Just about any struggling addict can achieve opiate addiction recovery if they are willing to make a decision and take the proper steps to seek help for their problem. This is somewhat rare because when you are trapped in an addiction like this it is very difficult to surrender to the disease and ask for help.
The fear of change keeps people trapped in a cycle. This can be true regardless of what kind of opiates we are talking about. Someone might be hooked on heroin, while another addict might be hooked on prescription pain pills. Each scenario might come with its own set of additional challenges, but at the core both addicts are medicating their mood and their emotions with an opiate drug. In the end, both types of addicts are stuck in a cycle of addiction that keeps them from experiencing their best life in recovery. The only way out for such an addict is through changing their life and finding a new purpose to live for in recovery.
Now there is more than one way to recover from opiates, and there are different programs out there that can help and different options available. For example, many people who are struggling with a drug addiction will go to a 12 step program such as Narcotics Anonymous. In this case, the person is expected to try and remain completely abstinent from all mood or mind altering chemicals while working the 12 step program and remaining clean. They can also get help from the daily meetings and they may be guided through the 12 step program by a sponsor.
There are a lot of advantages to the 12 step program, though it is far from perfect. For one thing, the meetings are quite accessible in most places, and they are also free (if you choose for them to be). There is a lot of support that an individual can get from these types of meetings. Just showing up, being willing, and asking questions can get you a whole ton of support for your problem from others who have walked the path and are more than willing to help you. Of course, in the end it is only support, and you still have to make an individual decision to stop using opiates. Just getting someone to a 12 step meeting is not going to make any impact on them unless they are ready to change.
Now there are other ways to get clean and sober and some people do not do well in 12 step recovery programs. The alternatives are not as mainstream and in some cases people look down on alternative therapies. For example, some people take a maintenance drug in order to stay off of illegal opiates, such as Methadone or Suboxone. These medications are types of opiates themselves and so some argue that the addict is not really “clean” but is still self medicating. When taken as prescribed these medications have changed people’s lives for the better, but in many cases they seem to make things worse or keep addicts trapped in a vicious cycle. So there is definite controversy with a method like this one.
There is also a new method called ultra rapid detox that is not necessarily safe, but it sounds like “the easier softer way” so many addicts will gravitate towards it as a solution. What happens is that the doctors put you under and then flush your system of opiates so that you can avoid the pain and discomfort of withdrawal entirely. Many addicts who undergo this procedure end up relapsing shortly thereafter, and of course it is quite expensive. Many argue that avoiding the pain of withdrawal will not “teach the addict anything” and thus they will have a greater tendency to relapse.
At any rate, the most important thing is that the addict surrender to their disease and ask for help. This is the start of the process for healing. Before this, nothing positive that lasts will occur, because the addict will always return to their drug of choice eventually.