Morphine is one of the oldest and most well-known painkiller drugs available. It was first discovered in 1804 and has been used for pain relief and recreational purposes ever since. Morphine is found in a number of brand name products including the following:
Morphine can be swallowed, smoked or injected and is often mixed with other drugs such as heroin for an even more intense high.
Morphine works directly on the body’s central nervous system. Not only does it relieve pain, but it also tends to produce euphoria and relieve fear and anxiety. The cost of this euphoria is not free, as morphine also interferes with many of the body’s systems, and users quickly develop a tolerance for higher doses. Like many painkiller drugs, morphine can affect a person’s personality and quickly begins to control the user’s life. Daily activity begins to be based around when a person can use and how he or she will be able to get more of the drug. Like other painkiller drugs, this also leads to “doctor shopping” or writing forged prescriptions, which can often lead to legal trouble and jail time.
Morphine causes the brain to experience a rush of chemicals related to pleasure and lack of pain. However, our brain is a very smart organ, and it soon recognizes that there is an outside substance adjusting chemical levels. The brain adjusts to this intake of chemicals and stops producing pain relieving chemicals of its own. When a person suddenly stops taking morphine, the balance can then become upset, causing withdrawal symptoms. These painful feelings are not permanent, as the brain will begin to produce natural chemicals on its own again. But before those chemicals are produced, the body may react in a number of serious and dangerous ways. Because of these effects on the body, it is important to seek professional treatment from morphine addiction.
Detoxification from morphine at home can be very dangerous. Serious side effects to morphine withdrawal include heart attack, stroke and even death. Often, when a person detoxes from morphine incorrectly, he or she may become addicted to other substances in an attempt to self-medicate. Medically assisted morphine detox offers withdrawal symptom management along with constant monitoring of the patient to ensure that he or she does not become ill during withdrawal.
If you are struggling with morphine use, it may seem like there is no way out. There is hope. We offer a 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 24 hours a day and speak to one of our counselors now.