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Morphine is a potent opioid pain reliever, typically used for the treatment of moderate or severe pain in a monitored, hospital setting. Because morphine has such a high potential for abuse, it is never prescribed to be taken long-term. Those that use this powerful pain medication are typically recovering from an invasive surgical procedure, or are in a hospital setting for some other type of acute pain (such as an accident that resulted in an injury, or cancer-related pain). Unfortunately, prescription opioids like morphine are very commonly abused despite their inherent danger. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that in the year 2018 alone, there were roughly 128 opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States on a daily basis. Opioid addiction and overdose have become serious health-related issues over the course of the past decade, and thousands of innocent men and women lose their lives to potent medications like morphine on an annual basis. The good news is, there is effective professional help available. If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of a morphine addiction, Pine Tree Recovery Center is available to help.
The Importance of Medically Monitored Detox
When it comes to morphine addiction recovery, medically monitored detox is always a necessary first step on the road to recovery. Our comprehensive and highly individualized morphine detox program tackles symptoms of morphine withdrawal as they arise. Our team of experienced and compassionate professionals is dedicated to providing a pain-free withdrawal experience in a private, homestyle retreat that was carefully designed with client comfort in mind. We believe that medical detox should be about much more than a safe and comfortable withdrawal. We utilize numerous proven therapeutic methods and holistic treatment methodologies to tackle the emotional and mental implications of morphine addiction as well. For more information on our program of morphine detox and morphine addiction recovery, give us a call today.
Morphine Abuse and Addiction
In many cases, morphine is abused by individuals who suffer from untreated and chronic pain-related disorders. Continuously misusing a medication eventually results in the development of a substance dependency disorder. Because morphine has such a high potential for abuse, those who abuse the drug for a short period of time are liable to develop a physical and psychological dependency.
Some common signs and symptoms of morphine abuse include:
- Regularly dilated pupils
- Issues concentrating and focusing on any one thing for an extended period of time
- Extreme sleepiness and fatigue, usually characterized by “nodding off,” or appearing to move in and out of consciousness
- Slurred speech and generally compromised motor functions
- Shallow breathing/respiratory depression
- Itchy skin/skin rashes
- Losing interest in activities that were previously enjoyed/prioritizing morphine use above all personal obligations
- Increased need for privacy/separation from friends and family members
- Irritability, aggression and general mood swings
- An obvious neglect of personal hygiene
- Significant legal and financial issues (and the continued use of morphine despite all of these issues)
- The frequent changing of prescribing physicians, also known as “doctor shopping”
- The building of a tolerance, meaning more morphine will be required in order for the desired effects to be produced
- Withdrawal symptoms upon abruptly ceased use
Those who develop a morphine dependence require a multi-phased treatment program. Medical detox is always a necessary first phase of clinical treatment, seeing as the symptoms associated with morphine withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, and even dangerous when left untreated.
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Morphine Withdrawal – Signs and Symptoms
MedLine Plus, a branch of the US National Library of Medicine, suggests that anytime a powerful prescription opioid like morphine is ingested for an extended period of time, symptoms associated withdrawal occur anytime use is stopped entirely or reduced. There are two phases of morphine withdrawal – the early phase and the late phase.
Symptoms of withdrawal that occur during the early phase begin within 72 hours of the last use, and include:
- Flu-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, watery eyes, incessant yawning and profuse sweating
- The onset of sleep-related issues like insomnia
The late-phase symptoms of morphine withdrawal are more severe, and begin within the first week of morphine withdrawal. These include:
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Increased anxiety, which can lead to persistent panic attacks when not adequately treated
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Irritability and agitation
- An inability to get comfortable
- The worsening of sleep-related issues
At Pine Tree Recovery Center we effectively treat all symptoms associated with morphine withdrawal, ensuring the most comfortable and pain-free detox experience available.
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Why Is Medical Detox Necessary?
While the symptoms of morphine withdrawal are not generally life-threatening, they can lead to serious complications when left untreated. For example, panic attacks are common among those who cease morphine use suddenly. Panic attacks can be absolutely crippling – however, we have on-site psychiatrists who can prescribe non-narcotic anti-anxiety medications to help alleviate these symptoms entirely. Our comprehensive program of care was specially designed to tackle all symptoms of morphine withdrawal – physical, emotional and psychological. We offer a wide range of amenities that cannot be found in a traditional detox setting, from a thorough introduction to the 12 step model of addiction recovery to daily therapeutic intervention. If you or someone close to you has been suffering at the hands of a morphine addiction, medical detox is always beneficial – not just in treating withdrawal, but in setting a solid foundation for continued recovery.
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Our Simple Admissions Process
At Pine Tree Recovery Center our admissions process is simple and stress-free. We understand that committing to addiction treatment can be overwhelming in and of itself. For this reason, our team of compassionate Treatment Advisors is dedicated to making admissions as simple and straightforward as possible for our future clients and their loved ones. We provide free, no obligation insurance benefit checks to determine how much of the clinical treatment process is covered. Because we accept most major insurance providers, there is a very good chance that the entire treatment process will be covered partially or in full. We also help future clients develop viable travel plans. Of course, men and women who have been suffering at the hands of a moderate or severe morphine addiction are rarely in good physical shape to transport themselves to treatment, and we understand that the loved ones of the individual might not easily be able to provide them with a ride to treatment based on pre-existing personal obligations. We have several drivers who are able to provide individuals with safe and efficient rides to our treatment facility for this very reason. Again, our goal is to make the admissions process as stress-free as possible – no matter what it is you need, we have got you covered.
Morphine is a highly potent substance, and the symptoms of morphine withdrawal can be severe. Our exceptional medical detox experience couples quality clinical care with a private, homestyle retreat that was carefully designed with client comfort in mind. We offer all of the comforts of home along with numerous additional amenities. To learn more about our program of morphine detox and addiction recovery, simply give us a call today 24/7 at (888) 693-1751 or complete this online form click here.