Morphine was the first drug that came from opium. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain to reduce pain. Medical professionals commonly prescribe morphine for severe pain, and extended-release tablets are often used to numb chronic pain. Many people abuse this drug to get high, but long-term abuse can lead to tolerance and dependency. In the US, morphine is a Schedule II drug, the most restrictive class for prescription drugs, meaning it is highly addictive. Whether someone initially morphine recreationally or medicinally, an addiction to it affects the entire family. Drug addicts who are parents need professional help to safeguard their own health and that of their children.
Morphine abuse can cause a variety of side effects, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, chest pain, seizures and heartbeat changes. However, the children of a morphine addict typically suffer from the following behaviors of drug addicts:
The reward structures in the brain eventually become more consumed with morphine abuse, so users will avoid acts that normally bring satisfaction in lieu of drug abuse.
Morphine addicts will damage their children in the following ways:
In a 2009 article on parental substance abuse, the government’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect noted that a parent’s addiction may cause the following problems for children:
Children of addicts also have higher rates of future substance abuse. The website for the American Society of Addiction Medicine states that genetic factors account for half of the risk of addiction, while environmental factors (e.g., parental substance abuse) make up the other half. Parents may be unable to control genetic heritage, but they can influence environmental factors by getting professional help.
Parents who struggle with morphine addiction can benefit from the following services in rehab:
If physical pain initiated morphine use, treatment centers can also recommend non-addictive therapies to manage pain without narcotics.
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