MS Contin, also known as morphine, is a narcotic pain reliever and a member of the opioid family. The intended use of this drug is to relieve moderate to severe pain, and it is used both after major injuries or surgeries as well as for treatment of long-term chronic pain. MS Contin is typically prescribed as a time-release tablet to be taken every 12 hours. The drug works like most opiates and binds itself to opiate receptors within the brain, causing euphoria and a feeling of relaxation. This creates a distraction from the pain that might otherwise be felt.
Like many opiates, MS Contin can be very addictive. If you find that you are becoming dependent on this or other drugs, you can get help locating MS Contin addiction treatment programs. Our 24/7 call center can be reached at .
MS Contin can create intense feelings of euphoria, elation, happiness and even joy. There are also side effects such as nausea. MS Contin can be extremely effective for those in need, but it can also be very addictive. Once the body becomes accustomed to the drug, it can begin to create a tolerance to it. This creates an increasing need to take more of the drug to reach the same level of effectiveness that was originally attained. This can create the continued need for more of the medication, leading to the abuse of it. Those individuals feeling as though they are unable to cope without the drug should seek MS Contin addiction treatment.
MS Contin Overdose
While the use of MS Contin can be successful in helping many individuals in need of pain relief, it can also be addictive as the body starts to build up a tolerance for the drug. The body will need more of the drug to maintain the level of effectiveness. Using more of the drug than suggested could result in an overdose and could be deadly. It is important that those who have overdosed on MS Contin receive medical attention to stabilize their physical situation prior to seeking addiction treatment. This drug belongs to a group of drugs that caused an increase of 25.7 percent in reports of overdose deaths to the Drug Abuse Warning Network from 1994 to 1998, according to Centers for Disease Control.
Symptoms of Withdrawal
If you have been taking MS Contin on a regular basis for an extended amount of time and you stop using the drug, it is likely you will be faced with some symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms will be different from person to person based on the individual’s usage as well as body type, including height and weight. Some of the withdrawal symptoms are as follows:
- Cravings for the drug
- Watery eyes
- Excessive sweating
- Uncontrolled yawning
- Runny nose
- Body aches
- Cold flashes
- Heart palpitations
Selecting a Detox Program
The first step to getting your life back on track from addiction is to go through an MS Contin detox program. The body will likely go through withdrawal symptoms upon stopping the use of the drug. An MS Contin detox program will monitor your progress through withdrawal and may even administer medications to help ease withdrawal. Getting through this part of the process will prepare you to enter into an MS Contin rehab program. There is a wide range of options for rehab facilities, due to the over 23.5 million people over the age of 12 in need of treatment for illicit drug and alcohol abuse in the year 2009, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Rehab Facility Options
MS Contin addiction treatment programs are not all the same. There are both private and public programs that are geared for a variety of individuals. Private facilities usually have more options than those that are publicly funded. These facilities often offer alternative options to managing your rehabilitation, including such things as meditation, art therapy and other tools to learn to relax and manage stress.
Most facilities utilize a combination of group therapy, individual therapy and even family therapy to help you find the basis for your addiction. In addition, they teach the person how to cope with stress and triggers that may be faced after treatment. This is to avoid being thrown back into the addiction once the addict leaves rehab. If you need help finding a facility that fits your needs, contact our confidential toll-free 24/7 helpline at .
- MS Contin can change the way your brain receives information about pain and therefore can alter a person’s normal behavior pattern.
- The use of MS Contin over a long period of time can cause liver failure as well as renal failure.
- MS Contin tablets should never be broken or chewed as they will release too much of the medication into the bloodstream at one time and could easily cause an overdose. These tablets are intended to offer a controlled release of the medication over time.
- Due to the nature of MS Contin, addiction to the drug is likely to be both physiological and psychological, making it vital that those addicted seek treatment.
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