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Many persons addicted to opiates were put on these painkillers following a trauma or surgery. Other persons, typically personalities of a sensitive type, are drawn to opiates because they aid in dampening emotional sensitivity. A physical dependence to opiates can form incredibly easily. This physical dependence can make it increasingly challenging for one to relieve pain without continuously raising their opiate dosage. Physical dependence can also make it incredibly challenging for one to stop using opiates without professional guidance. Morphine, Oxycodone, and other opiate medications provide a fake sense of the body’s natural painkillers, also called endorphins. The endorphins may be a contributing reason to why a person initially starts taking opiates. If an endorphin deficiency is present, the person often feels other people’s emotions too much, and this excessive sensitivity can be painful. If a person with low endorphin levels uses an opiate, they may feel more normal than they ever have because of the endorphin rush.

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your pain without addictive opiates?

Opiate withdrawal, if done correctly, can be relatively painless and entirely tolerable. The combination of a week to two week long course of endorphin building nutrients, a slow tapering process, and other opiate withdrawal help methods  make this withdrawal surprisingly mild. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. Raising these natural painkillers using nutrients also effectively lessens opiate withdrawal symptoms, provides long-lasting relief, and significantly lowers the potential for future relapse. For extremely difficult cases, we have a relationship with a nearby hospital that will convert the person off of the high dose opiate and onto a more manageable drug like Suboxone. We can then follow the same endorphin building protocols to taper them entirely off of all drugs.

You can find relief AND be off of drugs--and maintain it.

Why does a person experience opiate withdrawal?
The opiate has been providing an artificial source of pain killing endorphins; this shuts down the body’s natural endorphin production. When a person tries to get off opiates, there are no endorphins to block pain, and therefore, even light touch is painful. Clothes on the skin are painful; showers hurt, even digestion - which is normally not felt - is painful. This is also the case for emotions. Since there are no endorphins to block emotional sensitivity, the person in opiate withdrawal experiences heightened emotional sensitivity. This can make opiate withdrawal effects some of the most painful of any drug withdrawals, and can be further complicated by the desire to injure oneself.

You don’t have to choose between pain and
being drugged there is a third option....

Why do people begin using opiates?
We have distinct neurochemical expressions for each of the feelings that we pick up from a person at a distance; we feel anger toward the person who is upset, and we might feel excitement about the person interested in us. That is called limbic resonance. When a person is low endorphins, they pick up on others emotions too acutely, and this over-sensitivity becomes emotionally painful for them. When this sort of personality finds opiates, they often feel “ok” for the first time. Some persons even cut on themselves as it will release endorphins, and provide a similar sense of relief.

Feeding the emotional brain -- The Limbic Brain
can lessen physical and emotional pain

How do opiates work?
Opiates duplicate the action of the body’s natural painkillers, collectively referred to as endorphins and enkephalins. Endorphins not only block the sensation of physical pain, but also block emotional pain as well. A natural ability of any mammal is to be able to perceive the emotions of another mammal. All mammals have a limbic brain ( emotional brain ), and it is in the limbic area where most of the endorphins are synthesized and used. This natural ability to “read” another person’s emotions is what allows us to perceive threat, and also to engage in bonding experiences. What BLOCKS that ability is endorphins. We know if the person beside us on the freeway wants to pick a fight due to road rage, or if they want us to pull over at the next exit and get our phone number because they find us attractive

Do you feel hopeless about being
emotionally sensitive or stuck in PTSD?

Avoiding opiate withdrawal.
Endorphin building supplements and nutrients used in combination with slow, gentle opiate tapering makes this process surprisingly mild and tolerable. Increasing endorphins, the natural painkillers in the body eases withdrawal drastically. During opiate discontinuation, the person also receives amino acids designed to restore the low-endorphin state of the body. The most successful clients include physical exercise, high protein foods, and an elimination of sugars, cigarettes, and processed foods during their opiate withdrawal treatment regimen. All of this effectively alleviates withdrawal, offers lasting relief and vastly lessens the chance of future relapse. In certain situations of severe opiate addiction, we collaborate with a nearby hospital that converts the client off of the high opiate dosage and onto a more tolerable medication like Suboxone. Then, we can follow the same endorphin creating protocols to taper the client entirely off of all drugs.

You can naturally adjust the neurochemistry and
find the relief you’ve been self-medicating for.

Because opiates mimic endorphins, they shut down the body’s natural process of endorphin creation. When someone is attempting to get off opiates, their endorphins are depleted, and this can make everything feel painful – even touch. Opiate withdrawal can have a similar effect on emotions. Since no endorphins are present to limit emotional sensitivity, the person going through withdrawal often experiences emotional pain. This can make the effects of opiate withdrawal some of the worst of any drug. When done correctly, withdrawing from opiates can be perfectly tolerable with little to no pain. With nutrients that build endorphins, a slow opiate tapering process, and additional methods; this process can be extremely mild. When we raise the natural painkillers with nutrients, the chance of relapse is tremendously lessened, and long-term relief can be achieved. Our gradual tapering methods can relieve the majority of withdrawal effects.

We aim to address the underlying causes of pain in order
to help residents obtain sustained relief.

For cases of severe physical dependence, Alternative to Meds Center maintains a relationship with a hospital that can convert the individual from their opiate of choice to a drug that is easier to manage such as Suboxone. Then, we can comfortably taper the individual off drugs entirely. Using corrective techniques that are targeted for the cause of why a person began to take opiates, relief and balance can become a reality. Many of our staff members have been in similar situations which they have overcome and can now offer true compassion. If you or a loved one is taking opiates and want another way to alleviate emotional and physical sensitivity, we urge you to call us and get the guidance you are searching for.

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And there may a broken spirit.

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