My phone rings off the hook on a daily basis from addicts and friends/family of addicts. Many are just looking for someone to talk to. I try my hardest to be an ear to those looking to talk, vent, or suggestions on where to go for help. It is without a doubt the reason I have been put on this earth. I enjoy helping those in need. I try my hardest to be a positive role model in people's lives and proof that one can be successful after opiate addiction.
Over the past 5 years of helping people, I have become accustomed to certain types of trends. Different times of the year have people searching to get clean more so than others. I also receive many of the same questions quite often. Something that still astounds me is the fact that people are surprised at how difficult it is to break an opiate addiction.
When you take a foreign substance into your body that changes the chemical make up of your brain, your body becomes physically dependent on this substance. It will not be easy to get off of the drug, but it's certainly not impossible. I get very upset when people put out false information that withdrawal symptoms from certain drugs lasts incredibly long or that Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms will last forever. Many of these scare tactics keep people from achieving their goals because addicts seeking recovery have an already weakened mind. If they know it or not, many are looking for reasons to continue using because it's easier than getting clean.
One of the most important things to know before you take the steps to get sober is what you are getting into. First off, it's important to realize that it's not going to be easy. You can search far and wide on the internet about withdrawal timelines and it will drive you mad because there is no set guideline. There are rough estimates, but everyone is different. There are many different things to take into consideration. For example, age, gender, weight, dosage, diet, metabolism, and how long one has been using are just some of the many things involved in withdrawal times.
Recovery is not easy. At first it will be one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. It is however extremely rewarding. It is like having handcuffs taken off of you and allowing you to be free. Not just from the physical addiction but the mental addiction as well.