Podcast: Early Recovery by Eliza Player
Sometimes, I really like the use of multimedia. Here is a project I did, describing the first few days after kicking a heroin addiction, set to various rolling images. Sometimes, the first two weeks following three days of the physical hell of withdrawal are even tougher than the sickness. I found that if I could hold out for three days, through puking and pain…I often did not make it through the weeks following that kick. This podcast describes what it felt like to walk in my shoes. I think it also gives a little insight into early recovery for an opiate addict.
This podcast also helps to shape my argument for opiate substitution. I have been opiate free for 5 years now, but I can honestly say I would never have gotten there without the use of opiate substitution in the beginning. In the beginning, I could not conceive of a life without opiates. It was hard enough to think about not using for one day, and the thought of never using again was once the scariest idea ever. Opiate substitutions, like methadone and buprenorphine helped me to put the sickness and insanity of withdrawal on the shelf, while I began to focus on my recovery. Using these helped me to overcome the tired obsession that comes in the first several weeks after getting off heroin. Although I did not feel complete freedom until I was completely opiate free, I would have never obtained that freedom without these stepping stones.