The opioid epidemic statistics are alarming, but if you are struggling with an opioid addiction, you should know that recovery is possible. With the right treatment and support, you can live a productive, fulfilling life. No two people follow the exact same path to recovery, but almost without exception, those who live well in recovery follow most, if not all, of these steps:
Whether a 30-day or 90-day program is best for you, most successful recovering addicts learn new skills in treatment. Many, when appropriate, also benefit from living in a recovery residence where they re-adapt to life without drugs. Intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment can also be vital to learning the new skills you’ll need.
HAVE CLEAN FRIENDS AND SUPPORT NETWORKS
Finding recovering friends is vital to your staying clean. You may not believe it now, but you will have fun without drugs! A vital part of a successful plan to quit opioids/heroin, avoid relapse, and stay clean will be to talk to people who will be able to better understand what you’re going through. Try NA, drug counseling, and find an ex-addict or drug-free friend who has been through what you’re experiencing. Addicts tend to have a false belief that they are different from everyone else, but decades of experience proves this works. Early in recovery, you might have frequent thoughts of giving up and getting high. A sponsor or group can help you through these rough days. If you want to stay clean, have clean friends.
STAY AWAY FROM THE WRONG PEOPLE AND PLACES
Your chance of relapse increases dramatically when you return to the people and places that were part of your life as a using addict. Stay away from friends who are using.
AVOID ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
Replacing your opioid with another drug is not the solution. Make a commitment to clean living which means no pot, alcohol or other drugs.
LIVE A FULL LIFE
Have an active lifestyle that includes exercise and fun activities with people who do not use. A well-planned day not only helps you stay busier and healthier, it helps build your self-esteem and feelings of worth. You can stay clean, and there are many people in our community who can help.