Opioid Overdose – You Probably Know Someone Who Has Lost Their Life from it, So Why Are You Still Using?
Opioid overdose is a huge problem in the United States. It seems that almost everyone knows someone who struggles with an addiction to this type of substance, and sadly, far too many people know someone that has lost their lives to an overdose. If you don’t, you’re lucky, but chances are, someone you know was close to someone who passed away because of overdosing on opioids.
If you struggle with an addiction to opioids, there is no denying that you feel the danger every day. For some, it’s the risk that this will be the day they overdose. For others, it’s just too much of a need to pass up. You know that you could wind up overdosing, and you might check every time you use to make sure you have your Narcan. But, here’s the big question: why are you still using anyway? Why haven’t you taken measures to kick your addiction yet?
There are lots of different reasons, and your reason probably sits right there with a thousand others. They are all legitimate, but there are ways to avoid the pitfalls that many see with overcoming an addiction.
Many People Overdose When they Relapse
You have probably heard how so many people actually overdose when they relapse. The stories of people who have stopped using and been in recovery for a year, or even more, but have one relapse and die are out there. It’s not uncommon. Many people wonder why this happens.
There are different reasons why a person might overdose if they are having a relapse, one of the biggest ones is if you’re in recovery, you’re not going to feel like you need Narcan anymore because it’s just a reminder of what you used to do.
Opioids are actually one of the easiest substances to overdose on when you’re struggling with a relapse because you’re likely thinking of how much you used to use. Not what your body can handle since you’ve gotten clean. It’s terrifying to think that one relapse can lead to an overdose, but it’s entirely possible.
Consider this – when opioids are prescribed to people, they are often prescribed with the lowest effective dose in mind. They are to be taken only at certain intervals, and you should not take more than your recommended dosage. If you never take opioids at all, you’re going to feel the effects much more than the person who always takes opioids for pain or leisure.
When someone uses heroin, but stops for a period of time, only to go back to it, they often overestimate how much they can handle. Yes, you did develop a tolerance to the drug before, but since you haven’t been using it, and your physical dependence on it is no longer present, you’re no longer tolerant to it. Add that to the fact that too many times, heroin is laced with fentanyl, and you’re looking at a sure recipe for disaster.
If you’re thinking that you don’t want to quit your opioid addiction because you’re afraid you’ll relapse and overdose, it’s time to consider talking to your healthcare provider about medically assisted recovery. In this situation, you might take methadone or Suboxone to help you until your therapist feels that you’re ready to take a step down approach to weaning yourself off of it.
You Don’t Want to Trade One Addiction for Another
It’s very common to find that you trade one addiction for another, and in the case of opioids, it can be pretty easy to do. You’re struggling with a serious craving to use, so you turn to something else to help you get through. Many in recovery feel that marijuana is a good way to kick an opioid addiction, and it may well be, but there are risks to this, too. For example, what happens when the high you get from marijuana just isn’t enough anymore? Yes, you develop a tolerance to pot, too, and you can only smoke so much weed.
Other people choose to start drinking, which is okay if you can keep it social, but too often, overcoming a heroin addiction means that sometimes, you just want to huddle up and get drunk because you can’t handle the cravings for heroin. Over time, this isn’t going to be a viable option.
For others, medication-assisted addiction recovery is the best, and most effective bet, but too many find that being hooked on something like Suboxone or methadone is just too hard to keep up with.
What you need to know is that when you choose to beat the odds of an opioid overdose and you choose to get clean from an opioid addiction, medication-assisted recovery can be a very viable option. It can increase your chances of recovery success, and might even go a long way in minimizing the chances that you’ll relapse. Not only that but when you work with a treatment program that incorporates the use of these medications, you’re going to go through the step-down process to help wean you from them before you become too seriously addicted to these medications that are meant to help you.
You Have Too Big a Life to Spend it In Rehab
Okay, sure, you have a life. We all have a life. But, what kind of life is chasing down the opioid of your addiction each day? Chances are, you aren’t really getting much done right now anyway. You might say that you don’t want to miss out on the big things in life, and this is true, but really, what do you remember of what’s happening lately, anyway?
Too many times, people feel like they are missing out on life by being in rehab. While it is true that a stay in rehab means that you’re removed from your loved ones, it is also true that your chances for addiction recovery increase when you embrace your stay and work on yourself and understand why you’re struggling with an addiction in the first place.
You should know that there are rehab options to consider. For example, you might find that intensive outpatient rehab is best for your needs. This allows you to live your life, without having to worry that you’re missing out on what your friends and family are doing. It also allows you to stay connected to your job.
You might also find that rehab is actually just what you need, and even though you fight against the thought, it turns out to be the best thing you ever did. Rehab is no longer so isolating like it used to be, so while you’re spending time focusing on yourself and your recovery, you’re also going to be able to be connected to your loved ones, and that can help to prevent feelings of loneliness that so many in rehab struggle with.
Avoiding an Opioid Overdose Starts With Kicking the Habit
No matter what, if you’re battling an addiction to opioids, you need to start getting clean. If you’ve lost one friend, or a hundred, there is no time like right now to start overcoming your addiction. You might even be thinking about it, but it’s time to do more than just think about it.
You can’t just cut down on how much you use, you can’t only do it once in a while. An opioid addiction just doesn’t allow for this type of leisurely use. No matter how hard you try, the only way to avoid an opioid overdose is to overcome your addiction, and that means you’re probably going to need help.
So, when you’ve decided that you’re ready, give us a call. We’ll help you to find the right rehab to meet all your needs, and get you started on your recovery journey. Whether you choose to travel for your treatment, or you want to attend an intensive outpatient rehab, we have all the options you need to get started on your recovery journey in a way that you feel really good about.
We’ll also help you with the tough stuff, you know, financing. Did you know that your health insurance probably covers some of the cost of your stay? We’ll help you figure out how much you’re going to have to cover out of pocket, as well as what facilities are in-network and work with your insurance so you can minimize the cost to you. When you can afford treatment, it makes it much more enjoyable.
In the end, avoiding an opioid overdose can only be done by kicking your habit today. It’s hard. It’s scary, but it’s so well worth it. So, why not give us a call today and let us help you get started on your recovery journey today? You have nothing to lose, and it will cost you nothing.