Methods of Opiate Withdrawal Treatment

Opiate withdrawal is a difficult process that often requires medical treatment and holistic intervention to go smoothly. Various methods of opiate treatment exist to make the process of recovery more comfortable and controllable for the user.

The most common methods of treatment include:

  • Medications such as Methadone
  • Therapy such as CBT
  • Holistic intervention such as Nutritional guidance

Each of these methods of treatment can help the user to:

  • Feel physically better.
  • Learn how to cope with cravings.
  • Feel mentally better.
  • Become more in control of their addiction.


Treatment options for opiate withdrawal may vary according to the needs of the addicted individual. A severe addiction may require the use of the following medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms:

  • Methadone: A conventional medicines used to treat addictions related to opioid type drug addictions. It has been proven effective in helping reduce or eliminate the negative symptoms of withdrawal
  • Buprenorphine: Another medication used in the treatment of addiction to hydrocodone and other narcotic pain killers. Shown to be quite effective in relieving the pain associated with withdrawal.
  • Naltrexone: This medication is an opioid antagonist and can help block the cravings commonly felt during withdrawal.
  • Naloxone: Another opioid antagonist medicine that helps reverse the effects of hydrocodone. It is used mostly in events where large amounts of an opioid type drug -like hydrocodone- was taken and resulted in an overdose.


In addition to medications, therapy can also provide a strong sense of recovery from opiate withdrawal. Various types of treatment may be used, including:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Group counseling
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Sober living resources
  • Support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous
  • Family therapy
  • Holistic Intervention
  • Nutritional therapy
  • other forms of comprehensive intervention can help to ward off symptoms of opiate withdrawal

Methods of holistic opiate withdrawal treatment may include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Yoga
  • Equine therapy
  • Medical intervention

Together, counseling, therapy and medications can be used to provide a patient with a rounded approach to a successful recovery from opiate addiction and withdrawal.