Unintentional Morphine Dependence

Morphine is a narcotic and is part of the opioid group. Morphine interacts with the body to make the body sense pain differently. Morphine is often used as a last resort for pain management. This pain can be mild to extreme and unmanageable. Morphine is available as an injection or as pills. Morphine is addictive and can be habit forming. People taking morphine can become dependent on the drug, both psychologically and physically.

Understanding Morphine Dependence

Morphine dependence occurs when your body can no longer function correctly without morphine in your system. Morphine is generally taken in doses that last from 6 to 24 hours; however, the period of time the drug lasts generally depends on how morphine is taken into the body.

Physical dependence is when the body relies on a chemical in a drug. With morphine, the chemical causes the body to redefine what it considers to be pain. Psychological dependence causes the user to think that he or she needs morphine in order to function properly. This form of dependence can cause pain symptoms when the user does not take morphine. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when you suddenly stop taking morphine. Stopping immediately can cause extreme withdrawal symptoms; thus, it is recommended to slowly decrease your use of morphine.

Morphine Dependence Treatment

It is recommended that users seek professional help for proper treatment of morphine dependence. The following are some of the treatment options for morphine dependence:

  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Addiction support groups

Whether your addiction was accidental or intentional, inpatient treatment is highly recommended. Inpatient treatment allows addicts to remove themselves from their drug environment and allows them to have time to heal. During treatment, pain from withdrawal symptoms can also be controlled and reduced dramatically. Outpatient treatment allows addicts to continue treatment once inpatient treatment is completed. By joining an addiction support group, addicts are placed with others that have experienced or are experiencing the same struggles. This can help addicts build the strong foundation that is needed to maintain sobriety and prevent a possible future relapse.

Seeking Morphine Dependence Treatment

If you or someone you know is suffering from morphine dependence, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your morphine addiction and treatment questions. Sobriety is worth the fight; call us today.