Morphine Addiction Recovery

The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 14% of the U.S. adult population has abused painkillers at least once in their life. Morphine is a highly addictive painkiller, and physical and psychological addiction develops quickly. Morphine abuse is especially dangerous, as the difference between a morphine high and a morphine overdose is often slim.

Side Effects of Morphine Use and Overdose Symptoms

Morphine side effects may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Involuntary eyeball movement
  • Chills
  • Depressed or irritable mood
  • Drowsiness
  • Seizure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Impairment of mental and physical performance
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia

Morphine use can also result in overdose, which is potentially fatal. Morphine overdose symptoms include the following:

  • Cold clammy skin
  • Flaccid muscles
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Stupor
  • Coma
  • Slowed breathing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slow pulse rate
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Morphine Detoxification and Withdrawal

Attempting to self-detox from Morphine is extremely dangerous and usually unsuccessful. During the detox process, users will experience severe and potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms, which may include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Tearing
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

Medical supervision during detox can reduce the accompanying physical and emotional trauma. Though methadone is often used to relieve the pain of morphine withdrawal, this method of detox can result in an additional or substitute addiction to methadone. The most effective and successful method of detox is abruptly ending use while under medical supervision.

Treatment for Morphine Addiction

Detox alone will not cure morphine addiction. Further treatment is necessary to address the psychological aspects of addiction. Inpatient rehab is often the best method for this, as it allows the patient to get away from the routine that allows for and encourages morphine use. Other forms of rehab are typically far less successful and end in relapse. Inpatient rehab provides a healthy environment in which patients can receive the ongoing support and therapy needed to achieve a drug-free and fulfilling life.

Need Help with Morphine Addiction Recovery?

If you are struggling with addiction to morphine, please call our toll-free helpline. We are available 24 hours a day and can provide you with the information and resources necessary to get started on a path to recovery. You call is confidential and a helpful representative is waiting to assist you. Call today.