What Is Real Opiate Recovery?
Medications such as Methadone and Suboxone are the gold standard for opiate dependence. They allow the person to cease drug use and return to a normal level of functioning. However, opponents of medication assisted treatment believe that these medications numb emotions, and therefore prevent them from addressing core emotional issues in recovery. Furthermore, other opponents believe that an addict is replacing one drug for another. Taking Suboxone, for example, is basically replacing one drug for another. Suboxone also has side effects like dependency. You cannot stop Suboxone ‘cold turkey’ or else you will experience the same withdrawal symptoms that come from any other opiate drug. The withdrawals may not be as bad, but they happen none-the-less.
In our opinion at HEROin Me, we believe that taking addiction treatment drugs is an effective way to fight opiate abuse. I myself, took Suboxone for several years after I completed drug rehab. I became addicted to my chronic physical pain medication after being prescribed it for nearly a decade. I was given high doses of opioid pain medications before, during and after 6 different surgical procedures to repair much damage in my shoulder and neck. I had nerve tumors removed from under my shoulder blade that were causing excruciating pain for decades. However, this still did not eliminate my pain and today I suffer daily from physical chronic pain.
I choose NOT to take any opiate pain medications even though it would be justified in my case. I have a family history of addiction and I am pre-disposed genetically to addiction. I began to abuse Fentanyl during this period of time. My body became tolerant to the opiates and therefore I needed more of this drug to get the same pain relieving effects that I was getting the weeks and months before. This caused me to take more of my prescription than prescribed and I would run out weeks early. My Doctor would NOT refill my Fentanyl early, therefore I would go into terrible withdrawal lasting weeks. This happened more times than I would like to think about. I should have asked for help much sooner than I did. But, my hope was gone concerning my chronic pain. All the relief that I had was coming from my Fentanyl. It was a mess, but I RECOVERED. This brings us to the topic of recovery. This group session consists of real opiate addicts who are in recovery just like I was. It is very interesting what they each have to say. A lot can be learned from looking into their minds.
Now, listen in to a group of former opiate addicts who discuss what they believe constitutes “true” recovery. We bring to you another PODCAST from Gail Gabbert’s group sessions. Gail is founder of the website www.opiatesupportgroup.com and she does outstanding work. We have joined forces in order to create more awareness & prevention about the heroin & opiate epidemic which is slaughtering our country right now. More must be done. More should have been done a decade ago and then we would not be seeing 52,000 dead Americans from over-dose deaths like we saw in year 2016.
Listening to these Podcasts and learning about the minds of recovering opiate addicts is a sure way to discover how and why addiction exists. The more we can learn, the better we can create treatments and improve recovery. Statistics verify that 90% of all opiate addicts (heroin and prescription opioid pain medications like oxycontin) relapse during their first week of rehab. This means that basically every person who enters rehab for opiate addiction fails. Why is this? How do we fix this? All of these questions are bettered answered if we can learn from the exact source of the problem.
- How do you define recovery?
- What are the necessary components of recovery?
- Has your medication (Methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol) blunted your emotions and ability to examine the cause of your addiction?
- Have you addressed the core issues that may have led you to opioid dependence, such as trauma and emotional distress?
- Do you believe that you have to stop your medication in order to address these issues more fully?
What is “True” Recovery? —-> Click on this link. Once on Page click: “Play In New Window”
Podcasts are brought to us by: Gail Gabbert from www.opiatesupportgroup.com
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