Morphine is a powerful opiate physicians use to block severe pain. In the process of managing pain, however, morphine also gives the patient a noticeable high, during which any emotional distress, anxiety, fear, insecurity or depression will also be masked. Thus, morphine is both physically and psychologically addictive and should only be taken under the strict and careful supervision of a doctor.
Millions of people have become addicted to morphine since its introduction over 200 years ago. Distilled from the same root chemical as heroin, morphine works by binding to specialized chemical receptors in the brain. This prevents these sensors from transmitting pain signals, but it also gives the user an intense euphoria when first taken. The body develops a tolerance to the drug very quickly. This means that the effects will fade and the user will need larger and more frequent doses to feel the same relief as when he first took it.
Morphine replaces natural chemicals in the brain, leaving the user physically dependent on it very quickly. The real power of morphine addiction, however, is in the power it has to alter a person’s psychological or emotional health. As with all opiates, morphine directly impacts the reward center of the brain. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for several crucial psychological functions including the following:
The brain will crave morphine in a very powerful way. In fact, it will use every psychological tool at its disposal to keep the drug coming. While physical withdrawal from morphine may take several days to more than a week to complete, the psychological desire for the drug may last for months, years or even a lifetime. Lasting recovery from morphine addiction requires thorough treatment of all aspects of the disease in a caring, professional and holistic way.
Any use of morphine beyond that specifically prescribed by a doctor is considered abuse. There are many risks associated with morphine abuse including the following:
While it is unlikely that a person will develop an addiction if she takes morphine exactly as prescribed and if she has no history of substance abuse, it is still possible. Some people have become hooked on the drug the first time they took it. It is important that you share any family history of addiction with your doctor, as well as any experience you have had with substance abuse in the past. Some individuals are born with a biological predisposition toward the disease while others develop it over time.
Recreational use of morphine almost always leads to addiction. Simply put, there is no amount of morphine that is safe for you to take recreationally.
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