What to Know About Morphine Addiction

What to Know About Morphine Addiction

The opium poppy plant is where morphine starts. A painkiller that is highly potent, morphine can come in many forms, but it scheduled as highly addictive because it has serious implications for people who use it. People abuse the drug because they get addicted to the way it brings pleasure, then tolerance builds to the point they are taking more to get the same effect. Learn more about morphine addiction and how to seek help.

Morphine in the Body

Morphine works by blocking pain receptors and calms some of the nervous system functions. It slows the heart rate and respiration. It also brings calm and pleasurable sensations to the body. Morphine is so addictive because it floods the brain with dopamine. Morphine disrupts the reward pathway so the person who regularly abuses morphine may not be able to feel pleasure without the substance. 

Signs of Addiction

When looking at signs and symptoms, it is important to note that not everyone will have all the symptoms or have them manifest in the same way. Some of the signs and symptoms can include:

  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dependence

An overdose, on the other hand, can include:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Confusion
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Loss of muscle tension
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Coma

An intervention is a great way to support someone struggling with drug addiction, especially to morphine. Morphine abuse and addiction can lead to irreversible consequences. Overdose can occur, which may lead to death. If a loved one is struggling, an intervention may save their life.


An intervention may be held because a person is sick and their loved ones are worried about their behavior. The best way to do an intervention is to have someone trained offer it to the family. They can advise on the best way to do it and make sure everything is being done that needs to be done to help that person. It starts with sitting in a group, then sharing about how the addiction impacts everyone in the family. From there, the person will have an opportunity to see how their choices and behaviors impacted loved ones and hopefully make a decision about treatment. Addiction treatment may require detox, residential treatment, hospitalization, or outpatient work. It depends on the individual, but there are choices and options that a person can look at when considering where to go. The biggest thing is to make sure the loved one gets the help they need in the environment they need so they can work hard to adjust their focus and attention on recovery. 

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