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What Is Morphine Detox?
Medically-supervised morphine detox is a highly recommended method for getting through morphine withdrawal. This is the set of symptoms that appear when someone who is dependent on or addicted to morphine reduces their dose or ceases taking the drug entirely. Morphine detox makes the withdrawal process safer and more comfortable, making it more likely that a patient will not relapsing. This sets them up for success by putting them in a better state of mind when they begin post-detox treatment at an inpatient or outpatient rehab program.
Commonly prescribed for its ability to treat pain (although not as commonly as in the past), this Opioid is refined from the opium poppy plant. Despite its medical benefits, morphine also induces euphoric feelings that make it commonly abused and highly addictive. People suffering chronic pain can be prescribed morphine in the form of a tablet, syrup, injection, or suppository. Morphine, when used according to doctor-written prescriptions, can greatly help reduce pain. In 2016, there were 3,989,646 prescriptions written for Morphine, despite the many risks that accompany this drug.
Morphine Abuse Symptoms
Due to Morphine’s addiction potential, there are many risks associated with its use. Symptoms of Morphine abuse mimic those of other Opioids like Heroin and Fentanyl and should be treated immediately. Signs of Morphine abuse include:
- Increased dosage of Morphine
- Dilated pupils
- Slurred speech
- Shallow breathing
- Increased spending on Morphine
- Doctor shopping to get more drugs
- Drowsiness and nodding off
In addition to the above signs and symptoms of Morphine abuse, people struggling with a Morphine use disorder can experience:
- Problems focusing
- Immune system complications
Developing A Morphine Tolerance And Dependence
Whether a user is abusing Morphine or taking it as prescribed, they can easily become dependent on the drug. Morphine, like other Opioids, connects to the Opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. This blocks the Opioid receptors, causing pain relief. However, over time, the brain becomes so used to the presence of Morphine that it no longer creates the natural chemicals that Morphine is replacing. At this point, the user will need to take increasing amounts of Morphine to achieve the same effects; this is known as a tolerance.
Eventually, the mind and body are so dependent on Morphine to function “normally” that if Morphine use is reduced or stopped entirely, the body experiences a number of unpleasant symptoms known as withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable, and some are dangerous, even life-threatening. For this reason, medically-supervised morphine detox is always recommended.
Morphine detox is effective for people finding it difficult to stop excessive and hazardous Morphine use. The detox experience includes monitoring someone’s physical symptoms and vital signs to see how the decreasing levels of the drug has affected them. This helps medical professionals construct the best treatment plan. Personalized treatment plans created for each individual may include around-the-clock medical supervision, medications, counseling, and an exercise and diet plan. Detox allows each person to heal based on their severity of their Morphine use disorder, as well as possible underlying concerns such as co-occurring mental health issues. Detox typically lasts around 10 days, and is most safe, comfortable, and successful when completed in a treatment facility.
Once someone decides to detox from Morphine, doctors may try various methods to help them. One technique is a tapering method, whereby the user is prescribed smaller and smaller doses of Morphine over time. This helps the person transition into sobriety gradually. Patients also may receive medications like Naltrexone or Buprenorphine to provide relief. This is known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). While in a facility, patients can ensure they are accessing high quality treatment meds, with the support from peer and staff.
Morphine detox is helpful in reducing the cravings for the substance. When someone tries to rid themselves of Morphine suddenly, the result is often uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Because of Morphine’s ability to affect the brain and the body, withdrawal symptoms are often intense. Ideally, someone should not attempt to go “cold turkey” or detox at home. Medical supervision is the best way to attempt to stop drug use in a safe way. Not only do patients have access to medication but also much-needed professional supervision and support.
Withdrawal symptoms of Morphine range from mild. These symptoms are disruptive to daily activities and daily life, and can create other complications like declining job performance, relationship problems, and health complications. Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Runny noses
- Watery eyes
- Body aches
- Belly cramps
- Rapid breathing
Morphine Withdrawal Timeline
The Morphine withdrawal timeline will vary significantly between individuals, and is highly dependent on a number of factors. These factors include how long the individual has been using Morphine, how much Morphine they use, whether they abuse alcohol and other drugs with Morphine, and their mental and medical health. Generally, the strongest symptoms begin to occur in the first 6 to 14 hours after the last dose. The next 15 to 48 hours include flu-like symptoms such as chills, fever, joint pain, stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, sweating, runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and insomnia. Days 3 to 5 begin to see more relaxed muscles and less aches. The final days, which are 6 days or later are when most symptoms have begun to subside. Sadly, many people suffering from withdrawal symptoms without supervision relapse as they try to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal by returning to drug use.
Morphine Addiction Treatment
Morphine use can create long-term problems if someone does not seek treatment. Along with seizures from withdrawal, tolerance can encourage some to transition to more dangerous illicit Opioids such as Heroin and Fentanyl.
After detox is successfully completed, people who were abusing Morphine and have symptoms of emotional and mental conditions may find counseling and treatment helpful. 12-step programs and faith-based programs can provide people in rehab with an optimistic perspective to maintain once they leave the facility. These perceptions and discoveries patients make can help them fight temptations to connect with unhealthy people or give them wisdom to avoid relapse.
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Opioid abuse is an epidemic in the United States, and overdose is potentially fatal. Treatment for Morphine begins with a conversation with a treatment provider. Contact an empathetic treatment provider in order to discover the drug-free life that awaits you.
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