The Opiate Withdrawal Survival Kit Part 3: The Detox
The Day Before:
Get yourself mentally ready for a qrueling week ahead. It’s going to take a whole lot of strength to get through what you’re about to experience, so find that person inside who’s tuff as nails. We all have that persistent-unrelenting attitude inside of us, we just need to search it out. Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up. I can’t say that enough.
The Day Of:
It usually takes 24 to 48 hrs for you to get into full blown withdrawal, so plan accordingly. Once you’re in the thick of it, just hold on for dear life. You won’t get much sleep, you won’t be able to get comfortable and if you’re using anywhere near as much as I was, you’ll probably have some hallucinations as well. I’m not really going to talk about any of the other symptoms. You’ve probably already read them in my past posts, so I’ll focus on what you can do mentally and spiritually to help you through. Now I don’t know if any of you believe in God, but I do, so prayer was a huge part of my detox. There is something about opiate withdrawal that makes you feel spiritually close to God. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we usually call on Him when we’re in desperate situations, either way, He helps so keep praying. Time will crawl by, it will seem like an eternity, but I promise you that when you come out on the other end and are finally free and healthy, you will feel like it was all worthwhile.Like I’ve said before, a support system can also be of tremendous value to you during your time of need. When you’re at your worst, and you feel like you just can’t take another minute, let alone an hour, of withdrawal you can gain some strength from someone who has been there done that. Heck, you can even post your troubles here or email me, and I’ll do my best to help you out.
I’m going to take a page out of a self help book here, and I know some of you are going to think this is cheesy, but please bear with me. I’ve been through detox more times than I can count, so I guess you can say I’m kind of an expert on it. One of the things that I wish I knew about, earlier in my “career” as a junkie, was how powerful self suggestion can be. Self suggestion is basically just “self talk.” It’s like being you’re own cheering squad, and rooting yourself on when times are tough. This positive self talk is called affirmation. Whenever I would start craving the dope, I would just repeat to myself; “I am getting better and better by the minute, soon I will be done.” I would say this so many times that it would actually drown out the sound of my cravings. So, create some of these affirmations for yourself and repeat them over and over again until you start to believe them.
Well, I’ve pretty much covered everything here. I wish you the best of luck with your journey, and I’m here for anyone that needs my support. There have been times in my life when I’ve felt like dying. I’ve been through suicidal depression and countless detoxes in my past. I’ve been to jail for drug related charges, and was put through an 18-month drug diversion program where I was tested 5 days a week. I’ve felt hopeless, worthless and pretty much like a scum bag, but I was finally able to turn all of that around. I feel like God gave me a new lease on life, and what a life it’s turning out to be. Sometimes I just step outside and smell the fresh air, grateful to be alive. I’m a nature freak, and I must tell you that no matter how strong a pill or how potent a high I have felt from drugs, they are no comparison to the high I feel from mother nature. Going on a nice hike, bike ride or doing some kayaking on a sunny day is just an incredible feeling. I know you’re incapable of feeling that right now but one day you’ll be staring at an amazing view, sitting on cloud nine, and wondering what all the fuss was about. 🙂