The power morphine possesses translates directly into how easy it is to become addicted to the drug. A morphine addiction translates into a continual craving for the drug with which the person has had prior experience with.
In the case of morphine, addiction is an easy, albeit, unwitting endeavor which can quickly evolve itself into a very dangerous lifestyle.
And with the recent loss of so many friends and loved ones throughout the recent opioid epidemic, doctors – not necessarily big pharmaceutical – have begun to realize the dangers of any type of opioid addiction, morphine notwithstanding.
It is because of this, that doctors have rewritten guidelines in regard to how opioids like morphine are distributed.
For instance, to help prevent addiction in someone who has to initiate morphine use for pain, a doctor prescribes the drug for no more than two weeks. Afterward, another therapy may be prescribed to the patient for their pain, but one in which there is less risk of addiction.
WHAT DOES MORPHINE ADDICTION LOOK LIKE?
A person who abuses morphine will almost immediately show signs of that abuse. In fact, a person who responsibly uses morphine can suffer similar effects as the person who is addicted to the drug.
Right off the bat, a morphine user will suffer constipation. This is because all opiates, not just morphine, slow down the ability of a user’s body to eliminate solid wastes. This is why users who are prescribed painkillers similar to morphine ask for medications that can ease their constipation.
Opiates can also cause nausea, which often leads to vomiting. Slow breathing is another sign of addiction that, in this case, can lead to death.
Lastly, a morphine user tends to be sleepy and may often nod off, even right in the middle of a conversation.
For the person who has taken too much morphine there are a set of tell-tale symptoms of their abuse. Those symptoms are:
- Shallow breathing in which the chest barely moves, and only a few breaths are taken each minute
- Feeling faint or dizzy
- Low blood pressure, especially when a person is also taking other medications
- A severe drop in blood pressure
- Constricted pupils
- Loss of normal muscle tension
- Cardiac arrest
- Cold and clammy skin
- Circulatory collapse
If you find a friend or loved one suffering from symptoms such as these, you should confirm with that person as to what medication they are taking. If their medication is morphine, consult a doctor or qualified healthcare provider as soon as possible.
THE MORPHINE HIGH
And despite all that was described in the first two sections, a person may still crave that morphine high.
Because the morphine high is described as pure euphoria. And the more one experiences that euphoria, the more difficult it is to separate one’s self from the drug, particularly in the future after they’ve been a long-term user of morphine.
Another reason addiction is so prevalent within the morphine culture has to do with how short the morphine high is, especially to someone who has built up a tolerance to morphine.
It can take very little time for a person who has experienced morphine’s euphoria, to increase their dosages of the drug as they seek out that same high over a period of multiple uses,
The problem is they’ll never get that same high again, no matter how much morphine they take.
This article should reveal not just the dangers of opioid addiction, but how one becomes addicted.
Suffice to say, that addiction and consequentially that person’s dependency can lead to death if their habit is allowed to continue.
Take the first step, and call an accredited rehabilitation center to help you or a loved one get on the road to recovery
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