Opiates and opioids are the number one killer in the US.
In abstinence-based meetings, such as 12-step meetings and other resources, you will find a one-size-fits-all plan for recovery. Hence, it doesn’t matter what drug you used. It could be coke, weed, pills. It doesn’t matter. You follow the same program.
What do you do when meetings are not enough.
Unfortunately, not all drugs are the same. Heroin is killing way more people than cocaine. This is a fact. If you relapse, most likely, you are going to go for your drug of choice. If that drug is heroin or opioid pills, your chance of dying out there is much higher. Also, opioids are doubly difficult to quit.
The double-edged sword of quitting opioids.
There are two problems that you face if you are quitting an opioid. First, you will have to fight cravings. In addition to cravings, you must face physical withdrawal sickness. The cravings are bad enough. The physical sickness is unbearable. Therefore, opioids are one of the most difficult addictions to beat.
Medication Assisted Treatment is best for many people.
Because of the difficulty in quitting opioids and the danger in continuing use and the high cost of treatment, I recommend that you consider free Suboxone treatment. Suboxone, combined with therapy, has a very high success rate. Put simply, it saves lives.
How do I get it for free?
First, there are patient assistance programs that offer access to free Suboxone treatment and similar medicines. If that is not enough, there are programs popping up that provide the full range of addiction treatment at little or no cost. There are not a lot of these programs yet, but you can be sure that they will be quickly expanding. There is such a great need for more help from our local, state and federal governments to fight the opioid crisis and save as many lives as possible.