WHAT IS MORPHINE?
You might think drugs weren’t invented until the 1960s, when along with the hippies and flower children came a freedom in self-administered highs of this substance or that.
Fact is, drugs – and hard drugs at that – have been around almost as long as humanity.
One drug that has a long history is morphine.
Morphine, in fact, was the original opioid, and traces back over 200 years.
19th century poetic sages Lord Byron and Percy Shelley were rumored morphine addicts. In fact, Frankenstein is said to have been created on a morphine-induced weekend in Switzerland between Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and the couples’ butler.
As defined by Medical News, morphine is the most abundant analgesic opiate found in opium and is a potent pain reliever.
Morphine is used as a clinical discomfort blocker in hospitals. The drug is also used illicitly for recreational purposes among drug users. The drug in clinical terms is called Papaver somniferum, and is obtained from opium extracted from the poppy plant.
Morphine is highly addictive and can cause intense physical dependence that leads to its abuse.
Morphine’s most popular application is in hospitals where it is widely used for pain management, especially for patients with terminal cancer pain or those who are recovering from surgery.
HOW CAN MORPHINE REHAB HELP?
Unfortunately, there is no known way to avoid addiction when using morphine. Addiction, in fact, can occur in less than a week’s time with the drug.
If administered by a doctor, he or she will probably prescribe medication to help a patient wean themselves off morphine.
Quitting an abusive relationship with morphine, as is the fact with other opioids, is not impossible. It just takes work and dedication, and resources such as the staff at our rehabilitation centers who oversee our detailed recovery programs.
MORPHINE INPATIENT REHAB
Inpatient care is for patients with severe substance use disorders that require around-the-clock monitoring form qualified treatment professionals. If a patient can’t cope with the withdrawal symptoms on his or her own, they will need inpatient care.
In many cases, morphine addicts are unable to kick their habits on their own. They either suffer severe withdrawals that incapacitate them or worse yet, put their lives in danger though issues such as shallow breathing.
Because of these symptoms, it is highly recommended that detox and recovery from morphine take place as an inpatient in an accredited rehabilitation center.
Inpatient visitations are very important for people who are recovering from substance abuse.
When you visit someone in rehab, you let them know they are not alone and you still care about them.
Of course, the rehabilitation center will have restrictions as to when loved ones and friends can visit.
During the initial morphine detox, you likely won’t be allowed to visit.
The emotional stability of the person in recovery will also affect your ability to visit.
When that person is doing well, a visit is more likely to be allowed.
Whereas, if the person in treatment is struggling with the recovery process, it may be best to wait.
As always, check first with your loved one’s assigned counselor to make certain a visit will help, not hinder their progression to sobriety from morphine.
MORPHINE OUTPATIENT REHAB
Patients who require less intense observation during the detox and recovery process may find outpatient care a better option.
While outpatient care isn’t as prestigious among those in the rehabilitation industry, it can be a great option for patients who aren’t likely to cause harm to themselves during detox.
Many patients prefer this option because it is often more affordable. This option, however, is not available for morphine users.
THE PROCESS FOR MORPHINE REHAB
The recently increased popularity of morphine has made creating a custom rehab process for the drug much simpler.
We look deep into the history of your morphine use to find the root cause. Then, through group and individual counseling, we help you learn how to confront that root cause.
We’ll also help you identify which aspects of your life could trigger a relapse. We even help you figure out the common circumstances that cause people to run back to morphine. This can include holiday and birthday celebrations as well as a variety of other events. We look into what these events mean to you, and how you might deal with these events to protect yourself and your sobriety’s progress.
In addition to counseling, the rehabilitation experience at our facilities also focuses on your physical wellbeing. We offer exercise programs, which in most cases involves stretching, yoga, and other low impact activities. Remember, morphine rehabilitation is not just about getting a person off their substance of choice, but also about getting them back into physical shape.
For the fact is, any addiction can ravish much more than your mental and emotional state. The biggest ways addiction effects a person physically are through injuries, illness, or drastic weight fluctuations.
THE LENGTH OF MORPHINE TREATMENT
Treatment programs vary in length to accommodate the needs of the individual. Depending on the degree of your morphine use, treatment could last anywhere from a few days to months or possibly longer.
Also keep in mind that morphine treatment doesn’t just involve detox and a week or two of recovery. To increase the likelihood of continued sobriety, your treatment will also involve extended counseling sessions.
In addition to helping you quit using morphine, your treatment will give you the emotional, mental, and physical strength to stay sober in the face of temptation.
MORPHINE HAS LEGS
Morphine has been administered to wounded soldiers from the Civil War through to Vietnam. And is still highly used in hospitals for anything from post-surgical pain to end-of-life treatment.
As far as an illicit drug is concerned, yes, it’s fallen out of favor for other drugs.
But even so, morphine continues to be a viable painkiller within our culture, and given that, it still deserves attention from credible rehabilitation services.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MORPHINE?
As morphine enters the blood stream, it is carried throughout the brain and body, and activates opioid receptors to exert the effects of the drug. Immediate effects can be a loss of pain, respiratory depression and sleepiness.
Morphine has several bodily effects beyond pain reduction. Those include loss of hunger and cough suppression.
Some of the clinical uses of morphine include:
- Pain relief after surgery
- Pain relief after major trauma or injury, except head injuries
- Pain relief in advanced cancers with terminal cancer pain
Morphine addicts may display fatigue or even nod off. When craving morphine, or even trying to get off the drug, an addict may have the following symptoms:
- Tearing eyes
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches
- Dilated pupils
- Trouble sleeping
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Stomach cramps
Those who have been using morphine for a length of time might briefly go through some or even all of the above symptoms during withdrawal. In doing so, they may believe they have come down with a cold or the flu.
Keep in mind this can occur in both a patient who has just left the hospital after a procedure or treatment for an injury, as well as an addict looking for their next fix.
HOW IS MORPHINE ADMINISTERED?
It used to be that the only way morphine could be administered is by injection. Now morphine can be ingested in pill form, drinkable solution or a suppository.
HOW CAN I TELL IF SOMEONE IS ADDICTED TO MORPHINE?
Morphine tends to make a person constipated and/or nauseated. The drug slows down bodily functions and can sometimes induce vomiting.
Morphine also slows down a person’s breathing, which is the main source of morphine-related deaths during overdoses.
Other symptoms of morphine use can include:
- Shallow breathing – it may feel like the person’s chest is barely moving and there may be a few breaths each minute
- Feeling faint or dizzy
- Low blood pressure, especially when a person is also taking other medications that cause a drop in blood pressure
- Constricted pupils
- Loss of normal muscle tension
- Cardiac arrest
- Cold and clammy skin
- Circulatory collapse
During the morphine rehabilitation program, we will keep your Patient Health Information (PHI) to the utmost degree of privacy.
Fighting through the struggle of morphine recovery will be difficult enough, so our focus on privacy should help keep your mind at ease.
You can take comfort in knowing your PHI is safe so you can concentrate on your recovery.
HOW ARE PAYMENTS HANDLED
Payments are handled through a monthly billing cycle. For some long-term patients the billing cycle will be bi-weekly.
Just like how we keep your Patient Health Information safe and secure, we do the same for your payment information. We don’t save your credit card information or any other financial records.
GOING AWAY FOR TREATMENT
We have treatment facilities all over the country, so you’re sure to find one that’s convenient for your needs.
Leaving town for treatment can often give you a clean slate that can be helpful in the recovery process. It can help you strip away the layers of familiarity to find a new way to function.
In many cases, removing yourself from everything that’s familiar can set you up for success in your new sober life.
Sobriety is a new way of life. It takes ongoing effort. That effort is much easier to muster when you know you’re not alone.
We try to help you establish a support group as part of our treatment programs. The relationships you develop while in recovery can be part of that support network.
This social aspect of the rehab process can’t be overstated. Solitude and feelings of loneliness notoriously lead to substance use. This is why building relationships can be the crucial piece of the recovery process you get in a treatment center as opposed to quitting on your own.
A loved one’s addiction to morphine can be devastating to all who are near, family and friends included. If you sense an addiction problem to morphine, especially in a young person, and you just don’t know how to remedy it, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days.