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An opium user. Can I stop it without being on medication ?

Hi I am an opium user and have been using it for 1 and a half year now. I wanted to ask was I have cut down the usage by 75% and I take around 0.5gm a day now for the last 12days. I wanted to leave that all together I am worried that I may have some sort of heath problem like fits or heart attack if I cut it completely now. Am I doing it right if I just completely stop taking it without any medication? I do not want to take any medicine. Please advise about the risks and after effects?
Asked On : Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is good that you have made a decision to quit your drug addiction and have reduced the amount significantly. Now, opium withdrawal can be quite unpleasant, but it is usually not dangerous or life threatening. Many people have successfully quitted 'cold turkey'. Supportive measures like good hydration, adequate rest and symptomatic home remedies can help inn easing out the withdrawal symptoms.

But I would still feel that it would be a good idea to seek professional help because you can benefit from psychological therapies which can enhance your motivation and prevent relapses.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello pcool31
Welcome to Health Care Magic

In de-addiction programs most difficult step in de-addiction is to have motivation to quit drug and you are motivated. This is a good step in improvement of life. Taking opium for about 1.5 years must have made you dependent to opium so it is not advisable to quit it suddenly, risk of severe withdrawal is there.
Best is to visit a psychiatrist and take advise but you don't want to take medicines.
-So best in your case is gradually decrease the dose of drug by about 5-10% daily and reach the zero dose in about 2 weeks. But even with gradual tapering you will experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, restlessness, muscle spasms, stomach pains, fatigue, lacrimation, rarely seizures, delirium also. You can take non opioid analgesic drug for stomach pains and muscle fatigue.
- Take coffee 3-4 times a day
- If you develop fever, confusion visit a psychiatrist.
- for relief of anxiety take benzodiazepines like clonazepam, but these drugs are also addictive so take only when needed, don't become dependent on them.

Hope I cleared your doubt.
Take Care
Answered: Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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