Table of Contents
- 1 Video Transcript
- 2 Phase 1 – Strategic Learning & Planning
- 3 Phase 2 – Gathering Resources
- 4 Phase 3 – Action
- 5 Phase 4 – Post-Acute Withdrawal
- 6 Phase 5 – Pro-Recovery Habits
- 7 Buprenorphine Detox Methods
- 8 The Counter-Intuitive Method
- 9 Harm-Reduction
- 10 Biochemical Individuality
- 11 Gabapentinoids
- 12 The Thomas Recipe
- 13 Custom Withdrawal Remedy Protocols
- 14 Ibogaine Detox
- 15 Do Not Cold-Turkey Off Buprenorphine
- 16 Harm Reduction is Not For Everyone
[Start of Audio] [00:00]
Hey, welcome to the next video in the training, where I’m gonna start off by teaching you about the 5 Phases of Overcoming Buprenorphine Dependence.
So, Phase 1 is “Strategic Learning & Planning.”
Phase 1 – Strategic Learning & Planning
So, you’re learning by watching this webinar, and then once you have the right knowledge, that’s when you create a plan. So, a very important phase and you know you can come back to this phase, out of the 5 Phases.
You might be in Phase 3 which is “Action,” but you could come back to this if you’re not getting the results that you want.
And you could learn more and you can plan more, so while this is the first phase, and, all the phases don’t necessarily happen one by one.
You could be in multiple phases at once, that’s Phase 1.
Phase 2 – Gathering Resources
Phase 2 is when you’re “Gathering Resources.” That’s things like, so after you’ve learned all the things that you know, can help you… and once you’ve figured out and chosen which things you want to get.. well, you go gather those resources which are things like supplements and other types of buprenorphine withdrawal remedies.
Maybe a prescription from a doctor for a medication that could help to reduce anxiety during the first four to seven days… the withdrawal.
Or it could be a kitchen and cupboard you know, or refrigerator and cupboard full of all these awesome foods and beverages I’m going to talk about.
It could be a journal… so gathering resources is a very fun phase of it.
Because it’s fun… after you’ve learned all the things that can help you along this process, I find that a lot of people really love going out there and getting it.
It’s like a really fun process for most people, not everybody, but resources could be all sorts of things.
You know… comfortable clothes, running shoes… if you’re going to exercise… and the list goes on and on and on.
Phase 3 – Action
So, Phase 3 is “Action.” That is when you come up with the start date and you begin by either doing the “Taper Method” or the “Counterintuitive Methods” that I’m going to talk about.
I don’t ever recommend anybody get off buprenorphine cold-turkey.
Which is where you abruptly discontinue it after you’ve been on it for quite some time.
That is the cold turkey withdrawal, and there’s just no reason to do that.
There’s too many ways that you can get off that are gonna make you feel a lot better during the process.
So, that’s the Action Phase.
Start, come up with a start date and then you begin.
Phase 4 – Post-Acute Withdrawal
Phase 4 is the Post-Acute Withdrawal… we’re gonna talk more in detail on this later… this is just an overview, but after the acute withdrawal or after the transition off buprenorphine, even if you don’t go through an acute withdrawal, you will experience the post-acute withdrawal.
I don’t think… There’s only a few ways around this and I’m gonna talk about Ibogaine later, which is the only way that I know around this.
But… so during post-acute withdrawal, you create a biopsychosocial-spiritual, individualized PAWS Treatment Plan.
And I’m gonna go really deep into all of these different things, coming up.
Phase 5 – Pro-Recovery Habits
So, Phase 5 is the final phase and it’s called “Pro-Recovery Habits.” So, this is where you break the bad habits that were leading to drug use and maybe leading to relapse, and then you create positive habits.
Positive habits that can help to not only improve your life and your health, but can help you make sure that you never want to use opioids or get back on buprenorphine again.
And this is also where you’re building a new “Empowering Identity.”
I kind of like to call this phase “The Art of Staying Clean.”
It’s an art because there’s, you know, other people do it differently.
People do different things that help them stay clean.
So, there’s kind of a personalized, artistic, creative expression, here in this phase. Which I just think is so awesome, it’s amazing.
Okay, so now we’re gonna get into the different “Buprenorphine Detox Methods.”
Buprenorphine Detox Methods
Number 1 is the “Taper Method,” that the vast majority of people on buprenorphine formulations… they opted to go the taper route rather than a “Cold-Turkey Withdrawal,” and most people don’t even know about the “Counterintuitive Method.”
I’m going to talk about that in a second as well, but tapering is where you systematically reduce your dosage over time.
We’ll go more into detail on this too.
Another method is the “Cold-Turkey Method.”
Again, that’s where you abruptly discontinue taking buprenorphine, and it’s not recommended.
See that cold turkey right there in the snow.
It might be a little uncomfortable, but man going through a cold turkey withdrawal is a lot more uncomfortable.
And Number 3… this is my favorite method and it’s not for everybody.
And I’ll explain why pretty soon, but it’s where you switch over to a short-acting opioid, such as like kratom or hydrocodone or oxycodone or tramadol.
And then you detox off of that instead.
So, I’m gonna go into detail about this one.
The Counter-Intuitive Method
Why it’s my favorite and also why it’s not for everybody? So, here’s why I love the “Counterintuitive Method.” So tapering off buprenorphine… it takes discipline, serious biohacking, and serious discipline to feel okay during the process.
A lot of people are not disciplined enough to continue to go and taper down, even when they’re feeling symptoms and they don’t have as much energy.
A lot of people will just stay at that dose that makes them feel good enough, or maybe they’ll elevate their dose a little bit.
Very rare that I see a person that has the discipline to stick through the taper.
Now… with the “Biohacking Methods” and the other treatment modalities I’m going to talk about, you can taper and it’ll take a lot less discipline.
It’ll just take discipline to take the supplements and eat the foods and certain other things.
So, there’s still discipline, but you’re gonna feel more comfortable using these strategies with the taper protocol.
So it’ll make it a lot easier and then people will stick with it more. So tapering can take forever.
It can take forever and that’s just another reason why I like this method better.
It’s faster, it’s easier on your body and brain to switch to a short-acting opioid, and then use the short-acting opioid for about one to three weeks, then you can either do a super short one-to-three-week taper off the short-acting opioid, or you can go cold turkey.
A cold turkey withdrawal off the short-acting opioid with some of these methods I’m going to talk about coming up… the Gabapentin Method or the Lyrica Method, the Thomas Recipe or with other customized methods, with different withdrawal remedies that you can pick out.
So, let me talk a little bit about this.
Buprenorphine is really long-acting, and if you’ve been on it long-term and you try to taper off… well… the taper is gonna be long the end of the taper is gonna feel very long.
But it’s gonna be uncomfortable and then when you transition off, it’s gonna be a while before you start to feel your best with the energy and the mental health and everything.
So, again, with the biohacking strategies and other modalities I’m going to talk about, it can make it so much easier, so it’s a great way to do it.
But if you can do it faster and easier then that’s what I would do if I was on it again.
So, you cold turkey off a short-acting opioid after you switch your dependence.
You’re basically, by taking it for one to three weeks and especially when you take it for two to three weeks, you’re switching over… So, you’re like getting rid of your buprenorphine long-acting dependence.
And you’re becoming dependent on a short-acting opioids again, and then you just do a cold-turkey off that using some of the most amazing withdrawal remedies in the world.
Or you can do a short taper off of the cold turkey, the short-acting opioids. So, very effective, it is a really strategic multi-phase biohacking solution to get off buprenorphine with ease.
So, here are the two methods for cold turkey detox that are having the most success that help the most amount of people.
Now before, I want to get into these I want to talk about two things.
Number one is I’m teaching harm reduction in this webinar presentation.
In this, in these videos I’m teaching “Harm-Reduction,” which is using things like medications, maybe some natural drugs… mind-altering substances, basically to help you come off hard drugs.
So, some people don’t agree with that, but that’s what I teach, that’s my, I really love harm reduction.
If people are “Total Abstinence-Based” I think that’s wonderful for them.
But I’m gonna teach people this way too so they have more tools, more different things they can use, and then they can use whatever resonates with them.
So, another thing is since there’s 7 billion people on the planet and we all have different biochemical makeups… so, we’re all human, but we all vary a lot on our insides with our biochemical uniqueness.
So, some of these methods I’m going to talk about may not work for everyone or they may not work as well for some people.
But it’s all because you can never really tell how you’re gonna respond, either positively or negatively, or whatever to a medication, or even to a supplement, because we have the biochemical individuality, but I’m gonna talk about the methods that help the most amount of people.
And by far the two methods that help the most is the “Lyrica Method” and the “Gabapentin Method.” So, these are both very powerful gabapentinoid medications.
And what they do is they quiet that part of the brain that activates the fight-or-flight response, when your CNS goes into hyperdrive from the opioid withdrawal “Rebound Effect.”
So, these basically saturate your brain with GABA and there’s other mechanisms that happen too. But essentially, in basic terms, it quiets down that part of the brain that’s activating the fear response, the fight-or-flight.
And once that quiets down to a hush or total silence, then you’re not going through withdrawal.
So, a lot of medications and natural drugs can treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. But these two medicines most times, if you use these right dosages right here… and it’s going to be different for different people too… but it can actually shut down the entire opioid withdrawal syndrome and prevent withdrawal.
So, these ones are without a doubt helping the most amount of people.
Now some people they don’t help.
Some people, they get side-effects from these medicines.
But there’s a high percentage of people that are saying they’re “miracle medicines for withdrawal.”
And then we’ve got the old-school “Thomas Recipe.”
The Thomas Recipe
So, this is a combination of six things listed here. It’s taking a benzodiazepine such as Valium, Ativan, Librium, Xanax… all those different benzos in combination with Loperamide HCL, which is an over-the-counter diarrhea medicine.
The brand name for that is Imodium AD.
Along with L-Tyrosine, which is an amino acid that increases dopamine. So, it helps with the depression and the opioid withdrawal malaise feeling.
And then a multivitamin-mineral with B6 to help the tyrosine absorb.
And then hot baths.
So I’ve used this recipe before and it helped me so much.
The Thomas Recipe is responsible for countless individuals having comfortable withdrawals.
Custom Withdrawal Remedy Protocols
And then you can also use a combination of different stuff. So, maybe you go to your doctor and you can’t get any of these gabapentinoids, but he’ll give you some Valium for the withdrawal.
Or maybe your doctor won’t give you Valium, but he’ll give you, or she will give you clonidine, which is a really effective medication for withdrawal that’s a blood pressure med.
Excuse me, the one that can help the most is Baclofen.
We’ll talk about that in the upcoming slide.
Which I’m going to get more in detail to coming up as well.
So, I mean there’s just no excuse to be able to have a comfortable detox from home.
When you’re coming off of a short-acting opioid, and if you use the right stuff, you can have a hundred percent reduction of symptoms.
Or you can easily at least have a 90 percent reduction of symptoms.
And I’ve seen it happen time and time again for over seven years now.
And I’ve corresponded with probably 10,000 or more people.
So, I’ve got of this big old pool of this population over the years that I’ve seen… and these things really can work.
And then something that’s rare and very expensive is “Ibogaine Detox.”
So Iboga is a root in Africa that’s got an alkaloid in it called Ibogaine. What that is? It’s the world’s most powerful dissociative hallucinogen, and it’s also an NMDA receptor antagonist.
So, these NMDA receptor antagonist drugs, whether natural or man-made have been shown to be extremely helpful in either reducing or 100% eliminating the acute withdrawal symptoms.
And what’s unique about ibogaine, which is illegal here in the United States, but unregulated in Mexico, unregulated in Canada, unregulated in Puerto Rico, and many other countries.
Since it’s unregulated they are professional Ibogaine Treatment Centers, that’s usually about a week long.
And it’s typically about seven to ten thousand dollars and up.
What’s cool about ibogaine is… not only does it prevent acute withdrawal symptoms, but it’s said to totally reset your receptors in your brain to their pre-opioid addiction state.
So, it kind of gives you a clean slate, it prevents the Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.
But I’m going to talk about later.
So every single person I’ve ever heard from that has done this said that it was a totally amazing thing.
But almost everybody that I’ve heard from, this dozens of people also relapsed either a year or later.
So, it’s not a cure, but it can really help.
It can really help and it does help a lot of people.
Do Not Cold-Turkey Off Buprenorphine
So, I want to reiterate, do not… I repeat do not cold-turkey off buprenorphine. It’s hell and it takes forever. It’s a long process and it makes the, it’s the hardest way to do it.
And it makes the acute withdrawal longer and more severe than if you were to come off a short-acting opioid using the Counterintuitive Method.
And it also makes the post-acute withdrawal phase longer and more severe.
So, if you can, use the Counterintuitive Method, and if you can’t use that, use the Taper Method.
Harm Reduction is Not For Everyone
So, I want to say again that this Harm Reduction thing not for everyone. So, there’s a lot of people on buprenorphine… that’s definitely Harm Reduction. But they don’t want to go back to a short-acting opioids because they don’t want to lose their clean time.
Maybe they’re in NA or AA or some other type of program, and they’re keeping track of their clean time to where they’re not taking any unprescribed illicit substances.
So, then all of a sudden if they go back to kratom or hydrocodone, oxycodone or whatever, then their fear might be that they’ll either lose their clean date that, they’re you know talking about to everybody.
They don’t want to lose that clean time, or they’re afraid that they’re gonna get addicted to the short-acting opioids.
And then instead of using it strategically to minimize withdrawal symptoms and to speed up the process, they’re afraid they’re gonna get addicted to that, and then which is going to be just back to active addiction, which is going to be probably worse than Buprenorphine Maintenance.
So, those are just some things to tell you about, but if it was me, I love Harm Reduction.
And in the past, I’ve been able to use medicines and unprescribed drugs to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
So, I’m not at all recommending that you take any unprescribed medications.
Only get medications from your doctor, and only use them as prescribed.
And that goes the same for all this stuff in here too.
This is just all informational use, I know, I have it written down beneath.
But I just want to reiterate that, this is educational, informational use… not in any way, shape, or form medical advice.
But it does help to educate you and inform you on things that could potentially really help.
So, what you do is, you just take it to your doctor, ask them if you can do it, and then have them prescribe you a protocol, after you show them this information.
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