Imagine that you’ve developed an addiction to morphine. Would you want everyone to know about it? Probably not. In fact, you’d probably do almost anything to ensure that the people you love never know you’re struggling with drugs.
But morphine is powerful, and it causes physical changes with each dose. Someone high on morphine can:
- Throw up.
- Experience constipation.
- Fall asleep (also known as being “on the nod”).
- Have tiny, constricted pupils.
People addicted to morphine can also develop new habits, such as:
- Worrying about money. Doctors don’t hand out morphine easily. People who want the drug must pay for it, and that means they need reliable cash flow. The person you love may steal from you, drain bank accounts, or sell possessions to get more funds for drugs.
- Demanding privacy. The person needs time to buy drugs and prepare them. This work is typically done in isolation, and that means your loved one might need more time alone.
- Missing work. A cycle of getting high and recovering is time-consuming, and it leaves few hours open for work or school. Those conventional tasks can also seem really uninteresting to someone who wants to get high.
- Avoiding contact. As addictions deepen, drug use becomes central to the person’s life. All other activities seem unimportant when compared to getting high. Skipping family gatherings, walking out on group dinners, and bailing on lunch dates might be common.
Morphine is powerful, and it’s not unusual for users to take too much. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 28,000 deaths in 2017 could be attributed to opioids like morphine.
Someone abusing morphine could overdose at home, and quick treatment could bring them back from the edge. Drugs like naloxone render morphine inactive, and sobriety soon returns.
But that medication doesn’t touch the cause of addiction. Anyone who overdoses, even once, could be dealing with a morphine addiction.