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Morphine Abuse Help

Morphine abuse helpMorphine is a narcotic drug that directly affects the central nervous system. It is prescribed to ease pain but also produces a euphoric “high.” Tolerance and addiction develop quickly, so morphine should be used with caution. Tolerance, the need for greater or more frequent amounts of the drug to produce the same effect, can easily lead to potentially deadly overdose. Morphine abuse is a serious issue that requires treatment. Help should be sought immediately if addiction is suspected.

What are the Signs of Morphine Addiction?

Morphine abuse results in a variety of physical and social signs and symptoms. Some physical symptoms of morphine use can include the following:

  • Needle marks
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Involuntary movement of the eyeball
  • Slurred speech
  • Sweating and chills
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Uncoordinated muscle movements
  • Rigid muscles
  • Rash
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Inability to urinate
  • Fluid retention

In addition to physical symptoms, someone who is using morphine will typically exhibit social or psychological signs of substance abuse. Some of these signs may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression, agitation, apprehension
  • Exaggerated sense of well-being
  • Hallucinations
  • Suspicious behavior such as lying or stealing
  • Unusual secluded behavior
  • Sudden change in friends or social groups
  • Taking morphine more frequently or in greater doses than was prescribed
  • Going through a morphine prescription too quickly
  • A belief that the individual cannot live or function without morphine
  • Doctor shopping or pharmacy hopping in order to get more morphine
  • A preoccupation with possessing morphine
  • Extreme cravings for morphine
  • Using morphine in unapproved manners, such as crushing and snorting or injecting

If some of these signs and symptoms are present in an individual, he or she needs to get help. Morphine abuse requires treatment and a strong support group of people to encourage and hold accountable.

Morphine Abuse Recovery

Admitting an abuse problem and getting help is the first step in recovery. Attempting to recover without help can make it easy to become discouraged and relapse. Help can come from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Healthcare providers
  • People from one’s faith community
  • Professional drug treatment specialists

Do You Need Morphine Abuse Help?

Do you need help overcoming morphine abuse? Don’t wait to find that help. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about morphine abuse and treatment options. Please call our toll-free number and begin your path to recovery.

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