Creating New Traditions After Morphine Rehab

Creating New Traditions After Morphine Rehab

Morphine is the most abundant opiate in papaver somniferum poppy plants, and it was the first narcotic alkaloid to be isolated for medicinal use. As a prescription drug, morphine is widely considered the most effective pain reliever, but the fact that it is used to make heroin highlights its addiction potential. Opioid addiction and dependence can strain relationships, diminish decision-making and disrupt lives in numerous ways, and addicts often start self-destructive habits and neglect healthy traditions. Professional rehabilitation is the most effective tool for breaking an addiction, and establishing positive traditions is an important part of the recovery process.

Revisiting Old Traditions

In addition to damaging relationships and personal health, morphine abuse can cause an addict to abandon healthy traditions. Following rehab, the recovering addict should consider revisiting certain traditions, including the following:

  • Physical fitness and sports
  • Healthy eating and meal planning
  • Gatherings of friends and family
  • Engagement in the arts

Any positive tradition that faded during the addiction should be considered. Particular focus should be on activities that restore relationships, promote overall wellbeing and provide joy in a setting that does not involve alcohol or drug use.

Creating New Traditions

Developing support structures and positive activities are key cornerstones to a lasting recovery, and several new traditions should be considered, including the following:

  • Host sober get-togethers with friends, loved ones, and other recovering addicts
  • Find time to take up a hobby or develop a skill that has long been of interest
  • Express yourself creatively by painting, making music, or starting a recovery blog
  • Take more time to share with family members and support their positive interests
  • Start to celebrate recovery milestones and sobriety birthdays

Certain new traditions, however, are considered a must. For example, recovering addicts should always take part in local support groups and connect with a recovery sponsor. Members of these groups can assist with ideas and implementation for positive new traditions.

Addiction Recovery Risks

There are several new traditions that can strengthen a recovery, but certain activities and circumstances can present relapse risks, including the following:

  • Attending drug- and alcohol-centered parties
  • Failing to utilize support structures during tough times
  • Engaging in unhealthy and destructive relationships
  • Losing patience in trying to restore healthy family ties
  • Falling back into old habits that diminish recovery gains
  • Allowing mental health and chronic pain issues to go untreated

Morphine abuse often begins with legitimate pain management, and chronic pain may be a long-term issue for certain recovering addicts. Several non-narcotic options are available, including local anesthesia injections, electrical stimulation to nerve fibers and Eastern practices like acupuncture, tai chi, and yoga.

What to Expect in Rehab

For current or relapsed morphine addicts, treatment centers provide the best path to recovery, and rehabilitation can include several potential therapies, including the following:

  • Medically supervised detoxification that helps minimize withdrawal symptoms
  • Options for tapered dosage reductions and opiate replacement therapies
  • Identifying and treating any co-occurring mental health and mood disorders
  • Behavioral therapies to avoid and neutralize cues that trigger opiate cravings
  • Motivational interviewing that helps patients find personal reasons to change
  • Counseling to address dysfunctional thought patterns and convictions

Therapies take place in group and individual settings, and counselors can help strategize potential new traditions that match the patients’ interests and foster positive recovery outcomes.

Morphine Abuse Help

Whether you are a current addict or struggling in recovery, our admissions coordinators are ready to help 24 hours a day. We can answer questions, explain rehabilitation options and recommend recovery services, and if you have health insurance, we can look up your policy and explain its treatment benefits. Our helpline is toll-free so please call now.