I've read a lot of addiction and recovery stories from people who attempted to quit but for a range of reasons were unable to accomplish this difficult challenge. I noticed that many had begun their first day in recovery almost on a whim, or it was kind of impulsive. This doesn't necessarily mean or guarantee that you will fail, but like many challenges and projects in life, having a plan in place can help you succeed along the way. This is why I think it is really important to set out even a rough framework when considering your opiate recovery.
This isn't an exhaustive list but some of the elements that I used to help me in my own recovery, and also some tips from Ryan which I thought were excellent ideas and advice. This is not prescriptive - you don't have to do all or one or the other, but choose what you think will help you the most; perhaps it will be all of these, maybe just some of them, but at least consider making a plan and think about how that plan can work for you.
- Set a Quit Date: mentally prepare yourself for an upcoming decisive date/day where you are going to stop using. Knowing of the impending time where you will begin to change your future for the better can be a powerful motivator.
- Map-out Support Networks: consider who can help you through your recovery process, family, trusted friends, or even people online that you can reach out to.
- Inform Family/Friends About Your Recovery: if possible, tell those closest to you about your situation and that you are going to need some help to beat this challenge you are facing. Walking this path alone is difficult, seek help it is worth it.
- Keep a Journal: writing down your thoughts and feelings during this time is an excellent outlet and it is a great reminder in the future when you can refer back to what you wrote and keep yourself 'fresh' and 'green' about your experience.
- Prepare Clothes and Outfits: this is a simple one but it can really help you, especially when you are going through early withdrawal and are struggling with energy and a general lack of will to do anything.
- Research the Process: knowing what you are going through and why you're feeling the way you do is a great thing because it helps relieve fear/anxiety about your circumstances. You will learn there is hope and that your current state will improve.
- Purchase Recommended Supplements: if possible, talk with your doctor and ask professionals about certain supplements that may aid your recovery and help your body and brain heal as best they can.
- Clear Your Schedule for Withdrawal/Recovery: if possible, clear as much time out of your schedule for yourself during this period. You need to be as selfish as possible, because it is your life and you need to take back control so you can thrive.
- Supporting Medication: speak with your doctor or health professional about any medications that can assist your withdrawal and early recovery.
- Organise Family/Friends to Check on You: having people come by and see how you are tracking throughout your recovery journey is important and helpful. Let people into your life to help you during this time.
These are some really great ways to help you during your withdrawal and recovery. Consider them, and consider making a plan for your new life.