1. Ask yourself “Am I in too deep?” Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. If this describes your current situation, you may want to call us at 1-800-264-3752.
2. Ask for help. Call and see what treatment options would best suite your situation. Not everyone requires medical detox. Opioid withdrawal is not life threatening, however, it's uncomfortable to quit "cold turkey". Don’t be a hero. If you've tried this before and relapsed, don't repeat the same mistakes. An outpatient, or ambulatory detox may be all you need.
3. Realize that, it takes a lot of courage to seek help for a drug problem because there is a lot of hard work ahead. However, treatment works, and people recover from addiction every day. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction's powerful, disruptive effects on brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.
4. Realize there are many ways to get clean and sober. We will help you decide if counseling, residential, or medications -like Naltrexone, Vivitrol, Buprenorphine or Methadone are right for you. Remember, there is no "right" way - do what works. Most medications are temporary and only used for a short time. Few patients need to be on lifelong medication assisted treatment. However, even this is preferable to spending the rest of your life in and out of institutions or jail or dying from an overdose.
5. Remember, addiction is a family disease, get them involved. If you've burned some bridges along the way, find a 12 step meeting or support group fast. Time usually heals all wounds.
6. No matter what: DON'T USE. Be honest with yourself and others. Build a sober network. Isolating yourself often results in relapse. You need a team in your corner! Early recovery is oftentimes difficult and chances for relapse are greater if you repeat the same behaviors. Be aware of things that may trigger you to relapse. Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.
7. Get healthy! Eat 3 meals a day, drink plenty of water, exercise, talk about your feelings and get a good night sleep. This is relapse prevention in a nutshell. Give yourself a break.
8. See your primary care doctor. Establish an honest relationship with him/her and develop a wellness plan. Update your Hepatitis and HIV testing, know your status.
9. Get a job or volunteer. Idle time is dangerous. We need to stay busy. Practicing healthy lifestyle changes is essential to recovery.
10. Give back. Help another addict who may benefit from your message. Get involved with your community to discuss the epidemic. It will help you build relationships with sober people.