Morphine is a Schedule II opioid used to treat chronic pain. Its addiction potential is almost identical to heroin, because these two drugs act similarly. With such a chemical resemblance to heroin, it’s no surprise that morphine has a high potential for addiction.
You can combat morphine’s naturally addictive properties with a few preventive steps. First, research the medication. Know how often morphine should be taken on a daily basis, in what form (intravenously or orally), in what doses (how many milligrams), and for what length of time. Always obey your prescription. You should never administer morphine incorrectly or take morphine more often, in higher doses or for longer than prescribed.
Secondly, know your family history and be honest about your own addiction history. Addiction is closely linked to genetics, so if your family does have a history of substance abuse, you may want to speak with your doctor and closely monitor your morphine use.
Finally, be aware of your own mental health. If you’re suffering with a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, you should tell your doctor. Mental health disorders can cause, perpetuate and worsen addiction.
Knowing the signs of addiction can help you recognize and treat substance abuse before it gets out of hand. Tolerance, the feeling that your medication is no longer working, is the first sign of addiction. You may feel you need to take more morphine than you did in the beginning for the same desired effects. Dependency is the physical or psychological need for a drug to feel “normal” or to function without withdrawals. Experiencing withdrawals is a sure sign of morphine addiction. Other signs of morphine addiction may include the following problems:
Morphine’s withdrawal symptoms are the same as other opioid withdrawals and will peak at around 36-72 hours after last use. You may also notice rebound pain when you suddenly stop taking morphine. Symptoms may include the following:
Speaking with your doctor should never be a shameful experience. Anyone could become addicted to prescription medications; no matter how severe your addiction is, it’s best to receive assistance from medical professionals. If you or a loved one is suffering with addiction, feel free to speak with your healthcare provider or call our toll-free phone helpline at anytime – we are open 24 hours a day. We can answer your questions about substance abuse and put you in touch with a drug addiction counselor. When you call, ask about how your insurance may help cover the costs of rehab.