Recovery from Herion Addiction Using Buprenex
Heroin addicts can stop withdrawal symptoms using
Buprenex. Buprenex is an analgesic
and is of low level abuse potential. It
has the ability to stop the pain of withdrawal.
Buprenex has been in use in England and France for the past several years
under different trade names. Buprenex
is currently awaiting approval in the U.S. from the FDA.
Buprenorphine, a painkiller used safely for decades, is the current name
in the U.S. of Buprenex. When Buprenorphine is approved for the use of heroin addicts
to stop opiate withdrawal symptoms it will go under the trade name of Buprenex.
Buprenorphine is a painkiller that can even be prescribed for pregnant
women. Furthermore buprenorphine can stop withdrawal symptoms in
pregnant heroin addicts and this means the unborn child can be born drug free.
There are two periods of time after you stop heroin
use, one is the detox period lasting the first 3-4 weeks and the other is the
recovery period that usually lasts 3-6 months when you are using Buprenex.
The detox period is described in another article on this web site and is
a period of time when there is great stress from heroin use and the detox period
is used to decrease stress as well as an abstinence period. The
recovery period is a time to focus on repairing and rebuilding the body.
The healthier you become the greater is your ability to avoid relapses.
Also, many theories on relapse believe that associations, triggers, and
cravings lead to the relapse. The
body works by the method of pathways. There
are optimal pathways and less optimal pathways – survival pathways.
When the body is running correctly it will use the optimal pathways and
block the less optimal pathways. Heroin
use results in the less optimal pathways being used and therefore if an addict
were to improve their health to the point where the optimal pathways are being
used again, this would shut down less optimal pathways where many of the old
sensations and cravings originate. Therefore
improving a heroin addicts body produces the benefits of greater health, faster
recovery, decreases stress, closes down old less optimal pathways in the body,
and many more benefits. Thus the
idea of recovery should be much greater than just stopping opiate use, it should
be a time to fortify body and mind to help against future relapse and build a
Dr. Bob is mentioned many times on this web site.
He was a MD internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD, psychiatrist,
chiropractor, and healer 65 years. He
was also a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years
before he passed away. He started
treating addicts in the 1930's and continued to treat them into the 1990's.
The following are his ideas on recovery for addicts and how to repair and
rebuild the body.
Bob felt digestion was the number one concern for an addict.
Proper nutrition is a big part of regenerating the body and mind after
repeated heroin use. Dr. Bob found
many addicts had digestion problems, in particular decreased enzyme levels. Enzymes are necessary for digestion to work properly.
He advised the following:
Take 2-3 pancreatic enzymes such as pepsin, aloe Vera, papaya, or others
30 minutes before meals.
Take 2-3 capsules of digestive enzymes at the end of the meal.
Take 1-4 capsules of digestive enzymes 45 minutes after you take your
first bite of food.
4. Dr. Bob advised
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate) mixed in liquid 45
minutes after you have started a meal. Proper digestion requires an alkaline
environment in the small intestine. The
stomach produces acid. When food enters the small intestine the acid from the
stomach enters also. The bicarb
neutralizes the acid. This can help
digestive enzymes work properly (they cannot function optimally or may not
function at all – when the small intestine is acidic, not alkaline).
A slightly alkaline environment optimizes digestion.
The digestion needs to be alkaline about 45 minutes after you begin
eating. He also recommended a multi-vitamin and mineral at every
meal. The stress of heroin usually
results in nutrient depletion and a multi-mineral and vitamin is insurance from
nutrient depletion. He advised
using the multi-vitamin and mineral called Maxilife.
This is a brand sold in health food stores. Dr. Bob recommended it because it has the right doses to
cover almost all deficiencies and this is insurance all heroin addicts need.
The multi provides necessary nutrient cofactors in digestion and
therefore should be included in every meal.
repair and rebuild the body and this is what is needed during recovery.
There are many different antioxidants that are useful for the body. Dr. Bob recommended several antioxidants for the recovery of
heroin use because they are found often in the optimal pathways of the body and
they are therefore needed to revitalize health and close down less optimal
pathways. He recommended at the
beginning of recovery 3-12 grams of vitamin C in divided doses, 600 mg of alpha
lipoic acid in divided doses, 800-1600 I.U. of dry vitamin E in divided doses,
and 150 mg of selenium, preferably selenomethonine, all as a daily dose.
As your health improves he said you could use half these amounts.
He recommended you continue all of these antioxidants for your lifetime
to continually aid in combating the stress of life.
can improve the heart, lungs, muscles, immune system, and many more aspects of
the body. Exercise is a way to
decrease the stress of heroin use in the body and is something Dr. Bob
recommended for all addicts. He
advised regular exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. Doing it regularly produces a lot more benefit according to
Dr. Bob. He also advised no
exercise period be longer then 1 hour and exercise only moderately. Overdoing it can create stress and the whole idea of exercise
for heroin addicts is to decrease stress.
Bob advised high levels of nutrition to rebuild the body.
There are many ideas on nutrition, but Dr. Bob's main emphasis for a
heroin addict was to take a multi-vitamin and mineral at every meal and he
preferred the brand called Maxilife previously discussed.
Bob advised yoga. He said it could
decrease recovery to a 40-90 day period. He
explained that yoga decreases stress fast by normalizing many aspects of the
body rapidly. Balancing hormones,
increasing joint flexibility, improving circulation, detoxing the body, and many
other improvements can result from yoga.
Breathing exercises: Another way to decrease stress
in the body, according to Dr. Bob, were breathing techniques.
Supplementation of protein: The body needs to rebuild
and repair from the stress of heroin use. The body will mainly use protein to accomplish the task of
rebuilding the body. At first, a
heroin addict may have impaired digestion and this means eating too many meat
and diary proteins to get essential protein the body needs, may lead to toxicity
due to not properly digested protein from an impaired digestive system.
Therefore during recovery, Dr. Bob advised supplementing ion-exchanged
whey protein concentrate, at least 1-3 times a day.
The whey is pre-digested and therefore easy to digest.
liver is the major method in the body for detox. Heroin use leads to toxicity in the body and therefore the
liver is vital in ridding the body of many toxic wastes. Also heroin use may have resulted in impaired liver function.
Dr. Bob advised milk thistle in the A.M. and P.M. to aid the liver.
A final note is heroin use results in less optimal
pathways in the body being used for the processes necessary for survival.
Less optimal pathways are pro-inflammatory, often do not effectively
transport substances in the body, do not always lead to substances working once
they get to the appropriate site, and other less than optimal events occurring.
This kind of decreased functioning and efficiency create stress in the
body. Decreased enzyme levels,
enzymes that are blocked in the body, exhaustion of the immune system, imbalance
of hormones, overuse of cortisol, inefficient manufacture of vital substances in
the body, and many more forms of stress are created from heroin use and the loss
of optimal pathways. Recovery is a
time to regain use of optimal pathways. Nutrition,
supplementation, exercise, and other methods begin to open up the optimal
pathways. Once you open optimal
pathways, this blocks the old pathways and this results in reducing stress.
If during recovery, you do not optimize your body, you subject yourself
to the old pathways and this is a boring and dangerous way to go.
It also leads to cravings and old sensations and the possibility of
relapse may increase. Remember,
ultimately every addict is responsible for their own health.
Recovery is a time of spiritual, mental, and physical recovery. You need all three to be balanced.
Dr. Bob advised all addicts, "go with the flow and contribute to the music of the motion."
Note – In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, "almost all supplement companies produce poor quality." You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bob’s approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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