they can’t go on feeling so bad every day, so they use…thus, the cycle continues.
DLPA to the Rescue
Luckily, there is a simple, natural and inexpensive supplement called DLPA that can break this cycle quickly. More and more individuals are learning about the benefits of using DLPA for opiate withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal, and now it’s time for me to shine some light on this wonderful supplement.
How does DLPA for opiate withdrawal work in the body? DLPA, also known as DL-Phenylalanine, is a combination supplement consisting of D-Phenlalanine and L-Phenylalanine.
L-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid found in protein rich foods such as:
L-Phenylalanine makes the following biological conversion in the brain:
L-phenylalanine → L-Tyrosine → L-DOPA → dopamine + norepinephrine + epinephrine
This L- form of the amino acid phenylalanine has the ability to radically spike dopamine levels in the brain, thus giving the opiate abuser’s depleted brain chemistry a much-needed boost.
L-Phenyalanine supplementation during acute and post-acute withdrawal can lead to the following benefits:
- Enhanced mood (pleasure)
- Increase in natural energy and motivation
- Helps the body respond to physical and psychological stress
D-Phenylalanine is made synthetically in laboratories. It slows the action of the enzymes, particularly carboxypeptidase A and enkephalinase, that destroy endorphins. DPA does this by acting like a “down field body blocker” in football.
When the endorphins are trying to reach the traumatized area, the endorphin-degrading enzymes are on their way to eat them “Pac-Man” style.
DPA comes right up and blocks them from reaching the endorphins, thus enabling the endorphins to successfully reach the traumatized area. Supplementation with DPA can result in a significant increase in endorphin levels in the body. In one study, a man that took a single dose of DLPA experienced a 300% increase in endorphin levels, and they stayed that high for six days.
Taking DLPA, a combination of D-Phenlalanine and L-Phenylalanine, can result in a rapid increase in dopamine and endorphin levels in an individual going through acute opiate withdrawal or Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).
Using DLPA for opiate withdrawal leads to the following benefits:
- Reverses depression
- Calms anxiety
- Promotes natural energy production
- Reduces fatigue
- Reduces opiate cravings
- Natural pain relief
How to Use DLPA for Opiate Withdrawal
To use DLPA for opiate withdrawal, use the following dosing guidelines:
- Take 1,000-2,000 mg 3 times per day during acute opiate withdrawal
- Take DLPA for opiate withdrawal on an empty stomach an hour before meals.
- After 30 days you can start slowly decreasing your DLPA dosage.
- If you start to experience opiate cravings or other mental health issues raise your dosage back to normal.
- Take DLPA for as long as you need. Most people benefit from taking it for at least a few months after the acute opiate withdrawal is over.
- For people with high blood pressure and/or anxiety issues, DLPA might aggravate those issues. In these cases, you can use DPA, as it doesn’t contain the L- form of phenylalanine, which is the one that can exacerbate anxiety and hypertension.
- DLPA or DPA should always be used with Calm Support (Read full Review…) when coming off opiates.
- If you can afford it, I also highly recommend taking this awesome supplement, because the benefits are just too good to pass up.
DLPA for Tapering
Why wait until you’re going through opiate withdrawal to use DLPA? Did you know that DLPA acts as an “opiate potentiator”?
This means that taking DLPA along with opiates increases their strength. Since it increases their strength, you can get by using a lower dosage.
This also means that DLPA is very useful during the tapering process…and since it supplies you with the dopamine and endorphins you will be lacking while tapering, it’s very beneficial to use in this situation. Click here now to view my best home detox program.
If you have any questions on using DLPA for opiate withdrawal, please feel free to post them in the comment box below.
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