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Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

Morphine Withdrawal

The overall symptoms of morphine withdrawal can be incredibly intense. Emotional symptoms are also prevalent and can come in the form of anxiety, dysphoria, and irritability. It is essential to note that morphine is an opiate and over time the body becomes accustomed to its effects. When the drug become absent, withdrawal symptoms will occur. This is also the case for those patients who use the drug legitimately. Morphine withdrawal is a typical and predictable physiological response. It can be extremely unpleasant and sometimes medically risky. Furthermore, symptoms of withdrawal can become unbearably uncomfortable; for that reason, morphine users often choose to remain taking the drug.

Opiates like morphine change the way the brain responds to pain stimuli. It can also produce a “high” by disrupting the reward and pleasure areas of the brain.

Repeated use or abuse of opioid drugs actually changes the way the brain chemistry works which leads to physical and psychological dependence. The individual may simply not feel “normal” anymore without the drug’s interaction. Furthermore, withdrawal symptoms may start in between doses or when an individual stops taking the drug altogether.

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Symptoms of Morphine Withdrawal

Once you stop taking morphine, you might start feeling some withdrawal symptoms, which is part of the process of the detoxification process. These symptoms are primarily manifestations of your brain and body adjusting to life without the medication. Morphine is considered a fast-onset drug; this means that withdrawal may begin within 6-12 hours of the last dose. Symptoms usually progress through two stages, an early withdrawal including minor symptoms to the more peak during which often occurs 48-72 hours later. Commonly reported withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine can include;

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Yawning
  • Chills
  • Watery eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Strong cravings for the drug
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Body aches
  • Tremors
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Hot flashes
  • Bone and muscle pain.

Detoxification is the removal of a particular drug from the body. Morphine withdrawal is best managed through a specialized medical facility. The primary focus of detox provider should be, to help individuals get through the withdrawal comfortably, safely and successfully.

Withdrawal Treatment and Detox

In general, morphine withdrawal lasts 5 to 7 days. Withdrawal severity and duration can be determined by a number of contributing factors, such as:

  • Patients Age
  • Amount and period of drug use
  • Biological or genetic influences
  • Co-occurring physical and emotional disorders
  • Polydrug abuse
  • Environmental factors

Detox is an individual experience. As a result, specific symptoms and the timeline may vary somewhat from patient to patient.

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How to Overcome a Morphine Withdrawal and Addiction

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain conditions or severe injuries and illnesses. For most patients, addiction to opiates happened at fault of their own. Legitimate prescriptions for pain medication can lead rather quickly to tolerance followed by addiction. Morphine addiction can be devastating, but it does not have to ruin your life.

Opioid abuse is at epidemic proportions in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that overdose fatalities related to opioids have quadrupled from 1999 to 2014; nearly 165,000 Americans have died from a prescription opioid overdose.
The sheer magnitude of this opioid abuse crisis pushes researchers to work toward finding better ways to treat the condition. Stopping an opioid drug like morphine “cold turkey”, without medical support is not recommended. It can induce powerful withdrawal symptoms and put the individual at risk.

Nonetheless, withdrawal symptoms can be extremely distressing to endure. Failure of achieving detoxification often raises the possibility of the user deepening the dependence on morphine, by losing any hope that might have existed before the attempt to withdrawal. The best alternative for opioid treatment is to go through a structured and supervised medical detoxification center, which offers many more advantages:

  • Withdrawal is a complicated chemical process, that affects basic vital signs that can be managed by trained medical staff.
  • Doctors can prescribe specific medications to ease the withdrawal process.
  • Other medical needs can suddenly surface and are can immediately address.
  • There is a very low risk of relapsing as you won’t have access to morphine.
  • When the withdrawal phase is complete, you can immediately focus on your emotional health.
  • Craving management medications are available.

Waismann Method Offers Accelerated Morphine Rapid Detox

If you are using morphine for pain management and feel you are using more and more to obtain the same pain relief, you may be suffering from a common condition called Hyperalgesia. Also, your body might have become tolerant to the drug, and it can no longer provide you with the expected effects. There is no need to feel scared or ashamed.

The Waismann Method® offers different options for morphine detoxification. From assisted inpatient medical detoxification to rapid detox under anesthesia. Rapid Detox eliminates most of the withdrawal symptoms in approximately 60 minutes. The process is performed by our multi-board-certified medical director. Patients are usually hospitalized for 2 to 3 days, followed by a few more days at our private recovery center.

Patients rest in their private rooms where vital signs and overall physical/emotional responses are closely monitored by a specialized team. In the days that follow, the patient often sleeps more than usual. The Waismann Method has been proved to be significantly more effective than other forms of Morphine detoxification treatments available.

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