Opiate Withdrawal Massage
An acceptable alternative to Suboxone: Opiate withdrawal massage
Many different types of massage therapy can help during detox, and opiate withdrawal. Opiate withdrawal massage can be any form of massage that are known to relieve stress, relax, and calm the mind/body, which are all healthy and helpful things for someone going through the uncomfortable process of detoxing from opiates and opioids. When people are detoxing from opiates or going through opiate withdrawal their brain releases less dopamine than a sober person not going through withdrawal, an opiate addicts brain is normally flooded with more dopamine than the average person while using, so when they stop using opiates their dopamine levels are depleted. This is what makes massage during opiate withdrawal so helpful. Opiate withdrawal massage helps the body kick start dopamine production in people who's brains are depleted of dopamine. Replacing regular opiate use with regular massage over a long period of time, massage can cause dopamine levels to increase steadily. Opiate withdrawal massage should be used in combination with other therapies to help a person get over acute withdrawal, and continued to help post acute withdrawal.
Opiate withdrawal massage not only helps with the detoxification process but also helps with Restless Leg Syndrome that is common to occur during the withdrawal process. Some people claim the only good sleep they get the first week of withdrawal is after a massage because massage can lessen the awful feeling of restless leg syndrome. Stress is common for the person going through withdrawal. It is a known fact that massage helps relieve stress both short term and long term. Massage can help a person get over withdrawal and help them stay clean. Cortisol is known as the 'stress' hormone, massage decreases this hormone in the body, and also helps reduce breathrate, and heart rate relaxing the body.
Detoxification is the key to getting clean and staying clean. Massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph, allowing the body to flush any toxic chemicals left over in the body during drug abuse faster than without opiate withdrawal massage. It is important to understand that massage should be combined with other therapies, and not expected to be the 'magic bullet' to full on recovery. Drug dependance and abuse can cause many problems that can be alieviated with opiate withdrawal massage, such as muscle pain, medication dependancy, poor circulation, muscle spasm and cramping, sleep quality, and lack of energy.