How Cost and Availability Influence Morphine Use

How Cost and Availability Influence Morphine Use

Morphine is a narcotic drug obtained from opium. When prescribed by a doctor, it is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is a controlled substance because it has significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. People often abuse morphine because of its euphoric and calming effects on the body.

Addiction to morphine among adults is a serious problem. According to SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), a report showed that visits to the Emergency Room involving morphine usage among adults 21 year and older increased 96 percent between 2004 and 2008. In that same report, SAMSHA indicated that during 2008 recreational use of pain relievers like morphine was a leading form of drug abuse in the U.S. among people age 12 and older, second only to marijuana. Morphine addiction is a problem in part because of its relative low cost to produce and the high availability in the United States compared to other countries.

Over time, people who use morphine for pain reduction or for recreational enjoyment can become addicted to it. They may not even recognize that they have become addicted. Signs of morphine addiction include the following:

  • Depressed or irritable mood
  • Exaggerated sense of wellbeing
  • Abnormal thinking
  • Hallucinations
  • Taking a higher dosage of morphine than prescribed
  • Taking the morphine more often than prescribed
  • “Losing” the prescription so that the doctor needs to write another one

If you or someone you love shows these signs, seek help immediately. Morphine is a serious problem that requires serious attention.

Treatment for Morphine Addiction

Treatment for morphine addiction begins with detox, which involves tapering off morphine usage until there is no more morphine in the body. After detoxing from morphine, you will undergo inpatient therapy, outpatient therapy or a combination of both over time. You can choose among several treatment options. Most treatment facilities offer 30-day, 60-day or 90-day treatment for drug addiction. Many offer even longer treatment programs, even up to 12 months of treatment and rehab. This is determined in part by the depth of your addiction.

During treatment, you will identify and seek to break the habits that you developed as an addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues you have that could have triggered the addiction. This will happen in group therapy and individual counseling. You will likely be encouraged to find healthy ways of dealing with stress and life’s struggles, such a journaling, physical activity and conflict resolution. You will also work on developing the skills necessary to re-enter your life drug-free.

Getting Help for Morphine Addiction

The first step in getting help for your morphine addiction is admitting that you need help. That’s where we come in. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour number for help. We will talk with you about your treatment options. Recovery from morphine addiction is a lifelong process, but you can begin that journey now by calling us today.