Prescription opiates like morphine are used to treat severe pain. In clinical medicine, morphine is sometime regarded as the standard for opioid analgesics. However, morphine’s opiate content and the fact that it achieves its effect by stimulating the central nervous system means there is always an associated risk for tolerance, dependence and physical and psychological addiction.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of patients who “doctor shop” to accumulate prescriptions. Patient volume, a diversity of illnesses and the ever-growing number of prescription medications can make a patient’s addiction hard to spot. There are, however, warning signs of morphine addiction, and early identification can offer patients a better chance at morphine addiction recovery.
While morphine is effective at alleviating pain, it also leaves many patients with an addiction they have trouble understanding or admitting. An addiction to morphine is further complicated by the fact that many patients who have become addicted to their prescription medications still have a legitimate need for pain relief. Symptoms of addiction may also mimic symptoms of pain or other conditions. Some signs of addiction specific to morphine and opioid drugs include the following:
Patients displaying an unusual preoccupation with obtaining morphine or consistently going through their prescriptions too quickly can also be cause for concern.
“Doctor shopping” refers to the act of seeking counsel from multiple medical professionals in the hopes of obtaining multiple prescriptions. Individuals may “doctor shop” to obtain morphine to feed their own habit or may be planning on selling the extra prescription medication. Both scenarios are dangerous and illegal.
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