Morphine addiction can be an extremely difficult condition to overcome. The first step in recovering from a morphine addiction is seeking professional help, such as that offered through our facility. Our team of dedicated clinicians is highly experienced in treating those with morphine dependencies and will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
What is Morphine?
Morphine is a powerful opioid analgesic drug commonly used to relieve moderate to severe levels of pain. It can be taken in different forms, such as pills, syrups, or even liquids. It is incredibly effective, but unfortunately, it also carries a significant risk of addiction and other undesirable side effects such as cognitive impairment and nausea.
How Does Morphine Affect Your Body?
Morphine works by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain in order to block pain signals from being sent and received. This gives the user a sense of relief, but because morphine does not differentiate between mild and severe pain, it can easily be misused or overused if dosages are not properly managed. An addiction can quickly lead to changes in the nervous system, respiratory failure, organ damage, and even death.
Morphine Addiction Symptoms
Morphine abuse is a serious problem with potentially far-reaching medical and social implications. Morphine addiction can cause physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that vary depending on the user’s level of abuse.
Common signs of morphine abuse include:
- Impaired coordination in movement
- Shallow breathing
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased heart rate
- Flushing of the skin
- Confusion/altered state of consciousness
From a behavioral perspective, a person addicted to morphine could become isolated due to preoccupation with using the drug or engaging in behaviors designed to get more drugs to support their habit. Morphine abuse should not be taken lightly and requires medical help for successful treatment.
What Causes Morphine Addiction?
Morphine abuse and addiction develop gradually, typically arising from extended use of the drug. Morphine has been used medicinally since the 19th century to treat severe pain, but the ease of access and availability caused by its widespread use in hospitals and medical clinics throughout the world means that it has been increasingly abused.
Morphine addiction can be caused by physical or psychological dependence on morphine and increased tolerance levels, leading an individual to require higher doses in order to obtain the same effect.
Other risk factors for morphine addiction include:
- Lack of awareness about addiction risks
- Family history of substance abuse
- Mental health problems
- Age at first use
- Access to multiple sources of opiate drugs
How is a Morphine Addiction Treated?
Treatment for a morphine addiction should involve personalized care tailored to the individual needs of each patient. This may include psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, or pharmacological interventions like buprenorphine or naltrexone. Additionally, our clinicians will work with you to address any underlying issues that may have contributed to your dependency on morphine.
Treatment of Morphine Addiction
Those who are seeking treatment for morphine dependency can find help and work toward long-term recovery. Our team of professionals can help you through telehealth addiction therapy, medication management, and mentoring & counseling services. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and helps you achieve your goals. Contact Milestones Wellness today to get started.