Your Opiate Addiction Recovery Depends Upon Your Honesty
Maybe, you only take prescription opioids and you tell yourself that it’s OK because it’s not an illegal street drug. Maybe you use morphine, but you only do it to help with your pain. You might even be using heroin, but you excuse it because you aren’t turning tricks for it or living on the street. You have good reasons for the opiates you use and you aren’t really an addict.
Or, are you?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports: “In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002.” Are you one of them?
Without lies, there is no addiction. Without the truth, there can be no recovery. If you honestly believe that you have an addiction that requires suboxone treatment, contact SuboxoneDrugRehabs.com at 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) . You deserve sobriety.
Addiction and Dishonesty
Addiction thrives on dishonesty. It isn’t something you need to beat yourself up over for the rest of your life. But, you should be prepared to confront the dishonesty that allowed you to keep your addiction alive.
- Lie to your friends or family about where your money went when you spent it on drugs?
- Tell someone you weren’t high when you were?
- Tell your boss that you were sick because you were too high to go to work?
- Tell yourself you didn’t have a problem?
- Promise to stop using opiates when you knew you wouldn’t?
- Promise to get help you knew you would never get?
Addiction causes interpersonal conflict between the addict and everyone who wants them to be sober. In order to avoid dealing with the conflict, you have to lie. Overtime, that means telling more and more lies, until almost everything you tell other people is a lie and you may even be lying to yourself.
In order to maintain an addiction long-term, you will tell yourself lies and preserve your positive feelings by downplaying the degree to which you are addicted. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” That means that you continue to use even when you want to stop. To do that, you have to maintain a degree of denial.
But, there will come a time when you can no longer lie to yourself. You will have come to a point where your life is so damaged by your addiction that you can’t deny it.
If you attempt to treat your addiction without being completely honest with yourself, you run a variety of risks, including:
- Causing a relapse
- Destroying progress in rebuilding trust with friend and family
- Diminishing the effectiveness of the treatment program
- Triggering later guilt and subsequent unhappiness
- Terminating progress made in healing
- Undermining any therapy
- Increasing stressors
- Causing a desire to flee from your life
Honesty and Love
Recovery depends upon your ability to be honest about your drug use. One of the largest benefits to recovery is intimacy. Addiction places itself in the center of every connection in your life and when honesty is used to help with recovery, addiction is eliminated from these connection, allowing you to reconnect fully. That means a renewed intimacy with friend, family, and yourself.
If you participate in a 12 step program alongside your suboxone rehabilitation, you will be familiar with honesty as the underpinning of every step. The first admission is that you have no control over your addiction. Without the honesty of that step, you don’t move onto the other steps. That humbling confession of vulnerability is challenging.
By embracing honesty, you can assess your progress and feel true pride. You can learn to love yourself for who you are, failings and all.
If you are ready to move honestly through rehabilitation and you think that you would benefit from suboxone rehabilitation, contact SuboxoneDrugRehabs.com at 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) . It’s time that you loved yourself again.