A fast reduction in the use of the substance
A slow reduction in the use of the substance
A relatively weak opiate (30 mg Dihydrocodeine = 3 mg Methadone);
A longer acting drug with less severe withdrawal symptoms;
Easier to reduce slowly without practical difficulties, particularly if the 10 mg per 5 ml liquid formulation is used.
Self-motivation - a real desire to kick the addiction by the user.
Commitment of a responsible person to administer the maintenance tablet of the opiate-blocker Naltrexone -for a one-year period.
Prescription of Naltrexone over a twelve-month period by a doctor or medical specialist.
Pre-discharge professional counselling is made available to the user.
Continued belief that opiates will relieve physical symptoms or offer a quick fix.
Loss of constructive planning.
Accepting that it is time to move on.
Thinking of using in a controlled way, e.g. "If I only use at weekends..."
Avoid excessive alcohol on a regular basis.
Get up at the same time each morning, irrespective of time when went to sleep the night before.
Avoid excessive daytime activity
Go to bed or turn the lights out only when feeling sleepy.