Morphine use can begin in multiple ways. Some users first encounter the drug in a medical setting where it is used to numb the pain of a particularly traumatic surgery, accident or disease. Some users are familiar with street drug culture and are introduced to morphine after expressing an interest in trying something stronger than their current drug of choice. Regardless of how morphine use starts, the abuse of morphine is generally pursued without the knowledge of sober friends and family members who would express concern and encourage the user to seek addiction help.
The following are some signs that can help loved ones discover a drug user’s habit:
If several of these signs are present, it may be time for family and friends to step in and ask if their loved one is using drugs. They will need to be prepared for any answer, including a lie, an admission of guilt, a stone wall and an angry backlash. If their loved one’s response and behavior indicate that he or she is in fact abusing morphine, an intervention may be necessary.
Drug interventions do not exist for the purpose of bullying or shaming the morphine user or making the user feel like an outcast. Professional interventionists have been given special training so that an equable meeting may be called under their direction. In an intervention, everyone’s concerns are addressed, and the addict is assured of how much his or her family loves the addict and wants to see the addict return to a healthy pattern of life. If the imposition of sanctions becomes necessary to show the addict that his or her family is serious about seeing the addict quit morphine, each member involved must be prepared to stick to their word. If they cave in on any point while the addict is still actively using morphine, the addict will be much less likely to ever seek treatment. If the addict does seek treatment, the addict may hesitate to depend on his or her family and friends for support and accountability since they proved themselves undependable during his or her addiction.
An addict’s time in a treatment program is the period during which the addict most needs unshakable support from his or her loved ones. Accountability does not mean that they babysit the addict or micromanage the addict’s life; rather, accountability means that they are available whenever the addict has a weak day and that they stay informed of the addict’s current schedule so that they can step in to help if the addict seems to be in danger of relapse.
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