The power of morphine as a narcotic painkiller, used to manage moderate to severe chronic pain, is a well known fact. It binds to opiate receptors in the brain and changes the body’s perception of pain. However, morphine can also carry a strong potential for abuse, leading to these three main points: 

  • Euphoric mood
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal syndrome

Developing morphine dependence involves specific areas of the brain. Nonstop, repeated use can lead to changes in the chemical balance of your brain, resulting in dependence. As this takes place, your neurons adjust to the habitual drug exposure and learn to only function properly when traces of the drug are present. Actually, your body begins to rely on morphine and processes its presence as necessary and even normal.


If the morphine is withdrawn, doctors usually expect multiple physiologic reactions to emerge. Many of the withdrawal symptoms are generated when opiate receptors in both the brainstem and thalamus are deprived of morphine. The symptoms can be harsh, sometimes even dangerous, hence why medical care is advised when stopping morphine use.

Symptoms of Dependence


Other than increased tolerance and the occurrence of withdrawal, there are various possible signs of dependence that you or a loved one may display if using morphine. (You could even help someone else if you know how to spot them!) They might include:

  • Depression 
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypertension
  • Increased body temperature
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss


The initial step in every morphine addiction treatment is seeking medical advice from a knowledgeable and licensed professional, such as your family doctor, a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker. Once you’re directed to the correct source of help, the next step is enrolling into a treatment program that is tailored to fit your personal needs. It’s always best and also recommended to rely on multifaceted methods in treating morphine dependence, along with withdrawal, that include medications and supportive care to help defeat the harsh symptoms. Making the decision to live a life of sobriety and transitioning from a life of addiction is no easy feat. It’s not something that should be done alone, therefore a solid, supportive community is always wise to acquire. If you surround yourself with like-minded people who are all reaching for the same goal, it will encourage you to do the same as well as make your journey much less daunting.At 449 Recovery, helping each client overcome every challenge on the road to recovery is our greatest goal. We believe that healing is best obtained in an environment that will encourage it. The endless monitored detoxification, in conjunction with long term treatment programs at 449 Recovery are provided in a caring and structured atmosphere. Our goal is to execute practices that will leave a lifelong impact on the recipients. We aim for no one to leave unchanged, but for everyone to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. Procrastination is the enemy of success, so please give us a call at (855) 435-7449 to gain more insight about our all inclusive alcohol and drug addiction treatment program today!