Recovery is not an easy transition. It will be one of the most challenging times of your life and everything in your body and mind will want you to go back to using in the beginning. You need to understand that the body and mind are going to do whatever it takes to convince you to relapse. If you know this is going to happen then you will have a better chance of pushing through the hard times.
It is very important to know that not all of early recovery is tough. You will start to feel glimmers of absolute euphoria that will not last long, but will show you that there is hope for the future. You need to pay attention to these little victories and keep yourself motivated. Do whatever you have to do to stay clean. I always tell people that if standing on your head helps, then do it. What I mean by this is that different things work for different people. Some people find religion and it helps them through the rough times. Others find meetings keep them from going off the deep end. Some love to share anonymously on websites and forums. Whatever you are into, you need to give it your all when the times get tough.
Do not put yourself in bad situations when you are in recovery. Do not go hanging around with people that you used to use with, especially if they are still using. This may seem like common sense, but it is not as easy as it may sound for many people. You may live with someone who abuses opiates and if that is the case, you may need to find somewhere else to stay. You have to put your health first and you are playing with fire by being around someone who can bring you down. You are ultimately in control of what you put into your body but do not put yourself in any situations that may make you weak.
You need to have an emergency plan in case you feel like you are about to relapse. Someone who you can call at any moment of the day or night that can be with you in person within a half hour is extremely important. This person needs to be as into your recovery as you are. It will most likely be a best friend, significant other or family member. Whoever you choose, they have to be someone you can trust with your life.
Recovery will be the most rewarding experience of your life. Relapse does not have to be part of your journey to recovery. Always remember why you are fighting for your life. When the times get tough and no matter what you do, do not give up.