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Medically Assisted Morphine Detoxification

At Immersion Recovery 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 Immersion Recovery Center we perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each clients needs and recovery goals. Immersion Recovery Center 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.

Morphine is a controlled narcotic substance used primarily in the treatment of severe pain. Morphine is often used in hospitals to alleviate serious pain and it can only be prescribed by a medical professional. The drug has an extremely high rate of dependence and it can be extremely lethal when taken in high doses. Morphine 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 widespread accessibility and “pleasurable” effects. Some side 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.

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Morphine Addiction Signs and Symptoms

Any time an individual obtains and uses morphine without a prescription it can be considered morphine abuse. While the substance is legal when prescribed, it is so potent and habit-forming that is very heavily regulated. Addiction will develop if an individual uses morphine as medication regularly, or in higher doses than were initially prescribed. As soon as tolerance is built up an individual will begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal with ceased use. In order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms the morphine addict will seek more of the drug before they kick in. Ultimately this cycle will lead to severe dependency. It can be somewhat difficult to detect morphine abuse in someone else, though there are several signs and symptoms to look for. These include:

Signs of Morphine Addiction

  • Nodding off
  • Dilated pupils
  • Irritability
  • Slurred speech
  • An inability to pay attention
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Neglect of personal responsibilities
  • Mood swings

The side effects of morphine itself are extremely fast-acting and usually show up within 15 minutes of use. Depending on the amount used, morphine can stay in the system for up to several days. Immediate symptoms of use include dizziness, drowsiness, slowed breathing, respiratory depression, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, nervousness, sleepiness, euphoria, nausea and changes in mood. Morphine is a central nervous system depressant and it works slow down both nervous system and brain functioning. The sedative effects of this potent medication are so intense that when used in high doses it can cause unconsciousness – which can lead to death.

Morphine Withdrawal

The length and intensity of the withdrawal period depends on several key factors. First and most importantly – the duration and intensity of drug use. For example, someone who uses morphine every day for three years will require a more intensive detox program than someone who used morphine once or twice a week for six months. Genetic and biological influences also come into play. The level of drug dependence is often dictated by personal family history – if someone has a family history of drug addiction they are more inclined to engage in drug abuse themselves. Biological factors like pre-existing medical and mental health issues will also play a role. If an individual has been abusing morphine along with another chemical substance or several chemical substances, the detox process will be more complicated (and likely significantly longer in duration). Despite the serious risks involved, for example, many morphine addicts will also drink heavily. Finally, environmental factors can play a major part in morphine withdrawal. If an individual attempts to detox in an insecure environment, like at home, the chances of relapse increase significantly. If an individual checks into a medically monitored detox that offers 24-hour care and support, the effects of withdrawal and chances of relapse dwindle immensely.

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Symptoms of Morphine Withdrawal

  • Spiked heart rate
  • Chills
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Disillusionment
  • Stomach cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety and depression

Why Morphine Needs Detoxification

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, yawning, 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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Our extensively trained and experienced staff members work hard to ensure that morphine detox is as painless as possible. We have prescribing physicians, medical professionals, addiction specialists, and therapeutic counselors onboard, all working together to provide a comprehensive and effective detox experience.