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BATTLING AN ADDICTION TO MORPHINE

battling an addiction to morphine

Morphine is a widely prescribed drug that is used to stop the feeling of pain in the body by directly affecting the nervous system. It is often given to patients to help dull the feeling of pain but does have the potential to be overused, abused, and it can become an addictive substance that is very difficult to get off of, and the withdrawal symptoms can be very powerful. This is because the body develops a tolerance to morphine, so over a long period of time, increased doses are needed to deal with the same level of pain.

Physical symptoms of morphine addiction include:

  • Itchy skin 
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation 

Psychological effects of morphine addiction include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Inability to focus
  • Fake injuries to receive prescriptions

Other drugs and alcohol can also make the problems worse and can even cause a fatal overdose which can lead to death. Finally, morphine addiction can lead to financial problems as well, with many people stealing money or the drug itself to get a fix, or continually using money they don’t have or borrowing from others.

Morphine addiction can be treated, although due to the extremely addictive nature of the drug and the high tolerance users have, detoxing can be extremely hard, often causing relapses if a strong support network isn’t ready to keep the user on track. Symptoms of withdrawal are similar to the symptoms of morphine use, such as fast breathing, insomnia, weakness, pain, sweating, and chills. 

Many support clinics exist to help deal with morphine addiction, and medical detox in a controlled environment is considered one of the best ways to deal with the addiction because of the strong support and accountability patients are given to ensure they stick with the process and don’t give up detoxing and relapse. The programs also target the damaged relationships and mental health troubles that have been caused by morphine addiction; though these processes take longer, they can help return a morphine user back to the normality of everyday life by helping them avoid relapse triggers and restoring broken trust. 

At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addition and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.

The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery, and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.

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