The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 35 million Americans, 14% of the U.S. adult population, have abused painkillers at least once in their life. Morphine is a highly addictive painkiller to which physical and psychological addiction develop quickly. Morphine abuse is especially dangerous because the difference between a morphine high and a morphine overdose is often slim. Once a user starts abusing morphine, it doesn’t take long for tolerance and dependence to develop.
The side effects of morphine can include the following symptoms:
The symptoms of morphine overdose can include the following:
Talking to almost anyone about your morphine addiction is a step in the right direction. Struggling in silence is dangerous and often futile. Talking to anyone that can give you support as you try to get help and recover is a good thing. It is also important to talk to someone who can help in a more direct way. Whether it’s your doctor or a therapist, talking to someone who can connect you to rehab and treatment is a great way to make sure you get the help you need.
One thing to consider when deciding who to talk to or what kind of rehab to pursue is whether or not they use medically assisted detox which is using a drug such as Suboxone or methadone to treat the symptoms of withdrawal during rehab. This method can result in a second addiction to the drug prescribed to treat withdrawal symptoms and the need for a second detox and round of rehab.
If you are struggling with morphine addiction, we can help you recover. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with an addiction counselor who can help you decide what type of treatment is best for you. It is important that you talk to someone about your morphine addiction. Battling it in secret is not likely to end in recovery. If you want to recover, we want to help. Call now.