Morphine is a pain-relieving medication commonly administered in hospitals. Unfortunately, however, morphine is sometimes used outside of a hospital 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 does impair a person’s ability to perform at top mental and physical capacity, but it 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 the user requires 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 a morphine addict could do would be to stop using morphine. However, people suffering from morphine addiction 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 imperative that the person being prescribed the morphine uses it according exactly 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. The first step in recovery is getting through morphine withdrawal symptoms, something that can be done safely here at Futures of Palm Beach. We can assist you in getting through the experience as swiftly and safely as possible then help you to begin doing the therapeutic work necessary to make sure that drug abuse and addiction remain a thing of the past. Morphine addiction is incredibly deadly.
If you or someone you love is abusing morphine, never delay in getting the help necessary to begin the healing process. Contact us today to find out more about our intensive, evidence-based treatment program and help your loved one begin their personal road to recovery.