If your friend has struggled with morphine abuse but is actively recovering, you can be a powerful source of support and encouragement for his or her recovery journey. Learning about addiction, recovery, and positive actions helps you contribute to your friend’s drug-free life.
Knowing what addiction is, how it develops, and how it is treated will help you support a friend’s morphine addiction recovery. Denial, ignorance, and misconceptions allow addiction to progress and develop or relapse to occur. Education related to addiction and recovery helps you identify behaviors that enable addiction and engage in actions that support long-term recovery. Learn that you cannot make your friend better and are not responsible for his or her recovery while learning what resources are available and where you can turn for help for yourself and your friend. Addiction is a chronic disease, and it requires professional treatment and long-term recovery support.
After acknowledging and learning about the realities of addiction, getting help for yourself is the next most important step in supporting a friend’s morphine addiction recovery. You cannot be there for someone else if you are not there for yourself first. Therapy will help both you and your friend learn about utilizing communication skills, establishing boundaries, and developing healthy relationships that support recovery rather than contribute to relapse.
Recovery comes with a new community of peers. You may feel that you are being replaced or put aside for new friends, but understand the importance of empathetic peers to the recovery process. You will always be an important part of your friend’s life, but he or she will also need the support of fellow recovering addicts. Elizabeth Landau explains that, “Group therapy is crucial to put a patient in an environment of people who are both empathetic and examples of recovery…Hearing the experiences of other people often gives hope and helps the healing process” (“Addiction Relapse: Part of Chronic Illness,” CNN.com 2011). Individuals recovering from morphine or other drug abuse benefit from participating in group therapy and communicating with others who are on a similar journey of recovery.
Stress contributes to or causes many negative emotions, such as depression, anger, and anxiety. It is also a powerful and common relapse trigger. Doing what you can to reduce your stress levels and those of your recovering friend goes a long way toward encouraging healing and supporting both your and a loved one’s mental health. Come up with fun and relaxing activities you can do together or separately, and learn how to handle conflict or negative experiences with a calm and positive attitude.
If your friend is working to maintain sobriety or needs help finding treatment resources, we can help you support his or her recovery. Call our toll-free helpline to get connected to resources for ongoing treatment, intervention, or morphine addiction rehabilitation. We are here to help you and your friend 24 hours a day, so there is no wrong time to call. Please pick up the phone today.