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Morphine Addiction and Treatment Options

Morphine Addiction

Morphine addiction, often starts with a legitimate prescription from a pain management doctor. Because the source is supposed to be safe and respected, many patients go months before they become aware of the dependence.Morphine acts in the brain, by changing the response to pain stimuli. It can also produce a sense of euphoria by disrupting the reward and pleasure areas of the brain. Repeated use of the drug actually changes the way the brain chemistry works which leads to tolerance (the need for higher and higher doses to maintain the same effect). Tolerance is quicky leads to a physical and psychological dependence and often addiction.

Withdrawal from morphine causes nausea, tearing, yawning, chills, and sweating. Morphine crosses the placental barrier, and babies born to morphine-using mothers go through withdrawal.

Addictive drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to alter the normal functioning of these systems chemically can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a person’s level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.

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How to Find out if Someone is Suffering from Morphine Addiction?

If someone is abusing morphine, you may find pill bottles or syringes may be hidden. Morphine also comes in a liquid form, so it is possible that you may find small bottles of morphine sulfate liquid. Many different painkillers contain morphine. Some of the most common names are Avinza®, Kadian®, MS Contin®, Oramorph® SR and dozens of generic morphine that comes in a variety of colors and shapes.

Common Morphine addiction behaviors and symptoms:

•Impaired Mental Performance
•Preoccupation in obtaining the drug
•Continued use despite negative consequences
•Doctor shopping
•Hiding and concealing the drug in different places
•Impaired physical performance
• Increased tolerance
•Withdrawal symptoms when drug is not available

A person using morphine daily can actually become dependent on the drug, sometimes in a little as a few weeks. Tolerance can develop relatively quickly, meaning a more significant quantity of Morphine is needed to achieve the desired euphoria or effects. Furthermore, morphine-like other opioids activates the brain’s  pleasure centers which make the drug highly enjoyable by the abuser; this can often lead to risky and even illegal behaviors. Among similar opiates commonly used to treat chronic and severe pain, morphine has one of the highest addiction and abuse and sadly enough overdose rates.

Choosing the Right Morphine Addiction Treatment

Overcoming morphine addiction should be done very carefully and with the proper professional help. The first treatment phase is getting through morphine detox and its withdrawal symptoms, something that can be done under strict medical supervision with the Waismann Method. We admit you to a full service accredited hospital in So. California, in order to assist you in getting through the withdrawal as comfortable and safe as possible.

Morphine addiction is incredibly deadly. If it’s an issue for you or someone you love, never delay in getting the help necessary to begin the healing process. Contact us today at 310-205-0808 to find out more about our outstanding medical procedures for Morphine addiction.

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