Morphine, derived from the opium plant, is used for pain relief. It also creates euphoric feelings and is often abused because of this. Morphine works on the central nervous system and can relieve fear and anxiety while impairing mental and physical activity in the process. Watching a loved one go through the agony of morphine addiction is a painful, frustrating and gut-wrenching experience. Sometimes, an addicted individual’s only escape is by a timely intervention arranged by a loved one who is tired of watching from the sidelines as they continue to destroy their life.
Recognizing the signs of morphine addiction is the first step in getting help for someone you care about. The ability to answer the following questions positively may indicate morphine addiction:
Morphine affects the brain’s reward system and consciousness, creating a physiological and psychological dependency. Cravings push for more of the drug, affecting tolerance levels that turn into addiction.
Recognizing the need for treatment is the first step in recovery. But sometimes the will power of the individual abusing drugs is absent—they have not yet realized the effect the drug has on them or they are not yet ready to face the reality of their choices. An intervention offers an opportunity for loved ones to dialog with the individual about how their morphine addiction is those who care about them.
Morphine addiction interventions should be carefully planned. Consider the following intervention elements:
Gather immediately before the intervention to be sure everyone is in place and ready and that the intervention strategy is set. Everything needs to be said and offered out of love, regardless of the morphine user’s response. Expect them to be defensive and to not want to cooperate and get help at first. Plan on two or more hours being devoted to this effort. Prepare a Plan A and a Plan B, one of which involves going immediately to treatment at a rehab center and the other in which they may choose to abandon family for a time.
Perhaps the best treatment solution for morphine addiction is through a residential treatment center accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the regulatory arm of the federal government for treatment centers offering opium-based addiction treatment. SAMSHA requires trained staff experienced in handling opiate-based addictions. Some programs offered through a SAMHSA treatment center include the following:
Is someone you love struggling with morphine addiction? Our toll-free helpline is open 24 hours a day, and we can provide you with the information you need about recognizing addiction, planning an intervention and getting treatment for your loved one. Let us help your loved one get the help they need today.