Start With A Good Rehab Center
This site HEROin Me consists of four main pillars concerning the fight against drug addiction. In particular, we focus on Opiates & Opioids. An opiate is what Heroin is. Whereas, lab-made prescription medicines like OxyContin or Fentanyl are known as opioids. They are basically all the same. They have the same side effects and addictive qualities.
Statistics show us that 4 out of every 5 heroin addicts originally started their addiction with prescription pain medication. If this is the case, then a significant amount of people are at risk. There are hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from physical chronic pain and are prescribed opioid pain medications to held them function. I was in this same boat.
I was prescribed all kinds of opioids before, during and after my 5 reconstructive shoulder & neck surgeries. I also had tumors called neuromas removed. My physical pain was severe and many times caused me to lie on the ground and stare up at the ceiling. Every time I moved my neck or shoulder the pain would get worse. I felt like I was stuck in a prison and losing hope fast.
After the failure of each agonizing surgery and all the physical therapy sessions did little to eliminate my pain…I relied on my prescription Fentanyl to help me function. At HEROin Me, we do not disrespect nor talk negative about people suffering in physical pain who require pain medications to live. No person should have to live in pain. If they pain meds help you and you can manage them properly, then so be it.
But, not all people can manage their opioid pain medications even though they might not know this. All we are suggesting is that you do your homework and learn as much as you can about drug addiction BEFORE you accept a prescription for opioids. Be sure that you have tried all other natural remedies before you give in to pain drugs.
Most importantly, check your family history. Drug addiction is genetic just like alcoholism is. It runs in the family. My situation did involve genetics. I have bloodline family members who were both alcoholics and heroin addicts. I do not blame my ordeal on genetics or use it as an excuse. However, it certainly played a role and this is good information to know. I wish I had known more about genetics relating to addiction BEFORE I went to my pain management Doctor and got prescribed heavy-duty opioids.
The opioids I took certainly helped to ease my pain. As a matter of fact, they do their job very well. But, they have a mega list of side effects. One could be deadly and that is the addictive quality of opioids. If you have addiction in your family and you begin taking strong opioids or opiates for a long period of time, I can guarantee you that you will become a full addict (Lord forbid).
The point is to know your situation and do your research. Know exactly what you are getting into when you begin taking pain medications because the Doctors office will not warn you much at all. They leave it up to you following their narcotic protocals and that is about it.
Knowledge is Power and Information is Prevention
As far as rehab goes, this is the 2nd pillar in our FOUR main elements to defeating drug addiction.
Here is a list below: We have separated this list into web Pages. You can find them above in the main menu:
- Awareness & Prevention
- Treatment & Detox
- Successful Recovery
This particular Post is going to focus on the Treatment & Detox phase of this ‘fight’ against addiction. Going to rehabilitation is something that you cannot avoid if you want to beat your addiction. It does involve detox and withdrawal. However, there are professionals & Doctors who can prescribe you temporary withdrawal medications that will ease your discomfort.
‘Discomfort’ is an under-statement when it relates to Opiate Withdrawals. Withdrawals from any opiate or opioid is a living hell on earth. Not enough bad words could describe what it feels like to go through withdrawal.
Of course, how severe it is depends on how long you have been taking the drug and at what dose. The longer and stronger, obviously the worse you will be.
Withdrawal is nothing short of torture. I would not wish this upon my worse enemy. Its hard to even explain unless you have gone through “H” withdrawal. It is basically the flu bug times 100, and that does not even give it justice.
This is exactly why so many people stay stuck in a viscus cycle because they will do anything to avoid withdrawal. This means that they will remain an opiate addict for a long time. Until they run out of money or die.
Going through withdrawal can be so bad that you want to end your life. I am familiar with this situation. After being in physical pain for so many years and then dealing with a hardcore Fentanyl addiction…I just didn’t have the ability or strength to handle my withdrawals. I had nothing left and I wanted to put myself out of misery.
Thank God I did not. God was who got me through this situation along with family & a few friends. I just never gave up, but there wasn’t any magical potion that got me through it other than Faith in God.
I was prescribed Suboxone to help with the withdrawal feelings. I didn’t help much the first week because I had been taking such a massive dosage of Fentanyl. But, eventually it did seem to help me.
I would recommend talking with your addiction specialist or doctor about your options for medications to help you cope with the withdrawals better. You will need all the help you can get.
And, the other point is,…Only put yourself through withdrawal ONCE! Don’t relapse only to have to go through withdrawal again. Withdrawal should be a deterrent in and of itself, but often it is not. The power of the opiate drugs and the lure ends up being much stronger than the deterrent of withdrawal feelings.
Rehab centers vary as far as their quality and programs. They are located in every city and some require insurance and others do not. Allow your family to help you research and locate the best rehab center for you. This can make or break you, so do not go in blind. Know what you are getting yourself into and read honest reviews from other patients.
Another good idea is to speak with your Primary Care Doctor. This Doctor will be in the ‘know’ when it comes to the best drug rehab clinics in the area. Most likely your Doctor has numerous other patients who have needed to go to a drug rehab center for help. You are not alone and you are not a bad person because of your drug addiction.
Genetics play a major role as well as your childhood. It is helpful to talk with a therapist about any deep issues you might have that cause you to want to do drugs. These are known as ‘triggers’.
My Primary Care Doctor educated me about my brains chemicals called neuro-transmitters. He taught me how my extensive drug use with opioids caused my brains chemicals like Dopamine and Serotonin to go off-balance. When you are consuming opiates, you are replacing the dopamine that your body naturally produces.
This causes your brain to shut-off the production of it. But, when you stop taking opiates your body doesn’t just start producing dopamine and serotonin again as it naturally did in the past. At least not immediately. This leaves your mind & body depleted of these most crucial brain chemicals.
If you can learn about your brains chemicals and address them, you can better avoid relapse. You can also recover once and for all. You can take a questionnaire that will narrow down which brain chemicals you are depleted of and take natural supplement boosters that act as a pre-curser. They help speed up the process of your brain naturally producing dopamine and serotonin again.
If you remain depleted of these important chemicals, then you are going to feel depressed every single day. You will be in a state of despair and hopelessness without the correct balance of dopamine and serotonin among others.
No one can feel this depressed and go without these brain chemicals for very long. Therefore, they fall bac on the opiates drugs to make themselves feel good again.
Remembering what it was like to take opiate drugs and feel high is a major problem during your recovery. The ‘memory’ of this is what you need to learn how to control. If you can control your thought-life, then you can push away any drug memories quickly and not allow them to become a trigger.
You can locate our Pages on the brains chemicals and taking the Assessment Test on our menu above. Or, Click the Helpful Links Below To Learn More.
Hang in there and Never give Up. It is possible to beat your addiction once and for all.
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