Opioid detox is a bit different from detox options frequently provided for other substances of abuse and addiction. There are medications that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration solely to treat opioid addiction.
Unfortunately, these medications are also addictive — and may encourage patients to simply trade one addiction for another. They are still widely used to treat withdrawal from methamphetamine and cocaine, however, simply because there are few other medical options. “Your body is detoxing on its own all the time, every day,” she says at a cleansing-foods event that drew at least 20 people. If so, you might be a good candidate for a detox — a cleansing of the mind and body that starts with healthy, plant-based eating, Elson Haas, author of the “Detox Diet,” says.