Last updated: 09/17/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Morphine withdrawal treatment programs provide extensive care for those who suffer from addiction to morphine, a dangerous painkiller that is commonly prescribed to those suffering from terminal illness. Overcoming the symptoms of morphine withdrawal and healing from an addiction to this drug may seem like an almost impossible feat, but with proper treatment and support you can get well.
Choosing a Rehab Center
Morphine withdrawal treatment is commonly provided in either a residential rehab center or an outpatient rehab center. The choice between each of these treatment options often lies with the addict and his or her family. Often times, the decision is based on price, location and the severity of withdrawal or dependence symptoms.
With residential or inpatient treatment, the patient will remain in the rehab center for a period of time, usually 30 days or more, while they receive around-the-clock treatment and care. This method of treatment is especially helpful for morphine addiction because the withdrawal symptoms tend to be very intense and difficult for the patient to cope with—residential treatment provides consistent care, throughout the day and night, helping the addict to remain abstinent and in control of his or her recovery.
Patients who seek inpatient treatment are less likely to relapse during the early stages of withdrawal when symptoms can become very intense and difficult to cope with. In choosing inpatient morphine withdrawal treatment, consider the fact that no two treatment centers are the same and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment that will work for everyone. Rehab centers can be found offering all different types of treatment at different costs and with different medical recovery approaches to healing.
Is Inpatient Treatment Private?
Often times, the first major concern for an addict seeking help is whether their privacy will be respected when they are in treatment. Concerns about confidentiality when in treatment should not hinder you from getting the help that you need—all rehab centers adhere to strict privacy standards and are forbidden from leaking your diagnosis or treatment information to others. By law, your condition and any records related to the treatment of your condition are kept confidential for your safety. This information may never be shared with unauthorized individuals.
Additionally, many inpatient morphine withdrawal treatment centers also provide measures to offer patients physical privacy during treatment. For instance, many luxury rehab centers provide private living quarters and rooms for each patient often only providing residential care for a small group of patients at a given time. The privacy that is afforded in this type of program can help you to focus more on yourself and your own recovery without the worry of who is involved or who will know that you are getting help for an addiction to this powerful painkiller.
How Long will Morphine Withdrawal Treatment Take?
The actual amount of time that you will require treatment for morphine withdrawal can vary based on:
- Your health.
- The severity of the addiction.
- Whether relapse has occurred.
- How long the addiction has been a problem.
- Your ability to remain abstinent.
Following initial detoxification in which the actual symptoms of withdrawal are treated, patients will generally require several months of psychological treatment in the form of counseling and therapy to help prevent relapse and provide a foundation for long-term recovery success. Most treatment programs provide a minimum of 30 days of treatment for those who suffer from morphine addiction. Many longer-term inpatient treatment programs are also available to provide patients with a home-like environment in which extended care and healing techniques are provided.
When you first seek the help of a treatment center that is qualified to treat morphine addiction, assessment will take place to determine the method of detox that is likely to be most suited to your current needs. During detox, you will receive treatment for a wide range of symptoms associated with morphine withdrawal. Common symptoms that are treated during detox include:
- Irritability and restlessness
- Sweating and dehydration
- Runny nose and watery eyes
- Muscle aches and bone pain
- Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
During detox, medications are often provided to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Some of the medications that are commonly used in the treatment of opiate withdrawal include:
Each of these can help to curb cravings and reduce the feelings of withdrawal but they also have potential side effects and can cause physical dependence that requires subsequent treatment. If, upon entering a residential rehab center, the treatment staff offers you medications to help control cravings during morphine withdrawal, be sure that you speak openly with the treatment staff upfront about any possible repercussions associated with the medications that are being provided so that you are fully aware of the potential risks involved with the medication use.
Final Considerations in Choosing Inpatient Treatment
Once you have made the decision to seek help for an addiction to morphine, you will need to think about whether you should choose treatment close to home or far away. Drastic change can sometimes facilitate comfort as you face a new environment and are no longer challenged with the triggers that you have become accustomed to in your current situation. Likewise, choosing treatment close to home can be beneficial as it allows ease of access to visits from friends and family and allows for greater family involvement in treatment.
Keep in mind that recovery is a gradual process that will not happen overnight. There will likely be good days and bad days—staying focused on the end goal of sobriety and freedom from addiction can help you during the difficult days. Think about what life will be without drug addiction in the forefront.
Are you ready to get sober? While committing to sobriety is a very serious plan, it can also be a life-saving choice. The reward, sobriety, is not only worth the effort—it’s also worth the wait.