Steps to Opioid Recovery
Opioid addiction affects many aspects of a person’s life. Recovery from opioid addiction requires a complete transformation of mind, body, and soul. Each case is unique and depends on the individual, the treatment used, the opioid being abused, length of time the opioid was abused, the support available to the individual, and family history, just to name a few! Even considering all these factors, the following steps are essential in recovering from addiction and living a long-term healthy, sober life.
Recognize and acknowledge that you have a drug problem. It is necessary for you to not only want to change but are COMMITTED to changing your life from addiction to recovery. It will take a lot of hard work and dedication, but a healthy, sober life is worth fighting!
Determine which treatment is best for you. Educate yourself about treatment and then determine the program that is tailored for your needs. It is important that you feel comfortable with the facility and staff that you have chosen in your recovery process. Once you have found an addiction treatment center that is right for you, commit to it as this will improve your chances of success.
Detoxification is the first step towards successful recovery. The severity of detoxification depends on the drug and dosage that was abused, the length of the abuse, and your body’s metabolism and health. With opioid addiction, many experts describe medication-assisted treatment as the “gold standard” for opioid addiction care. It is important to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings so you can focus on your recovery.
Rehabilitation requires therapy and support. Treatment must address the whole person. Behavioral therapy combined with medical assistance is the best course of action for most. Individual and group therapy will help you identify when and why you started using the substance, identifying triggers and how to deal with tempting situations. It is of utmost importance that patients understand the core reasons as to why they became addicted. These issues need to be understood and addressed so they will not fall back into addictive behavior. Family therapy can resolve issues in the family. It is very beneficial to have the support of family and friends in your recovery and it is important to identify those that you know you can trust to help you get through tough times and avoid relapse.
Maintaining your sobriety. Being sober and completing rehab is a major step in the recovery process. Maintaining your sobriety by avoiding relapse must continue to be your focus. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), relapsing at some time is not only possible, but likely. If you do relapse, forgive yourself, learn from it, and get back on track! You know your triggers and cravings and it is important to constantly monitor your thoughts and behaviors and maintain a good support system. Aftercare programs also give you the support to stay committed in your recovery. Many continue to find individual or group counseling extremely helpful. Others may turn to 12 step programs such as NA (Narcotics Anonymous), or HA (Heroin Anonymous) or other faith based or secular support groups. Make sure that you are also up front with your doctors about your drug abuse history so that they are very careful about prescribing prescription drugs for any medical conditions that may arise in the future.
Build a new life without drugs. It is important to no longer socialize with friends who use drugs. Find activities you enjoy to replace the times that you were using drugs and make new friends who live a clean life. Find new hobbies, volunteer in the community, exercise, set new life goals that you can work towards. All of these will help in maintaining your recovery.
If you or someone you love have questions about the recovery process or the treatment offered at AMC, contact us. We are here for you and want you to have life long recovery. Call us at (614) 868-2669 in Columbus or (615) 970-6260 in Nashville. Your call is confidential.