The most direct challenge to your recovery from morphine addiction may come in the form of cravings for the drug. These periods of intense desire to take morphine again arise for a variety of reasons. Although you can never be sure that another craving will not happen, certain milestones in recovery bring assurance that the threat of cravings is diminishing.
In the initial phase of recovery, the body adjusts to the sudden absence of morphine. This phase, called detox, can be very unpleasant and painful for any opiate addict. In the period from about five to ten days after the cessation of morphine use, cravings can be very strong. The cravings in this phase of recovery come mostly from the physical state the body is put into by withdrawal from morphine.
Some morphine addicts are able to avoid physical cravings altogether by using detox drugs prescribed by a doctor. Subutex, for example, contains an opiate that activates opioid receptors in the brain, but only partially. The desired effect is that the withdrawal is prevented but the euphoria and rush of addictive drug use is not induced.
Addicts learn to expect certain effects and a measure of relief from their problems when they take morphine. Once these expectations are learned, they can never be erased. For this reason, psychological cravings for morphine will always be a possibility.
However, the likelihood of experiencing and giving in to a psychological craving does diminish over time. Most relapses into morphine use happen before reaching 90 days of sobriety. After five years, relapses are rare.
In order to reach these important milestones of living without morphine, you will have to make it through many experiences of cravings. You may not always know when a craving will occur, but the cravings themselves follow predictable patterns. That means you can be ready with plans to follow any time a craving occurs.
Important things to have in place before cravings strike can include the following:
With practice, you can be ready to counteract cravings when they come.
The rehearsed responses can employ several different kinds of strategies, such as the following:
These and other methods help you gain control when the addiction tries to regain lost ground.
If you or someone you know has a morphine addiction, reach out for help today. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to learn more about morphine cravings and how to overcome them.