Taking Inventory of Your Morphine Use: How Is it Affecting You?

Taking Inventory of Your Morphine Use: How Is it Affecting You?

Not everyone recognizes the effects of morphine use in his or her life. Sometimes, becoming dependent on drugs is a slow process and the changes that take place in your life may be so incremental that it is difficult to see how your morphine use is affecting you. However, using morphine will affect every aspect of your life, including your physical health, your relationships with others, your career and your emotional health.

Physical Inventory

As you take morphine on a continual basis, you will notice changes in your boy and in your overall health. These signs indicate that morphine has had a negative effect on your body.

Physical signs of morphine use/abuse:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Rashes
  • Blue tinge to the skin
  • Decreased libido

The physical effects of morphine abuse will vary based on how much morphine you abuse and how long you have been abusing it. Fortunately, when you stop taking morphine, your body will begin to heal itself—unless the damage is too great. This underscores the importance of getting into treatment as soon as possible.

Career Inventory

Your career may be severely affected by your morphine use. While some people can carry on a normal life while continuing to use (referred to as functional addiction), most people will experience some negative repercussions in their work.

Signs that your morphine is affecting your work include:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Lowered production
  • Increased absences
  • Official reprimands for various reasons (absenteeism, poor production, quality of work)
  • Reporting late to work
  • Disappearing at work for a time (to take drugs)
  • Increased mistakes
  • Poor work quality

The good news is that when you get help for your morphine addiction, you increase your likelihood of future employment and a better financial situation. The science journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence has reported that people who complete treatment make more money than those who don’t, and those who get job training while in rehab have an even better chance of a successful career than those who don’t get training.

Relationship Inventory

As with other areas of your life, morphine addiction affects your relationships. Other people have suffered the consequences of your morphine abuse.

Effects of morphine abuse on relationships:

  • Children taken out of the home
  • Arguing with loved ones about your drug use
  • Family members cutting off contact
  • Friends not inviting you to parties, outings, etc.
  • Financial hardship in the family
  • Lashing out at family members and loved ones
  • Asking family members and friends to “cover for you” by making excuses (i.e., calling your boss for you, explaining to your child why you missed her event, etc.)

For you to take inventory of these three areas—career, physical health, and relationships—you must be willing to be honest. Many morphine addicts are unwilling be truthful about their drug use and its effects on their lives. They will lie to themselves and others in order to avoid having to stop taking the morphine.

Getting Help for Your Morphine Addiction

If you notice these signs of addiction in yourself or someone you love, we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators about the nature of your addiction. Together, you can determine the best treatment options based on your life situation. Don’t allow morphine to affect your life negatively any more. Call us today and start on the path of recovery.