Morphine abuse and addiction can take a toll on a person’s daily life in many ways. The most noted consequences of morphine on daily life are the drug’s many side effects. Financial and social consequences may also be potential burdens on a morphine addict’s life.
One of the most frequently reported side effects of morphine is drowsiness. Though this side effect may only be an inconvenience to some, it can be dangerous for others. Drowsiness becomes particularly risky for those who are required to drive or operate heavy machinery at any point after taking the drug. Drowsiness can lead to dangerous accidents if the morphine user begins falling asleep, either while driving or operating machinery.
Like drowsiness, dizziness is a common complaint of those abusing or addicted to morphine. This drug produces dizziness and lightheadedness mostly through its effects on blood pressure. When a person changes position from lying to sitting or from sitting to standing, a drop in blood pressure can occur. This potential side effect can be a constant struggle for morphine addicts. It can also be a dangerous side effect, possibly resulting in falls and injuries.
Nausea and vomiting are perhaps two of the most disruptive side effects of morphine abuse. Morphine can cause certain effects to occur in the portion of the brain responsible for nausea. Effects like these often interfere with an addict’s ability to perform daily tasks and can therefore be particularly unsettling.
Morphine has commonly experienced effects on the gastrointestinal system, resulting in slowed passage of food and stool. This effect results in constipation, particularly when the morphine user does not make special dietary changes. Unfortunately, morphine-related constipation can grow increasingly worse until it leads to a bowel impaction or perforation.
Emotional changes are common when a person abuses morphine or becomes addicted to it. Depression may occur as a result of drug-related life changes. These addicts may suffer from debilitating guilt from the choices they have made to feed the addiction. Anxiety is another common emotional effect of morphine abuse as the addict fear others will discover his or her morphine problem.
Aside from the many side effects that interfere with daily living, there is a large financial burden that comes with morphine addiction. Whether the drug is purchased through prescription or by an illicit dealer, the cost of supporting a morphine addiction can be incredibly devastating. Additional financial troubles may occur if a morphine addict loses his or her job as a result of substance-related performance decline.
Lastly, those addicted to morphine may experience social isolation as a result of their addiction. Morphine addicts often turn down social invitations to abuse more of the drug instead. When this occurs repeatedly, the addicts may eventually stop being invited to these social gatherings. Social isolation may also occur if an addict manipulates his or her friends to feed the addiction. These friends may lose trust and eventually stop interacting with the addict.
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