In 21st Century America, the pressure to be thin is pervasive — the media, advertising, entertainment and even the medical establishment all contribute to the message that body size and human value are intrinsically connected. It’s no wonder the weight loss industry is booming, valued at an estimated $66 billion.1
Many people find it difficult to maintain a healthy body image, even when maintaining a healthy body weight. And, unfortunately, for people who struggle with chronic pain and/or substance abuse, losing weight is often seen as one of the ‘benefits’ of drug usage. As their brain chemistry changes with drug use and abuse, they may not even be aware of the physical damage they are doing to their bodies.
For instance, morphine can affect eating habits and appetite to cause weight loss. It is a very strong narcotic painkiller that is prescribed, according to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health, in time-released capsules that are meant to release the drug in gradual doses. The people that take prescriptions of this drug are dealing with pain in a way that they can be treated on a continual basis, so they take this powerful painkiller to function normally.
However, morphine is highly addictive, and it also influences the body’s chemistry and digestive system.
Morphine Side Effects
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
However, most of the side effects of morphine are related to, or can cause, digestive issues or appetite problems. Because of the strength of the drug, it affects the brain and the body by causing nausea, constipation and vomiting, which are huge deterrents to eating and appetite. These effects also can cause weight loss on a severe scale if they are not controlled and treated. In fact, morphine users that suffer from these issues may become dehydrated and ill if they and their doctors ignore problematic symptoms.
To ensure your health, you must take precautions against the effects of morphine. Changes in your digestive health or habits can have long-term effects, including an illness that is unrelated to the reason you are taking the medication in the first place.
It is very important to seek help immediately if you notice problems with your morphine prescription. In other words, seek addiction treatment before the side effects cause a severe weight loss or appetite problem. While some people spend thousands of dollars a year attempting to lose weight, using or abusing an addictive substance is an unhealthy way to complete this goal.
If you or someone that you love is dealing with weight loss, a change in eating habits and morphine abuse, then do not ignore these problems, because there are resources and treatment options available to help you live a healthy lifestyle. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline, 678-251-3189, today to speak with an admissions coordinator about recovery. Call now for instant support.
1 “U.S. Weight Loss Market Worth $66 Billion.” Cision. PR Newswire. 20 December 2017.