Opiate Withdrawal (S3E2)

The recent news is awash with stories of the seriousness of the opiate crisis and how widespread the problem is. What seems to be conspicuously absent however, is any mention of an intervention that practically obliterates the opiate withdrawal syndrome. If I were a betting man, I would say that this is due to both the lack of profit derived from the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the relative simplicity in administering it. As Murphy’s law dictates, the simplest solution is seldom the first one employed.

The intervention that I am referring to is the Meyer’s IV cocktail, which is either an IV push of nutrients in a 20ml syringe, or a 50ml IV bag. The contents of the syringe would be 600mg of Magnesium-Chloride, B complex containing 100mg of vitamin B1, 300mg of Niacinamide, 2mg of vitamin B2, 2mg of vitamin B5, 100mg of vitamin B6, 5000mg of Vitamin C and the remainder as sterile water. The only difference between the syringe and the bag would be the amount of Vitamin C, with the bag containing up to 20000mg.

Dr. John Meyers, of Baltimore, Maryland, was the physician that invented this particular form of therapy in the 1970s and modified its contents to suit the conditions that he treated in his patients. It has since become a staple of Orthomolecular medicine and is used by many practitioners in practice today. The previously described mix is specific for opiate withdrawal. It is given 2-3 times in the 72 hours that withdrawal normally takes and drastically dials down the discomfort that withdrawal causes. However, those whom are unable to find a practicing ND or MD who can administer the 2-3 Meyers Cocktails need not loose hope. Oral administration of the nutrients is also possible, albeit in greater doses. Typically, the oral protocol would be 1000mg Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) per hour (until bowel tolerance- which is a gassy feeling in the abdomen). This is required, along with a high potency B complex (3 doses per day) and Magnesium Citrate (500mg 2-3 times per day). Bear in mind that these doses are higher due to the lower absorption orally. These supplements can be found at most health food stores. The oral protocol is also followed for 72 hours to help the passing of withdrawal.

One word of caution is also warranted. It is important to remember that one should not decide to try these protocols without proper preparation. Going to a practitioner without notice, when opiate withdrawal has already started will make it difficult to ensure that a smooth withdrawal can take place. Likewise, if you can’t find a practitioner, ensure that you have all the necessary supplements and support from those close to you before the process starts.

After withdrawal is over, counseling to help with processing the reasons for addiction, and acupuncture to help with cravings, as well as continuing nutritional interventions, are also essential to proper recovery from opiate addiction.

Be Well and Be Zen



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