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Kadian Abuse and Addiction

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Kadian is a brand name for an extended-release formulation of morphine. Morphine is a very common prescription analgesic (pain-relieving) medication that belongs to the opioid drug class. To be specific, morphine is found naturally as an opiate in the opium poppy plant.

Kadian extended-release is used to treat severe, long-lasting, and continuous pain, such as that associated with cancer. Morphine is most often administered via injection as a liquid, but this particular formulation is given orally in pill form. Kadian is meant to be taken on a regular schedule every 12 or 24 hours, not as needed for immediate relief of breakthrough pain.

Unlike injectable, liquid morphine, Kadian is sometimes prescribed for at-home use for those with chronic pain. As such, it can be and has at times been abused or sold to recreational drug users.

The effects of Kadian last much longer than immediate-release morphine because the capsules contain multiple polymer-coated pellets that are digested at different rates for coverage over a more extended period. As each pellet is digested and enters the bloodstream, the morphine has a half-life of between 2-4 hours, and the effects last between 3-7 hours.

Kadian Abuse and Effects

Kadian abuse occurs when an individual uses it in combination with another unapproved substance or via an unapproved method, such as crushing and snorting. Any use of Kadian without a prescription is also abuse.

Individuals looking to get high may purchase Kadian on the black market or lie to doctors in order to receive a prescription (doctor shopping). Abusers of this drug may take the pills straight up for a long-lasting high or crush the pills and snort the residual morphine powder. Crushing the pills eliminates the time-release mechanism and delivers all the morphine at once.

Kadian pills often contain high doses of morphine in order to provide relief for severe pain. As such, snorting Kadian can be very dangerous and lead to overdose, especially if it is consumed alongside another central nervous system (CNS) depressant, such as alcohol, benzos, or other opioids.

Morphine works by binding to opioid receptors in the CNS and altering the user’s perception of pain, inducing pain relief. At the same time, opioids like morphine produce a deluge of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with feelings of pleasure and reward.

These effects are addictive and are highly sought-after by drug abusers who will consume opioids in high doses to experience euphoria. Nonetheless, abuse of Kadian increases the rate and severity of side effects, more rapidly leads to tolerance and dependence, and can lead to a potentially fatal overdose.

Effects and side effects of Kadian abuse may include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Chronic constipation
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Feelings of comfort
  • Feelings of reward
  • Hallucinations
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Impaired cognition
  • Lightheadedness
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor attention
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Relief from pain
  • Seizure (rare)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Slowed or labored breathing
  • Stomach aches

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Kadian Dependence, Withdrawal, and Addiction

If an individual takes an opiate like Kadian for an extended period, their brain and body will eventually become dependent on it. Once this happens, the brain no longer produces its own endogenous opioids. If a dependent individual attempts to quit taking the substance, they will experience extremely unpleasant, often painful withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of morphine withdrawal may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Body aches
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive yawning
  • Fever
  • Goosebumps
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Seizures (rare)
  • Shakiness
  • Watery eyes

Opioid withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant enough to cause the user to continuously abuse the substance in order to forestall the discomfort that inevitably awaits them. Getting stuck in this cycle of repeated abuse can quickly draw an individual into a full-blown addiction. True addiction almost always features dependence as a component, but it is further hallmarked by the inability to quit even when drug use is adversely affecting aspects of one’s life.

Signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New or changed friends or social group
  • Mood swings or extreme behavioral changes
  • Worsened mental health
  • Disregard of personal hygiene
  • Distorted perception of reality
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Obsession with obtaining and using drug of choice
  • Stealing from loved ones or other illegal activities
  • New or worsened financial or legal issues

Treatment for Morphine Addiction

Abuse of Kadian can be incredibly dangerous and quickly lead to dependence and addiction. An opioid addiction can become an enduring battle that ravages the lives of the user and their loved ones. If you are struggling with opioid addiction, please get professional help as soon as you can.

At Just Believe Recovery, we offer state-of-the-art, individualized treatment programs in both partial hospitalization and inpatient formats. Our compassionate and professional staff assist our clients by delivering evidence-based services, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, 12-step groups, individual and family counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention, aftercare planning, and more.

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If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery PA at (888) 380-0342. Our specialists can assess your needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

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