Morphine Substance Abuse Overview

What is Morphine?

Morphine is a highly addictive pain killer that was ironically used to treat opium and alcohol addictions at one point in time. Morphine is a dangerous drug because it affects the central nervous system. It does this by activating the reward system in the brain; causing craving because of the promise of reward. The reward is a euphoric feeling and a relief of fear and anxiety. This drug seeking behavior is what causes psychological dependence and eventually a morphine addiction.

How Morphine Endangers Your Teen

Life as a teenager can be very difficult because teens are going through a lot of physical and emotional changes; that may be why 1 in 5 teenagers abuse prescription pain relievers, including morphine. Teens often look for social acceptance and as a result begin to experiment with drugs. Teens perceive everything differently and see no risk in trying something new, but because their bodies are still changing, it makes them more susceptible to damage.

Short Term/Long Term Effects on Teens

A morphine addiction can cut a teen’s life short or affect them in the long term. Even if a user decides to stop, psychological withdrawal can last a long time, which is why people with morphine addictions have the highest relapse rate among drug users. In medical terms, morphine is a “gold standard” for pain relief, so you could only imagine what it could do for someone who isn’t in any pain. Besides the feeling of euphoria, people with morphine addictions have impaired mental and physical abilities. This can affect anybody’s life in a negative way, causing you to make irresponsible and irrational decisions that could lead to further damage. Other serious side effects of use include slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, cold skin, stiff muscles and seizures.

Warning Signs

If you believe that your teen has a morphine addiction, here’s what to look for:

  • Sweat, teary eyes and dilated pupils
  • Pill bottles or syringes lying around
  • Small bottles of the sulfate liquid.

How Morphine is Abused

Morphine addictions can be satisfied through many different routes.

  • It can be smoked
  • Ingested
  • Snorted
  • Injected

In all cases it can be potentially fatal.


Once an addiction is formed, specialized morphine addiction treatment should be the next step. At Inspirations for Youth and Families, we will diagnose, treat and work to prevent your teen’s addiction from resurfacing. Addiction is a disease, and it can be prevented with the proper treatment.Treatment would include the proper medications to counteract the effects of the drug, combined with behavior counseling from our in-house therapists. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen, which is why we offer treatment for everything from a simple gaming addiction to the most specific morphine addiction.

We have gender based programs for your teen which include family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy and recreational therapy. During your teens stay at our facility, he/she will go through different levels of treatment, with each level giving them more privileges than the last, helping them reach their goal of recovery. Along with the proper care and a superior staff, we are confident that our morphine addiction treatment, along with all our other treatment options, can be a step in the right direction for your teen and your family.