Morphine is a powerful opiate that can create a strong addiction the first time it is taken. This addiction has both physical and psychological components that make recovery almost impossible to achieve without focused professional help. Attempting recovery alone is a painful, miserable experience that has very little chance of being successful.
Morphine is a powerful painkiller because it binds to opiate receptors in the brain, literally blocking the transmission of pain signals in the nervous system. In the process it also blocks anxiety and stress, leaving the user feeling a sense of euphoria. But morphine replaces naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that regulate pain and emotions, and it also causes the production of those substances to be suspended as long as it is in the user’s system. This physical dependency means that users will experience potentially severe symptoms of withdrawal when the drug leaves their system.
The first step in recovery is detox which is the process of removing the drug from the body. During this time of withdrawal the recovering user may experience the following:
The most effective rehab facilities offer medically supervised detox services that relieve the harshest effects of withdrawal. The next phase of recovery is rehab for the psychological addiction. Many people underestimate the intense psychological addiction, believing if they can just endure detox they will be home-free. In fact, psychological addiction causes much more relapses than physical dependency. Physical withdrawal will last from several days to upwards of a week. Psychological withdrawal can last months, years or even a lifetime, and it can involve the following:
The most important skills learned during rehab are techniques to recognize and avoid temptations, to learn to ask for help when cravings come and to be completely open and transparent about recovery. It is almost unheard of for people to rehabilitate their own psychological disease.
If you are struggling with morphine addiction we can help. Don’t go it alone. Even if you make it through detox, the odds of successfully rehabilitating your own mind with no help are infinitesimally small. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and our specially trained experts will answer any questions you may have. Make your move and get clean from morphine. We can help. Call today.