Managing downtime becomes important because you no longer spend a huge part of your waking hours thinking about your drug of choice. Downtime refers to the time you have on your hands because you are no longer preoccupied by addictive behaviors. In the past, heroin or whatever opiates you used provided quick relief from the things that were bothering you.
This stage of recovery, in which you feel the very real physiologic effects of healthier living as well as the emotional responses to exploring past emotional issues and the conflicting feelings that you are on the edge of success, is often referred to as The Wall. Surprisingly, you may feel tired during this time and you are at a very real risk of relapse.
Now you need to consider options for new activities in your life. Within the contexts of a long-term treatment setting such as medication-assisted therapy for recovering from heroin addiction, you may find your thoughts returning to past hobbies or passions.
If you remember time spent in your distant past with a pencil in your hand, either drawing or writing, then buy yourself some nice paper and a pen or pencil that feels good. Let your creativity have some free reign and see if you can re-ignite that old spark within yourself. If you like to fish or knit, have at it!
Tips to Overcome Heroin Addiction
Schedule yourself for a long weekend. Arrange an afternoon at the local gym or a long walk. Buy tickets to a local sporting event. Think of this list of activities and check off three that ignite some interest:
- Walking, bicycling, or exercising at the gym
- Attending a church activity or volunteering for community events
- Going to the movies
- Playing a musical instrument or writing lyrics or raps
- Creating a photo album
- Meditating or practicing yoga
- Joining a local sports team
- Planning (and saving up for!) a vacation
Think about your recovery plan and add some of these new activities to your schedule. Once you get in the habit of substituting them for your negative old behaviors, you will find yourself past The Wall.