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Hey, this is Matt with a brand new training video on three of the most common questions I get and it all has to do with “Will I ever feel normal again after quitting opiates?”. That is a common question and then that can be kind of broken down into these three sub-divisions.
So number one is – “Will I ever feel normal again after I quit, and then if so, how long will it take to feel good again?”
And then finally, if I will feel normal and if the person knows about how long it’s going to take, then they ask “What can I do to feel good again?”
What can kind of speed that up? — because after you quit opiates, it just really takes a toll on your body and that’s because after the acute withdrawal comes something called Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, also known as PAWS. So that’s the battle after the acute opioid withdrawal syndrome phase that a lot of people don’t know about until the first time they go through it.
So I’m going to briefly cover what PAWS is.
It’s a bio-psycho-social disorder that comes after the acute withdrawal like I said, and it results from damage done to the brain and stress due to living life without drugs. So when you use opioid drugs long term, you have a huge dopamine and endorphin deficiency after you come off these drugs, at minimum.
Typically you have more neurotransmitter deficiencies than this as well, and there’s a lot of other stuff going on in the brain but this lack of dopamine especially is detrimental because you can’t feel pleasure, you’re exhausted and you have no motivation.
So while you do have other symptoms, after you quit opioids, after the acute withdrawal phase, what I find is that when people have that extreme anhedonia – that is the inability to feel pleasure – and that extreme lack of motivation and that exhaustion, life just really drags on and so I really feel like those two symptoms – fatigue and anhedonia – are responsible for more people going back to using opioids than all of the other symptoms combined.
So PAWS can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months or several months, even a year or longer.
I have seen it last for several years with some people. So you really need to correct the biochemical balances because the brain is really affected when you take these opioid drugs long term. So when you get off them, you have to correct the brain chemistry imbalances. I’m going to teach you a little bit about how to do that in this video.
So let’s break down this question a little bit further.
Number one – Will I ever feel normal again?
Well, it does depend on what you do after you quit these drugs.
If you don’t address the subject of healing an addicted brain, you may have the bad feelings and the anxiety and the depression and the fatigue. You might have those for a really long time, but if you do restore your biochemistry to optimal functioning, you cannot only feel normal again but you can even feel better than ever before in your entire life and I’m living proof that that can happen for anybody.
So the second question that comes along with this little set of three is – How long until I can feel good again?
Well, it could take a really long time.
Like I said if you don’t address the biochemical imbalances, depending on your biochemistry, but if you take the right supplements, eat the right diet and also exercise, I have seen people feel 100% within as little as two weeks. Typically it takes 3-4 and even up to six weeks to feel 100%, but it really can go fast and I have seen people completely bypass this post-acute withdrawal phase when they use enough of these strategies put together.
So that’s what I’m going to talk about now.
Number three – What can I do to feel good again? So exercise, supplementation, and nutrition are what I call “The Key 3”.
These three are a triad of complete restoration of brain health and along with those three – deep tissue massage, qigong, tai chi, acupuncture… all these other things you see here, which I won’t go deep into, but they can all really help you feel good again. Now as you see, a lot of them address the body and the brain, and then you see journaling and counseling and work with an Opiate Recovery Coach.
Supplements and exercise and all that type of stuff helps correct the hardware of your brain, but then you’ve got the software of the brain as well. So that’s the thoughts, beliefs, values and all that kind of stuff that goes with it.
So that’s where counseling, therapy, recovery coaches can help.
So all those things right there can help a lot but there’s so much more.
That’s just really not even the tip of the iceberg, but let’s talk a little bit about the best supplements for the treatment of post-acute withdrawal, because I know not a lot of people are going to do like a million things to feel better, but everyone can take supplements and what I have found is that these are the easiest, fastest, and most inexpensive and simplest way to feel better after quitting.
So I’m not going to go deep into these because that would make this a really long webinar. I just wanted to make this a brief overview video on this topic of what you can do to feel better again after you quit. So you can take a screenshot of this or you can take notes, or what you can do is if you view the description box of this video, I’ll have a link to the blog post, and on the blog post with this video on it I’ll have more information on the supplements and some of my favorite brands and all of that.
Make sure you use the best brands because all supplements are not created equal. You do need to make sure you’re getting high-quality brands and those can be found at Whole Foods, GNC, The Vitamin Shoppe… just don’t get your supplements at Walmart or Target.
Okay, my parrot is screaming in the background. That must be a very important part. Papaya the parrot is saying “Yes, make sure it’s the best brands”. She’s a very intuitive and even probably a psychic green-cheek conure parrot.
So at this point, since you’ve stayed until the end I’d like to offer you something that I call The Opiate Recovery Toolkit, and so what that is is it’s a digital download that I am giving away for free.
What it has in it is the Top 4 Remedies for Opiate Withdrawal, How To Get Off Opiates At Home, which is a 4-video mini-course and then a PDF I did called “The Top 6 Methods of Opiate Detox”. So if you’re new and a beginner to opiate recovery, this is a great place to start.
Like I said, it’s all digital.
Nothing is mailed to your home, you just get it free, delivered right to your email and your email is totally secure and confidential. It’s never sold to anyone. You’re not spammed.
Yeah, the total value of this is $67 because it does have the free online course in there. The other things are pretty inexpensive, but today’s price is going to be free.
Giving it away as just a freebie; and if you’ve found any value at all in this video, if you even learned one new thing that you feel is going to benefit your life, please subscribe to my channel. It really — The subscriptions and when you give it a thumbs up, or even a thumbs down, believe it or not, all those things help the channel grow and Papaya is telling you to do that. Papaya says “subscribe”. She always squeaks at the important parts.
So again, this is Matt Finch, the founder opiateaddictionsupport.com and the creator of several online courses and I’m an Opiate Recovery Coach. You can learn more about opiate recovery in the description box and I will see you on the next training video.
Oh, and one more thing. Thanks for staying until the end. You rock! You’re one of the few people that actually stays until the end, so I really appreciate that. Okay, have a great one. Bye.
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I’ve found so much of your other information absolutely amazing, I got through the detox off codeine relatively pain free using your advice of vitamin c & immodium. Now comes the hard part, I’m in a total funk mood wise so need something to pick me up. I’m doing yoga & meditation at night but I believe a supplement would really help. I’m suffering with very low energy & motivation.
Any advice welcome. Thanks for this website I’m so glad I stumbled across it in my time of need.
Just want to express my deepest gratitude for all the time and energy you put into helping people, me being of them.
Nothing on the planet compares to the resources you offer so freely and extensively to people and it is without a doubt the most comprehensive opiate addiction website/resource on the planet.
You have put so much hard work, knowledge, lived experience and research into your website and videos and you have one of the easiest listening voices I have ever heard.
I run a codeine addiction support group and I not only regularly post your material but refer people to your website all the time.
I let people know that you offer paid products but that there is also an absolute wealth/gold mine of free information to be found.
I actually started my support group back in 2017 and even though I am based in Western Australia the bulk of my members are from the UK because our group is the closest thing they could find.
The UK D&A services are in an appalling state with drastic cuts to funding.
The UK has been so far behind the rest of the world in addressing opioid addiction, almost like they have just put their head in the sand.
I read a quote from the NHS UK just 2 days ago that said and I quote:
“It’s possible to become addicted to codeine, but this is rare if you’re taking it to relieve pain and your doctor is reviewing your treatment regularly”.
I am currently getting quite an influx of people from the UK because up until now people have been able to buy massive amounts of pure codeine from on line pharmacies without a doctors script.
That loophole has only recently been finally closed leaving a lot of desperate people.
One member who has just joined has been on 60 x 30 mg codeine a day for 4 years and has taken 2 weeks off to go cold turkey and I am trying to give her all the help and guidance I can.
Personally, I think anyone on that amount is going to really struggle without MAT but unfortunately that is not an option for her.
There is going to be a great need in the UK and hopefully your resources will make great inroads.
Thanks again Matt.
Great to hear from you, my friend. And I wish it were under better circumstances. That’s truly awful about the codeine addicts having this resource taken away while simultaneously not having effective resources to quit where they live. I appreciate you sending people to my website and sharing my content, and I’d bet that in doing so, you’ve helped a lot of people beat codeine addiction. I’m stoked to see you’re still at it helping people with your group. Let me know if you ever need anything… anything at all.