Opiate addiction and the recovery process is an extremely complex and challenging phenomenon. What makes it such a challenge is the multitude of factors that contribute to an addict gaining sobriety. There are many factors to consider, including: biological, neuro-chemical, physiological, psychological and emotional linkages that together create a deep and intricate weaving of addictive properties that are difficult to break away from.
This is why a comprehensive approach to managing the withdrawal and recovery process, is for most people, both necessary and essential in achieving sober living. The research into addiction recognizes that a multi-procedural-approach is required in order to provide greater chances of success to the addict in the recovery stage.
When I talk about a comprehensive approach to addiction, I’m talking about taking a multi-factorial and overarching strategy to the problem. This can involve drug and addiction counselling, attendance at rehabilitation centers, social and family support networks, AA and NA meeting-attendance, medications to assist with anxiety and/or depression symptoms, and other forms of both medical and behavioral support that can assist the addict in creating lasting changes in their life.
Building a platform that is safe and stable for a recovering addict to make small progressive lifestyle changes is a key strategy that can make a difference in achieving sobriety. What we often hear is that the addiction process must be stopped and challenged and whilst this is true, we also need to take inventory of the source and causes of the underlying problems that led us on the path to addiction in the first place.
These underlying problems could be a death in the family, a traumatic experience, anxiety, depression, the loss of a friendship, negative outcomes from a toxic relationship with a partner, sexual or domestic abuse and also violence. Because there are so many individual factors that can transport a person into addiction, so there must be a range of supportive processes that allow us to help a recovering addict come out of their addiction.
To give you a personal overview of my comprehensive treatment process, I will list the help and support I have been engaged in throughout the past 33 days of my own recovery. I quit my opiate addiction on February 11th 2015, and since then, this has been my comprehensive approach to managing my recovery process:
- Honest and open discussion with my Doctor (General Practitioner)
- 2 x Full range blood tests to determine overall health and identify any issues
- Commencement of speaking with a grief and addiction counsellor 2 x per week
- Setup and visit with a professional psychiatrist for neurological assessment and treatment
- Consultation with a Gastroenterologist/Physician for checking of internal organs/stomach
- Communication, learning and education with Ryan Donnelly (owner and founder of CalmSupport)
- Blog posting on the Addiction & Recovery Guide Organization online to gain support from others
- Active involvement with the CalmSupport Blog and YouTube video process
- Overall learning and education about the addiction and recovery process
This is just one stream of processes that a recovering addict can initiate and follow through with to help support their recovery process. I urge you to consider a comprehensive approach to your recovery when you make that conscious choice to enter your recovery phase. Good luck!