You’ve all watched a televised football game during which a player has been significantly injured and carried off the field on a stretcher. Everyone holds their breath, may even say a short prayer, and sends best wishes for that person’s quick and complete recovery.
Unfortunately, many sports injuries require surgery, and one of the primary medications recommended for post-surgery pain relief is morphine. Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever not recommended for use with children and not frequently prescribed to teens and young adults. Morphine is often used in what is referred to as “palliative care,” or pain relief for people who are dying, as it helps relieve shortness of breath often experienced near the end of life. Other benefits of morphine use include the following:
The risks involved with morphine use are related to its highly addictive properties. The two primary causes for morphine addiction are tolerance and cravings. Because of morphine’s highly addictive nature, the body quickly builds a tolerance to the morphine dosage and requires greater and greater amounts of morphine to achieve the desired effect. Because morphine impacts the brain and creates a desirable euphoria or sense of wellbeing, cravings occur. Craving morphine is the most obvious indicator of addiction. These cravings combined with tolerance may lead a person to use more morphine or combine morphine with other painkillers, drugs or alcohol.
Because a person addicted to morphine after a sports injury typically has a physical dependency, a psychological dependency and the need to manage extreme pain without the benefits of morphine, it is important that they seek detox services from trained professionals. These professionals can monitor or limit the following:
The first 36 to 72 hours are the most difficult for a person going through morphine withdrawal symptoms, and detox professionals will be able to successfully step a user through the detox process with lessened withdrawal effects. Without treatment, morphine addiction withdrawal may extend for as many as 5 to 7 days, and continued cravings for morphine may persist for months.
While morphine addiction recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about morphine addiction treatment and recovery. Now is the time to make the call and end the cycle.