Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?

The longer you are sober, the more confidence you will have in your ability to stay that way. Unfortunately, this confidence can be mixed blessing. On the one hand, confidence does reflect the truth that recovery becomes easier over time. For instance, you get better at coping with both good and bad aspects of life without using drugs, which means you find that recovery is just as much a habit as substance abuse. Furthermore, as your confidence grows, you will also know to whom you can turn for...

What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs?

Abusing drugs like morphine comes with consequences. These consequences can be personal, professional and legal in nature, and what happens when you’re caught using drugs can involve all of three of these. If You’re Caught Using Drugs, You Can Lose Your Job If you struggle with addiction, you are legally protected against discrimination as long as you are working on recovery. If you are not and are caught using drugs, you can lose your job. Once you lose a job as a result of drug...

I’m Addicted and I Don’t Know What to Do About It

You’ve taken a look at your drug use, your reasons for it, and how it has impacted your life, and you’ve come to the conclusion that you are addicted. Making this conclusion is a brave, bold first step toward taking action. It is the start of recovery and of regaining your life, and because of this it is also a potentially scary and overwhelming time. Don’t let uncertainty get the best of you. Learn about the steps and actions you can take to create change and find a...

What Role Do Habits Play in Addiction?

Addiction is more than simply a bad habit, but habit plays a strong role in addiction development and continuation. The New York Times explains, “Addiction is brought about by the repeated pursuit of highly attractive goals and corresponding inattention to alternative goals.” Getting high on an opiate like morphine or getting drunk is often an attractive goal at first, as the reward system is stimulated by substances. Alternative goals that do not create the same rush of pleasure or...

What Causes Addiction?

Addiction is most commonly blamed on the substances involved, whether that substance is morphine, marijuana, alcohol or any other drug. While you must acknowledge the way drugs develop addictions, not everyone who abuses a drug becomes an addict. There is more to addiction development than the effects of the substances involved, so there is more to recovery than simply not using the drug any more. Addiction Development and Expression Addiction is a complex disease, and there is no single cause...

4 Frequently Asked Questions about Treatment

If you are considering addiction treatment for the first time, for a repeat time or for a loved one, you undoubtedly have many questions. Consider the answers to the following frequently asked questions, and talk with treatment professionals about any other concerns you may have. Your concerns about treatment can most likely be easily resolves to ensure you can begin your recovery and your new life as soon as possible. Why Do I Need Treatment? You started using drugs on your own so it may seem...

What Kind of Job Should You Get in Early Recovery?

Transitioning from rehab to the real world can be challenging, especially for people who need to find jobs. The prospect of job hunting seems daunting to many recovering addicts who are new to the sober lifestyle, because they worry about discrimination. The good news on this front is that, even though addiction may have temporarily sidelined you professionally, recovery will put you ahead. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that treatment improves any addict’s...

What Is REBT?

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of therapy developed by Albert Ellis. In his book Better, Deeper and More Enduring Brief Therapy, he describes REBT as, “a method of psychotherapy…that is intrinsically brief and that also aims to help people achieve an intensive, profoundly philosophical and emotional change.” Individuals who have received years of therapy for mental health or addiction issues know there is no “quick fix” for chronic disorders, but REBT may...

Preventing an Emotional Relapse Before a Physical Relapse

Physical relapse is easy to define and identify—it is the act of taking drugs when you have previously been in rehab. However, emotional relapse is a little more difficult to define and identify. Emotional relapse is the first phase that often leads to physical relapse. In emotional relapse you are not yet thinking about using drugs (that’s the second phase leading to relapse), but your emotions and feelings are in a state that could lead you to relapse. In emotional relapse you feel...

Morphine Addiction in Veterans

Morphine, a powerful opiate painkiller, has had a long relationship with the military and veterans. Those experiencing shock, pain and injury benefit from its powerful and immediate painkilling, calming and sedative effects. This makes it a valuable tool in an army medic’s arsenal, yet morphine use does not come without immediate risks and long-term consequences. Addiction can happen to anyone, but those returning from military service are at increased risk of morphine and other opiate...

A History of Morphine Use and Addiction

Morphine is a narcotic painkiller, so it has an important role in medicine. The Encyclopedia Britannica shares that “morphine is among the most important naturally occurring compounds, being of use in the treatment of pain caused by cancer and in cases where other analgesics have failed. It also has a calming effect that protects the system against exhaustion in traumatic shock, internal hemorrhage, congestive heart failure, and debilitated conditions.” This drug is a staple of modern...

Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

Attending rehab is about regaining control of your life, and that extends beyond addiction alone. While substance abuse is the main issue you are facing, in order to successfully beat addiction, you must understand and address the underlying issues that drive you to abuse morphine. All users have triggers or things that lead them to abuse drugs. Losing control of your emotions is a common struggle for people suffering from addiction. When you lose control of your emotions, you may feel...

Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Drugs?

People who have never struggled with addiction may wonder why others are drawn to drugs in the first place. They know that drug abuse frequently leads to addiction, and that drug abuse is a prevalent problem, so they wonder what could motivate such behavior. While the circumstances vary from person to person, many people abuse drugs because they are unhappy with a certain area of life. Maybe they have tried to cope with a problem in other ways, but nothing has worked, so they hope drugs are the...

Replacing Morphine Abuse with a Healthy Activity

Morphine addiction is a powerful physical and mental disease. This drug, which is chemically related to heroin and opium, changes the way the brain works. Recovery requires comprehensive treatment that unravels the many layers of the disease and establishes new, healthy, patterns and habits. Several successful treatment facilities offer specialized programs that help their clients replace morphine abuse with positive, constructive activities that promote health and wellness. Morphine and...

Does the Subjective Nature of Pain Increase the Risk of Addiction?

When a patient enters a doctor’s office complaining of pain, he or she is often asked to describe the type of pain and rate its severity from zero to 10, with 10 being the most severe. These self-identified levels can help doctors identify pain, pain causes and course of treatment, but they are often the only source of pain evaluation given or available to patients. As Nancy Neff at the University of Texas at Austin explains, “It is surprisingly difficult to describe how pain feels...

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