Withdrawing from an opioid addiction alone can be frustrating and even dangerous. Here are just a few good reasons to work with a professional while you go through withdrawal and recover from your addiction:
Access Non-Addictive Treatment Options
One of the most important reasons to consider working with a professional while you withdraw from opioids and work to get sober is to access a variety of non-addictive opioid treatment options that you couldn't access on your own.
For instance, the FDA has approved a medication called lofexidine that can help adults safely withdraw from opioids and make the process of staying sober easier over time. While you can't just walk into a store and order the medication yourself, the professional service provider you work with should be able to prescribe the medication to you.
Your service provider can also recommend meal plans, exercise regimens, and other lifestyle options that can help reduce your opioid withdrawal symptoms as you get sober. You can expect to be presented with multiple treatments options so you can customize your care and get the medications that will suit your unique needs instead of relying on the cold-turkey method or only home remedies that may or may not work for you.
Rely on Ongoing Professional Support
Working with a professional will also help ensure that you get the medical and psychological support you need as you recover from your opioid addiction and beyond. Whether you're in need of medication even after your withdrawal symptoms subside to minimize the risk of relapse or you need to work with a therapist to increase your success of recovery, you can count on your service provider to connect you with the right support systems both while you recover and afterward when you're working to stay clean and sober.
Create a Personal Support Network
Your service provider can also connect you with various peer support groups in your area that will allow you to meet other people who are in the same situation as you and create your own personal support network to tap into as you work toward leading a clean and sober lifestyle. You'll have an opportunity to collect phone numbers, get invitations to sobriety barbecues, and even access new income opportunities as you get to know your support network.
Sure, you can find local support groups to join on your own, but why not save yourself the time and trouble of vetting them all to determine which will best meet your needs by letting a professional service provider do the legwork for you?