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Hey, this is Matt. Welcome to the training video. In this particular video, I’m going to talk about my favorite home detox method for coming off short-acting opioids. It’s called the “Miracle Methadone Method”. Now what this entails is using methadone very short term to totally prevent you from having the acute withdrawal syndrome that comes from coming off short-acting opioids cold turkey.
So short-acting opioids are anything like heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, Tramadol and those sorts of things. So here’s how this method works. I’m not going to go too deep into it, but for just an overall kind of science on it here’s what happens.
When you’ve been taking short-acting opioids for at least a month and definitely longer, first you get a tolerance and then you get a physiological dependence. Now a physiological dependence means that the neurons become adapted to the presence of the opioids; so opioids bind to your endorphin receptors, your mu opioid receptors in your brain, spinal cord, intestines and other parts of your body.
So what happens is, when you take these opioids repeatedly over time, now all of a sudden the brain comes to rely upon the opioids to produce endorphins which are painkillers. It also spikes dopamine extremely high, higher than humans were meant to experience.
These are very powerful drugs.
So when somebody that is now dependent on opioids comes off them cold turkey or tapers off them too fast, what happens now is your body and brain are used to a specific blood opioid concentration to feel normal, right? So everyone will have their specific amount that makes them feel normal, prevents sickness and then can get them high.
When that drops below the level that your body is accustomed to and now dependent on, what happens is the central nervous system or the sympathetic nervous system (the SNS) activates the fight or flight response and what happens is you go crazy as far as anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, diarrhea, all that stuff. So there’s this gigantic rebound effect since opioids are CNS depressants.
They calm down the central nervous system.
If you’ve been taking them for quite some time, if you stop cold turkey then instead of the CNS depression you have complete over-activity, excitatory stuff going on and it just wreaks havoc on your body and especially on your psychological aspect.
So that’s really what happens and so the purpose of the video is to teach you about the Miracle Methadone Method. It’s something I named. I actually discovered this by accident. It’s actually how I got off opiates this last and final time. I was strongly addicted to heavy amounts of pills, oxycodone mostly and OxyContin.
Then I got into heroin towards the last six months. So what I did was just something completely by accident and now I have been teaching other people how to do this and out of all the different home detox methods for coming off short-acting opioids this one has by far the best results, and here’s how it works.
So like I said when your brain and body become dependent on short-acting acting opioids if you stop cold turkey what happens is the blood opioid concentration goes way below what you’re used to and that’s what causes the withdrawal symptom. Here’s how to fix that. If you were to take four, five, six or even seven days’ worth of methadone, so you’re strategically using this under the care of a doctor – you could either get tablets from a doctor or go to a methadone clinic and use it for seven days as well. Here is how this works.
Methadone is an extremely long-acting opioid.
It’s a delayed onset, delayed offset; and so what you do with this methadone is for a minimum of three or four days and a maximum of about seven days you simply take enough methadone every single day. What you’re doing is you’re hyper-saturating your opioid receptors with this very powerful full opioid agonist, which is very long acting. So imagine. Let’s just say you’ve done it for seven days.
Let’s say you’ve been taking…I don’t know, 80mg of oxycodone give or take per day for two years. Then what you do is you take your last dose of oxycodone. Let’s say for instance you do it on Sunday night before bed. When you wake up on Monday morning, instead of taking oxycodone, that’s when you take your first day of methadone. You can take it just once in the morning or you can also take another little dose in the evening.
You know everyone’s different, but for someone that was on 80mg of oxycodone, they might only need about thirty or forty milligrams of methadone throughout the day to make them avoid the acute withdrawal symptoms from coming off oxycodone cold turkey like that.
Now here’s the magic part and here’s the miracle part of this short-term methadone stuff.
Once you have taken methadone for three or four days and especially six or seven days – I really like seven days – now what you’ve done is you’ve completely saturated all of your opioid receptors with this methadone. Then what do you do after that? After four to seven days of taking the methadone, you just take enough every day not to get high. You’re not trying to get high or nod out or feel euphoric. You’re just taking enough to curb withdrawal symptoms and to make sure you’ve got a little bit of energy. You’re just using a therapeutic dose, which is just enough to feel normal.
Then when you come off the methadone, here’s the magic.
You do not experience an acute withdrawal now.
If you were to just come off oxycodone cold turkey, you’re in for at least four days of complete hell.
Day one’s bad, day two gets way worse and days three and four coming off short-acting opioids cold turkey are the peak in severity. Then day five it typically gets a little bit easier. Day six it gets a little bit easier. So that’s kind of how it goes. Now everyone’s different, but that’s the typical standard. So when you take methadone for this short-term time period, then you stop taking methadone cold turkey, guess what?
You are not going to an experience an acute withdrawal.
Why is that?
You’ve now saturated your opioid receptors with this extremely long-acting, very powerful mu-opioid agonist known as methadone.
It’s the most powerful opioid replacement medication there is.
So now when you stop taking the methadone, it really sticks and binds to the opioid receptors. So oxycodone comes out of those receptors really fast. You know, within a couple hours. If you have a dependence after you take a dose of oxycodone typically you might feel it for an hour or two, then it starts wearing off and you’ve already got to use it again. It’s very short acting. That’s what causes that extreme acute withdrawal syndrome. So after you’ve saturated your receptors with three or four to a maximum of seven days of methadone, then you stop taking that.
What happens is the methadone takes forever to leave your opioid receptors. It very slowly starts to come out day by day. So typically you’ll feel really good the first day. The second day off methadone you might feel maybe a little bit tired but you’re not going through the acute withdrawal.
So essentially what this does, if you do it correctly, you’re going to totally bypass the acute withdrawal which is what scares the living daylights out of so many people, myself included back in the day.
I don’t know about you but I would do pretty much anything. I would break the law, I would lower by integrity. I would just do all sorts of stuff that I would never have done before to prevent the acute withdrawal syndrome, whether it was, you know, lying to somebody to borrow money or maybe even towards the end of my addiction on heroin I even stole from my parents. Selling my music equipment…it was really awful, and so if I had known about this years prior I could have got off opioids sooner; and that’s what it does.
So the methadone, again, completely eliminates the short-acting opioid acute withdrawal syndrome.
Now, the only unfortunate part is the next phase is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.
The abbreviation is PAWS. Now, this is actually what takes most people out. A lot of people can get some medications or go to the doctor or go to a detox facility and you know, get through the acute withdrawal. That’s pretty short experience when you’re coming off short-acting opioids.
Now, the post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last at minimum weeks to months, several months and even a year or multiple years if you don’t treat the biochemical issues that opioid addiction either caused or exacerbated. So I’ll cover that in an upcoming video – Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome treatment.
Essentially, the main components are exercise, nutrition, the right supplementation. Anything you can do like meditation, qigong, deep tissue massage, acupuncture – anything you can do to help your body rebalance it’s brain chemistry because you’re going to be lacking endorphins.
You’re going to have a dopamine deficiency, and there’s a whole lot of other stuff, other neurotransmitter deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome is really hard to get through, but I have seen people using the protocols that I have created.
I have seen people get really well within two weeks and probably the average is about four to six weeks, but that is a whole lot better than the average which is probably three to six months, maybe nine months, before people start to feel 100%.
If you are on any short-acting opioid, again that could be oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, heroin, tramadol or any other short-acting opioid drug, this Miracle Methadone Method, three to seven days of hyper-saturation and then stop methadone completely – that’s the best way I’ve found to bypass the acute withdrawal experience and so then you don’t have to worry about the acute withdrawal and you can right off the bat, right when you start taking the methadone, you can also begin the exercise, the nutrition, the supplementation.
So what you’re doing is you’re already priming your brain chemistry to start healing itself, so when you come off the methadone completely you can really bypass a lot of the anxiety, the insomnia and a lot of that stuff using this method.
Now, the one thing that I have never figured out after over six years of studying this and living this as a drug and alcohol counselor for a few years and now as an Opiate Recovery Coach for over four years; and I have written almost three hundred articles on my blog, opiateaddictionsupport.com, unfortunately, I still haven’t found a way to get your energy back you know really, really fast.
The energy thing is just ugh. I really wish I knew. If you know anything…you know I’ve found there’s a nootropic supplement that you can buy online called Adrafinil. Just Google – “Adrafinil for sale”. That is a dopamine reuptake inhibitor and that can help produce energy a lot. Adaptogens – you can Google “adaptogens”. Adaptogens are herbs that help to get your energy back faster.
I’ve actually done videos on this stuff before, so I’ll put some links in the description box of all these things I’m talking about – the post-acute withdrawal, the adaptogens, and the Adrafinil, another nootropic. So if you go to the description box in this video, you’re going to have links to other videos and articles I have done so you can learn more about this stuff; because really opiate recovery is a process. It’s not just something that you can just do overnight.
There really is a system to it and I have kind of created this blueprint that seems to work for a lot of people, and so this video…I’m just so excited because I’ve had so many clients and so many readers from my blog and so many YouTube visitors really tell me how much this method works and it worked for me too.
I got off about a gram of heroin a day. This is over six years now. I was taking over a gram of heroin a day, then for me to detox I simply used seven days of methadone. It was about 40 mg of methadone a day. I think one or two days I used 50 mg. You know, forty in the morning and then later on in the evening when I didn’t feel as good as I wanted to I took another 10 mg on maybe one or two of the days.
That’s all I did.
I took seven days of the methadone.
Then after that, I did a Valium taper.
I had a Valium prescription from a doctor for this specific purpose of doing this. So what I did is I used a pretty good amount of Valium the first week. I think I was using maybe — I was using a lot, probably about thirty or forty milligrams a day spread out through about four dosages. They were the 10 mg blue Valiums. So I’d use those about three or four times a day.
The second week I cut the Valium in half to about 20 mg per day.
The third week of my Valium I cut it down to 10mg and then by the final week I was down to 5 mg for a few days and then I was only taking 2.5 mg at night, then I came off. I wasn’t dependent on Valium, I wasn’t addicted to it, I didn’t crave it. So that was such a beautiful, wonderful way for me to get off heroin.
Now, doing that didn’t get rid of the post-acute withdrawal. The Valium really did help with the anxiety, the muscle tightness, the lack of appetite and the insomnia for those weeks, but then after I got off methadone and then got off the Valium, I did a huge regimen of exercise, eating lots and lots of healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, getting lots of sleep and good rest and then my older brother, from another mother, his mom recommended these really awesome supplements for me.
So he sent these to me and said they should help.
At that point in my life, I had no idea about the biochemical aspect of addiction and recovery.
I had no idea which supplements could help or anything. I was totally clueless. So I just took the supplements.
Now, what these supplements were called were Dopatone and Gabatone, from a company called Apex Energetics. The price has actually doubled since then. This is over six years now. The price has doubled, but those are really good products. Now in the description box in this video, I’ll actually put ones that I think are even better than those.
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In my opinion, they’re a lot better because these aren’t specifically for opioid addiction but they’re to help rebalance your neurotransmitters. These two supplements specifically helped my brain to start to create dopamine, endorphins, and GABA which are three very important neurotransmitters when you’re getting off opioid drugs, along with serotonin as well.
So again, I’m just going to put a bunch of links in the description box of this video so you can learn more because you probably want to learn a lot about this stuff as I did, because what I found is that people that are addicted to opioids, the main thing, the main goal they have which is the main goal I had, was they want to get off opioids with the least amount of discomfort possible.
So I have dedicated the last six and a half years of my life to learning all of the different things that can help you do this, as I just stumbled upon it. It was just good fortune or luck. I don’t know what it was.
The universe, God, I have no idea; but you know, I just got really lucky and so I promised myself after that, since I had such an easy time with this final time detoxing, getting through PAWS, it was really simple for me and really it wasn’t very uncomfortable.
It was pretty easy.
So I decided to dedicate my life to helping others, helping you figure this out too so you can also have a really painless detox. A virtually, comparatively painless detox in post-acute withdrawal. So again, this is Matt. I’m the author of opiateaddictionsupport.com.
Thank you for watching until the end and I’ll see you on the next training video. Take care.
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Are there any updates on how this worked for people? I so scared!
Matt , are you familiar w/ organic germanium ? – supposed to be a strong adaptogen that boosts the bodies own production / utilization of endogenous interferon. I took it some years back when I had a 4 year + stretch of sobriety along w/ many other supplements – was looking for something to enhance a chinese herbal formula to kick the hep c virus out of my body (which ultimately worked)
Hey Matt. It’s been working beautifully. I know it’s only been a few days but I feel like I’m getting my life back. It’s day 4 of no opiates other than relatively small amount of methadone and I feel fine. Zero cravings. I only took 20 mg methadone yesterday and felt fine. Took 10 mg this morning (feel great and not even the slightest craving or anxiety) and depending on how I feel tomorrow, today might be my final methadone dose. I’ll report back at the end of next week but I can’t thank you enough. Historically, when I’ve tried to quit in the past, this is the time when I give in because of cravings and feeling so sick. I’m going to succeed this time and I am so thankful for your guidance. A huge part of my issues quiting is the mental struggle. I know the methadone is helping physically but I am impressed by how good it feels to not even think about the daily chase and to not have cravings and not worry about my next withdrawal symptom. This method is a huge benefit when it comes to the mental battle. Thanks again!
Wonderful update! Thanks for posting this here. Glad you’re kicking butt! Keep up the good work and please do post more updates as I really want to see you succeed and I KNOW you’re going to do this!
Hey Matt. Thanks for this blog! I am about to quit my habit. I’ve been taking about 100mg per day, maybe more of a combo of hydrocodone and roxicodone. I’m done! And I have 10 10 mg methadone (total of 100 mg) I could probably get more if I need some. I was thinking of taking 30 mg tomorrow and then a little less each day for 4 or 5 days. Think this will work? I appreciate any advice.
You’re welcome, Brooke! It’s my pleasure! And I know this method could work very well for your situation. Your plan with the methadone is awesome, and that is exactly what I would do if it were me.
Make sure you read my article on How To Stop Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome too in case you haven’t yet. The methadone will allow you to bypass the acute withdrawal (YAY!) but it doesn’t help with the post-acute phase which lasts for weeks or months.
Oh, one last question. I took my last of my stash this morning. Any benefit of starting the methadone tonight v. Tomorrow morning? Better to beat the w/d symptoms or wait until I wake up tomorrow?
I always recommend starting in the morning after your last dose was before bed for a detox but with this methadone method it can be started at any time.