Is Occasional Morphine Use Okay?

Morphine is a powerful and popular painkiller. When people around you are using morphine and other opiates to get high, it can be easy to assume that using drugs occasionally is safe. Before you use any opiate drug, make sure that you have all of the information regarding side effects. Herein is some important information about morphine use, abuse and when your morphine use becomes dangerous.

What is Morphine and How Can it be Dangerous?

Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever often used after surgery, injury or during hospice care. It can be administered as a pill, a liquid, or in an intravenous (I.V.) form. Morphine is one of the oldest narcotic pain relievers available. It is also an opiate, and is one of the most addictive drugs available.

Many people who try morphine want the feelings of relaxation. Some people experience a euphoric high when taking it. Morphine is a highly controlled drug because it can lead to an addiction very quickly, sometimes in as little as one or two uses. Morphine users can quickly develop a tolerance to this drug that leads them to take increasingly larger doses. Morphine tolerance can lead to morphine addiction, withdrawal or even death.

How to Recognize Morphine Addiction

Morphine addiction can develop quickly. Be on the lookout for the following signs of addiction:

  • Cravings to use this drug again
  • Planning to use morphine or similar drugs in the future
  • Use of other opiate drugs
  • Previous addictive history or personality traits
  • Morphine use that affects your relationships, friendships or employment
  • Spending more time or money on morphine than you intended
  • Using morphine that was not prescribed to you
  • Using morphine and driving, or taking care of children under the influence. Many addicts perform several activities that you should never do when using drugs

Morphine Addiction Help

Morphine abuse can quickly get out of hand. Even just a few uses of this powerful drug can quickly cause trouble. Even people who have never struggled with other addiction are just as susceptible to morphine addiction as the rest of the population. Because morphine directly affects the chemicals of the brain, it quickly acts to help each morphine user build up a tolerance. Morphine can make you act in ways you would never act. Morphine can make your personality change—and as morphine cravings kick in, you may find yourself unhappy, irritable, angry or even violently ill.

Find Morphine Addiction Recovery

If you or someone you care about has been impacted by morphine abuse, we can help. Please call us now and find out how we can help you in the following ways:

  • Find a reputable, licensed drug treatment program
  • Arrange insurance coverage for rehab or drug counseling
  • Arrange a family intervention or family counseling for addiction
  • Decide what to do next

Our toll-free, 24 hour helpline is staffed by experienced recovery professionals who are waiting to help you.