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Why Opium Recovery Is a Lifelong Commitment

Why Opium Recovery Is a Lifelong Commitment

Relapse may result from a lack of recovery commitment

While putting an immediate end to the use of opium or opium-derived substances such as prescription painkillers is of utmost importance for protecting an individual’s mental and physical health, long-term addiction recovery requires so much more than detox or surface sobriety. HBO.com explains, “Between 25-35% of people who complete addiction treatment will be readmitted to treatment within one year, and 50% will be readmitted within five years. Recovery is not fully stabilized (point at which future risk of future lifetime relapse drops below 15%) until four to five years of sustained recovery” (“From Treatment to Sustained Recovery”). Completing a recovery program does not guarantee long-term success, and even “stabilized” recovery involves a higher than 1 in 10 chance of relapse. Recovering opium users cannot stop “trying” or remaining vigilant after a set amount of clean time. The risk for relapse continues, even if it is diminished after sobriety becomes a habit and coping skills are developed and regularly used.

Drug use stems from many underlying concerns, and HBO.com shares that recovery, “involves significant changes over time in personal identity and beliefs, family and social relationships, daily lifestyle.” These changes do not happen quickly, and they are not a temporary requirement. Positive changes made during recovery need to continue throughout an individual’s life for sobriety to continue. Individuals may have to find new social circles, a task that can seem daunting but is made simpler by support groups and other recovery-based communities. Close friendships can also be made during treatment and continue through long-term recovery. Friends and family members that support recovery efforts and promote and engage in a healthy lifestyle make it easier for individuals to make their own commitment to an opium-free life. If an individual’s social and environmental setting does not support long-term recovery, he or she may consider moving or choosing the intermediary recovery step of transitional living homes. A career change may be necessary as well, and making the needed social, geographic and employment changes is a long-term, positive action.

If you are ready to find real, lasting opium or opiate addiction recovery, call our toll-free helpline. Our admissions coordinators are here 24 hours a day to help you find the resources you or your loved one needs to take action, make changes and stay clean for a lifetime. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.