Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever used to alleviate moderate to severe pain. Morphine comes in two different forms: short-acting and extended-release. The short-acting morphine is used as needed, while the extended-release form relieves pain over a 12- to 24-hour period. Morphine has the potential to be habit-forming and should be used exactly as prescribed by your medical doctor.
Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation options are available for morphine addiction, and both can be very effective. In-patient treatment is the best option for individuals with severe addictions. Some of the benefits of in-patient treatment include the following:
Residential rehab programs typically offer a 30-, 60-, or 90-day program. With each program, you will receive quality treatment that includes detoxification, counseling, therapy and aftercare. Detox, the process of cleansing your body of morphine, can have adverse side effects; however, your treatment team will be with you to make the detoxification process as painless as possible.
Once you are medically stable, you can begin healing emotionally and psychologically. Counselors and therapists will work with you both one-on-one and in group settings. You will talk about struggles, accomplishments, underlying causes of your addiction and fears. You will learn how to identify and cope with triggers to use morphine, and you will come up with a plan for when you encounter a situation in which you may be tempted to use morphine again.
Aftercare provides you with a place of encouragement and accountability after treatment. No matter what length of stay you choose, you will receive quality treatment. If you recognized your addiction early on, you may only need to stay for the 30-day period. If your addiction is severe, the 90-day program is most likely the better option. A follow-up study published in 2003 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that individuals who received longer treatment for their addiction were more successful in maintaining their sobriety after a five-year period than were individuals who received shorter treatment. Therefore, the 90-day treatment option may be the best option.
If you are struggling with a morphine addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours day, seven days a week to help you find a quality treatment program and guide you as you decide which treatment option is best for you.