Since its introduction in 1808, millions of people have become addicted to the opiate pain-killer morphine. As with its cousin heroin, morphine changes the chemistry of the brain, blocking certain pain signals and replacing the naturally occurring trace chemicals that manage pain, emotions and stress. These compounds initially do an excellent job relieving pain, even bringing on a sense of euphoria that the brain will want to experience again and again. Thus the cycle of addiction is born.
Signs of morphine addiction include the following behaviors:
Continued use of morphine will eventually cause severe damage to the cardio-vascular, digestive, endocrine and neurological systems of the user, eventually causing debilitating permanent injury or death.
Recent research has confirmed some things both psychiatrists and drug addiction recovery experts have believed for decades. In many cases of addiction there are underlying mental health issues contributing to and exacerbating the struggles of the patient. It may be that issues relating to anxiety disorders, paranoia or even schizophrenia were what drove a person to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol (or both.) The patient and their doctor may not even be aware of all of the potentially contributing factors, making full recovery unlikely. Addiction rehab facilities may deal effectively with the dependency issues, but if they are not able to diagnose and treat any co-occurring mental health issues the patient’s long term success is doubtful. Likewise, a psychiatrist might be able to identify various mental health issues, but might not be able to address the addiction problem, if they even know about it.
Facilities that specialize in Dual Diagnosis (fully integrated treatment for both addiction issues and co-occurring mental health issues) are demonstrating real progress in this area. From medically supervised detox to holistic rehab and therapy, as well as full and careful treatment of all underlying psychiatric disorders, these facilities are uniquely qualified to help morphine addicts with underlying mental health issues.
Integrated morphine addiction therapy includes the following services:
The first and often most difficult step in the recovery process is for the person to admit to themselves and those who love them that they have a problem they are powerless to fix on their own. Because of the nature of some mental health concerns this can be particularly hard for some people to do. Help is available though. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day to help you take your first steps toward recovery. Call now!