What If I Don’t Want to Stop Using OxyContin?
OxyContin addicts are no longer in charge of their behavior. They may want to stop using, but a greater part of their mind and body will encourage them to continue on the path of addiction. Others may fear the change and effort involved in addiction recovery. Ambivalence and feelings of conflict are common among individuals who are considering putting an end to OxyContin addiction.
Dealing with Mixed Emotions about OxyContin Use
If you are addicted to OxyContin but are struggling with mixed emotions about giving it up, you aren’t alone. There are actions you can take to help move forward including the following:
- Increase motivation by learning about the dangers of the drug. For example the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reports that in 2009 an estimated 1,079,683 emergency room visits were related to non-medical use of pharmaceuticals and that pain relievers like OxyContin were the most common type of drug involved.
- Write out all your reasons for ending OxyContin use. These reasons may be physical, emotional, relational, legal or financial. Don’t forget to include reasons related to the way your OxyContin habit affects others.
- Write out your reasons for continuing OxyContin use. These may include things like, “I don’t want to lose my friends,” or, “I don’t want to go through withdrawal.” This will help you identify stumbling blocks to recovery and may trivialize some fears and concerns that at first seemed like overwhelming reasons to continue using. Write down responses to your reasons such as, “True friends want what’s best for me” or, “I can go through a medically supervised detox process that will be safe.”
- Don’t feel the need to wait until all ambivalence is resolved to begin treatment. Counselors know how to help people increase their motivation to get and stay OxyContin-free.
Take a Step toward Freedom from OxyContin
It’s never too late to treat OxyContin addiction, but the earlier the disease is addressed, the better. Every day of delay is a day in which the addiction grows stronger. If you are ready to take a step toward freedom, call our toll-free helpline and let us answer your questions about treatment options.