Attending rehab is about regaining control of your life, and that extends beyond addiction alone. While substance abuse is the main issue you are facing, in order to successfully beat addiction, you must understand and address the underlying issues that drive you to abuse morphine. All users have triggers or things that lead them to abuse drugs. Losing control of your emotions is a common struggle for people suffering from addiction. When you lose control of your emotions, you may feel overwhelmed or helpless and turn to morphine, but if you can learn to control your emotions, you will feel calmer, happier and more capable of getting past your cravings.
Although you may have started out using morphine recreationally, there is always a reason you keep coming back. For many the decision to use morphine is tied to emotional distress. When you feel angry, sad, stressed out or experience another overwhelming emotional response you experience a craving and use morphine or other drugs for relief. Drugs may provide a temporary relief, but that relief soon goes away, and if you make a habit of morphine abuse, it will eventually lead to addiction no matter how careful you are. Losing control of your emotions means forgetting about logic and making an impulsive decision which often results in substance abuse, violence, gambling or another fleeting way to forget about your problems. It may feel better for a while, but the consequences of your actions will be worse if you continue this habit. According to researchers at the University of Bristol, people with an anxiety disorder have twice the odds of experiencing a substance abuse problem. The anxiety disorder usually occurs before the substance abuse issues, which is consistent with the theory of self-medication.
Losing control of your emotions and turning to morphine results in a vicious cycle of addiction. You use drugs for temporary relief, but when that relief is gone, the negative feelings keep coming back stronger and stronger. You may not realize it, but your brain associates the instant relief of morphine with escaping negative feelings, so even though morphine abuse makes your emotional problems worse in the long run you keep coming back to the drug for temporary relief. You may feel better for a few hours after getting high but if you keep doing this regularly it will cause problems in other areas of your life such as relationships, your career or problems with the law that will lead to even more emotional distress.
Using morphine causes major changes in the way your brain functions leading to changes in the way you think, process information and behave. One way that morphine affects your brain is by rewiring your reward system increasing its activity with morphine abuse activated as a reward. When a morphine user sees a cue that triggers thoughts of morphine, studies suggest that key reward processing areas of the brain see a greater activation when compared to other cues that trigger thoughts of rewards unrelated to drug abuse. This rewiring of the brain’s reward system is a powerful motivator and affects every decision you make. The sight or even the thought of morphine is enough to prompt intense cravings that most users cannot ignore as long as they suffer from addiction.
Controlling your emotions allows you to take a step back when faced with the temptation of morphine use and make the right decision instead of impulsively reacting to the way you feel. It is natural to feel cravings if you suffer from morphine addiction, but you can find ways to change your thought processes and allow cravings to pass without relapse. During addiction treatment, you will have access to professional therapy that will help you understand your addiction and its underlying causes as well as learning how to control your emotion and other triggers that lead to substance abuse. Finding positive, engaging activities such as reading a book, exercising or creating a piece of art to express yourself are great ways to take your mind off a negative emotional response in order to let a morphine craving pass. Mindfulness is another positive way to get your mind off negative emotions, and it will help you learn to become more aware of cues that trigger cravings. A greater awareness of cravings and your reaction to these cues predicts a lower chance of relapse during recovery.
If you are addicted to morphine, call our toll-free helpline to learn more about your options for addiction treatment and recovery. Our trained addiction experts are here to help users like you 24 hours a day and can let you know if your health insurance will pay for part or all of your rehab treatment. We want to direct you to an effective treatment center that meets your needs, so call now to find out when you can begin your treatment.