Medicinally, morphine is used primarily as a painkiller. It is formulated and marketed under dozens of names in the United States. A derivative of opium, morphine stimulates opioid receptors located throughout the body. Depending on the dosage, this works to block sensations of pain and provide a general sense of wellbeing.
As is common with effective prescription medications, use of any pain reliever formulated with morphine is accompanied by a significant risk of tolerance and dependency. Tolerance occurs after morphine is used in high doses over long periods of time. The brain begins to try and protect itself by counteracting the drug, thereby counteracting the effects felt by the user. When this happens, many individuals simply take more and more of the drug until the desired effect is produced. Tolerance can be dangerous in the ways that it can happen many times, ultimately leading to dependency. Dependency occurs when a patient believes that they need regular doses of the drug to function throughout the day or to provide feelings of normalcy. Depending on the dosage and individual the cycles of tolerance and dependency can happen rapidly and ultimately manifest themselves into a deadly addiction.
Most addictions to morphine are the direct result of the drug’s use in a way other than prescribed. For some, this is accidental. For instance, an individual may be prescribed morphine for pain-management following a surgery or other traumatic event. They become accustomed to the drug’s soothing affects and find that they cannot reproduce them without increased doses of morphine. Because of tolerance, their bodies gradually require more frequent and higher doses of the drug. Eventually, they find themselves dealing with an addiction that they never planned for.
For others, morphine addiction begins when they obtain it illegally and begin to take unregulated doses to provide them with an escape from daily life. However addiction develops, the effects that long-term morphine use can have on an individual can be devastating.
If you or someone you care about is dealing with an addiction to morphine, it will be tempting for you to believe that it is under control or that it will go away on its own. Prescription opiates are some of the most powerful and addictive substances in the world. An addiction left unchecked puts the user at a significant risk for overdose or other unwanted permanent side effects. We are available 24 hours a day to take your calls, answer your questions and walk you through the rehabilitation process. The call is toll-free, and we may be able to work with your insurer. Please call us today.