When asked about ways to help someone deal with the awful side effects of opiate withdrawal, natural health advocates will often recommend the Thomas Recipe as an option to provide relief throughout the withdrawal process. I, on the other hand, have never thought much of the Thomas Recipe as a solution.
Whenever I see it recommended by someone, I cannot help but think that the person recommending it has never been through or witnessed anyone who has gone through opiate withdrawal. If they had, they would quickly recognize its shortcomings.
I was recently doing some research online and was surprised to actually find a page about the Thomas Recipe that speaks the truth. So much of the information you find about it online does nothing but praise it as an answer to the debilitating side-effects of opiate withdrawal. Finally it would seem, someone had the guts to call it out for what it really is. An incomplete and ineffective solution to a serious problem.
There are several shortcomings I see with the Thomas Recipe as an option for opiate withdrawal relief. Its ingredient list calls for the use of benzodiazepine, another very addictive medication. It’s ingredients are very limited in what symptoms they can actually address, much less being very effective at providing relief for those symptoms. The ingredients can be a challenge to put together in the recommended doses. Actually it is pretty much impossible to do so. Lastly, if you are going the route of using supplements to relieve opiate withdrawal symptoms, it is actually fairly expensive when you try to do an apples to apples comparison of the opiate withdrawal supplements that are on the market.
The first ingredient you will often find listed in any version of the Thomas Recipe is Valium or another benzodiazepine like Ativan or Xanax. Any of these will require a physician’s prescription to obtain, as well they should. Benzo’s are highly addictive and also dangerous if not used appropriately. Recommending that someone take a highly addictive medication like Valium when they are already struggling with addiction to another substance just has never made much sense to me. If anything, it seems like a recipe for disaster. Pun intended.
When you take a look at the ingredient list for the Thomas Recipe, it becomes clear that even if its ingredients were 100% effective in addressing the symptoms they are intended to relieve, there are many common opiate withdrawal side-effects left completely unaddressed. Nothing in the recipe will help someone cope with nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, mood swings, or depression, for example. Mosts herbalists or natural remedy advocates will quickly point out that the ingredients are also somewhat limited in easing the symptoms they are trying to address.
While we are on the topic of ingredients, good luck at putting the list of ingredients in the Thomas Recipe together in a simple way in their recommended doses. One of the ingredients is the Recommended Daily Allowance of potassium. Anything containing that level of potassium requires a prescription. You will struggle to find, or be completely unable to find, the recommended doses of zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, or copper called for in single form or in multi-vitamins.
Then we come to the price of the Thomas Recipe. Many people believe it to be a less expensive withdrawal relief solution than other options that are currently on the market. I have tried pricing it out multiple times using different retail locations and/or online stores. I always come out with something costing at least between $60-85. If you have fees associated with seeing your physician to obtain a prescription of Valium (or a suitable substitute), the cost can be much higher. You are looking at a price that is pretty similar to the cost of supplements designed specifically for opiate withdrawal that are on the market today. The difference though is that the Thomas Recipe has far fewer ingredients than those options, and it is only concentrating on a few of the common opiate withdrawal side-effects. The other products you will find on the market are concentrating on providing relief for all of the side-effects one might experience in opiate withdrawal.
As you will often find with a lot of natural or home remedies, when it comes to the Thomas Recipe there is a lot of misinformation about it online. The truth is, the Thomas Recipe fails to address the majority of opiate withdrawal symptoms, its ingredients are difficult to obtain, and it is more expensive than you might think.