Never Give Up!
Heroin and opioid addiction is taking our nation by storm. Trust me, I know…because I was a victim. Not of the street drug Heroin, but opiate prescription like Fentanyl. However, its all the same chemical. It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in a rehab class with people ranging from 16 years old to 65 years old from all walks of life. Nurses, attorneys, highschool kids, business owners, laborers…you name it and they were in there sitting right next to me. A staggering amount of normal-day people have a heroin addiction problem.
How I found myself in there still puzzles and saddens me today . I created this site because if I don’t make an effort to help people, then my terrible experience that nearly cost me my life would have happened for nothing. It would have been a complete waste of my time and life. So,…where do I begin? The rehab world just isn’t doing things right all the way. They mean well, and its a good place to start, but follow through and recovery is lacking. The proof is that 90% of heroin addicts relapse during the first week of rehab. Something isn’t right. Can more be done or something different to help reduce this? (Statistics)
At one point, when I was at ‘rock-bottom’, I told myself that no one could help me. I was the only person that was going to push myself through this and recover. I was going to have to dig deep, and be my own Hero. I was going to have to think of myself as a Hero and save my own life accordingly. Many heroes became heroes because they saved a life(s). This too, would be my goal. Knowing that surviving opioid addiction, recovering and living a healthy life was a personal matter because its the person themselves that has to make the changes and beat addiction…my powerful yet simple advice to anyone out there struggling is ‘NEVER GIVE UP’. I know that this does not sound like helpful or great advice, but when it came to hitting rock bottom and having nothing left (in mind & body),…the only thing I could do was not give up. The only choice I had was to keep telling myself “just don’t give up”.
I say all of this to say that what I mentioned above is actually not true. There is help outside of yourself. There is support from friends and family that you must reach for. There are programs that are designed to help addicts although many are flawed ( Recovery ). My point was that aside from the outside help, the most critical factor in dealing with heroin addiction is ones own self. You have to want it. You have to ask for help and sincerely want to make your life better. Its only YOU who can make this happen.
If outside help is pushing and pressuring you against your will,…its only a matter of time before you relapse. Addiction is truly a disease and it is usually genetic. Heroin is Genetic. But, addiction is NOT cancer and it does NOT have to be terminal. The greatest part about being an addict is that you can fully recover if you want to. And, your brain and body will actually replenish itself, heal and make you whole again over time. You can speed this up by taking the proper supplements depending on which of your brains neuro-transmitter chemicals have been depleted the most from the drugs. There is hope. And, you can find it here.
( Mountain climbers never give up and neither should you! Addiction is a mountain you have to climb to beat it.)