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Opioid Dependency | Taking the First Steps to Recovery

January 31, 2019

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Recovery begins from within. It only requires a positive outlook and a belief in yourself. To successfully start recovery from substance use disorder, it’s essential to work with trained professionals who understand your struggle. We know it can be scary to take the first step, and seeking help is the first step to breaking free from the shackles of substance use disorder and living your best life.

Read on for more information about the critical steps involved to set you on a path to living a life free from substance use disorder.

Be honest with yourself.

The first step to solving any problem is acknowledging that you have one. Denial is a powerful defense mechanism, and it can be a significant force in preventing people with substance use disorder to take the initiative to get help. Look at what’s going on and decide that you need to make a change. It’s entirely possible to learn to live a life free from substances — a happy and fulfilling life at that.

Realize there is no shame or indignity in substance use disorder.

The consensus among doctors is that addiction is a disease, just like diabetes or high blood pressure. When it comes to admitting you have a problem, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Relying on a substance is not due to a lack of willpower or an indicator of weakness. As with any other ailment, substance use disorder must be diagnosed, treated, and carefully managed.

Don’t let money be the object that gets in the way of seeking help.

Regardless of your financial situation, it costs far more to remain dependent on drugs and alcohol than it does to get treatment and free yourself from substance dependency. Most insurance plans cover treatment for substance use disorder, and above all, nothing is more valuable than your health and well-being.

Don’t allow past or unsuccessful attempts at recovery stop you from seeking help.

Anything worthwhile requires hard work, consistency, and dedication. Just because you may have relapsed or have been unsuccessful in the past does not mean you’re incapable of becoming free from substance use disorder. Recovery is a life-long process, and you CAN achieve long-term sobriety.

Understand, know, and believe that this disease can be managed, and that you can recover.

Visualize, in as much detail as possible, what your life would be like and exactly how it will look once you are in recovery. Focus on that goal every step of the way. Throw your mind over the hurdle; then your body will follow.

Allow an expert to help you.

Victory Recovery Partners is staffed by a team of passionate doctors, psychiatrists, and substance use professionals seasoned in the use of addiction medicine and treatment. We focus exclusively on providing high-level care for patients with substance use disorder — this is all we do. We genuinely want to see you succeed, and we will be there for you every step of the way.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use, you don’t have to face it alone. Victory Recovery Partners is here to help. We specialize in the use of medication-assisted treatment for addiction using FDA-approved medications such as Buprenorphine (Suboxone) and Vivitrol®. We’re here to provide you with the convenient, high-quality medical care you need and deserve. Visit our website or contact us at 631-696-HELP (4357) to begin your journey to recovery today.