It Provides An Illusion of Well-being
Opiates buffer the brain
and its processes in many ways. It is as if opiates lay a soft, warm blanket over the brain, lulling the user into a false sense of safety and peace; smoothing over painful memories, emotions, anxieties, self-doubts and hurtful relationships. Opiates can momentarily filter out the realities that hurt us. In desperate moments, we think: this is better than no relief at all. Without any other solutions, and in physical or psychological pain, opiates will help you ignore, forget or deny… at least for a while. Opiates initially put the user into a dream state where they feel euphoric. Opiates quickly demand payment for their illusions, however. People become addicted to these drugs very quickly and need to use in order to avoid getting sick. The drug begins to claim more of the user’s time, energy, money and life force. Opiates, like heroin, take over the lives of addicts and their loved ones, as well as our communities. The initial peace found in opiate addiction is the mythical and ghostly dragon being chased in yearning and desperation. There is never enough relief and what is obtained never lasts long enough. Opiate addiction becomes a constant chase after a solution that isn’t real. One scrambles daily to feel well enough just to get by while opiates relentlessly ‘press’ themselves inside us. They suppress, repress, oppress, and depress our lives and how we function in them. Internally, the brain mirrors what is happening in our addicted lives: our energies are depleted, our functioning is slowed, our capabilities are dulled, and we are about to give up.
Suboxone, Subutex, Methadone
The psychological and physical pain of opiate addiction is unavoidable. Not one addict escapes this fact. Every opiate addict from prescription pain management users to IV users has thought about quitting, tried quitting, failed at quitting, etc. The painful reality of opiate withdrawal and detoxification is too much for many to bear. The promise of a better life in sobriety seems impossible. Many addicts turn to drugs like Suboxone and Subutex to help them get off drugs. The problem is that these drugs are significantly more difficult and painful to detoxify from than the original heroine or painkillers that addicts are trying to free themselves from. These solutions become another prison with thicker bars. Rather than trying a band aid, there are results found in non 12 step addiction rehab options. Working on the core issues of what brought someone to addiction is how you get to sobriety.