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Morphine is a very strong pain medication that is often administered to patients in hospitals. This medication works quickly to reduce pain, but can also create a strong sense of calm, euphoria, and sedation. When abused, this medication has an impact on users that is similar to heroin, Fentanyl, and OxyContin. At the Crosby Clinic, we recognize the dangers associated with Morphine abuse and how quickly it can escalate out of control.
Problems With Morphine Use
Both short-term and long-term abuse of Morphine can cause numerous health problems in users. Even short-term use can lead to addiction, overdoses, or withdrawal. Individuals that do not go to an inpatient rehab facility for detox are at an increased risk of suffering severe pain and side effects from withdrawal.
What Is Morphine Abuse?
Individuals that use Morphine in any manner other than it was intended are considered to be abusing the substance. This drug is derived from opium and is extremely potent. Morphine provides both pain-relief and pleasure to users. Addiction is highly likely with the use of Morphine simply because of the impact it has on the brain.
Morphine activates various opiate receptors in the brain, causing an intense feeling of euphoria and pleasure. The more a person abuses Morphine, the higher their level of tolerance becomes. When this happens, users have to increase the amount they take in order to achieve the effect they desire. When Morphine is taken in higher doses than directed, for long periods, and/or without a prescription, it is considered to be Morphine abuse. Morphine abuse can have both short-term and long-term effects on a person’s health.
Short-Term Side Effects Of Morphine Abuse
Individuals that take Morphine are at an increased risk side effects. Due to how Morphine interacts with the brain, it can cause a person to feel calm and relaxed. It can also cause a person to be sedated, or appear to be withdrawn.
Individuals that use Morphine short-term are likely to experience decreased sexual desire, drowsiness, constipation, headaches, mood changes, nervousness, and dry mouth. Morphine works by slowing down a person’s breathing, which can adversely cause a person to lose consciousness.
Long-Term Side Effects Of Morphine Abuse
Individuals that abuse Morphine long-term are most likely to develop an addiction. This leads to them engaging in dangerous and compulsive behavior. Additionally, they can develop intense cravings and continue to use this substance no matter the consequences.
Individuals that abuse Morphine long-term are likely to have problems with their memory and learning. They are more likely to make poor decisions, suffer from relationship problems, and suffer from poor nutrition. Additionally, they may have a difficult time dealing with stress and they may lose interest and enjoyment in food and pleasurable activities.
Morphine Is Dangerous
Individuals that continually use Morphine are at an increased risk of developing breathing problems. Users may experience chest pains, fainting, hallucinations, changes in heartbeat, facial swelling, and they may suffer seizures.
Morphine addiction is a very serious condition to deal with. Anyone suffering from this type of addiction should seek substance abuse help as soon as possible. We are available at the Crosby Clinic 24-hours a day to help individuals get drug treatment to combat their Morphine addictions and live happier and healthier lives. Call us at (760) 751-1234 to get started now.