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Morphine Detox Possible Complications

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Due to the possibility of intense withdrawal symptoms, Morphine detox can present risks. The potential for complication increases if professional opiate treatment is not sought.
Morphine is a powerful opiate analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. It’s generally given after surgery, injury or trauma and is also used for pain conditions associated with cancer. Morphine has a high potential for dependency and addiction and is subject to abuse.

Morphine Detox can Bring on a Dangerous and Painful Withdrawal Syndrome

In order to recover, addicted patients will need to rid their bodies of morphine (detox). There are several detox options that can minimize or eliminate opiate withdrawal but patients should be aware of possible complications that can occur with each.
An option a lot of patients initially attempt is self-detox or “cold turkey” morphine detox treatment. While this option may seem like it’s plausible, it’s actually quite dangerous. When patients attempt to detox on their own without medical intervention, they’re leaving themselves open to intense withdrawal symptoms, which can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Body aches/ muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Irritability, anxiety
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Intense cravings
  • Possible seizures

Self-detox also puts patients at risk for relapse. They may find the withdrawal symptoms too intense and return to use, also increasing their risk for an accidental opiate overdose because of diminished tolerance.

Outpatient And Inpatient Options Include Replacement Therapy And Rapid Detox

A form of detox available on an outpatient basis is opiate replacement therapy. Medications including Suboxone and Methadone are administered as replacements for Morphine. These drugs alleviate the withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for morphine. Replacement therapy can be effective but these drugs are opiates and patients can become dependent upon them. Since most replacement therapy programs are outpatient, the psychological component of treatment can be neglected and this aspect is necessary for the recovery process.
Inpatient treatment programs offer detox and therapy as part of the recovery process. These programs often administer medications to minimize Morphine withdrawal, coupled with intense individual and group therapy. While these programs can be successful, patients often leave treatment during withdrawal because they find the symptoms and cravings too intense.
Rapid detox with Waismann Method Treatment can quickly eliminate Morphine from the system in less than 2 hours. Patients remain inpatient in our accredited hospital usually for 2 to 3 days for medical detox followed by a recovery period at our exclusive Domus Retreat for 2-to-7 days. This inclusive, safe and fast approach to Morphine detox treatment provides patients the right foot forward to lead a productive and healthy life.

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