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Medically Assisted Morphine Detox

At Guardian Recovery Network we understand how difficult Morphine withdrawal can be. Many times withdrawal symptoms are so serve that those struggling with Morphine addiction return to using within 24 hours. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medically supervised detox where withdrawal symptoms can be identified and treated immediately. At Guardian Recovery Network we perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each client’s needs and recovery goals. Guardian Recovery Network provides 24 hour medical supervision and comfort care for our detox clients. Our medical and client support team’s goal is to make sure all clients have a safe and comfortable detox so they can begin the next phase in their recovery journey.

What is Morphine?

Morphine is a potent opioid painkiller most commonly used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Morphine works by changing the way that the central nervous system and the brain respond to pain. It can be administered intravenously or orally (in the form of a syrup or a tablet). It is highly addictive because tolerance builds very quickly and because of its “pleasurable” effects. Some effects of morphine use include euphoria, anxiety reduction, pain relief, drowsiness, increased relaxation and feelings of well-being. While these effects might be pleasant initially, morphine addiction happens quickly, and the symptoms of abuse and dependency are anything but enjoyable.

Even when the medication is taken as instructed it is possible for physical and psychological dependence to occur. Because this specific chemical substance is so habit-forming it can quickly wreak complete havoc in the lives of the people who are abusing it. If you or someone you love has been actively engaging in morphine abuse it is essential that professional addiction treatment is sought sooner rather than later. Addiction is a progressive disease. Related symptoms never resolve on their own — they continue to worsen the longer the disorder is left untreated.

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Morphine Abuse

Rates of morphine abuse and addiction throughout the country have remained relatively consistent for the past two decades. However, the opioid epidemic has continued to worsen as a whole. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 450,000 men and women lost their lives to opioid overdose between the years 1999 and 2019. Of these overdose deaths roughly 232,000 were directly linked to prescription painkillers like morphine. If you or someone close to you has been abusing morphine or any other opioid narcotic, Guardian Recovery Network is available to help.

Symptoms associated with morphine abuse and addiction:

  • Continuing to use morphine despite an accumulation of personal consequences, which can be interpersonal, work-related, financial or legal
  • Attempting to get more morphine through a variety of means, such as purchasing morphine from a friend or relative, rummaging through medicine cabinets or attempting to get more than one prescription at a time from several medical professionals (known as “doctor shopping”)
  • Spending a great deal of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of morphine
  • Neglecting personal responsibilities or pre-existing obligations, and forfeiting activities that were previously enjoyed in order to engage in morphine use
  • Attempting to quit or cut back on the amount of morphine being taken on a daily basis, but being unable to do so for any significant period of time
  • Developing a physical tolerance over time, meaning that a higher dose of morphine is required in order for the desired effects to be produced
  • Experiencing a range of withdrawal symptoms, which can resemble symptoms associated with a bad flu, as soon as morphine use is stopped abruptly for any reason

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

While morphine withdrawal is not typically life-threatening, associated symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable when left untreated.

Morphine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Goosebumps and chills
  • Flu-like symptoms, including runny nose, watery eyes, profuse sweating, body aches and low-grade fever
  • Anxiety and depression, which can lead to panic attacks or suicidal ideation (respectively) when left untreated
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Drastically increased blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Uncontrollable body tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

The severity of related symptoms depends heavily on how often morphine was being abused, and the duration of the substance abuse disorder.

Is Medical Detox Necessary?

Those who have been abusing morphine for any length of time will require medically monitored detoxification. Because morphine is so fast-acting, withdrawal symptoms can occur as soon as six hours after the last use. As is the case with most opioid narcotics the withdrawal period will typically be broken up into two main stages – early withdrawal, and peak withdrawal. Early withdrawal will happen on the first day or so and will include symptoms like excessive yawning, tearing up, cold sweats, and a runny nose. Once withdrawal symptoms peak, usually on the second or third day, symptoms will worsen. These symptoms will include spiked heart rate, chills, high blood pressure, insomnia, irritability, disillusionment, stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, anxiety, depression, and intense cravings. Those who have undergone morphine withdrawal usually liken the symptoms to those of a very severe flu. However, these are just the physical symptoms. The psychological symptoms of morphine withdrawal can be dangerous as well. In order for one to safely and successfully detox from morphine addiction the process must be overseen by a team of medical professionals in a controlled environment.

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Why Can’t I Detox on My Own?

Some people who struggle with morphine dependence believe that they can “cut costs” by attempting to detox in an at-home setting. There are several reasons why entering into a detoxification facility is absolutely necessary. These reasons are:

  • The symptoms associated with morphine withdrawal are unpredictable – Attempting to detox at home can lead to the development of serious health-related complications, and some symptoms can even be life-threatening if left untreated.
  • In addition to being dangerous, symptoms of morphine withdrawal are very uncomfortable when not thoroughly and adequately treated – At Guardian Recovery Network we treat all physical and psychological symptoms as soon as they develop. We utilize a combination of treatment methods geared towards improving client comfort including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and evidence-based holistic methodologies. Medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone work to alleviate the more uncomfortable physical symptoms of withdrawal, and certain holistic methods (like acupuncture) have proven to reduce related drug cravings.
  • The services provided in medical detox help ensure that clients experience continued success in sobriety – At Guardian Recovery Network we focus on more than physical stabilization. We provide a range of services that include intervention planning, case management, individual and group therapy, family therapy, an intensive family workshop, aftercare planning and rehab placement services.
  • It has been repeatedly proven that men and women who enter into a medical detox program and immediately transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care have higher success rates and significantly lower rates of relapse – If a client decides to continue care after the detox process, we ensure that the transition into inpatient treatment is smooth and stress-free.

Morphine Detox

The treatment methods to smoothly detoxify an individual from morphine include medication assisted therapy [MAT], holistic treatment methods and intensive behavioral therapy. We utilize medications like naltrexone and buprenorphine to alleviate physical symptoms associated with withdrawal, and antipsychotic medication to treat psychological symptoms. In addition to providing a pain-free withdrawal we work towards laying a solid foundation for continued success in sobriety. We do this by introducing our clients to therapeutic intervention, recovery tools and relapse prevention training. If clients are feeling up to it they are encouraged to participate in individual therapy (offered once a week) and group therapy (offered daily). Clients also have access to daily on-site recovery meetings and a range of homestyle retreat amenities.

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    At Guardian Recovery Network we provide men and women of all ages with a multi-phased continuum of effective addiction treatment – one that most often begins with admission to our program of medically monitored detox. We believe that comprehensive treatment services should be readily available to those in need, which is why we work closely with most major regional and national health insurance providers. The moment you or your loved one contacts us we begin developing a viable and stress-free plan of action. Initially, we conduct a brief pre-assessment and offer a free, no obligation health insurance benefit check whenever necessary. Once the appropriate level of care and coverage are determined, we set a date and a time for intake and help develop reliable transportation to our detox facility. At Guardian Recovery Network we understand how devastating morphine addiction is and how overwhelming committing to a long-term program of addiction recovery can seem. We are available to help you or your loved one through every step of the early recovery process from start to finish – simply contact us today to get started.