Morphine is a legal narcotic used to relieve pain after major surgery or for patients suffering from heart pain, labour pain, and advanced stage cancer, as well as for patients at the end of life.
Although other opiates are the more often sought drugs for opiate addicts, the pill or liquid form of morphine is still effective in managing cravings. In fact, morphine is a classic opiate painkiller that is used as a standard by which other pain-relief opiates are measured. It is named after the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus, because it provides a feeling of euphoria or dream-like state.
As with other opiates, morphine is extremely addictive because tolerance to it develops very fast. It also runs a high potential of abuse owing to its pleasurable effects and somewhat good accessibility. Some of the street names for morphine include roxanol, white stuff, monkey, M, and Miss Emma.
Addiction can develop after a long stay in the hospital where morphine was administered on a regular basis for pain management, or after morphine has been prescribed for a legitimate purpose. In such cases, patients should be honest about risk factors for addiction or past addiction problems, and if need be, choose morphine alternatives.
Unfortunately, whether morphine is being abused or used as recommended by the doctor, it is hard to know when one becomes addicted to the drug. One may start using morphine recreationally and then be unable to put it down. Scientists claim that the average human body becomes accustomed to opiates in two weeks of use, at which point the craving effects of morphine result in the habitual drug seeking or morphine abuse.
Morphine addiction is associated with a range of symptoms, including:
When morphine is abused or consumed for extended periods of time, the body begins to develop a dependency on the drug. When you try to stop using morphine when the body is already dependent on it, withdrawal symptoms occur, including:
The consistent abuse of morphine leads to tolerance – the need for larger doses to feel the same effects – followed by withdrawal symptoms when they don’t take the required amount of morphine, making it hard to quit. The severity of withdrawal symptoms is different for every morphine abuser, which is why it is recommended that the person only try to stop using the drug under the direct supervision of professionals.
It is possible to recover from the devastating effects of morphine under the right guidance. At Canadian Addiction Rehab, we monitor every person’s withdrawal symptoms and ensure that there are no complications, helping you to detox safely and effectively.
If you or a loved one is struggling with morphine addiction, our addiction treatment program can help you get your life back on track and resume a productive life, while decreasing your chances of relapse.