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.
The phenomenon of “codependency” is one of the most important concepts for addicts and their families to understand. The term is used to describe the cyclical web of behaviors and reactions that tend to reinforce morphine abuse and place everyone in the family at risk for additional harm. Even when concerned family members desperately want to help their loved one overcome addiction, certain emotional, verbal and behavioral patterns emerge that undermine the recovery process. The following are just a few of the most common symptoms of codependency in the family of a morphine addict:
If codependent patterns and behaviors are not recognized, confronted and corrected, the family members are more likely to eventually become substance abusers themselves and to continue enabling the addict to continue in his or her abuse.
Morphine addiction is a complicated and confusing disease. Addicts often have no idea why they are unable to stop using the drug and feel great internal distress about their dependence, while family members are mystified by the addict’s behavior and often blame themselves. Special educational classes help the entire family understand the brain chemistry behind addiction and how it can be overcome. In some cases, these classes also include a certain amount of family counseling as each member is taught how to effectively communicate his or her concerns. Many of the most effective morphine addiction recovery programs include a certain amount of family education and counseling as a part of their overall treatment plan.
Family members play a role in the addiction story of their loved one. The only question is whether that role is one of healthy support, unintentional hurt, or continuing abuse. Even the most dysfunctional family can learn new ways of relating to each other and supporting the addict they love. The addict must do the work of recovery, but families are critical to the process. Family counseling and ongoing recovery support also helps hurting family members find healing for their own pain.
If you would like more information about the healing process for families affected by morphine addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our staff members are available any time of day or night with confidential and caring advice and access to the most effective family support programs available. There are no strings attached so you have nothing to lose by calling. Call now.