Acknowledge you have a problem with opioid use and want to make a change.
Start making a plan. That can involve learning about the different treatment options for opioid dependence and addiction and talking with your doctor about which ones would be suitable for you. Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder may be a combination of medical, social and psychological support.
Set a date, sooner than later, for when you will start implementing your plan, and make an effort to stick with your goals.
Maintain the behaviours that delivered you to this healthier state of mind, or you could risk relapse. Remember all the hard work it took you to get here.
Stay alert to situations that could trigger you to crave opioids, and know how to avoid them.
Remind yourself of the health benefits you are enjoying if the journey starts to feel boring. Turn all that time and energy you used to spend chasing prescription drugs or dealing with cravings into positive new outlets.
Find new interests to help stay focused and keep you from going back to old behaviours.
Opioid Use Disorder is a chronic illness, and treatment is an ongoing process. An individual with an opioid addiction will require ongoing support once they have stopped abusing opioids.
The longer you are not using opioids, the more you may feel “cured” or begin to feel like your old self again. Be careful not to become complacent when you’re feeling well — change is a difficult process that never stops.
Remember: Anywhere along your journey, you may slip back into old habits. The important thing is that you learn from these experiences to help prevent them from happening again.
The following tips may help serve as a guide to staying on goal, both in the short and long term:
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