Recovery from opioid dependence poses many challenges but also the opportunity for success.
Nobody understands the experience of opioid dependence like those who have been through it. Read success stories, practical tips, and inspiration from people who have agreed to share their experiences.
Read the real stories from people who have overcome opioid dependence
As each person with opioid dependence has an individual journey through recovery, each person should expect to have different experiences. Read about others who have shared their stories to inspire you along your journey.
“I was a teenager when I started using opioids, thinking it would be different for me, I’m special, I can do whatever I want and everything will be fine. It took about 10 years before I really realized it was an issue for me.
Over the years, I’ve been through many types of treatment programs. The times where I was able to really be successful at recovery, it was an internal motivation rather than external forces imposing a lifestyle on me. It worked when I believed in it and I was ready for it. I have been clean for the past 4 years, which is very encouraging.
This time around, I’m trying to do everything you are supposed to do instead of just the parts that I think will work for me. I went for medical treatment and I’m very involved with a support program. It is something that I have been trying on and off for years but this time I’m sticking with it. A challenge that I am facing right now is that life does not stop happening just because I am doing well with recovery. Everyone has their ups and downs. That is where the gratitude for where I am today comes into it.”
"I was given opioids after surgery and wasn’t aware that I was physically dependent upon them for a while. I had to find and buy those pills so I didn’t feel sick. Pain medication addiction is not something to snub your nose at. It’s become a widespread epidemic. It scares me.
My family was surprised, they thought that someone with an addiction was going to appear more like a zombie or drugged out. I didn’t appear that way. At first I didn’t want to tell them. I was afraid they would be judgmental or constantly watching me. But they weren’t. I think you need to have some kind of support system or therapy to go with it to help you deal with whatever you have been suppressing, or the reasons you fall into the addiction trap. When I started treatment, I also starting seeing a psychiatrist every week for therapy sessions. When I started feeling more anxiety after about a month into recovery, having therapy sessions where I could talk about it was really helpful.
My advice about treatment is to stick it out. It works. But you do have to want it to work. I think having a doctor that you can speak openly and feel comfortable with, especially with something as sensitive as this, is one of the most important things in recovery."
I consider a goal as a journey rather than a destination. And each year I set a new goal.