If you’ve made the decision to quit morphine, you may have more questions than answers, particularly in regards to the next few steps. For many people, the hardest part of recovery from addiction is acknowledging that they need help. If you’ve made the decision to quit, you’re at a place that many addicts never get to. Fortunately, once you make the decision to quit, you don’t have struggle alone. In fact, the most dangerous thing you could do is attempting to quit morphine on your own. Getting help makes detox and rehab less intimidating and generally more successful.
For many addicts, their dependence on morphine is as much psychological as physical. The fear of what life would be like without the drug can make it hard to go through with the decision to quit. Even given all the negative consequences of morphine abuse, the status quo – life on the drug – can seem more comforting than change. When it comes to making the decision to quit morphine, knowledge is power. Knowing what to expect out of detox, withdrawal and rehab can make the prospect of quitting less intimidating. There is no doubt it will be difficult, but if you know what’s coming and get help you can recover.
Detox, the first step of recovery, is the process by which a toxic substance is completely removed from the body. Without proper medical supervision, it can be dangerous. The body’s reaction to detox is known as withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal are the particularly dangerous part of detox. Along with dangerous physical symptoms, withdrawal can create a strong temptation to return to drug use in order to stop the symptoms. Morphine withdrawal symptoms typically include the following:
Normally, symptoms subside within three to four days. Fortunately, a trained medical staff can manage these symptoms, and a rehab facility can remove the ability to give in to temptation.
After a safe detox comes the most important part of the recovery process: aftercare. Patients who detox and return to their lives without any kind of counseling or therapy are far more likely to relapse – return to addiction – than those who receive proper aftercare. This care can include one-on-one therapy with a counselor, group therapy with other recovering addicts or sessions with a counselor and family members. Different types of therapy can work best for different patients but, whatever type is best for you, it is a vital part of the recovery process. Group therapy in particular can provide the type of support and camaraderie that will make a drug-free future more possible and counteract the loneliness and anxiety that recovering addicts often experience. Once you’ve made the decision to quit morphine, therapy and counseling can help you make sure you never go back.
If you or someone you love has made the decision to quit morphine, we can help you do it. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, with representatives standing by to take your call and help you find the treatment plan that’s right for you. Many addicts have the desire to quit but never get the help they need to succeed. Call now and let us help you truly recover.