Morphine Addiction can be developed for a number of reasons, and especially if a person consistently abuses this dangerous drug. Addiction to morphine generally begins with a tolerance, which is the need for larger doses to feel the effects.
When tolerance is developed, people using morphine will experience symptoms of withdrawal once they do not take it, making it difficult to stop. In many cases right after the physical dependence, it begins to develop a psychological one.
Similar to heroin addiction, morphine addiction is also very hard to overcome. In case of a sudden withdrawal from this drug, it can be extremely unpleasant and discomfort, so the best way to rid the body of the substance is a medically managed detoxification, which you can get in West Valley Detox under the best conditions and professional’s control.
What is Morphine?
Morphine is an opiate used to relieve severe pain. Named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, morphine provides a feeling of euphoria oft-described as a dreamlike state. This drug is more commonly taken in the form of a tablet, injection, and syrup but In some cases, morphine can also be smoked.
Morphine has a big potential to be highly addictive, as tolerance to it develops rapidly. A federally designated Schedule II drug, morphine medically used to treat moderate, severe, as well as chronic pain. It is also used for pain relief after major surgeries, treatment for cancer-related pain, and shortness of breath at the end of a patient’s life.
Yet, as we already know, morphine can run a high potential of abuse because of its relative accessibility and pleasurable effects. In recent years, morphine pills have added abuse-deterrent coding so that they cannot be crushed, snorted, or injected. While this has reduced the addictive potential of prescribed morphine, it has not eliminated its potential and it has not impacted illicitly manufactured morphine.
Some of the common street or slang names for morphine are the following:
- Miss Emma
- White stuff
Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from either the opium poppy plant or concentrated poppy straw. The chemical makeup of it is quite similar to heroin, for they are both extracted from the same plant.
Morphine Effects and Abuse
Morphine is often abused for its pleasurable effects as a narcotic drug. Those suffering from chronic pain have the potential to misuse their medication, which increases their likelihood of developing a substance use disorder.
Common effects of morphine include:
- Pain relief
- Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- Reduced anxiety
- False or unusual sense of well-being
- Relaxed or calm feeling
It is considered abuse, whenever someone uses morphine without a prescription. Although it is a legal substance when prescribed, it is a heavily regulated one. Possession of morphine without a prescription is a criminal offense, the degree of which varies based on location and amount of the drug in possession.
People who abuse morphine in large doses put themselves at a high risk of overdosing. Signs of a morphine overdose include inattention, slurred speech, intense drowsiness, elevated blood pressure, fever, increased thirst, lower back or side pain, decrease in responsiveness, extreme sleepiness, swelling of the face and extremities, no movement, slowed breathing, and muscle cramps, spasms, pain, or stiffness. This is because morphine depresses the central nervous system. Overdosing on morphine can lead to unconsciousness, coma, or slowed breathing to the point of death.
Signs of Morphine Addiction
Like most of the dangerous drugs, morphine also has several common signs warning about addiction to it. Those can include:
- Wanting to cut down on morphine intake, but not being able to
- Spending a large amount of time, money, and effort on getting, abusing, and recovering from morphine
- Having cravings and strong urges to take morphine
- Neglecting responsibilities at work and/or home
- Becoming isolated and withdrawn from their family and friends
- Putting themselves and others in risky or even dangerous situations to obtain or take morphine
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to cut down on or stop taking morphine
Morphine addiction is extremely dangerous. As a person builds up a tolerance to the drug and needs higher doses in order to feel its effects and also ward off withdrawal, this can lead to respiratory depression, causing their breathing to become very slow and shallow.
Respiratory depression can, in turn, result in respiratory failure, where a person starts to lose consciousness, goes into a coma, or stops breathing, as they become too sedated by the drug.
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Morphine Withdrawal Process
During the withdrawal process of morphine, users may exhibit the following signs:
- A fever
- Watery eyes and a running nose
- Muscle aches
- Dilated pupils
- Irritability and agitation
- Confusion and disorientation
- Insomnia and trouble sleeping
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps
It is highly recommended that a medically assisted detoxification is sought out during the withdrawal process so that a person can access the support that they need to remove the drug from their body as safely as it is possible.
Treatment for an Addiction to Morphine
Here in West Valley Detox, we are providing a detoxification, residential treatment as well as daycare support and outpatient treatment for morphine addiction.
During the detox process, the addictive substances are removed from the body and physical withdrawal symptoms are reduced. The person is closely monitored throughout the process and can receive medical assistance in case it is needed, for managing their withdrawal carefully.
At West Valley, Detox addiction treatment programs provide a person with counseling and workshops to help them understand the addictive personality and address underlying causes and triggers for their addictive behaviors. We consider the use of morphine as well as other substances or behavioral addictions as the symptom. So, becoming abstinent is merely the first step. This residential stay also helps a person to recognize the impact that their morphine addiction has had on their lives and on others too while providing them with the support they need to enter life in recovery.
The recovery also involves changing lifestyles, behavior patterns, thinking, and attitudes as well. Contact Us if you want more details about our clinic and treatment methods.