Which method is right for you?

Once you have made the decision that you want to detox your body from opiates there are a lot of paths you can take to get there, but your first and most basic decision really boils down to one of two options: you can quit cold turkey or you can taper off of the opiates. When it comes to a successful opiate detox, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. What works best for you will not necessarily work best for the next individual. There are advantages and disadvantages to each path.

Going cold turkey means that you are going to suddenly stop taking opiates, face the withdrawal head on, and try to get through it as quickly as possible. Cold turkey is often reported to be the most successful path. The phrase short-term pain for long-term gain is often brought up when talking to people who quit cold turkey.

The withdrawal will be more intense, but shorter lived. For some people getting through the cravings and both physical and emotional distress of withdrawal as quickly as possible makes the likelihood of a relapse significantly lower.

On the other hand, others have found the intense discomfort too much to bear and will be more likely to give in to their cravings to relieve their anguish. In this situation, an approach of tapering will be more suitable. Tapering will lessen the opiate withdrawal symptoms during the detox. While making the withdrawal more bearable may sound like the obvious choice, it is not quite that simple.

Tapering will often draw out the detox for weeks or even months until you reach a day where your body is no longer physically addicted to opiates and their effects. For some that is not a problem, while for others this only increases the chance of a relapse.

If you are going to plan out a tapering detox, you really should consult with a medical professional who can advise you and help you to come up with a schedule that is best for you. Each type of opiate behaves differently in our body (for example, some remain in our body longer than others). That needs to be taken into account when planning a tapering schedule.

There is no argument that tapering can be less physically demanding than quitting cold turkey, however it is more complicated and requires more diligence on your part to stick to a plan over a longer period of time.

While the withdrawal might scare some people away from trying cold turkey, there are supplements out there that can be used to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms. Nothing will eliminate the symptoms completely, but they can potentially ratchet the intensity down enough to make it much more bearable.

Which actually brings us to a third option. One could combine some of these supplements and other home remedies to ease the withdrawal symptoms with a more rapid tapering schedule. In other words, you taper down more quickly, which is going to bring on some withdrawal symptoms. They will be less intense than quitting cold turkey, but still present. Supplements and other home remedies can be even more effective in counteracting these symptoms in their lessened intensity.

In some regards, this option combines the best of both worlds: you can detox more quickly, lessening the likelihood of a relapse, while not having to experience the intense withdrawal of quitting cold turkey.

Whichever method you choose, if you are doing this at home yourself, it is best to have someone with you for support along the way, especially if you choose to go cold turkey.