Many of us have been here before. One day, we’re doing fine – we haven’t used in a few days, weeks, months, or even years. Maybe we haven’t even thought about a drug in a while either. The next day, we find ourselves with our drug of choice in hand, wondering, “How did I get here again?”
Relapse is a part of many of our stories, but it doesn’t have to be. Long Islanders have the resources to recover, we just have to take that step towards drug treatment to utilize them.
What Should I Do Now?
Tell someone. If we have kept our bodies substance-free for some time, our tolerance is extremely low and our chance of overdosing is at an all-time high. We need to confide in someone immediately – a friend, family member, or even a hotline. At least if someone knows that we have relapsed there is a person that could check-in with us, call 9-1-1 if they haven’t heard from us in a while, or potentially administer Narcan if they’ve found us overdosed. Hiding our relapse from others doesn’t erase the fact that we’re using; secrecy digs our graves.
Don’t focus on the past. Relapse is scary and confusing. If we focus on why we relapsed and keep reliving the past, we won’t be able to seek the drug treatment that we need now. The disappointment with ourselves can be overwhelming and lead to inaction, but we cannot let fear, pride, and our pasts get in the way of saving our lives.
Avoid living in guilt and shame. Once we’ve started using, stopping is one of the hardest things in the world, but it can be done. Emotions of guilt and shame flood our system alongside the drugs and we shouldn’t let those feelings keep us from admitting that we’re struggling. Long Island’s death toll from overdoses continues to climb but we don’t have to be another statistic of the opioid epidemic. Drug treatment can be the intervention we need, separating us from our drugs for a while and allowing us to heal in a safe environment.
Find the drug treatment you need. After letting someone know that we’ve relapsed, the process of finding the proper drug treatment can be that much easier. Our confidant can help us look into our treatment options and choose the rehabilitation center that best suits our needs. Drug treatment in Long Island is a call or click away. You don’t have to go through this alone.