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