Addiction doesn’t happen overnight. It develops over time and for reasons that are as unique as the people struggling with it. In fact, there is rarely one reason for addiction but rather a combination of circumstances that can lead to addiction in those who never imagined they’d end up there. While the specifics of each case are different, there are also common causes that appear in many cases of addiction.
Morphine is a narcotic pain-reliever that works by affecting the brain’s pain center and dulling the perception of pain. While morphine is commonly used in hospitals to treat pain, it is also highly addictive and commonly abused. While the withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine are typically less severe than those associated with other drugs, they can be serious and are especially dangerous when experienced without the care of trained medical professionals. The following are four common causes of morphine addiction.
One of the many unfortunate realities of morphine addiction is its lack of concern for the intentions of any particular individual. When morphine is introduced to the body, the risk of addiction is introduced alongside it. The users who seek only to relieve their pain through a legitimate prescription can still develop a tolerance to morphine which eventually leads to an addiction.
Perhaps the most obvious cause of morphine addiction is recreational use and abuse of the drug. Users seeking a high can feel, at first, like they’re in control. Morphine use is just for fun, they think, and they can stop whenever they like. However, recreational morphine use often means higher doses to begin with, meaning tolerance can develop more quickly and lead sooner to a stronger addiction.
There are various reasons that people turn to drugs like morphine. Some see them as a way to have a good time. However, others turn to morphine in an effort to escape the troubles they may be facing in life. Under the influence of morphine, things seem fine for a while. For these individuals, a more holistic approach to rehab including counseling and behavioral therapy is often necessary.
Some morphine users develop an emotional attachment to the drug and feel that without it they are unable to get through the day or to be themselves. The sad reality, of course, is that under the influence of morphine they are not themselves at all. Much like someone who feels stuck in an abusive relationship, addicts may want to quit but have gotten to a point where they cannot imagine life without the drug.
If you or a loved one struggles with morphine addiction, you can recover and we can help. For most users, physical treatment is not enough. A holistic approach to recovery that includes therapy and counseling can allow you to address the root causes for your addiction and help you avoid addiction in the future. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today to speak with a counselor. We can help you find the treatment plan that’s right for you. Call now and start recovering today.