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...

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...

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...

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...

Is Morphine Rehab Physically Demanding?

Morphine is used to treat extreme pain in patients undergoing labor and post-surgical recuperation. It is also prescribed for patients suffering from illnesses at the end of life, often during advanced stages of cancer and heart pain. The drug works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Once there, it reduces both perceptions and emotional responses to pain. It is a relatively inexpensive and effective drug that has one major downside: it is highly addictive on...

How Do I Identify Morphine?

Thousands of drugs are available on the market today, and each has a different look, a different effect and different side effects. If you learn to identify prescription drugs and signs of prescription drug abuse, then you can protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones by determining if drug abuse is occurring. If you take action as soon as you see that drug abuse or addiction is present, then you may save a life. Identifying Morphine Pills Identifying drugs is difficult, because they...

Why Does Withdrawal from Morphine Make You Sick?

Morphine is a powerful painkiller that has been used to treat moderate to severe pain, such as that which follows surgery or injury, for over a century. It is highly effective but also carries a significant risk of abuse and dependence. Withdrawal from morphine can be extremely uncomfortable and even life threatening. What Is Morphine Dependence? The brain uses a complex and intricate system of chemical responses to send various signals throughout the central nervous system. When a person...

Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

Morphine addiction affects the whole family, so the process of healing from addiction should involve the whole family as well. Specialized counseling and educational programs help morphine addicts and their loved ones understand the disease and how various relational habits can undermine recovery. Although many addicts feel great shame about their drug use, help is available for all involved. Codependency and Family Healing The phenomenon of “codependency” is one of the most important...

Is Morphine Rehab Physically Demanding?

Morphine is used to treat extreme pain in patients undergoing labor and post-surgical recuperation. It is also prescribed for patients suffering from illnesses at the end of life, often during advanced stages of cancer and heart pain. The drug works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Once there, it reduces both perceptions and emotional responses to pain. It is a relatively inexpensive and effective drug that has one major downside: it is highly addictive on...

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