Those who abuse morphine are often in denial about the addiction. They may believe that they can still be in control of their drug use and that they can keep their morphine abuse hidden from those close to them. An addict’s loved ones may initially attribute any changes in the user’s life to other causes, but the visible effects of morphine abuse may eventually begin to raise suspicion. In addition to the observable physical and emotional effects of morphine abuse, there are often behavioral signs associated with addiction that can indicate a problem.
Addiction is a progressive disease that often becomes more obvious as it develops. Common physical effects of morphine abuse can include the following:
These effects may grow severe enough to impede the user’s normal functioning, which can make it more difficult to hide the addiction from others. Some additional dangerous side effects can include shallow breathing, disorientation, unsteadiness, fainting and seizures. Frequent morphine use can also lead to the development of tolerance, drug dependence and addiction.
When tolerance develops, users feel the need to continually take larger doses of morphine to achieve the desired effects. Tolerance to morphine can develop rapidly, even within a few weeks. Tolerance often leads to physical dependence, which causes the user to experience withdrawal symptoms when drug use is stopped. Morphine withdrawal symptoms can include the following:
In addition to the physical effects, a morphine addict’s loved ones may notice some emotional signs of drug use. Morphine abuse can lead to confusion, memory loss, and mood swings and morphine withdrawal may cause severe depression, anxiety and paranoia.
Addiction can lead people to engage in abnormal behaviors, such as stealing money to support the habit. Morphine addicts may go to several doctors in order to get prescriptions or may buy the drug illegally. Family members and friends of the addict may become suspicious if they notice any money or household items missing. Morphine addiction can also cause users to neglect their appearance. Since morphine suppresses appetite, addicts may also lose weight. As drug use increases, these signs can become obvious to those around the addict.
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