I’m Addicted and I Don’t Know What to Do About It

You’ve taken a look at your drug use, your reasons for it, and how it has impacted your life, and you’ve come to the conclusion that you are addicted. Making this conclusion is a brave, bold first step toward taking action. It is the start of recovery and of regaining your life, and because of this it is also a potentially scary and overwhelming time. Don’t let uncertainty get the best of you. Learn about the steps and actions you can take to create change and find a...

Morphine Addiction in Veterans

Morphine, a powerful opiate painkiller, has had a long relationship with the military and veterans. Those experiencing shock, pain and injury benefit from its powerful and immediate painkilling, calming and sedative effects. This makes it a valuable tool in an army medic’s arsenal, yet morphine use does not come without immediate risks and long-term consequences. Addiction can happen to anyone, but those returning from military service are at increased risk of morphine and other opiate...

Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Drugs?

People who have never struggled with addiction may wonder why others are drawn to drugs in the first place. They know that drug abuse frequently leads to addiction, and that drug abuse is a prevalent problem, so they wonder what could motivate such behavior. While the circumstances vary from person to person, many people abuse drugs because they are unhappy with a certain area of life. Maybe they have tried to cope with a problem in other ways, but nothing has worked, so they hope drugs are the...

Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Morphine

Morphine is a powerful painkiller that is directly related to heroin and opium. Millions of people have become addicted to morphine since its introduction over two centuries ago. Although it should only be available for use in hospitals, and should only be administered under close medical supervision, illicit supplies of morphine are regularly diverted from legitimate sources for the underground drug trade. It is sold under hundreds of different brand names and is closely related to a wide...

Taking Inventory of Your Morphine Use: How Is it Affecting You?

Not everyone recognizes the effects of morphine use in his or her life. Sometimes, becoming dependent on drugs is a slow process and the changes that take place in your life may be so incremental that it is difficult to see how your morphine use is affecting you. However, using morphine will affect every aspect of your life, including your physical health, your relationships with others, your career and your emotional health. Physical Inventory As you take morphine on a continual basis, you...

How Do I Identify Morphine?

Thousands of drugs are available on the market today, and each has a different look, a different effect and different side effects. If you learn to identify prescription drugs and signs of prescription drug abuse, then you can protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones by determining if drug abuse is occurring. If you take action as soon as you see that drug abuse or addiction is present, then you may save a life. Identifying Morphine Pills Identifying drugs is difficult, because they...

Six Excuses People Make When They’re Addicted to Morphine

Morphine, the most abundant opiate alkaloid in opium poppy plants, is synthesized to make heroin and several prescription pain medications. Brand name formulations include Avinza, MS Contin and Kadian, but the generic version is simply called morphine or morphine sulfate. When used medically, the drug acts directly on the central nervous system to relieve pain, but it also produces euphoric effects that motivate abuse. Extended morphine use can result in an addiction so strong that addicts...

Three Myths about Morphine

Morphine is a medication, which offers safe and effective relief to one experiencing moderate to severe pain. Despite its pain relieving qualities, there are many myths about its use. In fact, these myths may affect one’s willingness to use morphine. Being informed and understanding the truth behind morphine and its possible side effects can help patients feel more comfortable using the medication. Three Common Myths about Morphine Because many individuals are unfamiliar with morphine, they...

Victims of Bullying and Morphine Addiction

Individuals who are subjected to bullying are at risk for turning to substance abuse to cope with emotions related to bullying and isolation. One study found that “youth involved in bullying were more likely than students not involved in bullying to use substances, with bully-victims reporting the greatest levels of substance use” (Addictive Behaviors April 2012). The National Education Association (NEA) found that “[b]ullying affects nearly one in three American schoolchildren in grades...

Teachers and Morphine Addiction

Addiction can strike even in the most unexpected levels of society. When a person that is regarded by many as a tutor and a source of guidance and knowledge falls victim to substance abuse and addiction the impact is greater, especially among the students. On this account, we can talk about one medication that is often misused for recreational purposes and causes many positive lifestyles to be broken – morphine. Morphine Dependence – Its Nature and Consequences Morphine is a controlled,...

Native Americans and Morphine Use

Morphine is the primary ingredient in opium, and it primarily treats severe pain. Additionally, it can relieve fear and anxiety by producing a sense of euphoria, which may cater to people in psychological distress. If you or a Native American you know abuses this drug, then seek professional help as soon as possible to begin recovery. Native Americans and Morphine Abuse Published in the November 2011 Journal of the American Medical Association, the study, “Racial/Ethnic Variations in...

Men and Morphine Abuse

Morphine, the most abundant opiate in opium poppy, is a potent pain medication used by doctors, but its narcotic compounds also make it a commonly abused drug. When addiction or dependence develops, users experience several potential side effects, including the following: Mental impairments such as confusion and memory lapses Physical health risks including seizures, heart problems and respiratory collapse General discomforts like nausea, vomiting, headaches, itching and constipation Illicit...

How Morphine Addiction is Represented in the Media

Morphine is the most powerful opiate extracted from poppy plants, so doctors use it to treat patients with pain. First isolated and manufactured in the early 19th century, the drug was named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, because it sedates users. Though a potent painkiller, morphine can produce euphoria, so many people abuse it to get high. The problem is that repeated use produces a physical tolerance, psychological dependence and addiction, which can be difficult to overcome...

How Does Morphine’s Classification Affect Addiction?

Morphine treats moderate to severe pain, and it is sometimes prescribed to people with cancer or terminal illnesses. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system where it reduces both perceptions and emotional responses to pain. Despite these uses, morphine is a highly potent drug. When properly administered by a health-care provider, it is safe and helpful, but it is also highly dangerous during use. The euphoria it creates when taken illicitly causes the...

What Are Street Names for Morphine?

Morphine is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States as it is consistently used by hundreds of thousands of individuals on a regular basis. Despite its popularity, morphine is not legally approved for recreational use making it complicated for individuals to use this drug without risking the consequences linked to their illegal possession and/or use. As a result individuals begin developing secretive behaviors to protect their use. Some of which include using street names to...

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