Oh That Smell
Wasn’t that an old Lynyrd Skynyrd song?
Ok, let’s get serious for a few minutes and talk about some of the symptoms you will go through once the physical withdrawal symptoms of withdrawing from heroin or opiates are over. So I’m sure we are all familiar with the first 72 hours of an opiate detox. Without the proper medication you are going to vomit continuously, have other horrible stomach issues, you will have restless legs and insomnia. Those are the major symptoms that everyone seems to want to talk about. But today I want to talk about a symptom that can literally drive you crazy but it’s not reality.
After about day seven or eight when you’re really starting to feel much better you are going to smell opiates at an extremely intense level. We all know that smell and it’s literally repulsive when you are trying to stay off opiates. But I am here to tell you that what you are smelling does not really exist. Your brain is extremely powerful and when you are coming off opiates your brain is trying to reset and re-fire and that awful opiate smell is actually a trigger in your brain and your brain is telling you that you are smelling these strong opiates out of memory. It will end by week 2!
I also want to talk about aggression for a few minutes. Coming off opiates can cause you to be extremely aggressive during the first week or two. First you need to acknowledge that the aggression is being caused by your brain completely freaking out and trying to reset itself. But there are also two very good ways to alleviate aggression caused by opiate withdrawal. First listen to music! Put your favorite band on and put your headphones in and just get lost in the music and I promise your aggression level will lower tremendously. The second way to battle aggression caused by opiate withdrawal is to exercise. Both listening to music and exercise release the brain’s natural feel good endorphins that will definitely help to reduce your aggression.
And I’m going to add a third way to get your brain right when you are fighting through opiate withdrawal and that is taking the right supplements! Taking supplements to reset your brain is one of the most important things you can do when you are fighting through opiate with drawl and opiate detox. Contact Dr. Cali Estes at The Addictions Coach for brain supplements at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or call 1-800-706-0318 ext 1 Contact them today!