For many, the thrill of getting high, or even the ability to get high starts to go away real quick. It typically starts off with a prescription, a social activity, or a bad group of friends. As the days turn to weeks, frequency and dosing increase as you unknowingly begin to develop a physical dependency. Then one day you don’t use and your wondering what the heck is wrong with me then it clicks. Withdraws. Your hooked. As ridiculous as it may sound, getting to that point is easier than thought and becoming more and more common. Pills are everywhere, and heroin is comparably dirt cheap as one norco can be as much as 5 bucks, yet a dime of heroin is roughly the equivalent of 3-5 norcos so moving on to the cheaper, stronger alternative is typical.
So now you have maintain appearances around friends and family, at work, and everything else between waking up in the morning and going to bed at night. Using becomes routine all while you know you shouldn’t be doing it and trying to figure out how to get out of this mess. You tell yourself you’ll ween off, while every attempt fails. You tell yourself this is the last time. Then you start going through withdraws and you crack again.
As time progresses, strains on relationships takes it toll. Communicating the challenges associated with detoxing are near impossible to explain to those whom have not experienced opiate physical dependency. The aches and pains in your bones, muscles and joints. The unbarable levels of anxiety. The cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. The cold sweats and goosebumps, Sensitivity of the skin even to the slightest touch. Muscle spasms and restless legs. The constant sneezing and runny yet stuffy nose.
The reality of all this is far worse than can be put into words. Seconds feel like hours. Sleeping is completely out of the question. Emotions run rampant.
How can you communicate the struggles of trying to detox with the ones closest to you. Explaining the affect potency differences in street drugs that make tapering challenging. But most of all explaining how much you appreciate and love them.
Any tips, remedies, or suggestions for making opiate detox a little more bearable.
Thank you guys and good luck on your journey to sobriety.