Negative Life Events and Morphine Addiction

Negative Life Events and Morphine Addiction

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 Abuse Risks

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:

  • Mental effects like confusion, impairment and memory lapses
  • Physical effects like seizures, low blood pressure and heartbeat changes
  • Discomforts like nausea, vomiting, itching, head pain and constipation
  • Diminished motor skills epitomized by dizziness, clumsiness and fainting

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.

Effects of Negative Experiences

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:

  • Numb emotional pain caused by life experiences
  • Impair the brain and temporarily inhibit traumatic memories
  • Suppress chronic fear, nightmares and flashbacks
  • Ease mood issues like anxiety, stress and panic attacks

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.

Integrated Addiction Treatment

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:

  • Medically supervised detox to wean the drug from a user’s system
  • Screenings and treatments for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • Counseling to address trauma, emotional suffering and unconscious conflicts
  • Strategies to deal with memories of trauma and morphine use triggers
  • Group therapy to express feelings and discuss coping mechanisms

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.

How to Address Negative Life Experiences and Morphine Abuse

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