If you want to get off opiates but you’re struggling to do so, then perhaps my story will help you.
Resolve is promising yourself you will never give up.
Having resolve means you won’t stop attempting to get off opiates until you succeed.
In this article, I’m going to share with you the exact process I went through during my first six weeks after getting off opiates.
There are many ways to get off opiates, some of the most popular being:
- Inpatient Detox
- Outpatient Detox
- Home Detox
There is no right or wrong way to conquer opiate addiction.
Depending on your unique situation in life, some recovery methods will resonate with you, and some will not.
My intention is to simply share my story of the first six weeks after quitting, so you can see one recovery method that worked exceptionally well.
My Opiate Addiction
Although I spent a couple of years addicted to oxycodone, hydrocodone, OxyContin, morphine, Suboxone, and any other opioids I could purchase illegally from dealers, the last four months of my addiction
I was a heroin addict.
I started smoking heroin because it was cheaper and easier to find than pills at that point in my life.
And while I could maintain a job and pay my bills when I took prescription drugs…heroin addiction was a different animal entirely.
I became some type of demon.
I lost my job, lost my girlfriend, lost my mind, pawned my guitars, and even began lying to my parents and stealing money from them!!!
I was totally out of control.
Before I got off opiates, I had been taking pills for around two years, then heroin for around four months. I had successfully quit twice, though the first time I relapsed after a week, and the second time I relapsed within four months.
The final time I quit, I had been using approximately 0.5 to 1.0 grams of heroin a day, by a method of smoking the heroin on aluminum foil.
I was “chasing the dragon.”
To try and quit I went to my doctor hoping to get a prescription for Suboxone.
However, this didn’t happen.
Within less than 24 hours, I had overdosed and was rushed to the hospital, where they saved my life. I had used the powerful medicine combo to get high and almost died because of my addiction.
I got out of the hospital a week later, and I knew I had to do things differently this time around. Here is what I did to conquer my opiate addiction…
I left the hospital with instructions to take 40 mg of methadone a day. Yes…the same medicine that almost killed me before!!! However, this time I was taking much less.
When I overdosed I had taken well over 200 mg in less than 24 hours, and I used around 40 mg of Valium with it.
This time my mom kept the methadone hidden.
Since I didn’t want to get stuck on methadone, I only took 40 mg for seven days, and I didn’t use any Valium with it.
My mom gave me 40 mg every morning, and even when I asked for more at times, she didn’t budge.
This amount was enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms, and most of the opiate cravings, though not all of them.
During the first seven days quitting opiates, the 40 mg of methadone was all I used, and I just went to school and went about my life.
After a week on 40 mg of methadone, I quit taking it and switched over to Valium and loperamide HCL. Week 2 I used 30 mg of Valium a day, which was divided into three doses…morning, noon, and night.
I used around 10 mg of loperamide per day, which was divided into two or three doses. I did this for about 4 days after getting off methadone, but I kept taking the Valium.
I started going to AA meetings, and for breakfast every morning, I had Kona coffee, donuts, and cigarettes.
Not exactly the healthiest choice, but this combination of Valium, caffeine, high sugar and smokes seemed to really help me stay off opiates.
I was also going for long walks most evenings (60-90 minutes), which really helped me feel better.
By the time I started Week 3, I had just started a month break from college. I didn’t have a job either, and since my parents were helping take care of my daughter, this was the ideal time to continue recovering from opiate addiction, while also starting to taper off Valium.
During week three, I cut my Valium down to 20 mg a day, as I was aiming to get off soon and didn’t want to have Valium withdrawal symptoms or get stuck on the medicine.
I kept going to AA meetings, I was still going on long walks, and I continued having Kona coffee and donuts for breakfast, and smoked cigarettes throughout the day.
During week 4, I cut my Valium down to 10 mg a day for a few days, then 5 mg a day for a few days, then I stopped taking it.
I continued having Kona coffee, donuts and smokes for breakfast, kept up with my evening walks, and I was still going to AA meetings.
To come off the Valium with ease, I took passion flower and other sedative herbs. This seemed to really help.
Around Week 5 is when I seriously changed things up. I stopped going to AA meetings because I didn’t feel I needed them as a crutch anymore.
I also quit smoking cigarettes.
To quit smoking, I used a nicotine patch for one week.
Then I used nicotine gum for a few days.
Finally, I started rolling my own lobelia cigarettes for about a week. Lobelia is an herb that binds to nicotine receptors in the body, thus reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
I smoked a few herbal cigarettes a day then tapered down to one every few days, then I just stopped. I had no nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Hooray for lobelia!!!
Next, I quit drinking coffee, soda, and energy drinks, and anything else with caffeine. I eliminated sugar from my diet and began eating more organic whole foods.
During this same time, I also began taking the following supplements:
A family member bought them for me and told me they would help to restore my brain chemistry that was damaged from years of opiate and benzodiazepine abuse.
They worked very well!!!
My mood was better than ever before, and I didn’t crave drugs whatsoever.
Note: After studying supplements for opiate recovery for over 5 years now, I recommend people use a combination of an Opiate Withdrawal Supplement and DLPA. This is more powerful than the products I used, and it’s much less expensive.
During these first six weeks of getting off heroin, fortunately, I had no job and only about a week of school. This helped a lot. However, I did have to go to court for a custody battle one morning, which was very stressful.
I got full custody because I was not on drugs and the mother of my child was still using heroin.
I had quit opiates before with only a three-day weekend then back to work and taking care of a baby, and that was very difficult, but I got through it.
This final attempt at quitting opiates was much easier because I had a month off school and no job. I also had help from my parents taking care of my toddler.
I took methadone for a week, Valium for three weeks, then I got off all medicine and even quit smoking and quit drinking caffeine.
I began eating healthy, exercising more, and I started taking supplements to restore healthy neurotransmission in my brain, which all helped to enhance my mood and eliminate drug cravings.
My Message to You
I hope you got some good tips and ideas from reading about my first six weeks off opiates. I also hope you received some motivation, and perhaps a little inspiration.
Anyone can quit using opiates.
You just need the right plan, the right timing, and the right amount of motivation or leverage.
There is more than enough information on this website to help you formulate a plan and gain high levels of motivation.
I wish you the very best on your journey.
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