Opiate addiction is an extremely demanding and draining way of living. For most addicts, they chose to recreationally take the first pill. They chose to get high and feel the euphoria from the painkillers. The pills give a lot of people a feeling they have never felt before. Those first few times of use are like no other. Very quickly the love for the drug dwindles away and you are left feeling alone, desperate, broke and scared. Many addicts do not realize what a mess they have landed themselves into until it is far too late. They are addicted and the only way out of the mess they created is a fight between their mind and body.
Withdrawal symptoms are very scary for opiate addicts. It was by far the worst time in my life mentally and physically. It is extremely hard to get through withdrawal because you feel extremely sick, weak and on top of that you feel depressed, angry, irritable and ashamed. Knowing in the back of your mind that you can stop the withdrawal immediately by taking just one pill or bag of heroin makes the process even harder. The voice in your head pleading with you for “just one more” knowing if you do take one more pill the withdrawals will go away. That voice does not stop talking so you have to ignore it and push through.
For many people, opiate withdrawal is too much for them to do on their own. They seek out professional help. I always recommend people get out of their town and go somewhere that does not remind them of using. Triggers (things that remind you of opiates) only add to the equation. Rehabilitation centers provide a place for you to go to learn about recovery, give you time away from the hectic life back home and teach you how to live a clean, sober life. Until you are in recovery, you do not realize how much you need to learn. A lot of addicts had their entire day revolved around using. When you take such a large chunk of your life away, the one thing that fueled your thoughts and actions, you need to learn how to live a productive life without it.
The problem with rehabilitation centers is that most people can not afford them. If you do have insurance, many insurance companies refuse to pay for addiction rehabilitation. On top of that, if you are employed it is very hard to get away from work for a month, three months or six months to get sober. If you are the bread winner in your family, you can not just pack up and leave...who is going to provide for your family?
I know that rehab is not the right fit for everyone. What I do want people to know is that in my opinion, rehab helps your chances in recovery dramatically. I had the privilege of being able to get away and go to a free rehabilitation center. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I met some of the most influential people who molded me into the person I am today.
If you are unable to go to rehab, check out Narcotics Anonymous meetings in your area. Become pro-active in your recovery. Write a journal about all of your experiences and how they make you feel. Join FreeFromHell.com and share your story. Learn from others and motivate each other. Last but not least, check out CalmSupport. Research our ingredients and give it a try. It will provide you with essential vitamins and amino acids to help ease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. It will help detox your body and restore it to a natural, healthy state. And most importantly, do not give up!