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How to Stay Off Opiates After Going Through Withdrawal

Congratulations, you have made it through the withdrawal process and have a few weeks clean. Now you might be wondering, how do I stay clean? This is a very common issue with newly clean recovering addicts. The life you were living just weeks ago is light years in difference than the life you are leading today. Everything is probably foreign to you from your early morning routine to the things that interest you. When I was active in my opiate addiction, I loved sitting on the couch watching baseball and playing mahjong on my computer. I was a complete couch lazy potato. Now I am the complete opposite and have a hard time staying still!

The fear of relapsing takes control of a lot of peoples minds in the beginning. You have to remember to take things very slow. Don't look too far ahead into the future. Do not set goals that are too large. Your mind is going to be dealing with many different emotions and ideas that excite you. Yet, it's important make sure to understand that this doesn't mean you should bite off more than you can chew.  Now that you are sober, set short terms goals to keep you on track.  One of the most important goals you should make each day is to make it through the day drug free.  As long as you stay clean from morning to night, everything else will start to fall into place.

Seek out advice and friendships of those who are also in recovery. There is nothing better than being able to rely on someone to talk to when times get tough. And believe me they will, but when that person who has been through the same experiences you have, they will be able to help guide and support you.  It's refreshing to see people who have been in recovery for while show you how far they have come. One of my favorite things in the world is to talk to people and listen to their stories of their sobriety. They tell me how terrible their life was during their addiction but to hear how they turned their life around makes it great.  Hearing how wonderful their lives are today now that they are sober is extremely satisfying to hear.

Never turn your back on the time you were an addict. Some people like to forget that it ever happened. For some people this may work, but from my experience speaking with thousands of people, you do not want to deny what you went through.  It's important to learn from your mistakes, and take away knowledge.  Forgetting what you went through, or downplaying how dangerous the lifestyle you were living is only leaving you open to relapse.  Acknowledge the time in your life when you were an addict, do not be afraid of it. Always remember that at any time that you let your guard down and think maybe one more pill, you could easily end up right back where you started, if not worse. You are an addict, will always be an addict so embrace it and learn from it and remain a "recovering" addict.  There is no cure.  There is hard work, keeping a positive attitude and realizing you survived something that could have easily killed you.  Keep in mind that addiction can make you very successful one day, when you focus your attention on good things. No one is more motivated than a recovering addict with a positive mentality.


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