It is important that you understand that you have taken a great step towards recovery. I hope that your goal is to have a brain/mind free of drugs.
I believe that you were treating pain with all of the addictions that you have mentioned. People do not alter their consciousness and maintain that alteration because it feels better to have a clear mind. They do so because the substance gives them a very temporary escape from pain. The manner in which the brain processes pain does not distinguish between, for example, emotional, social, or physical pain. Indeed, it is just pain, and we have a natural instinct to try to escape from it or relieve it. The next step is a clear mind that addresses the pain.
I recommend the following steps: First, I suggest a medical detox which could be done on an outpatient basis using suboxone. Second, I encourage you to enroll in a chemical dependency treatment program. Third, please try alternative pain treatment while finding out how much of your pain is central pain or hyperalgesia being caused by the opiates. I wish you well in your efforts.View Thread
This is difficult to answer without more information. Were you using the opiates for abdominal pain, and is there any underlying pathology (IBS, IBD)? One strategy would be to try abdominal Tai Chi breathing. Briefly, as your lungs fill with air, expand your stomach (stomach away from spine.) When your lungs are fully expanded, bring your stomach up towards you ribs then exhale - 20 inhales, three times per day. I would also suggest you try to find someone who is trained in visceral manipulation.View Thread
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