How to Stop Abusing Morphine

How to Stop Abusing Morphine

Morphine is a well-known and popular painkiller. Unfortunately, morphine addiction is also one of the fastest growing addictions in the U.S. Since its discovery in 1804, it has been used as pain relief for those in need and it has also been used as a recreational drug. You may know morphine by one of its brand names such as the following:

  • MS-Contin
  • Oramorph SR
  • MSIR
  • Roxanol
  • Kadian
  • RMS

Street names for morphine include:

  • M
  • Number 13
  • Red Cross
  • Mojo
  • Vitamin M
  • Emma
  • White Lady
  • Dope
  • Murphy
  • Misties
  • Drugstore Heroin

Regardless of the name, morphine use is both seriously addictive and potentially deadly.

Morphine Affects the Body and the Mind

If you are struggling with a morphine addiction, you may have built a tolerance for the drug which has caused you to require more morphine to achieve the original effects that you once felt. This happens because of physical and psychological dependence. Once you take morphine just a few times, your brain begins to adjust and adapt to this drug, causing it to process the morphine differently. A person who has taken morphine steadily for many months is able to take much more morphine than a person who has never tried morphine. If you are not careful, you can accidentally overdose on morphine with deadly consequences. Morphine has the following dangerous effects on your body:

  • It affects your ability to feel pain, which can lead to severe injury
  • It attaches to the reward centers of your brain, causing immediately addictive effects
  • Morphine blocks your consciousness and can lead to dangerous situations
  • Morphine can cause changes in personality and sudden bouts of violence, depression or suicidal feelings
  • Morphine addiction can lead to “doctor shopping” and illegal behavior with serious consequences

How to Stop Using Morphine

Once your brain is accustomed to morphine use, it will react strongly when you take the morphine away. You can have serious withdrawal symptoms as soon as you stop taking the morphine. You may feel sick, or your heartbeat may become irregular. Morphine withdrawal can lead to heart attack, stroke or even death. Many times these withdrawal symptoms are so terrible that the user begins to take other drugs to postpone these effects.

It may be tempting to try to stop taking morphine on your own, but this can be highly dangerous. You need to seek a medically assisted morphine detox. A detox occurs when you stop using a drug and then allow your body to heal and recover from the effects of the drug. A medically-supervised detox program will allow you to stop taking morphine with fewer side-effects, fewer dangers to your health, and a more successful outcome. During a medically-supervised morphine detox, a staff of nurses or doctors will work to ensure that you do not become ill during withdrawal. During a medically-supervised detox, you may be assisted in pain management without the worry of becoming addicted to other substances.

Help Finding Morphine Addiction Treatment

If you are struggling with morphine use, there is hope. There are many specialty treatment centers that can not only help you detox and recover from morphine addiction, but also help you recover with as little discomfort as possible. Along with detox services, these treatment centers often offer therapy for you and your family. We offer a 24 hour, toll-free helpline that is staffed by caring counselors to help guide you through your treatment possibilities. You owe it to yourself to learn more. Call and speak to one of our counselors today.