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Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication derived from the opium poppy plant. It is commonly prescribed to manage severe pain, such as that experienced after surgery or in cases of chronic pain. Because of how morphine interacts with the central nervous system, it’s easy to become dependent or addicted to morphine.

If you or someone you care about struggles with dependence on morphine or another substance, Guardian Recovery can help. We will work with you to develop an individualized and effective program to help you recover from addiction and get you on the road to long-term recovery. We believe in the benefits of a full curriculum of clinical care, beginning with medical detoxification, transitioning into a higher level of treatment, and concluding with personalized aftercare planning. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options in your area.

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Morphine Addiction Detox & Rehab Process

When used over a long period or in high doses, morphine can lead to tolerance, meaning that higher doses are needed to achieve the desired effect. This process can eventually lead to dependence, where the body becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug and experiences withdrawal symptoms when it leaves the body.

The rehab process begins with an assessment, where a healthcare professional will determine the severity of your addiction and any co-occurring medical or mental health conditions. This assessment helps in developing an individualized treatment plan.

Additional steps include:

  • Detoxification.
  • Inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  • Behavioral therapy or counseling.
  • Support groups.
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
  • Aftercare.

Detoxing the Body from Morphine Abuse or Overdose

When you enter treatment, you will probably have drugs or alcohol still in your body. The first priority is to rid your system of harmful substances — a process known as detoxification (detox). You can experience a variety of uncomfortable physical and emotional sensations during detox, which is why it is so hard to do on your own. These symptoms are known as withdrawal.

Guardian Recovery offers medically assisted detox in a comfortable, safe, and secure environment. Experienced medical professionals will administer medications that minimize withdrawal side effects.

Duration of Withdrawal Symptoms

How long you experience morphine withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on several factors, including your level of dependence, the duration and dosage of morphine use, and your overall health. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin within a few hours to a day after the last dose of morphine and can last for several days to a couple of weeks. However, some symptoms, such as cravings and mood disturbances, may persist for months.

The Withdrawal Timeline for Morphine Abuse

Here are some general timelines for the withdrawal symptoms of morphine:

Early withdrawal symptoms — The early stage of withdrawal usually starts within 6-12 hours after the last dose and can last up to 3 days. Symptoms during this phase may include:

  • Anxiety.
  • Restlessness.
  • Agitation.
  • Sweating.
  • Insomnia.
  • Muscle aches and pains.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Runny nose.
  • Increased heart rate.

Peak withdrawal symptoms — The peak intensity of withdrawal symptoms typically occurs around 2-4 days after the last dose and may last for about a week. During this time, individuals may experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Goosebumps or “cold turkey” skin.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Irritability.
  • Depression.
  • Drug cravings.

Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) — Some individuals may experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms, also known as PAWS, following the acute withdrawal phase. These symptoms can persist for weeks or even months after the last dose and may include:

  • Mood swings.
  • Anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Fatigue and low energy.
  • Poor concentration and memory.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Cravings.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Morphine?

The duration and severity of withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person. The information above is a general guideline, and individual experiences may differ. If you or someone you know is going through morphine withdrawal, seeking professional medical advice and support is recommended.

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Can You Detox From Morphine Abuse on Your Own?

Detoxification can be a challenging and uncomfortable process, and having professional assistance can greatly increase your safety and chances of success.

A clinical professional can help manage withdrawal symptoms, take action if you experience any complications such as dehydration or elevated blood pressure, and monitor any underlying medical conditions that may be made worse by the detox process.

Common Forms of Treatment for Morphine Dependence

Several types of treatment are available if you are ready to address your morphine dependence.

Private Programs

Private substance use disorder facilities offer more individualized and comprehensive care than publicly funded programs. Services are generally more integrated, focusing on aftercare and maintaining long-term recovery.

Public & State Funded Programs

Public and state-funded programs provide a viable option for treatment for those who are uninsured or cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs of privately funded programs. The major downside of these programs is that it is often hard to get enrolled.

Insurance Based

Most privately funded detox and rehabilitation facilities accept major insurance providers. Guardian Recovery will contact your insurance provider to inquire about your insurance coverage. One of our Treatment Advisors will explain your benefits to you in language that is easy to understand, so you will know what your coverage includes. We also offer several options if you do not have insurance and will work with you to decide what is best for you.

Free & Medicaid or Medicare

Medicare is a government-funded medical insurance program for people over 65, younger disabled people, and dialysis patients. Medicaid helps low-income patients pay for medical expenses. These government programs may significantly limit your choice of treatment centers. Centers that accept Medicare and Medicaid also tend to have long waitlists and large client-to-staff ratios and cannot create a program that addresses your personal needs.

How Long Are Morphine Detox & Addiction Treatment Programs?

Most detox and addiction treatment programs run from 30 to 45 days, but the time you spend will depend upon your situation. It’s also important to remember that remaining engaged with your recovery community will increase your chances of long-term sobriety. Attending regular support meetings such as those offered by Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and similar groups will keep you connected to others who understand you and can help you when you are tempted to use.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment & Co-Occurring Disorders That May Be Present in Addiction

Dual diagnosis treatment is an approach that helps people with both addiction and mental health problems. Sometimes, individuals who struggle with addiction also have conditions like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Dual diagnosis treatment acknowledges that these conditions are interconnected and provides comprehensive care for both.

Rehab Programs & Options for Morphine Addiction

Several options are available to you once you decide to address your addiction. The program that is best for you will depend on several factors, including family and work obligations, insurance coverage, your level of addiction, and whether you are dealing with a co-occurring disorder

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Residential or inpatient treatment involves co-living with people who are also working on their recovery. This immersive experience provides a safe environment where you can feel a sense of community and companionship with your peers and receive professional, compassionate care from clinical and medical experts. Treatment duration varies but typically lasts about 30 day

Outpatient Rehab

With outpatient rehab (OP), you continue to live at home and attend programs two to three times a week, focusing on relapse prevention and healthy coping skills. Vital to long-term recovery, some OP programs also offer vocational or education-related services.

OP therapy allows you to pursue employment or spend more time with family and friends while still having the autonomy to make your own choices.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Most people in recovery participate in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) once they complete residential treatment. PHP programs include a full schedule of activities —like those offered in inpatient programs — five or six days weekly. While in PHP, you will live in a sober or private home and visit the PHP facility during the day.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The next step in your recovery journey may be Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP). Once in IOP, you can return to work, school, and other activities, while living in a sober or private home. You will attend treatment for several hours daily, three to five days a week.

Virtual & Online Treatment & Counseling

Virtual addiction treatment makes it easier to access care from anywhere, at any time. Virtual therapy lets you connect with a therapist or counselor through video conferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom. This eliminates the need for travel and allows you to receive treatment without leaving home. Additionally, virtual addiction treatment programs provide 24/7 support services so that individuals can access resources whenever needed.

Relapse Prevention for Morphine Addiction

After you have gone through the detoxification process and completed the rehabilitation program, it is important to understand how to prevent relapse to maintain long-term sobriety.

These strategies may include identifying triggers and warning signs of a potential relapse, developing coping mechanisms to manage cravings or stress, and seeking social support networks to offer guidance and comfort during difficult times.

Achieving Long-term Sobriety

You can achieve long-term sobriety by developing and sticking to a multi-faceted recovery program that includes components that support your emotional, physical, and mental health. Straying from that program is not a moral failing; it’s often just a part of life.

Addiction is a chronic condition that involves changing deeply-rooted behaviors. Relapse does not mean you have failed. Returning to your program and getting the help you need as quickly as possible is key to regaining your sobriety.

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No matter the substance, the best way to overcome addiction is with the help of experienced, trusted professionals like those at Guardian Recovery. We provide comprehensive treatment, including medically-assisted detox, therapy, specialty programs, and reintegration support. Our caring and skilled administrative, medical, and clinical teams will guide you through every step of your recovery process from the first time you call and work with you to develop an individualized and effective program to help you recover from addiction and get you on the road to long-term recovery. We provide a complimentary assessment and a free insurance benefits check and help coordinate local travel to our facility. All you have to do is ask; we will take care of the rest. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options in your area.


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Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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Cayla Clark grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting. Since then she has been writing on addiction recovery and psychology full-time, and has found a home as part of the Guardian Recovery team.

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