Morphine Addiction

Morphine Pill


What is Morphine?

The dependence and eventual addiction on prescription medical drugs is a troubling epidemic in the United States.

Morphine is the main psychoactive chemical found in the opium poppy plant & the same plant used to create other popularly abused opiates. As an opiate, morphine is incredibly addictive.

Morphine creates calm or euphoric feelings by blocking pain receptors in the brain and slowing the central nervous system. It is a powerful pain killer prescribed to treat cancer pain, post-surgery pain, and other severe and perhaps chronic pain.

Feelings of euphoria are often a leading factor in morphine abuse.

Morphine Information & Statistics

Morphine is commonly administered in tablet form for oral use or injected intravenously under the watch of a medical professional.

Brand names of prescription medications with morphine include:
  • Kapanol
  • Morphabond
  • MS Contin
  • Kadian ER
  • Morphine Sulfate ER
  • Oramorph SR

Street names for medical morphine include:
  • Aunti
  • Morph
  • Murder 8
  • TNT
  • Tango and cash
  • White stuff
  • Aunti Em
  • Monkey
  • Dreamer
The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that drug overdose is the leading cause or accidental death in the US.

Signs & Symptoms of Morphine Addiction

Morphine should only be administered under a doctor's supervision and even when prescribed by a medical professional there is a high risk for developing tolerance and dependence. Long-term use can be detrimental, but an individual can become addicted to morphine after only a few doses.

Negative health, lifestyle and personality changes are often signs associated with drug abuse. Some of the noticeable symptoms include:
  • Alternating alertness and unconsciousness
  • Collapsed veins
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep apnea
  • Faking injury or injuring oneself
  • Needle marks
  • Stealing
  • Change in friends
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of employment

Short-Term Effects of Morphine Abuse

Morphine is prescribed to treat severe pain, but even when used properly this drug's euphoric effects make it incredibly addictive. Even a few doses of morphine can lead to addictive behaviors. Morphine has an already extensive list of side effects. The short-term effects mimic some the regular side effects.

The short-term effects of morphine include:
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation (main symptom)
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Morphine Abuse?

It is not necessary to abuse morphine for an extended period of time to become addicted but with extended use, the drug's effects become more intense and more detrimental to the body and mind.

The long-term effects of morphine include:
  • Tolerance
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Lung failure
  • Poor circulation
  • Hallucinations
  • Coma
  • Respiratory failure
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Asphyxia
  • Death

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

Morphine withdrawal causes severe discomfort, and will likely be a pretty unpleasant experience. Medical detox is preferred.

Medical professionals can help abusers properly deal with withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal plays a large part in relapse and under medical supervision relapse is less likely.

Those undergoing morphine withdrawal symptoms often experience the following:
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Change in appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Sneezing

Morphine Addiction Treatment

There are many facets and complications associated with addiction. Each individual is different and needs a detox and treatment plan created especially to meet their needs.

There are many different physical and psychological symptoms associated with morphine abuse, and it is our job to take a well rounded approach to treating your mind, body, and spirit.

Addiction to morphine is a chronic condition and relapse is not uncommon. What you need for long-term recovery over painkiller addiction is continued help, support and services along the way. We provide long-term treatment plans in order to prevent relapse and help overcome long-term withdrawal symptoms.

Addiction treatment is the beginning of the process. When you are nearing completion of treatment, we will work with you on ways to continue your recovery effort. There are a number of services to help you after you leave residential care.

Continuing care for recovery and relapse prevention may include:
  • Sober living
  • Outpatient programs
  • Addiction therapy
  • Drug monitoring
  • Sober companion
  • 12-step program and a sponsor
  • Family or couples counseling

For those seeking a private and exclusive rehabilitation facility that deals with Morphine addiction and abuse, we encourage your to call us. We are a nationally recognized, healthcare accredited drug rehab facility.

We also want you to stay connected to us. We continually provide alumni with programs and events that support and can keep you centered on your recovery effort.

For those who need help along the way, we offer a guesting service. For those who stumble and relapse, we have a two-week program to help you get back on track and assess what went wrong in your recovery.

The focus of treatment is on the individual, with therapy and programs that address their personal struggles with addiction. This is coupled with a long-term plan of action to continue care when treatment is completed.

You can recover from your addictions! We are always available to help!

We encourage you to call today for an assessment at 1-800-582-0709.

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