Morphine is perhaps the most potent opiate analgesic in use today. It is generally considered the benchmark when it comes to pain relievers used in medicine. Morphine relieves pain by acting on the central nervous system. Morphine is also similar to other opioids in that can be highly addictive. Psychological dependence can develop quickly while physical dependence takes longer, possibly several months to take hold. Like any addiction, morphine dependence can have severe physical, psychological and social consequences. Rehab is the safest, and in most cases the only way to truly recover.
Many people fail to seek help with morphine addiction because they fail to recognize that they have become addicted. The same can be true for those who are close to people struggling with addiction. Knowing the signs of addiction can illuminate the truth of your situation or that of someone close to you. You can’t seek help until you recognize that you need it. Physical signs of morphine addiction can include the following:
Emotional signs of morphine addiction can include:
Another way to tell if you or someone close to you has become addicted to morphine is to determine if any withdrawal symptoms have been experienced. If you know that you are addicted to morphine you should never attempt to detox on your own. Unsupervised withdrawal can be extremely dangerous, sometimes fatal. However, if you find yourself experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you may be dependent on morphine. Morphine withdrawal symptoms can include:
As previously stated, undergoing detox without medical supervision is extremely dangerous. Detox with medical supervision is safer, but is not the end of recovery. Detox is not the most important reason to go to morphine rehab. Patients who undergo detox and return to their lives as they were before treatment are far more common to relapse. The key to true recovery and relapse prevention is the kind of proper aftercare that rehab facilities provide. Whether one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor or group therapy with other recovering addicts or close family and friends, behavioral therapy can teach patients strategies to avoid relapse. If you are addicted, it is important that your physical symptoms not be the only ones treated.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is addicted to morphine, you can get help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today to speak with a representative who can assist you in finding the treatment plan that works best for you. Recovery starts with the courage to get help. Call today.