Opiates are powerful drugs that are illegal and legal, depending on the type. Prescription opiates and street drugs both create manipulative patterns in the brain and can even lead to loss of white matter and amygdala volume [1]. These components are vital for emotional responses, memory, decision making, and more. When an individual stops using opiates, their brain and chemical systems within their body go haywire as they try to level without the chemicals they’ve become dependent upon. This can result in a variety of withdrawals that make opiate detox a difficult process. At Detox Boca, our Boca Raton treatment center, we offer services to help ease the opioid detox processes.

Medically supervised detox can help manage symptoms of opiate detox. These symptoms [2] include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Cramping
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting

These symptoms usually begin within 12 hours of the last opiate or opioid use, and within 30 hours of the last methadone exposure [2]. Opiate detox withdrawal symptoms can be exhausting, but they are not deadly. The right support, such as support from our professionals, can help you through detox. But, how can you regain energy after making it through detox?

Tips for Fighting Fatigue after Detox

Dopamine can be drained during the detox process, which can lead to fatigue. There are natural ways to increase your body’s levels of dopamine and energy following opioid detox:

  • Eat the right foods. Foods heavy in saturated fats can reduce dopamine receptor sensitivity [3], so avoid these foods if you’re looking to kick post-detox fatigue. Instead, try foods such as green tea, beets, bananas, avocados, nuts, and soy products.
  • Get active. It can seem counter-productive, but getting active when you’re fatigued can help you feel better in the long-run. Fresh air and physical activity can help improve mood and energy levels.
  • Play some music. Whether you’re singing or listening to music, your dopamine and energy levels can increase with the help of some music [4]. Consider listening to your favorite songs, or singing some songs as well!

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