Morphine Abuse & Addiction in Ohio
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and other Ohio towns are dealing with the opiate epidemic that has wreaked havoc all over the nation. While there have been some improvements in the epidemic, and millions of people all over the country are seeking treatment for their addictions, it’s still quite a significant problem for many citizens in Ohio and America.
There are a number of opioids that are a part of this epidemic. There’s the street drug, heroin, which is illegal, but there are also a number of legal prescription opioids that are frequently prescribed for pain. Some of these include medications like hydrocodone and oxycodone. One such medication is morphine. This is a highly addictive medication. We will explore the substance in more detail below.
Understanding Morphine Abuse
Morphine is a pain reliever that is derived right from opium. There are medicinal uses for morphine. It can be used to treat pain – particularly after surgery or during cancer treatment. However, it is frequently abused or used recreationally without a prescription.
Some of the brand names for morphine can include Kadian, Roxanol and MS-Contin. On the street, morphine is sometimes known as First Line, Dreamer and God’s Drug.
Morphine is a very powerful opioid, and it’s considered to be one of the most potent pain relievers that is available. It comes in different brand names, but it’s also available in different forms: tablets, liquid and injectable medication. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the drug as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that it’s a highly regulated drug that does have medicinal uses but also a high potential for abuse as well as addiction.
When a person takes morphine, it blocks the sensation of pain by slowing down the central nervous system. It can also cause respiration, blood pressure and heart rate to slow. It can also cause feelings of well being and euphoria, and it can be relaxing and calming, which is why it can be so addictive to many people.
The medication should only ever be used under the supervision of a doctor because there are many risks associated with it. The most dangerous risk, however, is addiction.
Understanding Morphine Addiction
Many people wonder if morphine is addictive. The answer to this question is simple. Yes, it is extremely addictive. There are many people all across Ohio and the entire United States that are currently struggling with a morphine addiction.
Just like with other addictive opioids, when a person takes morphine, it actually binds to certain receptors that are in the brain, and then the reward responses are activated. The brain is then flooded with feel-good chemicals like dopamine, and it seeks out the substance that caused the feel-good chemicals to release. When opioids like morphine are taken over the long-term, your brain actually changes so that you develop a tolerance to the substance as well as a dependence.
When a dependence and a tolerance to an opioid is developed, it may cause the user to take more and more of the substance to achieve the same effect. This can increase the likelihood of overdose and addiction.
If you have struggled with addiction issues in the past, you are more likely to become addicted to morphine. However, anyone can become addicted to the substance. Even if you just take it for one or two weeks, that may be enough to make you addicted to morphine.
Fortunately, morphine abuse and morphine addiction are issues for which you can seek treatment. There are many rehabilitation facilities throughout Ohio that will be able to help you with your morphine addiction. One such facility is The Recovery Village Columbus, which offers inpatient and outpatient treatment programs as well as medically-supervised detox. If you or someone you love is struggling with morphine addiction, call us today, and we can help you get on a path to recovery.