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Treating a Morphine Addiction

Morphine is a powerful narcotic drug derived from the opioid poppy plant and is commonly used in medicine for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Morphine is chemically similar to many other opioid medications and corrupts the mind just the same.

Morphine is highly addictive and the effects that can be gained from it such as euphoria, intense feelings of happiness, and an overall calm and warm feeling can lead a person to desire to use the drug repeatedly. Just like with other opioid medications taken for an extended period of time, what starts as a psychological addiction can soon become an intense physical addiction.

If an individual who has been using morphine on a regular basis is suddenly no longer able to procure more of the drug, they will start a painful withdrawal. It is at this point that many individuals will resort to seeking out other options, such as heroin, that is known for being cheaper and produces the same effects. Addictions to morphine can begin in many different circumstances. Sometimes, morphine is prescribed by a physician after a surgery or car accident.

If an individual is not educated regarding the strong addictive properties of morphine, they can quickly find themselves in the grasp of a serious addiction. The good news is that just as treatment is available for those who are struggling with other opioid drugs, morphine addiction is treatable, and recovery is possible. If you are looking for a treatment center that will help you get your life back, call us now.

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Morphine FAQ’s

What is morphine?

As one of the most potent and effective pain relievers available, morphine is also highly addictive. It is a non-synthetic narcotic, and derived from opium.

What is morphine’s origin?

Morphine is made from opium and, in the United States, found in pharmaceuticals or used to create Codeine or other opium derivatives.

What are morphine’s common street names?

Hows, Mister Blue, Unkie, Dreamer, First Line, Morf, Emsel, Morpho, M.S., God’s Drug

How is morphine abused?

Morphine can be abused by swallowing high doses, crushing pills down and snorting them, smoking pills, or injecting the drug.

What is morphine’s effect on the mind?

Morphine causes euphoria and relieves pain, and it can easily result in tolerance, physical dependence, and psychological dependence.

What is morphine’s effect on the body?

Morphine relieves physical pain, suppresses hunger, and can inhibit the cough reflex.

What are morphine’s overdose effects?

Morphine’s overdose effects include lowered blood pressure, slow pulse rate, cold/clammy skin, slowed breathing, coma, and possibly death.

Which drugs cause similar effects as morphine?

Morphine shares similar characteristics as Heroin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Opium, Fentanyl, and Methadone.

What are the withdrawal effects of morphine detox?

When the user stops abusing morphine, he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, runny nose, yawning, muscle aches, agitation, tearing, diarrhea, nausea, dilated pupils, abdominal cramping, goose bumps, and vomiting.

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What is Morphine?

Morphine is an opioid drug that occurs naturally in several different plants and it’s a central nervous system depressant. Morphine is derived from the isolation from the poppy straw in a poppy plant that produces opioids.

In the United States, Morphine is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning that any person who is illegally using morphine is putting themselves at risk for severe legal ramifications. Morphine can be abused in pill, powder, or liquid form.

Morphine can be ingested orally, nasally, and through injection. Morphine is commonly prescribed to help after surgery or childbirth. Anyone prescribed morphine should understand that the risks for addiction are high and can happen to anyone.

The name morphine is derived from the name of the Greek god of dreams known as Morpheus and describes perfectly the effects of morphine which are euphoria, calmness and feeling pain-free.

Providing Quality Treatment for Morphine Addictions

An addiction to morphine is not something that a person should have to handle alone. Of course, many put forth their best efforts and intentions to stop using and begin recovery only to discover that the problem is bigger than they can handle on their own.

On top of feeling the helplessness that goes along with that realization, morphine withdrawals are extremely difficult to deal with. Therefore, getting the proper individualized inpatient treatment is the best choice that can a person can make for themselves to begin the road to recovery from morphine addiction.

At effective addiction recovery centers, treatment begins with medically supervised detox. Detox is followed by in-depth individualized treatment with therapies that are proven effective. Finally, patients receive an aftercare plan that helps to ensure success before they leave treatment.

Individualized treatment can help pinpoint the exact causes of the addiction, which sometimes may be attributed to underlying mental health factors having to do with depression, trauma, and anxiety.

Many people do not realize that they are attempting to self-medicate from an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder. We understand the importance of educating our patients about the disease of addiction and getting to the root of the problem so that real progress can be made.

If you or someone you love is finding themselves addicted to morphine or any other illicit drug, we want you to know that we are here to help.

Our mission is simple. We want to help you or a loved one find the treatment you need to begin your recovery journey. 

Medical Detox For Morphine Abuse

Effective medical detox experts focus on taking the discomfort out of the detox and withdrawal process. We understand that each patient has different needs. Patients can usually choose to either undergo medical detox or social detox. You deserve an effective and realistic addiction treatment plan.

Intensive Outpatient

Different outpatient programs, such as intensive outpatient and evening intensive outpatient programs, can help patients receive treatment while living at home. Connecting you to a safe and therapeutic program is our top priority. Learn More

Residential Treatment

Residential facilities are the perfect place to start your journey to recovery. At high-quality residential treatment centers, expert clinicians and medical providers assess your needs and provide an individualized plans tailored to your needs. Learn More

Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Morphine

If someone you love is abusing morphine, it can feel like a helpless situation. Their problem could have originated in an accident or injury that resulted in the person needing pain medication. You may have watched them go from medication to street drugs without the slightest clue on how to stop their downward spiral of addiction. No matter the severity of the problem, we can assure that an intervention can help your loved one get the help he or she needs and starts your family on the road to healing and recovery.

An intervention is designed to let your loved one know how much you care and breaking that silence could save his or her life. Bring your concerns to them in a nonjudgmental setting like an intervention could be the best way for your family to tell them you are concerned about their future. An intervention can help you break that denial and offer a real solution for your loved one to get help for the problem.

Common Behaviors Associated With Morphine Addiction

An individual who is abusing morphine may spend a lot of time sleeping and may have trouble staying awake in the middle of conversation or when doing something that requires focus. An individual who is abusing morphine may be very secretive about their actions and spend more time isolating than being with family and friends. Their methods of consumption could resort to snorting, injecting, or even mixing their medication with alcohol to heighten the affect.

If they can no longer find morphine, they may go into withdrawal or resort to purchasing other illegal drugs such as heroin or meth. Withdrawals can be painful causing the person to make compromising decisions that go against their morals or values. An individual may spend a significant amount of time and money to procure the drug which can result in financial and relationship problems.

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Signs & Symptoms

The signs of morphine abuse are pinpoint pupils, frequent nodding off, poor concentration, lethargy, anxiety, itching, frequent headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Other common signs of morphine abuse are frequently falling asleep, inability to speak without slurring, and shallow breathing.

An individual may also either gain or lose a significant amount of weight and his or her color may be off, often appearing pale, gaunt and sick. Many times, right after an individual ingests morphine, he or she may get a spark of energy and become talkative, feeling on top of the world. Later, a person can experience a crash and begin to feel lethargic and sleepy.


If people have been abusing morphine for an extended period, they at some point will experience withdrawal. If an individual is unable to procure morphine or other opioid drugs, withdrawal can set in after as little as 8 hours. Withdrawal symptoms include excessive sweating, cold and hot chills, watery eyes, runny nose, aches, pains, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, digestive upsets, nausea, and vomiting.

During this time, they may beg for money, steal, or sell their own belongings. If an individual is then able to procure the morphine once more, these withdrawal symptoms can subside in as little as 15 minutes to an hour.


What happens during a morphine overdose is very similar to what happens during any opioid overdose. Once an overdose begins to set in, the users may fall into a confused state, they may also be irritable or extremely drowsy. Once they lose consciousness, they may experience trouble breathing which can eventually lead to a blue or purple hue in the skin.

Some people may begin to experience seizures during an overdose. They can begin to vomit and have limp muscles. If you are concerned that someone is experiencing an overdose of morphine, be sure to immediately contact emergency medical care.

While acute overdose is extremely dangerous, over-stimulation to the nervous system also occurs over time in what some consider to be chronic overdose. With chronic overdose, long-term use of crystal meth results in the same sorts of physiological and psychological symptoms.

Reliable Sources Matter to ABTRS

Because it is Your Future in Recovery

Substance abuse treatment needs to be tailored to the individual’s needs and proven to be effective. Anyone who experiences active addiction has a different experience. This needs to be a factor when providing treatment for long-lasting recovery. Because the influence of addiction varies from person to person, the importance of multiple and effective treatment methods is important to ABTRS.

We help you find treatment programs that utilize various methods that have been proven effective by the scientific and psychological community. If you are going to trust us to help you or a loved one find treatment, we want to be entirely transparent about the resources we use. Check out the list below to learn more about the foundation we base our treatment methods on.

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