How To Avoid Opiate Relapse

Self talk can be a helpful recovery tool. Changing the negative self talk into positive self talk is one of the important challenges of addiction recovery.

Listen in to this opiate support group discuss the things they tell themselves to avoid relapse.  This is a very interesting discussion to listen to.

We believe that by going directly to the source (addicts), we can learn the most accurate and helpful information. 

Who knows about Opiate Addiction the most?   Well,  the opiate addicts know the most.  They are the living, breathing human beings who have lived in addiction and now are trying to recover from it.

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Preventing Opiate Relapse

What do you think?  Does ‘self-talk’ make any sense?  What do you think would help someone recover from opiate addiction better?

We need more people talking about heroin and pain pill addiction.  This is a community crisis.  Heroin addiction is no longer limited to the inner-city, thugs and street bums as once thought.

Today, it is your neighbor, co-worker, cousin, friend, attorney or nurse who is addicted to opiates or opioids.  By the way, there is a difference between ‘Opiates’ and ‘Opioids’.

These chemicals are basically the same as far as what they do to you and how addictive they are.  The both result in the same exact withdrawal symptoms.   relapse prevention plan

The only difference is stated below:

  • OPIATES  –  This is Heroin.  Opiates are derived from the poppy opium plant and include morphine.


  • OPIOIDS –  Pain Pills.  These are usually legally prescribed by your Doctor.  They include any pain medication that is created in a lab by scientists.  These include OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and Fentanyl.  These are synthetic drugs and they are very powerful.  There is no limit on how powerful you can make Fentanyl, for example.  Whereas, Heroin is what it is.

Now that we have cleared that up, please understand that both can be devastating if one becomes fully addicted to them. 

There are millions of people who suffer from physical chronic pain and they need to take opioids just to function. 

I was one of these people.  After numerous shoulder and neck surgeries to repair a lot of damage in my shoulder and neck, I was in severe chronic pain for about 10 years.   

Today, my pain is less…however it still exists daily.  I have not taken any opioids over the past 6 years.  Instead, I use other methods for pain relief.

I am one that absolutely CANNOT consume opioids or opiates.  My brain becomes addicted to them swiftly and I cannot stop myself.  This is a genetic issue.  Heroin abuse runs in my family bloodline.

It is normal for drug addiction to flow down from generation to generation in a family.  Sometimes we see entire families addicted to Heroin or Pain Pills.  It is genetic.  Opiate relapse

But, it can be stopped.  If a family recognizes that addiction or alcoholism exists in their family, they can put a STOP to it. 

By making the entire family aware, they can prevent future generations from falling victim to addiction.

With Faith in the Living God and Awareness…anyone can beat addiction.  

It is not easy, but it is NOT impossible.  Talking yourself out of cravings or a trigger is of utmost importance.

Prepare yourself ahead of time to be ready for your thought-life to control the situation.

Think about how you want to handle any future cravings.  Be ready to face it.

For example, if you are a recovering opiate addict, I would suggest you sit here and think about exactly what you are going to do if you ever have cravings or get hit with a strong ‘trigger’ which makes you want to consumer opiates or opioids (Heroin or Pain Pills) again.

Set in  your mind, that if this occurs, you are going to:

#1  –   Pull yourself out of the situation you are in.  Change your scene immediately.  If you have to get in the car and drive miles away…do it.  If you need to take a walk, do it. 

If you need to go hit the gym, then do it.  Plan get out of the scene you are in when cravings or triggers hit you.  This wilrelapse prevention planl also help to distract you away from thinking about the drugs. 

#2  –  Prior to having a craving or trigger…memorize something that you are going to say to yourself outloud after you change scenes.  This is the second action you will take after you arrive at your next place.

  Write it down and have it ready to read to yourself if that works better.  Type it into your smart phone so that it is always with you wherever you go. 

Then, read it out loud so that the words are stronger.  You are not just thinking about what you are saying, but you are hearing it as well.  This is more powerful and effective.

#3  –  A prepared statement to yourself is what this “Self-Talk” is that we are writing about in this Post.  Your writings can say whatever you wish.  Tell yourself that it is a mistake and that you have come too far to go back to drugs.  Remind yourself how terrible the withdrawal are. 

Tell yourself that financially you cannot afford drugs nor do you want to spend the money on them.  Remind yourself that you cannot just take one hit of heroin and that if you relapse…it will end up being another horrible cycle where you remain addicted and abusing opiates for a long time. 

You do not want this.  No one wants this.  Fight the cravings with Self-Talk.

Below you will find the points of the discussion so that you can follow along with the PodCast.  You can listen to the PodCast by clicking on the link below.


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Discussion Guide:

  • What 5 things would you tell yourself to avoid a relapse?


  • What are your errors of thinking that could lead to relapse?


  • Can you think of a helpful mantra that you can recite when in a vulnerable situation?


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Beth Leipholtz, 5 Things To Tell Yourself When You Want to Drink,



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  2. Talking to yourself and having a plan BEFORE you have the cravings or triggers is what is going to help you avoid relapse. Try it, it works and many have said so. Listen to the recovering addicts on the PodCast link provided above. You can learn a lot from these addicts.

  3. This is good information that can help a lot of people who are recovering from Opiate or Opioid addiction. Think of yourself as being RECOVERED and NOT ALWAYS IN RECOVERY.

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