Morphine is often prescribed to treat pain. Unfortunately, though, many people abuse it as a heroin substitute and for its own ability to cause euphoria when taken in large doses. This type of use can quickly lead to addiction, which will require professional treatment in a rehab center.
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, “Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the poppy plant.” The drug is normally used to treat moderate to severe pain and can be prescribed as a liquid, an extended release tablet, and an extended release capsule. It is an effective treatment option for pain, but doctors have to be careful when prescribing it to patients in order to avoid any side effects or misuse.
Sadly, many individuals abuse morphine by taking it without a prescription or taking it in larger doses than prescribed, taking it more often than prescribed, etc. Many individuals crush and snort the tablets in order to experience the full effects of the drug immediately, which can bring on a high similar to that of heroin. This type of misuse can lead to a number of serious side effects including overdose, dependence, tolerance, and addiction.
Recognizing that you have become a morphine addict can be difficult, but if you think you have a problem, you likely already do. Ask yourself the questions below in order to determine if you are already suffering from a morphine addiction.
- Do you misuse morphine every day, incredibly frequently, and/or in large doses?
- Have you begun to neglect the other aspects of your life in order to use more of the drug?
- Are your friends and family members concerned about your substance abuse?
- When they have brought up their concern, did you become hostile?
- Do you feel you wouldn’t be able to get through the day, fall asleep at night, get out of bed, etc. without morphine?
- Have you noticed the same dose no longer causes the same effects?
- Are you considering using a stronger medication or turning to illicit opioids in order to fight your tolerance for the drug?
- Have you ever overdosed on morphine?
- Are you experiencing any severe physical or mental side effects of your morphine abuse such as
- Chronic constipation?
- Hallucinations, agitation, or severe confusion?
- Have you experienced professional or work problems because of your substance abuse?
- Have you experienced relationship problems because of your substance abuse?
- Have you experienced legal problems because of your substance abuse?
- Have you experienced financial problems because of your substance abuse?
- Do you feel, even with the issues morphine has caused in your life, that you would not be able to stop abusing it without help?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, especially the last one, you are likely already suffering from a morphine addiction and will need help in order to stop abusing the drug. The defining symptom of an addiction is the inability to control one’s use of the drug, and without help, it will be almost impossible to do so.
If you choose not to seek help, the consequences of your abuse will only become worse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many individuals have admitted to using prescription drugs before turning to heroin, and morphine, when taken in large enough amounts, can potentially cause a deadly overdose.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Morphine Addiction?
You should seek treatment for a morphine addiction in a professional rehab center. The drug is very intense and can cause a number of serious side effects in those who abuse it. In a rehab center, you will be able to receive the evidence-based practices like medications and behavioral therapies that will help you safely recover from your substance use disorder and build a strong recovery.
In addition, opioids are highly available, and without professional care, many individuals relapse back to their substance abuse. It is time to seek help in a rehab center if you have been suffering silently from morphine addiction; let us help you find the care you need by calling 800-584-3274 today.
Types of Morphine Rehab Centers
There are several different types of morphine rehab centers. It is important to be able to choose between these programs and to find the option that best suits your needs.
- Inpatient vs. outpatient care: Inpatient centers are 24-hour facilities while outpatient centers offer the same general treatment options without providing round-the-clock care.
- Usually, individuals with severe addictions, co-occurring mental disorders, and/or a lack of support at home are better suited for inpatient care.
- Low-cost vs. luxury care: Some facilities provide low-cost or even free treatment to patients who need it (usually individuals with low incomes). Luxury rehab centers offer high-end accommodations and additional options like spa treatments and gourmet meals.
- Not everyone can afford luxury care, but not everyone qualifies for low-cost or free treatment either. Therefore, it is important to consider your budget when seeking morphine addiction treatment in order to find the best option for your recovery.
- Methadone maintenance treatment vs. non-methadone treatment: Some individuals choose MMT as an option for their recovery from opioid addiction. It is a long-standing treatment type, and many rehab centers focused on opioid addiction treatment offer it. However, there are other options as well.
- Individuals with severe addiction syndromes and dependencies usually fare better in MMT, while individuals with less intense dependencies can usually choose another option like buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone.
Choosing the right type of rehab center for your recovery is important, but it is also necessary to remember that each facility has its own rules and provides its own unique type of care. This is why it is important to consider all your needs and how a facility will meet them before choosing a particular program.
According to the NIDA, “Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.” However, there are many different treatment program lengths, depending on the facility you choose and the type of care it provides.
Some programs only offer 28 or 30 days of treatment, which is usually supplemented by an aftercare program of some type. Some long-term treatment facilities, especially those offering therapeutic community-type care, will encourage patients to stay at the facility for a year or longer. And if you do choose MMT, 12 months is the minimum amount of time recommended for treatment, but some patients stay on methadone for years afterward.
If you are suffering from a morphine addiction, you will need treatment in a rehab center. Opioids are highly available drugs, as stated above, and without the proper care and recovery lessons, it can be extremely difficult to avoid returning to drug abuse. Some individuals also need 24-hour, inpatient care early on in their recoveries in order to avoid relapse, as a controlled environment is sometimes the only way to ensure this.
Treating drug addiction isn’t simple, according to the NIDA, and without the help you can gain from a rehab center, you may not be able to build a strong enough recovery. Addiction isn’t a matter of willpower; it’s a disease that requires treatment, just like any other physical or mental disorder.
Many people are concerned about whether or not they will be able to afford their treatment program, but the truth is there are many ways to pay for morphine addiction treatment. Even if you do not have the money for a luxury or private rehab facility, there are options that can allow you to get the care you need at a price that will suit your budget.
- Most insurance companies will cover at least part of the cost of treatment for substance use disorders. This will make paying for rehab much easier.
- According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 61.8 percent of rehab centers in the United States in 2008 provided patients with a sliding-fee scale to help them pay for treatment. You and your facility can decide together on an amount based on your budget, income, etc., and you will be expected to pay that amount.
- You can also finance your treatment costs. Many individuals who still have large out-of-pocket costs are able to negotiate with their rehab facilities an amount to pay upfront and then an amount to pay in increments after their treatment has ended.
- As stated above, low-cost and even free rehab centers exist where those with low incomes can qualify for treatment. These facilities are specifically designed to help those individuals otherwise would not be able to afford treatment.
Recovery isn’t just for those who can pay for expensive treatment options. You can begin a life free of substance abuse by finding the program that is best for your budget and your other needs.
We want to help you find the best morphine rehab program for your recovery. This includes a facility that
- Offers the treatment options you require
- Does not cost more than you can afford
- Provides an adequate treatment length for your recovery
- Will help you transition into an aftercare program
When you call 800-584-3274, you will be able to speak with a treatment advisor who understands your needs and wants to help you find the best care possible for your recovery. Every patient is different, so make sure you have someone on your side to help you find the program that is best for you. We can also help you
- Find rehab centers that will accept your insurance
- Determine if you are eligible for free or low-cost treatment
- Build a plan to get into the rehab program of your choice
After rehab, you will begin a new chapter in your life: living in recovery. But this does not mean that your addiction is a thing of the past or even that it will be cured. Instead, it is important to learn what life after rehab really means.
- According to the NIDA, most people need long-term or multiple treatment programs throughout the course of their lives in order to avoid relapse and stay strong in their recoveries. After rehab, you may choose to attend treatment again. You may also need aftercare, which can include
- Booster sessions at your rehab center
- Living in a halfway house or sober home
- Individualized or group post-rehab counseling
- It is important to bring people––and activities––into your life that reinforce your decision to stop abusing morphine and to live a healthier, drug-free life. This can include attending 12-step or other types of mutual-help group meetings, planning drug-free activities with friends, and talking to your loved ones about your recovery journey. Remember, you are not alone.
- You may experience issues at some point in your life that will make you vulnerable to relapse, but the important thing to remember is not to give up on your recovery. Even if you do return to drug abuse, this does not mean you have failed. You may simply need more help in order to continue on your journey of living a sober life.
Post-rehab life can be complicated, but as long as you ask for help when you need it, stay conscious of your situation and how it is affecting you, and strive to live healthily, you will be able to build a strong recovery.
Abusing morphine is a serious issue and can lead to terrible addiction syndromes among other severe side effects. Let us help you find the treatment you need today by calling 800-584-3274. Life is about second chances, and it’s time to begin living yours.