Hitting Rock Bottom, Recovering & Hitting Rock Bottom Again
Rock bottom is a tough place to be, but on the other hand it can be a blessing because that is what it takes for some people to take action. The truth of the matter is that a typical addict will hit rock bottom several times possibly as many as half a dozen before hitting that point where they have a chance of recovering. Some people do it their first time, for me it took about three times.
The first time I ended up in the hospital with complications related to high doses of opiates and it was enough to put a scare into me. I put together a taper plan and followed it to the bet of my ability. I actually almost made it to the end when I relapsed and within two weeks was right back where I started.
Real Rock Bottom – Cold Turkey Withdrawal & Counseling
My second crash to rock-bottom was much worse, my family intervened and they all told me how much I was hurting them and how they could see how I was hurting myself. Getting my family involved was crushing and had me contemplating suicide as a very possible way to escape. I was angry at my family and friends for not believing I could quit on my own and I proved them wrong by completing a cold-turkey withdrawal over about a ten day period. I gave it everything I had and barely made it; I can remember somewhere around day 4, 5 & 6 thinking I couldn’t take it anymore and was about to ask to be taken to the ER. I held strong and pulled through on my own. I swore to never go through that again and I attended NA meetings once or twice a week.
At this point I didn’t really believe *I* belonged in those meetings. I still felt that I was “above” them. This was far from the truth.
Suboxone Treatment & Counseling
But once an addict always an addict, I relapsed a few months later after I forgot about how bad things were. This time I caught the mistake myself and took action on it myself. I searched the yellow pages for Suboxone Clinics. Let me start off by saying this, if Oxycodone is the devil, then Suboxone is the devils’ sister. But if you go into a Suboxone treatment with a strong respect for it, you have a good chance at succeeding.
I make no money for talking positive or negative about Suboxone. I can think of a lot of negative things to say about it, but I can say that it very well may have saved my life and I pray that the government never takes this amazing drug off the market. If anything needs to be done, it is that doctors need a better education about Suboxone, the persons taking it know much more than those prescribing.
Lessons Learned in the Opiate Addiction
I’ve learned a lot over the years about opiate addiction, and various methods of recovery. If one of my family members were on the same path as I was; I would definitely recommend he Suboxone Treatment, but I’d also make sure they had a very strong respect for Suboxone and how powerful it really is. You are trading one opiate for another, but Suboxone has a very long half life and offers other advantages that basic opiates don’t offer.
I hope you enjoyed my story, and I hope that it compels you to share yours.