Morphine Addiction and Abuse

Morphine is a naturally occurring, highly addictive opiate with painkilling effects similar to heroin.

Understanding Morphine

Morphine is an opiate. A federally designated Schedule II drug, morphine is used medically for pain relief after major surgeries or for treatment of cancer-related pain. The drug can be taken in the form of a tablet, syrup, or injection. In some cases, morphine can even be smoked. Morphine has the potential to be highly addictive.

Some of the common street or slang names for morphine include M, Miss Emma, monkey, roxanol and white stuff. While morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the opium poppy, heroin is a synthetic drug that is processed from it; the two drugs are very similar. Contact us now for help battling a morphine addiction.

Morphine Effects and Abuse

As a narcotic drug, morphine is often abused for its pleasurable effects. It may also be abused by those suffering from chronic pain, increases the likelihood of becoming addicted to morphine.

Common effects of morphine include:

  • Euphoria
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Reduced anxiety

Those who abuse morphine in high doses put themselves at risk for overdosing. Signs of a morphine overdose include slurred speech, inattention, intense drowsiness and slowed breathing. Overdosing on morphine can lead to unconsciousness, coma or slowed breathing to the point of death.

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Addiction to Morphine

Addiction to morphine develops when someone consistently abuses this powerful drug. Psychological as well as physical dependence can develop.

Morphine addiction is similar to heroin addiction, and is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. Sudden withdrawal from morphine can cause severe trauma; therefore, a medically managed detoxification is the best way to rid the body of the substance. Get in touch with us to find out how to safely detox from morphine.

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Overcoming Your Morphine Addiction

Morphine addiction is difficult to overcome, but it is far from impossible. Studies have shown that addicts who are able to make life changes dramatically increase their chances of recovery without relapse. Find help now in your fight to overcome morphine addiction.

Signs of Morphine Abuse

It may be hard to detect morphine abuse, especially if the person abusing it has a prescription. If you are concerned that you or someone close to you has a problem with morphine abuse, here are some signs to look for:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Nodding off
  • Slurred speech
  • Inattention
  • Shallow breathing

Immediate Side Effects of Morphine

Short-term side effects of morphine will vary based on how the drug was administered and how much was taken. Most of the effects of morphine start to take place within 15-60 minutes and may last for 4-6 hours.

Some possible immediate side effects of morphine use include:

  • Depression
  • Aggression and impulsivity
  • Increased risk of dementia
  • Delirium
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Psychosis
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Long-term Side Effects of Morphine

Prolonged morphine use can lead to many negative side effects, not least of which is addiction. Other damaging effects include damage to veins at injection site and mood disorders like depression.

Long-term side effects of morphine use include:

  • Depression
  • Aggression and impulsivity
  • Increased risk of dementia
  • Delirium
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Psychosis
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Recognizing a Morphine Addiction

Some of the outward signs of a morphine addiction may include dramatic changes in behavior or spending time around people outside of normal social circles who are also morphine abusers. Clinically, there are 11 criteria for diagnosing a morphine addiction. Learn more about how addictions are clinically diagnosed.

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Morphine Withdrawal, Treatment and Next Steps

Morphine withdrawal symptoms start to take place as soon as 6-12 hours after the last dose. Early onset withdrawal symptoms include watery eyes, yawning, and sneezing.

The effects of morphine are concerning. Thankfully, many treatment facilities nationwide have had plenty of success in helping morphine addicts come clean. Give yourself freedom from your morphine addiction. Get in touch with a treatment center today.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Morphine withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, especially for heavy users. Symptoms vary in intensity depending on the user’s tolerance, overall health and metabolism, as well as the frequency and duration of drug use.

Common morphine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Insomnia

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Duration of Withdrawal

Symptoms of withdrawal can begin as early as 6 hours after the last dose. The physical, flu-like symptoms usually last three to five days. Psychological symptoms can last longer and some do not fade for weeks. For the best chance at making a full recovery, morphine users are advised to get help at a treatment center.

Morphine Withdrawal Timeline

First 6-14 hours Symptoms usually present within six to 14 hours after quitting the drug. Anxiety, mood swings and drug cravings are often the first to present.
15-48 hours Flu-like symptoms, such as sweating, chills, muscle aches, fever and runny nose, begin shortly after the first round of symptoms. Former users may also have trouble sleeping, have a rapid heartbeat, and feel disoriented and irritable. Nausea and vomiting may begin towards the end of this time as other physical symptoms peak.
Days 3-5 After a few days, most physical symptoms begin to fade. Muscle aches start to curb, along with feelings of nausea. Psychological symptoms usually persist.
Days 6+ While most physical symptoms have subsided, anxiety, irritability, depression and drug cravings may continue for several weeks to months.

Morphine Addiction Treatment

An estimated 2 million people in the United States are struggling with an addiction to morphine, with more addictions developing daily.

Current treatments for morphine addiction include therapy, support groups and medications to manage withdrawal symptoms. A comprehensive approach to treatment can greatly improve your chances of making a full recovery. Get in touch with a treatment specialist to learn about your options.

Treatment Centers for Morphine Addiction

There are many treatments centers across the U.S. that are equipped to treat people addicted to morphine. The best treatment centers for this addiction provide a physician-assisted detoxification program.

Some well-known treatment centers for those addicted to morphine include:

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Finding a Treatment Center

No matter where you live, how old you are, how you first started using morphine or what kind of therapies you’re interested in pursuing, there is a treatment program that can help you. We can help you explore your options and find a treatment center that is right for you. Take the first step toward a morphine-free future now.