The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 35 million Americans, 14% of the U.S. adult population, have abused painkillers at least once in their life. Morphine is a highly addictive painkiller, to which physical and psychological addiction to develop quickly. Morphine abuse is especially dangerous because the difference between morphine high and a morphine overdose is often slim.
Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever that works by affecting the brain’s pain center and dulling the perception of pain. While morphine is commonly used in hospitals to treat pain, it is also highly addictive and commonly abused. While the withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine are typically less severe than those associated with other drugs, they can be serious and are especially dangerous when experienced without the care and supervision of trained medical professionals.
Attempting to heal from morphine addiction on your own is extremely dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine can be severe and without medical supervision can even be fatal. Some rehab programs use drugs like methadone to ease the withdrawal symptoms. While these drugs might make things easier in the short-term, they can create another addiction that requires a second round of treatment and rehab.
For most cases of morphine addiction outpatient rehab is not ideal. Ending the cycle of addiction usually requires removing oneself from the situation and circumstances that led to addiction in the first place. Trying to undergo rehab at home without major changes to the lifestyle that was most likely a major contributing factor to addiction is rarely successful. Along with that it is also dangerous. If a trained medical staff does not manage them safely, the symptoms of detox and withdrawal can put you at great physical, mental and psychological risk.
One of the most important parts of morphine addiction treatment is the therapy and counseling that a rehab center can provide. Meeting with an addiction counselor and/or a behavior therapist can help you address the struggles or other issues in your life that may have contributed to addiction initially and could contribute to relapse in the future if they are not dealt with.
If you or someone you love is struggling with morphine addiction and you want to put an end to it, call us. We want to help you start the healing process. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a helpful representative who can help you find the treatment you need. Let your recovery begin. Call now.