Addiction is a disease that affects people of all walks of life. While there are certainly some people who take unnecessary risks with their own health and the wellbeing of others and some who use drugs or alcohol to escape a boring life that they feel is meaningless, many addicts simply used a legitimately prescribed medication as instructed and became hooked. Morphine is a painkiller that is so powerful it can catch people in a deadly trap of addiction the first time they use it.
From brave civil war soldiers to modern-day grandmothers and judges, morphine can become a problem for anyone. The mistaken belief that morphine addiction only happens to people of poor character is an error that can make it even harder for an addict to seek help. Powerful but unwarranted shame can drive people deeper and deeper into the disease.
Doctors should consider the following risk factors before prescribing morphine:
While it is unlikely that a person who has no family history of addiction and who takes pain medication like morphine only as frequently as prescribed will become addicted to morphine, it is definitely possible.
While becoming addicted to morphine requires neither bad nor good character, recovering from it takes courage, determination, humility and perseverance. This disease is both physical and psychological. It will often use a person’s personal pride against him or her, making it emotionally difficult for the individual to admit that he or she needs help. Good, upstanding people often have a much harder time conquering morphine addiction because it is so hard for them to realize that they have a problem.
Morphine addiction treatment often involves the following therapeutic elements offered in a relaxing, comfortable and respectful atmosphere:
Morphine recovery programs are offered in both outpatient and residential formats, but most recovering addicts benefit from the full focus and immersive treatment offered in residential programs.
If you are a good person who has become addicted to morphine, you can rest assured that when you call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline you will be treated with the utmost respect, confidentiality and privacy. Morphine addiction can happen to anyone, from presidents to priests. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t let the psychological power of this disease keep you from getting the treatment you need. We’re ready to help as soon as you call.