People go onto the internet and look for as much information as they possibly can when it comes to their addiction and recovery from opiates. They are terrified of what lies ahead and are not sure how they are going to react. Many people have never gone through a full withdrawal and read so much bad information that it scares them away from even trying to get clean. It is very important to get your information from as many reputable sources as you can. There are tons of people out there pushing fear and trying to persuade you that getting clean is impossible. Most of the people who are spreading these rumors are not clean and have tried and given up.
When you start to research recovery, do so with an open mind. There is no such thing as a perfect recovery. Meaning there is no one size fits all when it comes to getting clean. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for everyone. We have to remind ourselves that we can not control how we react to mind altering substances or more importantly, how we are going to get clean.
Giving up the ego you have is extremely important in order to be successful in recovery. I learn something new every day from the people I talk to. I have people that I ask advice from all the time because no one knows everything about recovery. Although you may be an expert in your own recovery, that does not make you an expert in someone else's recovery. I say it time and time again that we are all different people with different motivations, emotions and thoughts. There is no perfect formula that we can all follow to get clean. If there was a simple solution that worked for everyone, you can be sure there would be no addicts left, as everyone would be clean.
Recovery is extremely complex and there is no one size fits all when it comes to recovery. Most importantly, do not get discouraged if you hear of someone who got clean using a certain technique that doesn't work for you. The most important thing is that you keep trying. You can and will get clean if you are determined to.
My Pop-pop (Grandfather) passed away 3 years ago and had over 40 years sober from alcohol. He was an AA man and he used to frequent meetings with me and my father in his last years of life. It was incredible to me to see three generations with the same issues. Living in completely different eras and all looking for answers and help for the same problems. My Pop-pop was not a big believer in how long someone had being clean and sober, he took it day by day and made it clear that the guy with 20 years and the guy with one day were the same. That has always had an impact on me and is why I love to help people on a daily basis.