Often times an opioid-dependent individual will not have the resources to enroll in the above mentioned detox programs. Thus, it becomes necessary to detox from opioids at home.
For those who have a sympathetic doctor, it may be very beneficial to have them prescribe you medications that have been shown in studies to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. If you are not able to get prescription medications, don’t worry. Many people have reduced symptoms from home using over-the-counter medications and natural supplements found at local drug, vitamin, and health food stores.
Home detox is the least expensive method of opioid treatment, however, many people don’t feel comfortable doing this because they don’t have a doctor overseeing them. However, with the first 4 detox protocols in this article, none of them treat PAWS. With home detox, an individual can use things like exercise, nutrition, supplementation, breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, adequate water intake, healthy sleeping schedules, and many other strategies for decreasing the post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
These post-acute symptoms can last weeks to months or even longer, and I have found them to be very detrimental to recovery. Thus, it becomes important to use a holistic Bio/Psycho/Social PAWS Treatment Plan to eliminate these lingering symptoms. Additionally, one could always choose one of the other detox methods for the acute withdrawal, then do their own home-based protocol to treat PAWS.