Morphine Addiction

Pain reliever drugs have the potential to be abused too when people find out about the underlying effects they can give. Morphine drugs, named after the Greek G-d of dreams Morpheus, is a powerful narcotic drug from the opium poppy plant that can produce deadly effects to those who abuse it.

Morphine is manufactured in liquid, tablet, capsule, and injection form. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that morphine binds itself to opioid receptors in the reward part of the brain and parts of the pathways related to pain sensations which causes it to produce pain relieving effects. This drug is supposed to be used for pain after major surgeries or the pain that comes from having cancer. You can get a feeling of euphoria in a dream-like state. Besides euphoria and pain relief, addicts can experience drowsiness, reduced anxiety, slurred speech, and slowed breathing. Morphine can depress the central nervous system and overdosing can lead to unconsciousness, coma, and death.  

According to Addiction Center, 106% of morphine addicts from 2004-2008 have been admitted to the emergency room and 60% have gotten these drugs from friends and family. What makes this drug really dangerous is that a tolerance is developed quickly from taking the drug all the time that they feel the effects are not working, making them feel the need to take more and more. The higher the doses, the higher the chances are of a deadly overdose.

The problem with stopping morphine is severe and fatal withdrawal symptoms six to twelve hours after the last dose. You can receive symptoms such as excessive sweating, heart attack, stroke, chills, shaking, and severe bodily aches and pains. To avoid and get help with these withdrawal symptoms, it is best to quit your addiction in the supervision of a medical professional.

To be treated for morphine addiction, inpatient centers offer 24/7 supervision which will cause a better chance of recovery and decreases the chances of stopping the detox process. Outpatient programs work as well as you can live at home while still doing detox techniques that your doctor recommends. Outpatient programs can include therapy, education, abstinence checks, crisis help, and support groups. It is also important for your therapist to look out for underlying mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Always be with a medical profession when you realize your addiction is getting out of hand.


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle believes the sooner the painkiller addiction is tackled through a comprehensive detox and therapy programme, the greater the chance for full and long-lasting recovery. Smarmore treats a number of painkiller addictions such as Buprenorphine (Subutex), Buprenorphine & Naloxone (Suboxone), Codeine, Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Methadone, Morphine (Kadian, Avinza), Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), and Tramadol (ConZip, Ultram). For more information, please call 041-214-5111. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-214-5111.

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