Most individuals are aware of the risks of addiction that come with morphine abuse. They may even know about common side effects, such as constipation, headaches and dizziness. Additionally, they may even know about more dangerous side effects, such as trouble breathing and a reduced heart rate. However, the wanted and unwanted effects of drug abuse don’t always appear as expected, so unusual or uncommon responses to the drug can occur even in experienced morphine users. Ending morphine abuse is the only way to protect one’s physical and emotional health.
How morphine is abused affects how users will feel. Intravenous drug abuse is associated with increased addiction risk, but it also involves varied drug abuse experiences. A study published in Psychopharmacology found that, when morphine was administered intravenously, “physiological effects were more prolonged than subjective effects” (“Intravenous Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine in Recreational Opioid Users,” 2010). Individuals who believe they know how they will react to morphine or certain doses of the drug may face unexpected physical effects when using the drug intravenously or by other non-prescribed methods. In other words, if you abuse morphine by injecting it, you may experience different effects than when you take it in a pill.
When someone abuses morphine, her first thoughts are rarely on the risks of bacterial infection, but one unexpected side effect of morphine abuse is a weakened immune system. Morphine can impact the immune system and the body’s defenses on several levels. Morphine weakens the protective barriers within the gastrointestinal (GI) system, and this contributes to chronic renal failure. It also leads to ulcers, which further disrupt the body’s GI defenses against infection.
Morphine abuse also delays the production, effectiveness and movement of cells that destroy pathogens. Drug users that develop pneumonia or similar infections will not have the proper defense system in place to fight the infection off quickly or effectively. Illnesses that can be life-threatening even in individuals with healthy immune systems become increasingly deadly to regular morphine users. Seek professional help as soon as possible to get and stay clean from morphine abuse.
If you are ready to end how morphine affects your personal health, emotions, relationships and behaviors, then take action today. Talk with one of our admissions coordinators about your treatment options so you can avoid the side effects of addiction and pursue a drug-free life. All conversations are free and confidential, and we are here 24 hours a day to help you find support, treatment and sobriety. Seek help to begin recovery.