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It helps to know why you feel this way. Using opiates is like flooding your brain with natural endorphins, hence the feel good. Since there are all these extra endorphins, your brain develops extra receptors over time to catch some of them. Once you stop takin opiates, you have all thes extra opiate receptors screaming bloody murder because you cut them off. These extra receptors also cause additional physical pain, along with the mental suffering. Everyone is different, and many people will recover enough that they can function after many months. There are things you can do to help. Get yourself into a vigorous workout routine, which will help jumpstart your own natural endorphin production. Keep busy...don't sit aorund feeling sorry for yourself. Accupuncture has been proven to be a great help in recovery as well. Some longterm users will never recover and feel normal again, which is where maintenace drugs sometimes come into play. It's worth sticking it out and trying to heal your brain, but it is hard work, and it takes time. Quitting was the easy part...Staying clean is the real challenge I think!

Meddguy, there are alternatives to NA also. I guess i can't list any names here due to Board rules....NA can be great for a lot of people, but it's not for everyone, and there are alternatives out there, some of which are becoming quite popular.

mano
Hi mg
It’s great you are still with us on the board, telling and hashing it out. Cravings, Sometimes change brings on cravings, sometimes for no apparent reason a craving comes in and yes, It sure sucks to get them when you have so many days weeks back to back. I tend to agree with mano on what he said about [COLOR="Navy"]QUOTE FROM MANO[/COLOR]

[COLOR="Navy"]Using opiates is like flooding your brain with natural endorphins, hence the feel good. Since there are all these extra endorphins, your brain develops extra receptors over time to catch some of them. Once you stop taking opiates, you have all these extra opiate receptors screaming bloody murder because you cut them off. These extra receptors also cause additional physical pain, along with the mental suffering[/COLOR]

It’s like sometimes I get so angry at myself for thinking about using something, anything and then I have to forgive myself, I think sometimes I want to use because I want to fill that void, that hole that we all know about, we fall in it, we climb out, we stick our hand in to pull someone else out, we dangle our toes in it, testing cold/hot water, we know what will happen, I get upset at myself because I have spent half of my life nursing myself back to health.

When I do yoga I feel centered and I feel alive and that hole doesn’t seem to be so big. I guess that goes along with what Mano said in the opposite, in the paradox, I know you exercise like a gold winner athlete, I think our endorphins, receptors, are being reborn and they are in agony, like childbirth. We are going to be OK. We are developing. Like some people say - we are a work in progress - or a working process? I guess it's ok to think and talk it out, just don't plant the seed to use. plant the seed to nurture yourself, like you do everyday
As long as we don’t go backwards or back up into the birth canal, or back into the hole with a rope, or 6 ft under without a hope.

Did you go through any physical changes? or you just bored? or have any psychological changes? been around using people lately? getting triggered? or maybe just Christmas, lack of? or too much ?a lot of festivities, a lot of depression, a lot of suicide happens around this time of year, sad isn't it.

Stay well [COLOR="Navy"]mg[/COLOR]
we need you
kadee;);)u and me





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