Effects of Morphine Abuse
Morphine is a strong opiate and is highly addictive. Whether morphine is used according to a doctor's recommendations or it's being abused, it can also become very quickly addictive. The problem is that no one really knows when they will become addicted to morphine. A person may decide to do a course of morphine recreationally and then not be able to put it down.
One's body quickly becomes habituated to the presence of opiates. According to the National Pain Foundation, the average body becomes accustomed to the presence of opiates within two weeks of use. At that point, the craving effects created by the drug may drive a person back to use more morphine.
Effects of Morphine Use and Withdrawal
Like other opiates, morphine causes slow breathing, lowered heart rate, dopiness, constipation, euphoria and itchiness. Too much morphine can result in unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, suffocation due to lack of breathing and coma, even death.
When opiates like morphine are withdrawn, the effects of this withdrawal include not only dopesickness but also strong cravings for more of the drug. These cravings can overrides one's ability to make rational decisions. The person may have acquired more drugs before they even know what happened.
If a person uses too much morphine, the dangerous effects of an overdose include cold, clammy skin, low blood pressure, slow pulse rate and even coma and death.
When Morphine is Not Available
If they can't get more morphine, the unpleasant effect is going to be withdrawal sickness, also called dopesickness. This means nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and aches, chills, sweating, restlessness and irritability. There's also muscle twitches, diarrhea, anxiety, insomnia and severe depression. It can be a miserable time but there is a way to make this process more tolerable.
When a person uses the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for their recovery from opiate addiction, the withdrawal effects they experience can be the most tolerable they have ever been through. There are several kinds of support given to each person going through withdrawal that ease the effects.
As soon as each person comes in the door, they are given generous doses of nutritional supplements like B complex, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Because drug addiction strips a body of nutrients, providing supplements begins to fill in the deficits and eases some of the discomfort. Calcium and magnesium calm the spasms and cramps.
Each person is also helped to focus on recovery and the future rather than the pain and losses of the past. Simple relaxation exercises help a person's outlook and mood. Orientation processes help a person recover from the stresses and anxiety of the addictive lifestyle and the process of entering rehab. Some people who have chosen the Narconon program for their recovery have said that this type of withdrawal has resulted in their having greater hope of recovery.
For a person addicted to morphine, the withdrawal effects with start within 6 to 12 hours after the last dose of the drug.
Are Other Drugs Necessary Parts of Rehab?
There are thousands of rehabs in the US and other countries that treat the effects of morphine addiction with other drugs. Methadone and buprenorphine are the usual drugs used for treatment. A person's withdrawal symptoms may be prevented but the person does not recover from the morphine addiction. He (or she) will not learn how it feels to be fully free from the effects of drugs.
The greatest relief for the morphine addict is to wake up fresh, without the dulled, cloudy feeling of opiates in one's body. The Narconon program goes a step further than just helping a person get clean from drugs. One phase of the recovery program is called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase utilizes time in a sauna, a very specific nutritional regimen and moderate daily exercise to enable the body to flush out old drug toxins. As these drug toxins leave the body, the deadening effects of the morphine that was abused fade away, leaving a person brighter and more able to think clearly.
When Morphine Effects are Destroying Someone You Love
It is possible to recover from the damaging effects of morphine. The Narconon program is available in fifty locations around the world so you may have a location near you. While relapse is a common result after completing rehab, after the Narconon program, seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home. This can be the solution you and your family have been looking for.
To find out more about this innovative and successful drug or alcohol recovery program, call the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750. Addiction to morphine, other opiates or other drugs can come to an end. You can have back that person you lost to addiction. Call today.
See also Signs and Symptoms of Morphine Use