Morphine is a very addictive drug. Although it is one of the most powerful painkillers, it has the addictive powers of heroin. Morphine can help patients get rid of pain while providing a pleasurable and often euphoric feeling. When taken without medical supervision, morphine abuse can lead to serious morphine addiction. There are several different ways in which a painkiller addiction can socially, psychologically, emotionally and physically destroy an individual. Morphine addiction is no different.
There are several known short-term side effects of morphine abuse. Once the body is intoxicated due to the drug, it manifests itself in the form of physical disturbances. Some of these side effects include decreased appetite, itching, blurred vision, respiratory problems, dry mouth, weakness, nausea and irregular heartbeat. However, there are other serious and very dangerous complications that can also arise because of morphine abuse including the following:
- Morphine can pass from a mother to an infant through breast milk or through the placenta in pregnant women – Although it was first thought that breast milk can only transfer a very small amount of this drug, there have been countless reports of babies receiving large doses from nursing. Infants who ingest morphine face serious problems, including poor feeding, drowsiness, constipation, difficulty breathing and digestive problems. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should particularly be careful and must discuss their morphine abuse with a medical professional.
- Not all side effects of morphine addiction are physical – For years, scientists have known that addiction and mental health are related in many ways. Morphine addiction can also damage the psychological and emotional well being of an individual by creating several serious psychiatric effects such as increased depression, emotional instability, volatile mood swings, restlessness, anxiety, fearfulness, paranoia, agitation, psychosis, hallucinations and hyper vigilance. It can destroy relationships and family life as the individual avoids social involvement, shuns activities and hobbies and prefers isolation. However, the most dangerous aspect of the psychiatric effects of this drug is that it may lead to suicidal thoughts because of acute depression and paranoia.
- Morphine addiction can particularly become fatal when it is combined with other pain medications, tranquilizers, sedatives, muscle relaxers or sleeping pills – Quite a lot of addicts mix morphine with other pills or alcohol to intensify the high they feel. However, this will also increase the chances of an overdose. When morphine is combined with alcohol, death may occur. Morphine overdose can become deadly because it slows the body’s systems so much that slow pulse rate, low blood pressure, coma, cardiac arrest and even death can occur.
If a loved one has been battling with morphine addiction, it is important to seek addiction help immediately. Call our 24 hour toll-free number today to learn more about painkiller addiction and how an experienced, specialized rehab program can help.