I hear stories on a daily basis about how people have struggled with their opiate addictions. Many stories are very similar, if not exactly the same as my own or hundreds of people before them. People do incredibly stupid things when they are addicted to opiates and one thing I can say for certain is I have never looked down on or judged a single person I have talked with about their addiction. We have all done bad things. Some of us worse than others, but the person who did those things is not you, it was the addict. It was the person possessed by a substance that is so cruel to your body and mind and has such an unstoppable power over your thoughts and actions.
No two recoveries are exactly the same. I see quite often people preaching that in order to get clean you MUST do this or that which is complete bologna. People will say that if you do not complete certain steps, you will never overcome your addiction and that is a lie. No two people are exactly the same, and what works for you might not work for someone else.
Getting clean in theory is really quite simple. You stop taking the drug that you are addicted to, and you will not be addicted anymore. That of course is the physical part, but anyone who has lived through addiction knows that the mental aspect is the rough part. When you are tired of the addicted lifestyle, terrible decisions and feeling as though you are a prisoner every waking moment, it is up to you to educate yourself.
When recovery is in your thoughts and you want nothing more in this world than to not be a slave to your drug of choice, that is when you need to learn what is going to work for you. Your thoughts and desires will be clouded during this time. You are an addict and are most likely going to want a quick fix. This is where you need to be very careful. There are medications out there that are used for opiate maintenance. It is pivotal in your life's plan to make sure you know what you are getting involved with.
Opioid maintenance programs should not last a lifetime. You are fully aware that you are an addict and that you find comfort in taking a substance to make you feel better. When you are prescribed a drug that will keep you from having withdrawals like Methadone or Suboxone, understand that you can extremely easily become addicted to these drugs.
It is shown that the half-life of these medications last much longer than heroin, oxycodone, morphine and hydrocodone. If you are getting off one of those drugs, you may want to see if you can get clean without another medication. I answer more emails, texts and phone calls in one day about people who wish they never went the opioid maintenance route because they are now addicted to those medications. Again, please don't get me wrong. Opioid maintenance has worked for millions of people, but it's important to discuss with your doctor your plan of action. Make sure your end goal is to eventually taper yourself off. The end goal should be a life free of opiates.