A personality disorder is a mental illness that motivates extreme behaviors counter to widely accepted social norms. There are several types of personality disorders with varying symptoms and characteristics, as outlined below:
Morphine is a prominent pain medication derived from the same opium poppy plants as heroin. Little evidence suggests that morphine abuse can cause a personality disorder, but the two conditions often go hand-in-hand. According to the Science Daily website in 2007, more than half of all people with addiction or mental illness have co-occurring conditions involving both issues.
Morphine may not directly cause a personality disorder, but there are several other possible connections, including the following:
Morphine’s opiate effects can help a person relax, which can ease bouts of compulsion, paranoia or borderline intensity. Personality disorders are treatable illnesses, but morphine abuse can hide the problem. For example, addictive behaviors share overlapping symptoms with personality disorders, including the following:
These overlapping symptoms can cause a personality disorder to go undetected in a morphine addict. Moreover, the effects of the various disorders, such as shyness, paranoia and inflated ego, can act as deterrents to addiction care and stumbling blocks in recovery. For this reason, it is essential to treat both conditions together to provide the best chance of recovery success.
Detoxification is the first step to any morphine addiction treatment program, and it typically involves weaning the patient off the drug gradually for a more comfortable withdrawal. Rehab centers then provide integrated Dual Diagnosis care to treat both conditions simultaneously. This treatment involves several potential services, including the following:
Personality disorders can take longer to treat than the typical length of residential care. The rehab facility may recommend aftercare services, including the following:
Concurrent mental health and opiate addiction issues present serious health and lifestyle risks, which is why people should never delay treatment.
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