Morphine is used medicinally as a severe pain reliever and cough suppressant, and it is sometimes used before surgery. Morphine directly affects the central nervous system; therefore, in addition to relieving pain, it impairs mental and physical performance, relieves fear and anxiety and produces euphoria. However, even short-term use of morphine can decrease hunger, cause constipation and reduce the sex drive.
Even when taken for medical purposes, morphine is highly addictive. In a very short period of time, a person may develop a tolerance for the current dosage and require higher doses or more frequent use to maintain the effects. Because of the physical and emotional benefits of morphine, a person can quickly develop a physical and psychological dependence.
People who have been prescribed morphine need to consult with their physician to manage the withdrawal process so that they can limit or avoid some withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, yawning, chills and sweating.
When morphine is used without medical supervision, the primary reason is to relieve pain. However, most illicit users of morphine also use the drug because of other emotional benefits, including the sense of euphoria and relaxation.
However, morphine use also brings about mental confusion and mood changes. These side effects can lead a person to make poor decisions, suffer memory loss, act erratically and experience emotions ranging from depression to agitation to elation.
The emotional indicators of morphine abuse are often attributed to another health issue, such as anxiety, depression, irritability or apprehension. However, some of the emotional indicators of morphine abuse include the following:
If someone you know is demonstrating these emotional signs, you may want to look further to see if morphine abuse is the cause. If you are experiencing these signs, it is time for you to get help.
Every part of an addict’s life is affected by drug addiction. If you are addicted to morphine, your physical, mental and emotional health can be damaged. Your ability to make a living working productively, to enjoy healthy interpersonal relationships and to be fiscally sound can be damaged. Because morphine clouds your ability to think clearly, you may not fully understand all of these negative impacts. However, the professionals that you seek out to help you with your morphine addiction do understand these negative ramifications and have the skills, knowledge and tools to help you in recovery.
Typically, the first phase in treatment is medically supervised detoxification. Upon successful completion of detox, the addiction team creates a treatment plan based on a comprehensive analysis of each individual’s needs. These treatment plans include physical, psychological and spiritual care to build a strong foundation for breaking the cycle of addiction.
Since every aspect of your life is affected by morphine abuse, you want to find a treatment solution that deals with the problem on a mental, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual level. Our counselors can provide you with information about the resources available to you to help with your morphine addiction. Call our toll-free number any time of the day; our counselors are available 24 hours a day and look forward to helping you.