Addiction Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder
May 28, 2018
If you are working a program of addiction recovery, then you have begun a journey that just a short time ago you may have thought impossible. It’s likely that you understand how vital it is to stick to your recovery routine, day-in-and-day-out if you are going to continue making progress. Long-term recovery rests on being eternally vigilant in your efforts to prevent relapse; even those with the strongest of programs, reinforced by years of meetings and therapy, can trip and fall if they let their guard down.
Those of you working a program know that the risk of relapse is always a real danger, ever present in one’s life. People’s disease is always looking for an opportunity to take center stage in one’s life once again. From day one in recovery (the moment a person walks into a medical detox center), individuals must do everything in their power to resist the temptation to leave and return to active use. There are two salient arguments for encouraging people to seek professional assistance for detoxification: withdrawing from certain substances can be deadly, or at the very least make people wish life would cease. Secondly, cravings and discomfort can be so powerful that most individuals stand little chance of making it past the second day of withdrawal before returning to use.
Anyone of the more than two million Americans battling opioid use disorder (OUD), or actively working a program of recovery for OUD, acutely understands the gravitational pull of painkillers and heroin is comparable to that of a black hole. Those who have found a way to escape the deadly clutches of opioid addiction know that in the first months of recovery they were orbiting just on the outside edge of the event horizon. There is an infinitesimally fine line between recovery and relapse early on; it is exceedingly vital to have all the support one can get. Medical detox, residential treatment, and close monitoring via aftercare is the most effective way to break through the difficulties that come with changing your life.
Opioid Addiction Recovery
Those with a history of prescription opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction know full well how quickly experimentation can morph into a disorder. That which starts out benign rapidly becomes malignant, especially for the youngest and most vulnerable of individuals. Please take a moment to watch the PSA below which captures the downward spiral of addiction quite well:
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If you are in the throes of active opioid use disorder, perhaps you have made attempts at abstaining and turning your life around. If you sought to get “clean” by yourself, you probably found that black hole-ish pull mentioned before was too much to handle. The pain, discomfort, sickness, and cravings were likely too much to bear. You might have known of the existence of medical detox centers, but thought you could manage on your own to no avail.
Addicts and alcoholics will try anything to break-free without having to ask for assistance; whether it be stigma or pride, most people find it difficult to surrender and reach for outside help. Unfortunately, prescription painkillers, heroin, and synthetic opioids are far from forgiving; the longer active use persists, the risk of overdose becomes exponentially higher. So, if you are still using opiates of any kind and are ready to reach for recovery, Christians Drug Rehab strongly advises medical detox followed by residential treatment.
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
In detox and treatment, those seeking help for opioid use disorder receive medical supervision and beneficial medications (i.e., buprenorphine and XR-naltrexone), to ease the transition from active addiction into recovery. In the early days of abstinence and beyond, the above medications can prove to be invaluable resources.
If you are struggling with opioid use disorder or OUD, please contact Christians Drug Rehab to learn more about our program. Our dedicated team can help you break the cycle of addiction and manage any co-occurring mental health condition that may accompany you or your loved one’s disorder.