In 2012 Time Magazine reported a University of Texas study that found childhood trauma or maltreatment appears to disrupt a person’s neural networks. These physical changes in the brain also make people more susceptible to substance abuse and mental health issues. Still, any event does not have to be traumatic to motivate substance abuse; several life events create mental and emotional suffering, including long-term unemployment, a recent divorce, a serious illness and the death of a loved one. When people turn to drugs to ease emotional pain, they often abuse painkillers like morphine, but this practice can cause irreversible harm.
Morphine is an opiate extracted from poppy plants, and it has been used as a potent painkiller for the past two centuries. Morphine relaxes the central nervous system and reduces pain, but with extended use it can cause any of the following side effects:
Long-term use typically results in addiction and dependence, and as the body becomes tolerant to the drug, a user must increase the dosage to avoid withdrawal symptoms. This can eventually lead to organ failure, circulation problems and respiratory failure.
Dr. Tian Dayton, author of Trauma and Addiction, suggests that traumatic memories get lodged in a part of the brain that is difficult to process, and this manifests emotional and psychological symptoms like anxiety, rage and flashbacks. People may abuse morphine to achieve the following effects:
Morphine can also ease the pain of a broken leg, but if the leg itself is not treated, the damage only grows worse. In the same way, morphine abuse may temporarily reduce emotional pain, but it will not address the life problems that led to emotional pain, so it will strain important relationships and generate more problems.
Negative life events can cause people to view the world with fear, pessimism and anxiety. For this reason, people must also address their emotional state and mental health issues to quit abusing morphine. Professional rehab works because it provides integrated treatment for all the issues involved. Treatment centers can provide any of the following services:
Treatment centers can also assist with aftercare counseling and refer people to local support groups. Residential rehab can launch recovery, but it is still a lifelong journey.
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