There are several programmes in place for treating a Morphine addiction, but it is most important to pick an accredited treatment centre. If you are looking for a Morphine rehab centre, a variety of programmes and treatment options are available to beat your dependency. They include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Group and individual counselling
- Medications to relieve withdrawal
- Support groups
- 12-step programs
What is Morphine?
Morphine is a strong Opioid pain medication, which is usually prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Like most narcotics, Morphine has a high potential for abuse and addiction. It should only be used under prescription and never in excessive quantities. Morphine must never be taken with alcohol, or it will present dangerous side effects.
When Morphine is abused, it stimulates the brain’s reward mechanism. This makes the user abuse the drug continuously, which leads to higher tolerance and dependence. Once a Morphine dependence is established, the user will have an uncontrollable urge to keep using the drug. If they stop taking Morphine, their body will go into withdrawal, as the brain re-learns to function without the drug.
Morphine withdrawal symptoms are largely flu-like and cause the individual to experience physical and psychological discomfort. It is important to note that the symptoms and period of withdrawal is different for each user.
Morphine withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawing from Morphine can be a very painful process, especially among heavy users. Symptoms vary in severity depending on user tolerance, general health conditions, metabolism, frequency and duration of drug use. As a rule, people who use high quantities of Morphine and abuse the substance for long periods will experience more acute withdrawal symptoms.
Typical withdrawal symptoms of Morphine include:
- Runny nose
While symptoms of Morphine withdrawal are not fatal, they can still be severe.
Sometimes the pain of withdrawal can be so unbearable that the individual might be forced to relapse just to relieve themselves; therefore, it is highly recommended to detox in a medical facility, under the supervision of a physician, who can provide medication to ease the pain.
Duration of withdrawal
The process of withdrawal is different for every Morphine user and will largely depend on several factors. Withdrawal symptoms can start off as early as 6 hours from the last exposure. The physical, flu-like symptoms of withdrawal can last between 3 and 5 days. Psychological symptoms take longer, with some lasting for weeks.
The withdrawal process is an uncomfortable one; you are advised not to try it alone, but with the help of medical professionals, or at an accredited treatment centre.
Detoxing at a treatment facility
One of the benefits of using an accredited facility is the access to a comprehensive treatment programme, which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, group or individual counselling, medication for withdrawal relief and a network of support groups.
Going through a Morphine withdrawal process is not something which should be done alone. To get professional advice, call us on our help line below.