One of the very first steps to quitting opiates and having a lasting recovery is to develop a new “awareness”.
What is awareness?
Awareness allows you to step back, and examine the problem without attachment. It lets you look at things in a new way. It helps you realize what you’ve been doing and how you need to change. The goal of The OFC has always been to raise your level of awareness when it comes to drugs and recovery.
The first level of awareness is to absolutely positively know that opiates and drugs don’t make you feel good, that they actually make you feel bad mentally and physically.
Do you remember the first time you did opiates? I do, a friend of mine gave me 2 hydrocodone 10 mg pills, we called them robin eggs because of their blue color. I had a work Christmas party to get to that night, but after taking those 2 robin eggs I couldn’t make it. I was sick as a dog and could barely move. I couldn’t even get out of bed until the next morning. My body hated those pills. Your body also hates pills and wants to be free from them so it can function at a high level once again.
For your recovery to work long term you also have to convince your mind they’re no good. A close friend of mine thought opiates made him bulletproof. He’d take pills, get all-talkative and start acting like he was invisible. He’d go to parties and act a fool because he thought they gave him more confidence, he thought they made him better looking and that people liked him more when he was on them. Nothing could be further from the truth.
People didn’t like him more, they liked him a lot less. He was getting less and less confident the more he took them. Drugs make you physically, mentally and emotionally weak. They shatter your self-confidence, deplete your body of vitamins and minerals, lower your immune system and make you physically ill.
But the question remains, how do you recover when you’re so used to the artificial “high”? What do you do when you’ve become so accustomed to them? How do you make the change last? How do you get back to the normal happy state you once loved as a child?
I’ll try to help you with that now.
One key is to know in your heart that they are poison and that no good comes from them. There are NO benefits. You must get your body and mind used to being without them. You need to ENJOY being sober.
I know first hand how hard that is. When I quit taking opiates I substituted with heavy use of alcohol and marijuana for several months. I thought I needed something, I just couldn’t deal with being completely sober.
I was playing poker at a friend’s house and everyone was drinking except one friend of mine. Now I’ve known this friend for 10 years and he’s always been a heavy drinker, so I asked him, “No drinking tonight?” And he told me, “I’m taking this month off.”
Wow, that struck me to my core. I had always felt I had more self-control than him. I always felt I was ahead of him in someway. I was so wrong.
This friend had the self-control to sit in a room with a bunch of others drinking and not drink, when he’s drank heavily his entire adult life. He showed me through his example what was possible. If he could quit, I could quit too.
He raised my level of awareness that night.
So I told myself I’d quit quit drinking and smoking for the rest of that month too. And I did it, I didn’t drink or smoke the rest of that month.
And then… I tried drinking again.
And it made me feel TERRIBLE. I couldn’t sleep, I woke up with a headache, it made me miserable. My BODY and MIND HATED it. After I got used to sobriety, my body or mind no longer craved drugs and in fact, it made me sick. After that, it was easy to stay clean and sober.
If you get off opioids for one month you won’t want to go back. Because your withdrawal pain will diminish. Your body will begin to come ALIVE! The cobwebs in your mind will CLEAR! The control over your life will reappear. You CAN have your life back!
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