When a loved one is addicted to a drug like morphine, it can be scary. There is generally a great deal of worry about health and safety issues, along with a deep desire to help. Although no one can make decisions for others, there are things that family and friends can do to assist people who are struggling with addiction.
One of the hallmarks of addiction is denial, so one of the first things family and friends are often called on to do is to help their loved ones face the truth. This may take place through informal conversations, sharing of information in written, video, or audio form, or in a more formal planned intervention. In an intervention, participants write letters to their addicted loved ones and read them aloud during the meeting. They arrange treatment services before the intervention takes place, and, at the end of the meeting, the addicted individual is asked to make a decision about whether to take advantage of the help.
When people are in treatment, the way that others can help depends on many factors. Emotional support is important, and can be given through phone calls, letters, and visits, if the treatment program encourages and allows them. Practical help can also be offered, such as caring for pets or children. Even when people receive treatment on an outpatient basis rather than in residential programs, helping them with some of their responsibilities can free them to focus more intently on recovery.
When people finish a formal treatment program, they’re very vulnerable. They need to learn new habits and they often need to develop new friendships. It is an important time to give both emotional and practical support. During treatment, clients generally identify factors that trigger drug cravings for them. It is helpful for family and friends to be aware of these triggers and to avoid them whenever possible.
Addiction is a chronic disease, and relapse is a reality, just as it is for other chronic diseases. It is wise for family and friends to recognize the effects of morphine, including withdrawal and overdose symptoms. The sooner a relapse is recognized, the sooner it can be treated.
Many people who have been through addiction treatment find strength and encouragement from 12-step or other peer-support groups. Family and friends can encourage participation and can make it easier to attend. They can provide help with transportation or childcare, if needed.
If you have a friend or family member who is addicted to morphine, give our 24 hour toll-free helpline a call, and let us help you determine your next step. We understand your concern and can provide support and information. We can check insurance coverage if applicable, and discuss treatment options to fit varying needs. Our helpline is staffed around the clock, so there’s no need to wait. Call now.