Herbal remedies for a methadone detox


In Ireland methadone is sometimes called liquid handcuffs as users feel trapped and bound to their clinic and the life that surrounds collecting their methadone often on a daily basis.

First thing is to remember if you are thinking about coming off any medications you should talk to your prescribing doctor first. The information in this video is for educational purposes only. And you should consult with a herbalist before going on a course of herbs.

Methadone is an opioid medication and substitute drug for people dependent on heroin. Methadone helps people stop using heroin. However methadone is addictive and many users end up on methadone for years.

When users want to come off methadone, they struggle with the withdrawal symptoms and risk relapse and overdose if they use heroin during a methadone detox. Methadone on its own is a relatively safe drug.

The problem is that many methadone users are also on a cocktail of prescribed drugs including benzodiazepines and sleeping pills on top of their methadone. Many die before getting an opportunity to come off methadone.

Herbal medicine can play an important role in supporting people to over come their addiction to methadone and other drugs.

So here are some of the herbs that I can use to help someone with the withdrawal symptoms as they are tapered off methadone over a period of a year.

Herbs to nurture and support the Nervous system

Skull cap
St Johns Wort
Wood betony
Wild lettuce
and Hops

Herbs to support regeneration of the Liver

Milk Thistle
Burdock root
and Turmeric

Adaptogen herbs to support people through a process of change and stress

Siberian ginseng
and Licorice

Heart herbs to support the cardio vascular system

and Cayenne pepper

Herbs to improve digestion and move constipation

Cascara Sagrada
Rhubarb root
and Ginger

Urinary tract herbs to support elimination of toxins

Celery seed
and Bearberry

Herbs for adrenal fatigue and for energy

Korean ginseng
and Ashwagandha

I would also use the herb devils claw for muscle aches and pains

So we have wide range of herbs to draw on and to support someone going through a methadone detox.

Many of these herbs are supported by scientific research

A successful methadone detox involves more than herbs.

You will need a holistic plan to support you during your detox journey

You must be motivated and want to start a detox

You will need social supports, friends and family

You will need to be in secure housing

You will need to work in partnership with your doctor, an herbalist and a counsellor

Your doctor will support you with a methadone tapering detox during the first year

You will need to improve your diet

You should also consider mindfulness meditations

and keep busy during your detox by taking up exercise, or doing a course that interests you

Remember talk to your prescribing doctor before coming off any medications and talk to an herbalist before starting a course of herbs.

I wish you well on your detox journey!

Remember always consult with a doctor if you have an illness and consult with an herbalist if you want to go on a course of herbs.

These videos are for information purposes only. If you taking medications consult with a medical doctor. If you want to take a course of herbs I recommend you talk to a herbalist. If you want more information contact me by email.

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