Note: Update – I recently wrote an article on What My Life is Like 9 Years After Quitting Opioids.
Okay, now if you want to continue reading you can. In this article, I’m going to briefly share what things were like when I was an opiate addict, then I’ll provide a contrast by describing what my life is like now, a little over six years later.
Although they may be very motivated to quit opiates, there is also a lot of fear.
Fear of the scary process of getting off opiates…
Fear of feeling psychological and physical symptoms still months after quitting opiates…
Fear of living life without a drug that has helped them immensely in the past, whether it provided pain relief, energy, anxiety relief, happiness, or even all-of-the-above.
If you’re feeling any of these fears, let me put your mind at ease by telling you how easy my opiate detox was, how fast I started to feel good again, and what my life is like nowadays without opiates.
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My Life as an Opiate Addict
I won’t go into detail because you can read my full story here, but I want to paint you a little picture of what my life was like as an opiate addict.
Here is a bullet-point list of my life as an addict:
- I either made around $8 an hour working stressful jobs I didn’t like, or I was unemployed.
- I had a girlfriend for awhile that I really loved and liked as my best friend, but my opiate addiction led to the demise of my relationship.
- After paying rent, almost all of my money went to opiates. I frequently was behind in paying my bills.
- I lived off cheap food such as PB&J sandwiches, Ramen noodles, etc.
- I never worked out.
- I was a lier, a cheat, and a thief.
- I had no integrity, no self-esteem, and no self-confidence, but the opiates gave me chemical confidence.
- I needed opiates all day every day to prevent opiate withdrawal symptoms.
- I had no goals, no vision of a better future, and I was pretty hopeless to ever do anything with my life.
How I Got Off Opiates
Finally, after years and years of addiction and fear, I managed to get off opiates for good. And not only that, but my opiate detox and recovery were really easy.
To learn exactly what I did to have such an easy time detoxing from opiates, you can read the article My First 6 Weeks Off Opiates – How I Got Through It.
To sum up the process:
- I didn’t experience an acute withdrawal.
- I didn’t have Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).
- I felt fine during the entire process, and within about six weeks I felt great!
What My Life is Like 6 Years After Quitting Opiates
Although my life has been amazing ever since I got off opiates, things just keep getting better and better as time goes on. This happened because I continue making new goals for myself and taking massive action to achieve these goals.
I create visions for what I want my life to look like in the areas such as health/fitness, career, finances, relationships, recreation, etc., and then I come up with plans on how to continually improve my life and my levels of joy, abundance, and gratitude.
Here is my current life in a few hundred words…
I live in a beautiful home right next to Kaneohe Bay, which is on the windward side of Oahu.
I have a beautiful daughter named Willow that is about to turn 8 years old in a few days. We have a great relationship.
I’m a single dad, but I get to spend a lot of time with Willow because my business allows me to work from home.
To make a living, I sell online courses and coach people to help them recover from opiate addiction. I write lots of free blog posts and create free YouTube videos on opiate recovery, and due to this, my website gets around a million website visitors per year.
I’m not rich, but I make enough money to pay my bills, eat healthily, take great supplements, do fun things that cost money, and go on vacations a few times a year.
I have wonderful relationships with my family members and friends, and I understand that one of the key components of an extraordinary life is having these close connections with people.
My Health & Fitness
My health and fitness are excellent, and I’ve really figured out the best nutrition plan and exercise methods for myself that work best for me.
My Passions, Diet, and Hobbies
My greatest professional passion is helping people recover from opiate addiction and my greatest personal passion is self-development, that is, continually growing in the areas of Psychology, Emotions, Spirituality, Health, and so on.
My diet is mostly plant-based with lots of veggies, fruits, healthy fats, sweet potatoes, and lemon water, but I do eat a little meat and dairy a few times a week. I’m gluten-free and don’t eat grains very often, but when I do, I’ll have a little rice or granola.
My hobbies include reading, hiking, going on night walks while listening to audiobooks, cooking, going out to eat at delicious restaurants, taking my daughter to the beach and to the movies, traveling, journaling, and binge-watching shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Vikings, etc.
I am not religious, but I’m deeply spiritual. I believe in God and a purpose of life, and try to live by a moral code, though I’m not perfect. Lately, I’ve been learning a lot about the philosophy of Taoism, and these teachings have enabled me to be much happier and relaxed on a daily basis.
My Emotional Health
My mental/emotional health is at an all-time high, and I’m able to take on the stressors of life with grace, although I have moments and even periods of life where I see a decline in this.
I find that as long as I’m really focusing on eating right for my needs and exercising, and journaling, those three things together keep me feeling really balanced and healthy.
Living a Purpose-Driven Life
All-in-all, I love my life. I really feel like I turned my obstacle (opiate addiction) into my opportunity (helping others get off opiates and make enough money to do it full-time).
I’ve found tremendous happiness and fulfillment in life by helping others. This website has over 200 free articles and videos, and two free online courses, which have more than enough combined free info to help anyone in the world get off opiates with relative ease.
A very, very small percentage of my website visitors choose to buy my online course or hire me to be their Opiate Detox & Recovery Coach, but my estimate is that 999 out of every 1,000 people simply use all the free info on this website to get off opiates.
This provides my life with a lot of meaning because I know that I’m contributing to help end suffering in the world.
And I really do feel like having “meaning” in your life enables us to live richer, fuller, more vibrant and fulfilling lives.
If you’re addicted to opiates and wanting to get off for good, I hope this article gave you some hope, inspiration, and motivation. If you’ve been afraid of taking the first step or the next step on the path to recovery, I encourage you to harness the power of courage to make positive movement forward.
You can change your life, and anything that you can imagine for your life, you can have. It just takes awareness, clarity, courage, action, persistence, and a willingness to do the difficult things so you can create the life of your dreams…
A life free from opiate addiction, loving your work or business, enjoying radiant health and wonderful connections with people you love, emotional balance, abundance, fulfillment, and an attitude of gratitude that is omnipresent.
This is all possible, and it begins with the first step of getting off opiates.
You can do it.
You have such extraordinary greatness and abilities within you.
Go for it, and never look back.
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