Morphine addiction can happen fairly quickly because this drug is highly addictive. Tolerance (the need for higher and higher doses to maintain the same effect) and physical and psychological dependence develop rapidly in those who abuse the drug repeatedly. Morphine becomes the most used and powerful among the opiates available on the market today. It is commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain in hospitals. However, it is rarely prescribed for take-home use because of how extremely addictive it is. Unlike other narcotic medications, morphine is not commonly prescribed for pain due to surgery or acute injury unless you were already taking the drug prior to the event.
After only a short time of regular use, morphine use can quickly turn into morphine abuse and then morphine addiction. It is important to note that if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, do not stop taking the drug “cold turkey” and do not wait to get help. A comprehensive drug rehabilitation center that includes both a morphine detox and psychological morphine addiction treatment is essential.
What is morphine?
Generically known only as “morphine,” the drug is sold under a number of brand names including Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, MSIR, Oramorph SR, and Roxanol. It is classified as a narcotic pain reliever, which means that it works by hampering the way your brain perceives pain. There are two versions of morphine available which are categorized as short-acting and extended-release. The people who experience severe pain are recommended to intake an extended-release version. People with comparatively less pain can take in the short-acting version.
What are the risks of morphine addiction?
The biggest issue with continued morphine use is the development of addiction. This means that more and more of the drug will be needed in order to maintain the same level of pain management as originally experienced. When the level of pain is suppressed and that gives you satisfaction, it means you are completely addicted to morphine.
Craving morphine, wanting more before your scheduled dose time or wanting more than the amount prescribed are additional hallmarks of morphine addiction. Psychological cravings and the desire to augment the prescription with more morphine, other opiate painkillers, or other drugs including alcohol is a sure sign that addiction to morphine is in effect and morphine rehab is necessary.
How do I know if I need morphine rehab?
Discerning whether or not a morphine prescription has turned into morphine abuse or morphine addiction can be difficult, especially if the person in question is you. If you are to test your own use of morphine, use this list.
- Do you have a number of legal issues to deal with due to a stack of unpaid bills, DUI charges, forgery, or fraud charges to gain more opiate prescriptions, even assault or other petty theft crimes?
- Are you unable to keep up with your commitments at work or school or feel that you’ve let go of important relationships and/ or projects in your life due to morphine addiction?
- Do you feel that your children, elderly family members, or others who depend on you are being let down because you are unable to keep up due to morphine use?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then your morphine addiction is affecting your life. Please contact us and we will help you with any questions regarding your drug addiction and recovery needs. Our trained professionals will guide you to the most appropriate benefits of drug treatment programs to meet your needs and get you on the path towards addiction recovery.