What are the steps that you need to take in order to beat an Oxycontin addiction?
Many people find themselves hooked on this powerful opiate based painkiller and they are not even sure how it happened so fast. Suddenly they find themselves sneaking pills, doctor shopping, stashing their supply, and purchasing more of the drug illegally off the streets. Ultimately some people eventually give up on the pills and simply switch over to a more convenient opiate, such as heroin.
So how can a struggling addict get help for this sort of addiction? And how can they manage any physical pain that they may have while they are trying to recover?
For starters, the number one suggestion that I can make is for people to attend inpatient treatment. Call up a drug rehab program and ask if they do 28 day inpatient treatment. If they do, find out what you would need to do in order to gain admission to their program.
There are a few other paths that you could take in early recovery, but none of the alternatives are going to work as well or be as effective as inpatient treatment. Going to a 28 day program is going to be the single best thing that you can do for yourself.
How does inpatient treatment help to treat an Oxycontin addiction?
First of all there is the need for physical withdrawal and detoxification from this synthetic opiate. Similar to heroin withdrawal, going through Oxycontin detox is not a very comfortable process, and the symptoms of withdrawal tend to resemble that of the flu. Going to an inpatient treatment center will allow you to be in a medical detox that can seriously mitigate these withdrawal symptoms. So instead of having massive amounts of discomfort for 5 days you may only have minor discomfort for 2 or 3 days in most cases. Without any sort of help like this in a physical sense it is highly unlikely that the struggling addict can overcome their cravings and urges.
Second of all you will want to consider inpatient treatment for the professional therapy support that you get there. In nearly every treatment center that you might attend they are going to assign a therapist to you, someone that can help guide and counsel you as you make your way through early recovery. Having a therapist in early recovery, for some people, can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to their recovery. Pretty much all of us have our issues, both in and out of recovery, and trying to deal with reality in early recovery without the ability to self medicate can become overwhelming. In order to deal with this you are going to need to tap into some of the tools of recovery, and talking with a professional therapist is one of those potential tools. Of course your mileage may vary, but many people who struggle with addiction can benefit a great deal by talking with a professional therapist.
Third, when you go to inpatient treatment you are going to meet a variety of peers who are attempting to recover just as you are. In order to put your best foot forward on this new journey of yours you are going to need to meet new people who are moving in a positive direction. Hanging out with your old acquaintances who are drinking or taking drugs is not going to give you the support that you need in order to start this new life for yourself. In early recovery we need others that we can identify with, people who are on the same basic path that we are on, so that we know that we are not crazy when we are facing our struggles.
Support from your peers is absolutely critical in early recovery from addiction. One, you need peers in order to identify with them and know that you are not alone, and two, you need peers in order to learn from their experiences so that you don’t have to make all of the mistakes yourself.
Fourth, treatment is important in early recovery simply so that you can get some structure in your life and establish a different routine. So much of our addiction becomes a series of habits and rituals that we begin to carry out nearly automatically, without even considering it or thinking it through. We need to go to rehab for 28 days so that we can start to open our eyes and see the world a bit differently, so that we can get a fresh grip on reality and realize that there is a different path that we can take in life. If you are stuck in your “using environment” then it is very difficult to break free and find a different way to live your life.
Fifth, you need inpatient treatment so that you can get set up with aftercare services after leaving rehab. These are the kinds of services that will make or break your recovery effort, and the people who follow through with things like counseling and IOP are the people who tend to do well in early recovery.
In other words, you need to go to rehab so that you can move on and start doing the things that need to happen post-treatment. Those are things like counseling, group therapy, intensive outpatient, going back to work, going back to school, getting a sponsor in AA or NA, and so on. These are the kinds of activities that help you transition out of a 28 day program and into long term sobriety. In order to thrive in long term sobriety you have to build a foundation in the first 6 months to 1 year of recovery, and this is what these critical aftercare services are all about. You need to go to inpatient treatment so that you can get linked up with the right kind of aftercare services.
If you have been on the fence about going to rehab, I would urge you to just take a leap of faith and go for it. This is the one decision that you can make right now that will likely change the rest of your life going forward. Choosing to attend inpatient rehab is such a high impact change because of the trickle-down effects that it will have on the rest of your life. When you take the time to get your addiction treated it will eventually create positive effects in all of the other areas of your life: Relationships, spirituality, physical health, emotional stability, mental health, finances, and so on. You owe it to yourself to take this leap of faith, to summon all of your courage and make an effort to get the help that you truly need. This is the one big decision in life that you will never regret making: Go to rehab and get started on your new life in recovery!