Morphine can negatively affect memory, menses, sexual drive, bowel movements and hunger. It produces a pleasant euphoria that can reduce fear and anxiety. Morphine abuse also may be exhibited through a number of effects including the following:
Morphine has a history of misuse. At one time, it was used as a substitute for those with opium or alcohol addictions—often creating another addiction or a replacement for the one it was originally intended to alleviate. During the Civil War, its use as a surgical anesthetic and pain-reliever created legions of addicts. Their symptoms and problems were later referred to as “army disease.”
Morphine detox, because of its effect on the central nervous system, should be medically supervised. In some cases, methadone may be used to help with morphine withdrawal. A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) accredited treatment center should be consulted when detoxing and going through rehab from morphine. Detox can take as long as a week, with cravings continuing several months afterwards.
Most drug addictions have certain visible side effects, dependent upon the drug(s) abused, the duration of abuse and other underlying issues. Beyond the specific side effects, most addicted individuals will experience the following:
As with any addiction, there will be an intensity surrounding the individual that wasn’t there before. Denial may be the family’s response to what is happening; but, the addict will challenge this with unusual behavior and impulses, often pushing everyone involved to the limit. There may be a tendency to try to control the situation by ignoring the negative behavior and outbursts; but this often leads to more of the same.
Get in tune with your inner gut. Notice closely the eyes and other physical issues. Has the individual changed in appearance and personality? What’s different about her relationships? Is he experiencing moodiness? What about evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia?
If there are significant changes in the person’s behavior, appearance, personality, friendships and/or focus, she may be addicted. An intervention may be the only option for change.
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