Thats kinda easy bro. STAY BUSY! No matter what you have to do, find something and keep yourself busy constantly! The sickness is the hard part. But if you can stay busy the mental part will go away fairly fast. Good luck and stay strong!
Jay gave some good advice. How long has it been since you quit? That mental stuff also has to do with the fact that your brain has to get used to being without the pills. Getting involved in some form of aftercare and/or counseling will help too because you can learn techniques on how to deal with it and real people you can call or text or hang out with who have the same goal as you, which is to be clean.
Minn is right. But if you decide to get couneling, make sure you get it from people that have been through the same thing you have. People with a college education in addiction are NO HELP compared to the people like us that have actually been thru it.
Hope this helps it helped me when someone posted to me when I shared the same worry! It gets better, I promise. Your poor brain is trying to reset itself and it is a process.
You have to remember how opiates work, and why you feel depressed etc. when you quit taking them and after you are over the withdrawals and often why we keep craving long after the physical withdrawals are over.
Opiates bound to the opioid receptors in your brain and body. They release their artificial endorphins to them, and block the bodies natural endorphins. After a while the neurons that produce the body's natural endorphins disappear. There is no need for them so they just don't rejuvenate like they would normally.
When you stop taking the opiates, they leave your opioid receptors bare, and they are calling out for your body's natural endorphins, but there isn't any there at first. You body has to repopulate the neurons that make them, and this takes time.
Endorphins like dopamine control your moods, anxiety, sadness, anger, happiness, pain etc.
You will slowly get your "old self" back as these neurons repopulate and begin increasing their endorphins production. After being off the opiates for a month, they should be about 45-50% of normal, and be back to normal within a year.
So hang in there, you will feel better and better as the months roll by.
Try keep busy and keep your mind focused on positive things instead of dwelling on the depression, anxiety, etc. that are only temporary and will disappear as your endorphins return to normal.
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