Morphine treats moderate to severe pain. Along with heroin and other opiates, it is often prescribed for people with cancer or terminal illnesses. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system: once there, it reduces both perceptions and emotional responses to pain.
Morphine is a highly potent drug. When properly administered through a health-care provider, it is safe and helpful; but, when abused it can quickly trigger an addiction. The euphoria it creates causes the brain to rewire neural pathways and reinforce drug-use behaviors, which is why recovery is nearly impossible to achieve without professional treatment. Some people become addicted to morphine after a single use, but other people become dependent more slowly. Three signs of morphine addiction include the following issues:
Addiction to morphine is a serious problem that requires medical treatment. Like many addictions that create neurological changes, morphine abuse is easier to overcome during its early stages. It is never too soon to get help for drug abuse.
Many drug addicts also struggle with at least one significant mental illness. The problem is that diagnosing a substance abuse problem and a co-occurring mental health disorder can be difficult, because the two conditions share the following characteristics:
Morphine addiction can trigger a mental health relapse, because, when an addiction worsens, the psychiatric condition typically follows suit, as routines, community support, good nutrition and other stabilizing factors fall by the wayside. People with substance abuse and mental disorders often refuse to acknowledge the presence or consequences of their issues, and they hope these problems will go away. In reality, avoiding treatment makes both conditions worse, and it sets up a vicious cycle: if a psychiatric condition worsens, chances of relapse escalate. If an addiction flares, a psychiatric condition often deteriorates. To recover, both conditions must be treated with professional help.
Psychiatric treatment is more effective for people who avoid drug and alcohol abuse. Furthermore, individuals who treat both conditions with professional help are more likely to maintain recovery than people who only treat one issue. The sooner people seek help, the better her chances are for recovery.
If you or someone you love suffers from morphine addiction and a mental health problem, we can help. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to guide you to a drug-free life. Don’t go it alone when help is just one phone call away.