Opiate Addiction Recovery
When people start taking opiates, many do not intend to become dependent or addicted. Opiate addiction often starts as a short term way to escape with stress. Unfortunately, because opiates are so highly addictive, cravings overtake rational thinking and behavior. This constant drive to find and achieve the next high can derail attempts to stay sober. The Recovery Center Network can help clients find solutions they need to break habits and find freedom from drug addiction.
We often hear it said that addicts live in the margins of society. The drive to find drugs can make criminals out of the least likely people. We see it time and time again, and we understand how consuming drug seeking can be for clients. That is why The Recovery Center Network’s services are free to all seeking treatment programs for addiction.
The Recovery Center Network is your resource for individualized treatment centers specializing in opiate addiction and recovery. Every center in our network is designed to help clients take all necessary steps to find sobriety and lifetime freedom from opiate abuse.
Understanding How Opiates Create Chemical Changes in the Body
Our bodies are designed to self monitor chemical levels and adjust when imbalance occurs. When our body chemistry adjusts to these imbalances, counteracting chemicals are released.
Opiates disrupt this process by over flooding the system with feel-good chemicals, limiting the body’s natural release of endorphins. When this natural production of endorphins is decreased, users will only feel happy when opiates are in their system.
What many do not understand about opiate addiction is the long term reset of the body’s baseline. Because endorphins are no longer produced and released, users experience a complete inability to maintain normal mood levels without chemical aid. This can have lifelong implications for those individuals that have abused opiates.
Steps for Successful Opiate Recovery
- Work with The Recovery Center Network and find a treatment specialist or opiate treatment program. Successful treatment and recovery from opiate abuse requires professional support and assistance. Therapists and family support are also key for long term recovery.
2. Develop Self- Acceptance by focusing on positive, forward moving self care. Regret and guilt can derail even the most intensive recovery program. Helping find balance between mistakes made in the past and working towards developing a constructive and positive outlook can spell success. Building a strong commitment to self care, making healthy choices and respecting one’s self can go a long way towards sustaining long term freedom from addiction.
3. Accept appropriate treatment for co-occurring disorders. Being ashamed of being labeled as depressed or suffering from an anxiety disorder can cause problems. Be open about your underlying issues and be willing to accept help from professionals while in treatment.
4. Avoid trigger situations and unhealthy relationships until you are secure in your recovery. Allowing temptation back into your life before you are ready to fight it is a relapse nightmare for many clients. Stay away from your old stomping grounds and focus on new relationships and healthier habits.
5. Accept that addiction is lifelong. Believing that one high is acceptable or that one pill is ok can set you back into the spiral of abuse. Denial must be confronted and squashed before it invades your recovery process. This is a daily process for recovering addicts.
6. Develop a relapse intervention plan with your accountability partners. Trying to go it alone is not conducive to successful long term recovery. Have your support system in place, and keep in touch daily. Have them watch your behavior closely and give them permission to intervene when needed.
7. Control only what you can, let go of what you cannot. This is a hallmark of 12 step programs, and possibly the most reiterated phrase of long term addicts. Quelling the need to solve problems that are not yours is vital. Keeping anxiety under control and let things go that could derail your recovery.
For help today, contact The Recovery Network Center by filing in our contact form or calling us on the phone.