Your son or daughter may not be able to stop using morphine without help because morphine is extremely addictive. Morphine produces psychological addiction as well as physical tolerance for the drug very quickly. Many people come to rely on the sense of relaxation and wellbeing that the drug produces, yet they quickly find that they need ever increasing doses to achieve the same effects in the future. If a person continues to use morphine, he or she is likely to develop physical dependence within a few months of use. Once physical dependence has occurred, the person will experience miserable withdrawal symptoms if he or she tries to quit using the drug. Withdrawal from opiates has been compared to the worst case of the flu imaginable, Many people, even with the best of intentions and the will to quit using, find withdrawal so agonizing that they resort to using morphine just to escape the misery. At this point, the addict is using not to get high, but rather to avoid feeling extremely low.
Morphine is a potent central nervous system (CNS) depressant. An overdose of morphine may cause depressed breathing, which may be fatal. Overdose is always a possibility with use of opiates, regardless of the experience level of the user. An inexperienced user may overdose simply because he or she does not know how much to take. A veteran user may overdose because increasing tolerance to the drug causes him or her to use increasingly large doses; eventually, he or she may simply take too much.
People who shoot morphine intravenously risk other health complications as well. Intravenous drug use can lead to the spread of HIV/Aids, hepatitis and other infectious diseases. It can also lead to serious infections of the injection site, the veins or the heart. Vascular damage, such as collapsed veins, is also a possibility, which may then cause other problems, such as cell damage, due to inadequate blood flow. Any of these complications may prove fatal.
Addiction typically causes serious damage to a person’s lifestyle as well. Financial troubles, problems at work, legal issues, family problems and difficulty with interpersonal relationships are all characteristic of drug abuse and addiction.
Quitting use of morphine without professional assistance can be done, but it is extremely difficult. A person has a much better chance of quitting morphine safely and successfully if he or she takes advantage of the many treatment resources available.
Treatment begins with medically supervised detox. Medical staff will be on hand at all times during the difficult withdrawal process to monitor the patient’s condition and address any complications that arise. Staff members will also know the best ways to reduce withdrawal symptoms and make the patient as comfortable as possible.
Following detox, patients will begin counseling to address the behavioral aspects of addiction and any co-occurring disorders, such as depression, that may have contributed to the addiction and may impact recovery as well.
Ideally, a person should begin recovery voluntarily. However, morphine addiction may be a matter of life or death, and in some cases, an intervention may be necessary. If your son or daughter is addicted to morphine, don’t delay. We can discuss your case with you, outline your treatment options and help you find a professional interventionist if necessary. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today.