Stress or Anxiety Issues and Morphine Abuse

Stress and anxiety issues are very closely related to morphine abuse and addiction. The majority of morphine addicts suffer from at least one co-occurring psychological issue, and anxiety disorders are among the most common. Addicts can experience lasting recovery and long-term relief of their anxiety or stress issues with certain forms of treatment, but they must seek the right help.

How Morphine Abuse Affects the Brain

Morphine directly impacts the part of the brain that manages several emotional and psychological functions, including the following:

  • Impulse control
  • Forming habits or behavioral patterns
  • Managing emotions
  • Controlling stress
  • Handling anxiety appropriately
  • Forming and recalling memories
  • Managing physical pain

All of these functions are controlled by an intricate system of chemical signals in the brain. Morphine impacts the “reward” or “pleasure” center of the brain, overwhelming it with feelings of contentment, relaxation and pleasure. It creates a euphoria that immediately relieves any sense of anxiety users may be feeling. The brain then craves this relief in a way that easily overpowers rational thought.

Anxiety Disorders and Morphine Addiction

A person who takes morphine should be especially careful is he suffers from any of the following anxiety issues:

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Spectrum disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

Morphine is used in hospitals to treat severe pain following injury or surgery. If you have any history of anxiety disorders, depression or any other psychological issues, then make sure that your health-care providers know all about it. Sharing your history openly is one of the most important steps in avoiding addiction.

How to Treat Morphine Addiction

Morphine creates both physical and psychological addiction. Addicts will experience severe withdrawal symptoms as their bodies adapt to the lack of morphine. This dependency tends to run its course in a matter of days, but is followed closely by the even stronger effects of psychological addiction. In order to find lasting freedom from morphine a person will need to find the following help:

  • A careful diagnosis of all co-occurring psychological conditions
  • Personal and confidential counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Educational support
  • Learning new skills to cope with anxiety

The most successful recovery programs know how to treat their patients’ bodies, minds and spirits. Comprehensive and fully integrated treatment of all aspects of addiction gives recovering addicts the highest likelihood of long-term sobriety.

Morphine Addiction Help

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