Are you finding it hard to take your life back after quitting opiates? Are you fatigued for no reason, gaining weight in just your belly, craving salty foods? You might just have a condition or abnormality brought on by the abuse of opiates.
“Opiates have effects on adrenal and gonadal function. Opiates suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. During withdrawal from opiates, the HPA axis is activated which may reinforce relapse behavior.” This brings on depression and stress, as well as metabolic conditions that keep you from maintaining a healthy weight and lead to odd weight gain in the belly.
“In healthy individuals, pulsatile secretion of corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) in the hypothalamus causes pituitary secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which stimulates cortisol synthesis and release from the adrenal cortex. Opiate administration disrupts this pathway through the inhibition of CRH release, leading to reduced cortisol production,” according to a study published by The U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
What Does This Actually Mean?
Your body has undergone a trauma and your adrenal glands are dependent upon the opiates in order to function properly. Now that you are sober, you might be experiencing Adrenal Fatigue.
The signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:
● Trouble getting up in the morning
● High levels of fatigue everyday
● Inability to handle stress
● Cravings for salty foods
● Higher levels of energy in the evening
● Daily or overuse of stimulants like caffeine
● Weakened immune system
What Can You Do To Help Support Your Adrenal Glands?
Talk to your doctor. This will help you determine if you do have adrenal fatigue or if the opiates triggered another underlying condition. You’ve been masking your health for so long with pain relievers that you might just not be in tune with your body.
Discuss taking a supplement for adrenal fatigue support. Herbs and vitamins that support adrenal glands include Vitamin B6 and B12, Magnesium and Ashwagandha. All found in Mitadone’s Anxitey, Stress Relief and Mood Supplement, which might aid in your recovery more than you think!