Morphine Withdrawal

Morphine is an opiate that’s used for pain relief from chronic conditions or surgical complications. In small doses under a physician’s prescription, using morphine shouldn’t pose any problems. However, for those who misuse or abuse it, the potential for dependence and addiction increases greatly.

When ingested or injected, morphine produces a “high” feeling that elevates one’s mood and alleviates discomfort.

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The experience is often described as “euphoric,” stimulating the brain’s reward system. This can cause you to begin using the drug over and over again to keep getting that same feeling, becoming addicted in the process.

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What Are Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms?

Once you’ve become dependent on or addicted to morphine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop using the drug. In general, morphine withdrawal symptoms will be very uncomfortable, but they will vary depending on your unique body chemistry and the level of dependence on the drug. Those who have higher dependence can expect to experience much more intense symptoms during the withdrawal period.

Morphine withdrawal symptoms are not relegated to particular periods of the withdrawal process, but instead can be felt at any point or stage. The intensity of these symptoms can differ greatly between patients.

Symptoms commonly experienced by those going through morphine withdrawal include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose or watery eyes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Agitation
  • Rapid heartbeat

Because of these various symptoms, morphine withdrawal can be very difficult, and the chance of relapse for any user is high. Therefore, withdrawal should only be undertaken with medical assistance and performed while adhering to a definitive treatment timeline.

What Are the Stages of the Morphine Withdrawal Timeline?

The pace at which you’ll go through the withdrawal stages can vary from person to person depending on various factors. In addition, the severity of symptoms can differ, depending on factors like:

  • Level of dependence
  • Dosage
  • Frequency taken
  • Method of ingestion
  • Overall health condition
  • Age
  • Metabolism
  • Polydrug use
  • Support system
  • Taper schedule

The general timeline of withdrawal is as follows:

DAY 1

Morphine will begin to leave your body, and it’s likely that you’ll feel some cravings for the drug. Mild side effects such as nausea, yawning, or aches may appear, much like if you were coming down with the flu.

DAYS 2-3

This point in the withdrawal process is most often the worst for many recovering users, as some of the symptoms will peak. Pain and discomfort, increased due to the body’s lack of a morphine supply, will become much more frequent and intense. Symptoms such as diarrhea and insomnia are common, as are conditions such as anxiety. Mood swings are to be expected, and continued cravings may occur. During this period, the desire for relapse may be very strong. It is crucial that a strong support network is nearby to prevent a person from relapsing and taking more morphine.

DAYS 4-7

At this stage in the withdrawal process, many of the harsher symptoms will begin to relax and disappear. Users will still feel sick and weakened, but overall mood stability and body health will begin to improve. Pain may remain, but it will become much more manageable. Making it to this stage of the withdrawal process is a great victory.

DAY 8 AND BEYOND

At this point, physical problems will fade away into minor versions and stop impeding daily life. However, emotional symptoms like depression or anxiety may remain for some time. It is common for users to experience these symptoms for a month or longer. This is why treatment after the withdrawal period is so important.

Why Should I Detox?

Detoxification is the process by which a person’s morphine addiction is slowly “tapered off.” This is superior to quitting “cold turkey,” as suddenly removing a chemical that your body has been dependent on can throw your biological system into shock. In addition, quitting a substance abruptly can result in higher chances for relapse.

Therefore, a supervised detox under a doctor’s care is the best method of removing the influence of morphine from one’s body. By “tapering off,” your morphine ingestion is slowly and linearly lowered until the body no longer requires the drug for normal, everyday function.

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What Is the Next Treatment Step?

Detoxing is important, but it’s only the beginning of the recovery process. In fact, once detox has taken place, the most vital next step is treatment for the habits and cravings which caused addiction in the first place. Visits and monitoring through a clinic are the best ways to achieve appropriate treatment.

When it comes to treatment, there are a few different methods that suit the different needs individuals might face. No one treatment is totally superior, but each has advantages and downsides.

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT

This type of treatment involves a client remaining at a designated treatment center under the constant care and supervision of trained medical professionals. During their stay at the center, the client will be monitored for most of the day. Both physical and emotional resources will be provided 24/7.

A rigorous treatment regimen will be implemented to instill healthy habits and proper ways of thinking about morphine and other addictive substances. This is an excellent choice for those who have a risky home life where they are exposed to morphine or those who have difficulty controlling their addiction without outside intervention.

OUTPATIENT TREATMENT

By contrast, outpatient treatment allows a patient to remain living at their home throughout the treatment process. Instead, scheduled times during the week are agreed upon, and the client visits a treatment clinic during these periods. They are assigned habits or regimens, which are then followed up on by medical professionals. This is a great option for those who need to work during their rehab period or who have strong familial or home-life support systems in place.

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP)

This type of rehab is something of a middle ground between the other two types. It allows the client to remain at home but imposes more regular visits to the clinic or visits to the client’s home by medical personnel, as well as stricter regimens and routines to promote good habits and healthy living. This is a good option for those who need to remain working but live in challenging circumstances that offer a potential for relapse.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

You do not have to stay a prisoner to morphine addiction. Treatment is available that has been time-tested to assure you a successful recovery. Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient program, you can indeed detox and get free from the compulsion to use morphine and/or other drugs.

If you or a loved one have been struggling to get off morphine or another opioid, please take your first step toward recovery from that addiction today. There is a beautiful life on the other side of addiction waiting for you, and you deserve to be free.

Please give us a call today at 855-463-0793 or contact us online, and we’ll be happy to discuss various treatment options for you. We can answer any questions you may have. Reach out now and begin your path to a successful recovery.