To quit prescription opioids like hydrocodone or Vicodin, percocet, oxycontin, heroin and all narcotics successfully it takes the right knowledge, the right plan and real work to make it happen.
It’s not easy and many people fail and end up relapsing. I hope you don’t have to follow that path, because here’s the 10 mistakes addicts routinely make when trying to quit prescription opioids.
Quitting Opioid Pain Killers Mistake #1) Not staying busy and engaged in life.
If you’re not actively engaging in life it’s very easy to rely on bad habits in order to feel good. Then when you have a bad habit it becomes very hard to break.
Quitting Opioid Pain Killers Mistake #2) Not searching for alternative treatments to opioid painkillers to help you deal with legitimate chronic pain.
having alternative methods to deal with the pain. If you take pain killers for pain legitimately prescribed by a doctor and you want to quit, then you need to find different ways to deal with the pain. There’s a number of things that can help.
Quitting Opioid Pain Killers Mistake #3) Not handling opiate detox and withdrawal without relapsing.
Not using withdrawal supplements correctly. Not using recovery supplements correctly. There’s a lot of different supplements, vitamins and minerals that can aid your recovery. There’s no need to relapse as there’s many withdrawal supplements, remedies and tips that can help you.
Quitting Opioid Pain Killers Mistake #4) Not having an accountability partner
. Not having family and friends or someone you can trust around who can support you unconditionally during this difficult time of recovery and renewal. You also need to find someone who will hold you accountable to the things you say you’ll do. You need someone who will call BS on you and make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to be.
Mistake #5) Not replacing OLD bad habits with NEW good habits.
When you use drugs you spend a lot of time thinking about them, acquiring them whether it’s a doctor or dealer, taking them, feeling their effects and then feeling their after effects. You need to fill this time vacuum. What will you do instead?
Mistake #6) Not eliminating poor influences and not destroying all access to drugs.
By not completely severaring your relationships that resololve around drugs you will relapse. You must delete and eliminate all access to drugs. You must cut off all of your sources and deleted every number that could lead to you getting heroin or prescription painkillers.
What did Al Pacino say in The Godfather? “
Just when I think I’m just about out, They pull me back in!”
Same thing goes for people using drugs, if you think you can kick it with people who use and you can not use, you’re only fooling yourself. You can’t be around drugs period. The urge to use again is far too great.
Mistake #7) Not creating a big enough reason why you want to quit.
Not creating sufficient motivation in yourself to propel you to your goal and onward holds millions back. By creacting a big enough reason as to why, you want to quit, you will be more successful.
When you listen to what many famous athletes have in common you’ll realize one thing. They let the people who’ve slighted them, talked trash on them and ben down on them and use these negative comments as special motivation for improvement. It’s fuel to fire and inspires them to do more and move further.
Mistake #8) Not working to improve yourself through learning and self-help.
When you make the conscious decision to quit drugs you empower yourself greatly. That is called self improvement. And when you quit drugs you are improving you. This is the time you can make the conscious decision to quit being a victim to drugs, take control of your life and empower yourself to be better.
Mistake #9) Not developing a written game-plan for exactly how you will quit.
Not setting goals with definite timelines. You need to do this when attempting to quit but also you need to do it your whole life.Winners make careful plans and think through all the processes they may encounter
Mistake #10) Not seeking professional mental health regarding your addiction.
A lot of people think they can do it on there own. And I’m not saying you can’t. But addiction and mental health professional are trained and can understand your situation to get you the most effective help available.
Healing from addiction sometimes means you need to deal with the underlying issues like:
- why did you start using in the first place.
- What need or void were drugs attempting to fill?
- To help you deal with these important issues and to get you past them you need to speak with someone qualified who can help you.
American Opiate / Heroin / Narcotic Addiction and Dependency Statistics
- As estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs non medically for the first time within the past year, this averages to approximately 6,600 new initiates each day!
- Approximately 1 million ER visits in 2009 could be attributed to prescription drug abuse. Roughly 343,000 involved prescription opioid pain relievers, a rate more than double that of 5 years prior.
- 116 million in this country suffer from chronic pain. Estimates of addiction among chronic pain patients vary widely—from about 3 percent to 40 percent.
- In 2007, the number of overdose deaths from prescription opioids outnumbered deaths from heroin and cocaine combined!
- An estimated 52 million people (20 percent of those aged 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetimes!
- About 1 in 12 high school seniors reported past-year nonmedical use of the prescription pain reliever Vicodin in 2010, and 1 in 20 reported abusing OxyContin—making these medications among the most commonly abused drugs by adolescents. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.
- In 2009, 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever killer (opioid), tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed making opioid dependence very possible. Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
- In the U.S., prescriptions have increased over the past decade to 3.4 billion annually, a 61 percent increase.
- Retail sales of prescription drugs jumped 250 percent from $72 billion to $250 billion, while the average price of prescriptions has more than doubled from $30 to $68. Remember, the money’s in the treatment not the cure.
- The average opiate user goes through withdrawals 10 – 25x!
- Only about 1 in 10 people with addiction involving alcohol or drugs get help.