Morphine, an opioid pain medication, is very strong and is highly addictive. Many people are prescribed morphine for severe injuries or illnesses, but some use it recreationally as well. In hospital settings, individuals may be injected with morphine after surgery. When taken, morphine’s side effects are lowered heart rate, dopiness, constipation, diarrhea, euphoria, dry mouth, mood changes, confusion, and itchiness. Overdosing in morphine could result in unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, suffocation, coma, and even death. Many people begin taking morphine regularly which then leads to them abusing the drug, consequently taking them to addiction later on.
When someone takes this, they either consume it through pill form, injection, or liquid. This type of opioid directly affects the central nervous system and the brain, and impacts the chemical receptors in the body. Once the drug is consumed, it enters the bloodstream and makes it way to the brain and receptors. These receptors take in the drug because its chemical compound is structured similarly to those in the body, and eventually the body stops producing its own chemicals, replacing them with the drug’s chemicals. As a person takes the drug continuously, the body no longer knows how to produce those chemicals on its own, creating dependency within the person. Psychological dependency may also be formed, as a person may feel that they can only be happy, relax, and pain-free unless they are taking the drug.
As the person continues to take the morphine, their body builds up a tolerance to it, meaning that they do not feel the same effects with the same dose that they took at the beginning. This causes the person to increase their dosage to achieve similar effects, thus leading to addiction. This harsh cycle continues and can have a significantly negative impact on the body. Typical characteristics of someone who is addicted to morphine are: increased irritation over minor changes in their environment, increased aggression with no apparent reason, personality change, lack of willpower, acute and irregular depression, sudden shyness and introversion, major changes in priorities, loneliness, euphoria, poor judgement, and more.
If you suspect someone of being addicted to or abusing morphine, please call us for immediate help. Recovery is possible and there are many treatment methods, including inpatient and outpatient programs, therapy, support groups, and more. One does not have to suffer from addiction alone, and overcoming this addiction is possible. Seeking professional medical help is the first step towards bettering someone’s life and overall well-being.
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