Morphine is a pain-relieving medication commonly administered in hospitals. Unfortunately, however, morphine is sometimes used outside of hospitals by those who are addicted to the drug. Morphine is not a “recreational” drug – not that any drug truly can or should be used “recreationally.” People can become addicted to morphine after just a few uses.
Morphine abuse impairs a person’s ability to perform at top mental and physical capacity, but also has pleasant effects, such as alleviating feelings of fear and anxiety and causing a sense of euphoria. These pleasant effects can make the drug all the more alluring and, unfortunately, even more addictive.
The Dangers of Morphine Use
One of the big risks of morphine use is that tolerance to the drug develops quickly. A tolerance to the drug means that someone needs more and more of it to feel the same effects formerly felt from a smaller dose. As higher and higher doses are regularly taken, the chances of a deadly overdose increase. Furthermore, morphine activates the brain’s “pleasure centers,” which means that taking the drug is usually considered highly enjoyable by the addict, causing him or her to focus all energies and efforts on securing morphine. This can often lead to dangerous and even illegal behaviors.
The Dangers of Stopping Morphine Use Cold Turkey
It might seem like the best possible thing someone addicted to morphine could do would be to stop using morphine. When people struggling with morphine addiction stop taking morphine, they experience severe and sometimes even fatal withdrawal symptoms, so withdrawal should only happen in a controlled environment where medical help is present. Most know the painful withdrawal symptoms and will do just about anything to secure enough of the drug to avoid withdrawal. Some of the symptoms associated with morphine withdrawal include:
- Heart attack
- Excessive sweating
- Severe bodily aches and pains
Preventing Morphine Addiction
Morphine addiction usually begins after a long hospital stay where morphine was administered regularly, or after a person has been prescribed morphine for a legitimate purpose. In these cases, it is important for patients to be honest about any past addiction problems or risk factors for addiction and, if necessary, to choose morphine alternatives. It is also important that the person prescribed the morphine uses it according to their doctor’s specifications, especially as it relates to the dosage. Morphine is sometimes, but not often, sold illegally as a recreational drug; those not prescribed morphine for pain relief should avoid the drug at all costs.
Get Help Today for Morphine Abuse
Overcoming morphine addiction should not be done without professional help. If you or someone you love is abusing morphine, don’t delay in getting the help necessary to begin the healing process. Contact us today to find out more about our intensive, evidence-based treatment programs and help your loved one begin their personal road to recovery.