Reasons Not to Take Morphine Recovery for Granted

Morphine is a narcotic pain-reliever. As its primary ingredient is opium, morphine is used for severe pain, cough-suppression, and for pre-surgery relief. This potent analgesic dulls the brain’s perception of pain. In addition to relieving pain, morphine has been prescribed to relieve fear and anxiety by producing a sense of euphoria.

Morphine Addicts are Susceptible to Relapse

There are several factors that make morphine abusers very susceptible to relapse including the following problems many addicts experience during recovery:

  • Profound depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Low self esteem

With these factors in place, it becomes apparent that morphine’s addiction has strong behavioral and emotional components alongside the physical addiction. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that a person can recover from morphine addiction without a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program that factors in the physical, emotional, and behavioral aspects of morphine addiction.

According to Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) heroin and morphine accounted for 51% of drug deaths ruled accidental or unexpected in 1999. This statistic demonstrates how significantly morphine can alter a person’s entire life; it also shows how important it is for addicts to seek effective treatment and to find a strong aftercare environment in which they can maintain their recovery.

How to Avoid Morphine Relapse

In many cases, a person first started using morphine to manage pain. Therefore, a critical first step in preventing morphine relapse is to have a variety of strategies to manage pain that do not involve drugs. For a person who has not experienced severe pain, this may be easier said than done; but, we recognize that the desire to relieve pain can be so intense, that the risk of taking a drug to curb it is very high. Therefore, feel free to call us to discuss pain options and explore other strategies you can use. In addition 12-step programs can help you avoid relapse, because they offer the following:

  • Accountability to stay strong against denial. By sharing with others who have had experiences similar to yours, you receive confirmation about how strong denial is and how easily it is to succumb to it.
  • Group support. People exchange ideas about how to deal with denial, triggers, cravings, or the other obstacles that you encounter as you maintain a life free from drugs. This empathetic support will help you realize what a slippery slope relapse can be and it will give you tools to overcome it.
  • Relapse awareness. By attending support group meetings, you will hear about people who have received drug addiction treatment, but then relapsed. You will learn that relapse is something that could easily happen to you should you quit focusing on your recovery. These stories may help you not to take morphine recovery for granted.
  • Resources. There are many resources that you could use to maintain your recovery. It may be something as simple as hearing another person’s story about how productive and healthy her life is without drugs. You can also network with the other group members to learn about social activities, employment opportunities and community interests that do not involve drugs.

Morphine Recovery Help

Relapse is a step backwards, but it does not have to be the beginning of your self-destruction through drug abuse. You can recover from a relapse and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about relapse treatment. We are here to help.