Morphine is an opiate drug derived from the opium poppy. It is classified as a narcotic and is commonly prescribed to manage pain. Morphine affects the parts of the brain that determine what one perceives as pain or pleasure, resulting in an initial “high.” Tolerance and morphine addiction develop quickly, both physically and psychologically.
The first step in recovering from morphine addiction is for the addict to recognize that there is a problem. Once the addiction is realized, the addict must be willing to seek help. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process that requires commitment from the addict as well as from family and/or friends. It will likely also require help from an outside sources such as addiction professionals and drug rehabilitation centers. After rehab, one must surround him or her self with support systems, both formal and informal to aid in remaining free of drug-use.
Recovery support systems could include:
• Support Groups
• Family and Friends
• Religious organizations
It can be very helpful for the recovering addict to regularly attend support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous. It can be both beneficial and healing to be in community with others who are dealing with or have dealt with the same sorts of drug issues. It can be especially helpful to hear the success stories and gain the insight of those who have been able to remain drug-free. These support group meetings should be a priority.
A recovering morphine addict should be under the care of medical professionals, in the realm of both physical and mental health. Very often, morphine addiction begins with the drug being prescribed for an underlying medical condition, which may need to be dealt with in addition to the addiction itself. The addict should also be under the care of a team of mental health specialists. This team might include a psychiatrist or counselor, a behavioral therapist, and perhaps a motivational therapist. These types of professionals can help to teach people strategies to change their thinking in order to deal with life issues in a way that does not involve a return to drug use.
Some of the most important support for an addict in the recovery process is that of family and friends. One should not try to return to drug-free living without help. A recovering addict needs a great deal of encouragement and accountability. However, a person should be aware of relationships that might be detrimental to their recovery and distance themselves from such people. This is a great opportunity make a fresh start and develop healthy relationships. A drug addict’s close circle of relationships might even consider group counseling or support meetings such as Nar-Anon to better deal with the issue. Another source of support might come from faith communities that could provide additional positive relationships.
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