Morphine Addiction Rehabilitation

Morphine is a highly potent opiate analgesic, or pain killer. It is commonly used in hospitals and medical treatment facilities as the gold-standard for pain medication but is much less commonly prescribed for at-home use. Even for those with medical issues that require prescribed morphine, there is a strong risk of addiction. Morphine doses should be carefully monitored by a physician, because tolerance (the need for higher doses to achieve the same result) develops quickly, as does physical and mental addiction. This drug can chemically alter the brain so that normal brain function is disrupted, and a strong craving for the reward of morphine occurs.

Identifying Morphine Addiction

If you are using morphine on a regular basis, be aware of the signs of physical and psychological addiction. The following are indicators of morphine addiction:

  • Feeling the need for more frequent and higher doses than your prescription allows
  • Trying to buy morphine without a prescription or from illegal sources
  • Vital organs and other body systems adversely affected by morphine use
  • Everyday responsibilities not being met
  • Physical signs such as blurred vision, sweating, constipation, itching and memory loss
  • Emotional signs such as hallucinations, agitation, depression and mood swings

The Importance of Morphine Rehabilitation

If you are addicted to morphine, you should not try to quit using it on your own. The medical issues that began your use of morphine need to be closely monitored by a medical professional, and you will need support and assistance to decrease your dependence on the drug. The first step in morphine rehab is medical detoxification, which will help wean your body and mind off away from morphine use. This process will most likely require an inpatient stay at a treatment facility for a short amount of time. Rehab beginning with medical detox is important to prevent any further medical complications. Morphine addiction can lead to other health issues such as heart disease and kidney or liver failure, so it is important to be closely monitored during recovery. Morphine addiction rehab is also essential to building the necessary skills that will prevent future relapse.

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

Morphine detox should only happen in a licensed treatment facility. Detox may require an inpatient stay anywhere from several days to several weeks as doses are decreased. Although this process will be done gradually, withdrawal symptoms will still be present and normally occur within 36-72 hours of discontinuing the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Sweating and chills
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Rapid breathing
  • Stomach cramps
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Insomnia

Begin Your Recovery Today

If you are suffering from morphine addiction, your recovery can begin today. Through our toll-free helpline, caring counselors are available 24 hours a day. We can help you find a treatment strategy that will satisfy your medical and emotional needs. If you are ready to address your morphine addiction and find freedom, call today.