There are tons of resources that can help you quit opioids successfully. Some are comfort meds to mitigate withdrawal symptoms.
Others are non-physical resources like time off from responsibilities or having a compelling future to look forward to after you’ve ended your addiction.
In this piece, you’re going to learn about the importance of having a high “Suck Tolerance” to successfully transition off opioids and get through both the acute and post-acute withdrawal phases.
First, let’s begin by explaining the resource I like to call Suck Tolerance…
What is Your “Suck Tolerance”?
I’m using the word suck in the meaning of something that is not good, but bad, and not desirable, but undesirable.
When you have to go to a job you hate on a Monday morning and you’re not looking forward to going to work, it’s because you think your job sucks.
We don’t like to do things that suck.
I dislike having to clean my apartment.
Easy things like washing the dishes and picking up, taking out the trash and doing laundry suck a little for me.
However, deep cleaning the bathroom sucks big time. I loathe it.
The process of transitioning off opioids can suck more than anything you’ve ever done.
The level of suckiness is so extreme that most people cannot successfully get through the entire process.
It sucks so much and it’s so painful and long that they give up and keep using opioids.
Having a great detox plan and post-acute withdrawal plan can make this process much less sucky.
However, it pretty much always sucks really bad.
The key, then, is to know ahead of time that going through opioid detox sucks and if you want to end your addiction for good, you’ll have to endure some amount of suck, usually for at least a few weeks if not 1-2 months or longer.
Can you endure weeks to months of lingering post-acute withdrawal symptoms?
Can you continue to abstain from the use of opioids even when you’re exhausted, depressed, can’t sleep much, and have intermittent anxiety and fear?
Your ability to embrace the suck will likely be the key factor when it comes to quitting opioids.
Having a high Suck Tolerance will enable you to get through the sucky process of acute detox and post-acute withdrawal.
If your Suck Tolerance is too low this will likely disable you from getting through the process.
You Suck Tolerance is simply the amount or level of suckiness that you’re able to tolerate and get through.
To become a Navy Seal, the individuals going through training have to endure a very high level of suckiness and many badasses are not able to succeed.
Their Suck Tolerance for the Navy Seal training is usually not high enough when they fail.
Many people going through Navy Seal training actually succeed and pass even though they are not as fit and strong as some of the people that failed out of training.
It’s usually because they have a greater ability to endure the suckiness of this type of training than the others who failed.
How To Increase Your Suck Tolerance
The best way I know of to increase your Suck Tolerance is to have a compelling vision of what you want your life to look like.
When you have a crystal clear vision of your ideal life and you have powerful reasons for why you want to achieve this, magic happens.
It becomes much easier to endure the suck, to overcome obstacles and roadblocks, and to continue along the path until you’ve succeeded.
I encourage you to get out a pen and sheet of paper or journal and answer the following questions.
Doing this will help you create a compelling vision and purpose for your new life post-addiction.
Here are the empowering questions for you to answer:
- What are 10 reasons why it’s so important for you to quit opioids?
- What will your life look like in 1, 5, and 10 years down the line if you continue using opioids?
- What will your life look like in 1, 5, and 10 years down the line if you quit opioids now and stay off them for good?
- How much money will you save?
- How much will your health and fitness improve?
- How will being off opioids enhance your relationships, personal and spiritual growth, and other important areas of life?
- Who are you letting down by continuing to be addicted to opioids?
- Who needs you to be on your “A-Game” right now?
- Why are you continuing to be a slave to opioids when you know you are meant for much greater things in life?
- Why are you so afraid of going through short-term pain and suck to get your freedom from addiction forever?
- Why are you refusing to act courageous and bold and refusing to take massive action in the right direction NOW?
The only enemy in your way is the 6 inches in between your ears.
The fearful and anxious thoughts and the internal narrative is literally the only thing that can prevent you from getting what you want.
The process of quitting opioids is very simple.
You simply wake up tomorrow and don’t put any more opioids into your body.
To mitigate symptoms you take opioid withdrawal remedies.
Or you taper down over the span of weeks or months and lower your dose slowly and quit using that method.
It’s simple but difficult.
It’s difficult because your brain has become addicted and thus quitting opioids leads to horrific physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that might be the worst thing a person could ever experience.
This is difficult, but not impossible.
With the right detox plan, it can be less difficult.
And with a high Suck Tolerance for enduring opioid withdrawal symptoms and post-acute symptoms, it can be much, much less difficult, and perhaps even easy for some.
Resources That Can Help You Quit Opioids Once & For All
If you’re looking for the best resources that can enable you to quit opioids more comfortably without relapsing, I have some for you.
My program Ultimate Opiate Detox 4.0 is a premium 5-module & 33 activity online course with video and audio lessons and PDF downloads.
It shows you step-by-step how to get from where you are to where you want to be.
This program will help you regardless of which type of opioid or opioids you’re taking, be it oxys, Kratom, methadone, hydros, Suboxone, heroin, fentanyl, codeine, tramadol, or literally any other opioid.
Ultimate Opiate Detox 4.0 has all the info you need plus more… it is the fastest way to learn exactly what to do to quit opioids in the most comfortable way possible.
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Another resource I highly recommend is my Ultimate Opioid Recovery Coaching Program.
I work with you one-on-one either via phone, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or Squadcast.
Consultations with me are a very effective way to get a customized detox and recovery plan for your unique situation, goals, desires, preferences, and resources.
You get 90 minutes with me and after I learn in detail about your unique predicament, goals, preferences, and resources, I help you come up with a totally customized plan for the acute withdrawal, post-acute withdrawal, biochemical optimization, and beyond.
It’s a great investment for people that are self-motivated and can follow a structured, written plan without having to go to an inpatient treatment program.
If you want to quit opioids without going to a medical detox then inpatient treatment facility and you’re self-motivated to quit on your own, working with me as your coach could be just what you need.
And when you sign up for any coaching package, as a bonus you get free lifetime access to Ultimate Opiate Detox 4.0.
“Embracing the Suck”
The Navy Seals have a saying about “embracing the suck”. This means that you don’t hate the suck or curse at it.
It means you don’t run away from the suck or condemn it.
It also means that you don’t merely accept the suck.
Embracing the suck is putting your arms around the suck and hugging it with all of your love gratitude.
It’s a way of making friends with the suck and actually enjoying it and being thankful for it because you know getting through it will make you a much stronger person.
Quitting opioids over 8 years ago and getting through the sucky withdrawal was difficult but for sure achievable.
I just had to endure about 4 weeks of sucky withdrawal and then a few weeks left of very minor lingering symptoms.
I’m 40 years old and was addicted to opioids for many years.
If you think about the time frame of that 6 weeks I went through withdrawal suckiness compared to the many years of addiction and especially the 40 years of my life…
That 6 weeks is nothing more than the blink of an eye.
On the timeline of my 40 years on this earth thus far…
6 weeks of embracing and enduring the suck seem like nothing at all.
When you’re going through opioid detox it seems like it’ll never end.
Each day takes forever and it’s a true test of your mental fortitude and suck tolerance.
But when you view the process of detoxing from opioids as a very short timeframe in comparison to your entire life, it seems much less sucky.
And when you embrace the suck with a high suck tolerance and also have a good detox and recovery plan that you follow…
You too can be one of the few that actually gets off opioids and stays off them without being a chronic relapser.
I know you can achieve this.
Be bold and filled with passion and courage.
You have it within you as each and every one of us does.
Will you let it remain dormant inside of you?
Or will you tap into it, free it, and let it lift you and guide you?
The decision… as always… is yours.
-Matt Finch, Ultimate Opioid Recovery Coach, Creator of Ultimate Opiate Detox 4.0
MY situation is a bit different Matt. I am nearly 60 years old and I have been on opiates for 20 years. The last few have been snorting Fentanyl. When I read your articles, I hear your lil tag lines, “The only thing stopping you is the 6 inches between your ears.” But 20 years is a bit different than even 10. And, fentanyl is a bit different than oxy. And therein my problem lies.
Hi Matt, I am grateful and happy to say I beat my addiction 3.5 yrs ago. Right now I am struggling to motivate myself to become an a
Addictions Coach myself (Iost my 20 yr RN durng my addiction) because of my anxiety and depression which reentered my life with a FORCE when my husband divorced me for no apparent reason and has suceeded in getting to live in our house with my kids and aliented them ALL against me despite the awesome relationship we onve had. I was sitting here like my usual night, balling my eyes out when I hapoened to see this post and it is tbe first thing to insljfe me in a very long time. Im going to start answering tbise questions in my journa right now. God bless you, and please pray for me and my kids.
Embracing the Suck,
Praying for you and your kids, Eileen. Additionally, I have a $497 online video course called Recovery Coach Blueprint that shows you my system for starting and growing a successful addiction recovery coaching practice.
If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask me for a link to join the program for free, I’d be happy to help you out. You didn’t enter an email when you posted this comment otherwise I’d just email it to you now.
Embrace the Suck, my friend, and I’m so excited to read that you’re going to write the answers to these questions in the article. It will truly help you transform your life. Take care. – Matt
thanks for the info matt
It’s my pleasure, Rick. Thanks for commenting.
Stuart L Reynolds
matt I think I have the program I am going with to get off the oxeyes good by oxeyes. I lost the part of your program that talked about the I think it was a nootropic for after your off the medicine. if you could email me the name of this herb or what ever it is I can get started.stuber
I will send you an email with that info right now.