What is Morphine? Morphine is a narcotic drug and it is part of the opioid group. It is commonly used as a painkiller and treats chronic pain. But the use of it is very limited due to its addictive qualities. Morphine works by altering the how the brain reacts to pain. This drug affects the emotional controllers of the brain, which usually produces the euphoria people experience when they consume morphine. A person who uses this drug can easily become dependent upon it as it changes the way the body functions.
The usual doses of morphine can have effects that last for between 6 and 24 hours. As a person takes more of the medication, he or she may begin to develop a tolerance for it. As the level of tolerance increases, dependency on this drug also increases. The body will start to require more morphine in order to work in a way that feels normal. In other words, an individual who becomes dependent on morphine will need to continue to take higher doses of the drug in order to experience the same relief or feeling that a smaller dosage used to give.
After one becomes dependent on morphine and builds a high tolerance for it, he or she may begin to suffer from morphine abuse. Many people seek the euphoria and high that comes from taking this drug. They then start to take the drug simply to have that feeling because their bodies have become used to functioning under the influence of morphine. People who abuse morphine usually take the drug by chewing or crushing and snorting morphine pills or inject the medication.
People who are highly dependent on morphine and struggle with morphine abuse will show signs and symptoms of it. They will continuously seek more of the drug for their consumption. A person who suffers from morphine dependency sometimes experiences hallucinations, anxiety, depression, and irritability. He or she will also be unable to control the intake of morphine. One’s social life also changes; a person may become withdrawn from family or friends. An individual might shirk work or other responsibilities.
Treatment for a morphine abuse or dependency problem is available. Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services Medically Assisted Treatment facility offers a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people get past morphine dependency. MAT is a type of detox treatment which works to block the effect of withdrawal symptoms and the desire for more of the harmful substance. Freeing the patient from the intense symptoms of withdrawal can help prevent relapse. It allows the individual to focus on living a life void of substance dependence and abuse. Two of the medications used in MAT are Suboxone and Vivitrol.
Suboxone is a medication that specifically helps to decrease the withdrawal symptoms a person feels when getting treated for morphine abuse. However, Suboxone can also trigger these uncomfortable symptoms if the patient begins to abuse morphine while undergoing treatment. Vivitrol is a non-addictive medication that is used in MAT. It works mainly to decrease the cravings one has for opioids like morphine. This medication is injected so individuals can go about daily life without having to take a prescription pill each day.
MAT offers many benefits. It’s an outpatient kind of treatment, which allows people to get treatment at the time that works for them. It also eliminates a lot of medical expenses because a hospital stay is not necessary. If you or someone you know needs help fighting morphine abuse, Diablo Valley’s MAT program can help. Contact us today to set up an appointment. Experience the beginning of life free from morphine dependence.