How Morphine Rehab Works

Morphine binds to opiate receptors in the brain, blocking pain signals in the central nervous system and creating a strong euphoria in the user. Morphine use is unlikely to be a significant problem if taken by a person with no history of substance abuse or addiction for a very short period of time while under the close supervision of a doctor. It is possible, however, for people to become addicted the first time they are given the drug. Users develop a tolerance to morphine very quickly, requiring stronger doses to achieve pain management and intoxicating effects that are similar to a user’s first dose. Morphine also replaces naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, rendering the user dependent on a continued supply of opiates to feel “normal.” This is how physical addiction is established. The high experience under morphine establishes a psychological addiction as well. With a user’s body and mind working against recovery, it’s no wonder people benefit so thoroughly from morphine rehab.

Signs and Side Effects of Morphine Addiction

Signs of morphine addiction include:

  • Possession of morphine (which is only legally administered in medical facilities)
  • Possession of I.V. drug paraphernalia
  • Preoccupation or obsession with having access to the drug
  • Fear of withdrawal
  • Degradation of focus, attention and drive
  • Marked mood and personality changes
  • Constipation
  • Tremors, shaking, twitching, chills

The body can only handle so much abuse before it starts to shut down. Long-term use of morphine will lead to the following:

  • Heart, lung and circulation disorders
  • Intestinal and digestive distress
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Death

Morphine Addiction Recovery

Specialized, caring rehab centers greatly increase the likelihood of long-term recovery from morphine addiction. Recovery is most often achieved through residential treatment facilities experienced in the latest treatment techniques, medications and therapeutic practices. These centers address the physical addiction through medically supervised detox, a process that alleviates many of the most difficult symptoms of withdrawal as the drug leaves the user’s system. This process can take from a few days to several weeks and can be unbearable without this kind of attentive help. The psychological addiction is addressed through a wide range of therapeutic processes, including

  • Individual counseling
  • Dual Diagnosis of any co-occurring disorders
  • Group counseling
  • The establishment of healthy, positive and encouraging relationships
  • Education about addiction, triggers and the most reliable path to recovery
  • Spiritual support
  • 12-step programs
  • Introduction of new, healthy habits

Though outpatient treatment works for some morphine users, many benefit significantly from the round-the-clock supervision and accountability that inpatient programs offer. Some offer every amenity imaginable, from luxurious accommodations to sophisticated resort-like activities. Others take a more basic approach. The essential services are the same, though.

Ready to Find the Help You Need?

Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline any time of day or night for answers to all of your questions about morphine addiction. Our counselors are standing by ready to hear from you and get you connected to your best treatment plan. We can even confirm that your treatment will be covered by insurance. You have nothing to lose by calling, and everything to gain. Don’t waste another day enslaved to morphine. Rehab can work for you. Call now and let’s get you on the road to recovery today.