When it comes to addictive drugs, there are few that are more addictive than morphine. In fact, morphine addiction is on the rise around the world as the drug becomes easier to get. Below is more information about the morphine addiction rehab and substance abuse treatment program at Crestview Recovery.
What Is Morphine?
Morphine is a prescription drug that doctors prescribe to treat moderate to severe pain. Brand names for morphine include Avinza, Roxanol, or Kadian. Doctors try to avoid prescribing morphine when possible because of how addictive it is. Seek prescription drug abuse help if you are struggling.
How Does Morphine Work?
Morphine is an opiate. It works in a similar fashion as heroin or opium, by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. To block these transmissions, morphine binds itself to opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors operate normally by receiving pain signals from all over the body.
Despite being an addictive drug, doctors continue to prescribe morphine today. The drug first hit the market in 1941 after the Food and Drug Administration gave it the “OK.” However, it’s important to remember that people have always needed a prescription to obtain morphine legally. Sadly, some people manage to get their hands on it illegally and sell it as a street drug.
Signs of Morphine Addiction
Addiction is hard to spot when people don’t know what to look for. Despite this, there are a number of key side effects that can make morphine addiction more obvious. Some of these include:
- Low blood pressure
- Small pupils
It’s important to seek help for someone who suffers from morphine addiction as soon as possible. The overdose potential of this drug is high and can lead to seizures, memory loss, and even death.
Get Help for Drug Abuse at Crestview Recovery
No one should have to deal with a drug abuse problem alone. At Crestview Recovery, we can help you down the road to rehabilitation. We offer a number of addiction treatment programs, including treatment for morphine addiction.
Our friendly and caring staff have the skills and knowledge to treat a wide variety of addictions. We offer heroin addiction rehab, cocaine addiction rehab, and prescription painkiller addiction treatment. Our facility has 30 beds so that we can provide an intimate one-on-one approach to treatment.
What is Morphine Sulfate?
Morphine sulfate is very similar to morphine. Morphine sulfate dissolves in water easily while regular morphine does not. Both morphine and morphine sulfate have similar side effects.
Social and Mental Impact of Morphine Abuse
Morphine abuse can cause a number of problems. One of these is a change in physical appearance. For example, people who abuse morphine usually have poor hygiene and needle marks from injecting the drug. Other problems affect people both mentally and socially.
Mentally, morphine abuse makes it difficult for people to concentrate. Poor concentration often leads to bad grades in school or poor job performance. People who abuse morphine often start to make poor decisions. For example, they may begin stealing or spending excessive amounts of money to fuel their drug problem.
Socially, people with morphine abuse problems typically develop poor reputations. If they start stealing to fuel their drug problem, for instance, those closest to them begin to distrust them. Sometimes users even fake injuries just to get another prescription.
People who abuse morphine often start to withdraw from friends and family. They may start spending more time with new friends who like to use similar drugs. Making friends with these kinds of people helps them form connections so that they can find more morphine.
Contact Our Recovery Center
Don’t let morphine addiction control your life or the life of a loved one. Instead, let Crestview Recovery help you get your life back in order. Give us a call today at 866.262.0531 for more information about how we can help you.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.