When Using Morphine Becomes a Habit

Morphine is a powerful central nervous system depressant used clinically to relieve severe pain. Morphine is highly addictive, has a high potential for abuse, induces severe withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped, has dangerous side effects and a high risk of potentially fatal overdose.

Due to morphine so effectively numbs physical as well as emotional pain it has historically had a high rate of abuse. It produces feelings of euphoria, floating and weightlessness, and as such is very sought after by drug users looking to get high.

Any recreational use of morphine invites psychological addiction, which can occur very rapidly with regular use. People may think that they can try it once or twice without getting hooked, but are so taken with its effects that they want to use it again. With repeated use they become psychologically dependent on the drug and begin to use it regularly. Regular use of morphine will eventually produce a physical addiction which is extremely difficult to overcome. Once physically addicted, users will prioritize acquiring and using morphine over needs like food and family.

Physical Signs of Morphine Addiction

One of the surest signs of physical addiction to morphine is experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use of the drug is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms of morphine can be quite severe, making it extremely difficult to stop using the drug. The addict will continue to use morphine simply to avoid the misery of withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms of morphine are described by addicts as flu-like and include the following problems:

  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Muscle and body aches and pains

Psychological Signs of Morphine Addiction
Psychological addiction to morphine often occurs before physical addiction, and it will induce users to use morphine regularly. Signs of psychological addiction to morphine include the following behaviors:

  • Preoccupation with acquiring and using morphine
  • Being unable to relax or feel good without using morphine
  • Drug seeking behavior
  • Secretiveness about drug use
  • Continuing to use despite negative consequences

Morphine Overdose Help

Morphine addicts will develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning that they will require ever increasing doses to achieve the same effect. This is extremely dangerous since there is a threshold at which a high enough dose will simply stop your heart and kill you. This is especially common in cases of relapse: an addict who developed a tolerance for morphine and became accustomed to a high dose will stop using for a while and loses her tolerance. At some point, she relapses and uses the same dose she was used to using, not realizing she no longer has the same tolerance. This can be fatal.

Treatment for Morphine Addiction

It is extremely difficult to overcome morphine addiction on your own. The withdrawal symptoms are so severe that they will overpower your will to stop using. Professional treatment that includes medically supervised detox will ease the symptoms of withdrawal as much as possible, ensure your safety during the potentially dangerous process and offers your best hope for recovery.

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