How opiate abuse progresses
Once a person runs out of legal prescriptions, they often turn to the street for drugs that will satisfy the cravings. This may mean more painkillers or heroin, which is often cheaper and easier to get. Life unravels when the person needs a constant supply of the drugs just to prevent getting sick. If this describes you, you may feel alone in your addiction. Sadly, millions of people are in the same situation. You are not alone. And you may come to the point where you want to get your life back to normal. But how?
Overcoming opiate abuse
It is possible to end addiction to opioids with treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that “Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on their brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.” For opiate abuse, the most effective means of treatment is medication-assisted treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine help stabilize the body and stop cravings. Counseling is also an essential part of the recovery process. In counseling you learn new habits and coping strategies that will help prevent relapse.
Support for making life changes
It is very difficult to end addiction to opioids. The drugs actually change the way that your brain works. So don’t be discouraged if you relapse during treatment. This can happen. You are changing a strong habit, and your counselors are supportive of your efforts to remain in treatment despite any setbacks. Don’t give up. You may need to alter your treatment plan, and this is also normal. Your medical professional will keep working with you to determine what will work best for you. During this time, keep going to the counseling. You may also want to consider a support group.
Set a goal for when you overcome opiate abuse
It’s important to have hope for recovery. You’ll find support from a counselor and/or group. Having goals for what you want your life to be like is important. Talk with your counselor if you need help with this. Consider goals for home/living, working, health, community, and activities that you enjoy (that don’t involve drugs or people who are using). Perhaps you’ll return to activities you had prior to taking drugs, or you may develop new interests. It may take time, but you will develop new groups of friends that don’t use drugs. Having a purpose and things to look forward to can keep you focused on your recovery.
Medmark Treatment Center in San Antonio is a compassionate resource. Please contact us if we can help.
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