Podcast: Early Recovery by Eliza Player

Written by Eliza Player on Tuesday, 03 April 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery

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.

Listen to the podcast here .

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.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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