Morphine Addiction

Morphine Addiction


Using Morphine can be a losing battle.

At first, anyone who is suffering can feel instant relief from a dose of the drug.  This would appear to be a merciful route to go in most cases, and for most people, this is true.  If someone is in pain and suffering badly, then easing that pain with a powerful drug is a good choice in most cases.

The problem is when chronic pain is the culprit and tolerance start to develop.  In this case, the situation is ripe for addiction to occur, because the tendency will be to continuously increase the dose of the drug in order to get the same effect that was produced before.  Of course, this is the losing battle and the reason is because we run into hard limits on how much of the drug we can safely take.

Let’s take a moment and actually consider what Morphine is doing in the body in order to alleviate pain. Do you believe that it is reducing the physical pain in the body right at the source?  Some medications do work this way, such as Ibuprofen, which actually reduces inflammation and pain right where it is occurring in the body.  In turn, this makes the source of physical pain send less pain signals to the brain.

The answer to the question above is that no, Morphine does not treat physical pain in the body right at the source.  Instead, the way it works is that it dopes the brain. The opiate drug dopes the brain enough so that the mind does not care.  The physical pain in the body continues on as if nothing has changed.  The source of the pain continues to send pain signals to the brain, indicating that we are hurt or injured.  The only difference is that when we are taking Morphine, the mind has been fogged up to the point where it just does not care as much about the pain signals any more.  The signals are still being sent but our brain stops worrying about them.  It is like putting a rag in an alarm clock.  We have only dulled the pain, not reduced it in any meaningful way.

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So you can see based on this explanation why Morphine addiction might be a real problem.  It is a constant battle to keep doping the brain so that the mind can stay foggy enough.  Relief comes only at the expense of our mental acuity.  We cannot stay sharp and focused and still get relief with a drug like Morphine.

In most cases, Morphine will be administered in a hospital setting and no addiction will develop.  But for those individuals who do end up getting hooked on Morphine, then a plan of action is needed.  Here is what you should consider doing:

1) Get off the drug. Go to a drug rehab with a medical detox if necessary.  There they can treat your withdrawal symptoms.

2) Go to a pain clinic. If you can, set this up for immediately after leaving treatment.  Then you can find alternative ways to manage your pain without using opiates.

If you do not do these 2 things (with proper timing), then how are you going to manage your pain without Morphine?  That is the issue that must be confronted if you are going to break free from Morphine addiction.

Take action and make it happen.