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Morphine Addiction Treatment and Rehab at Florida Rehab Centers
Morphine and addiction
The prescription drug Morphine is one of the oldest painkillers to consistently be marketed in the United States. It’s been in use in hospitals as early as the 1800s and is considered in the pharmaceutical industry to be the “gold standard” of which all other opioid drugs are modeled around. Morphine is manufactured from the sap of the poppy plant and holds very powerful analgesic properties. The drug is not as widely used as oxycodone or hydrocodone because it is a direct opiate and not and opioid. This makes the drug remarkably more addictive to the patients prescribed Morphine for their pain.
Morphine works by intercepting opioid receptors in the central nervous system and attaching to them. The result is the body responding to pain in a pleasurable, sometimes euphoric manner. This euphoric is the reason many patients become addicted to Morphine. They build up a tolerance for the drug and require more to reach an adequate level of pleasure.
Morphine addiction and the side effects of abuse
Use of Morphine has its side effects, from moderate to severe, depending on the dosage levels the user is administering. Less severe side effects in the short-term are drowsiness and constipation and long-term side effects include paranoia, irregular heartbeats, depressed breathing and anxiety.
When a user develops a high tolerance for Morphine, they may begin using more than the doctor’s recommended dosage of the drug in order to achieve the level of high desired. Morphine is available in tablet and liquid forms and users that have become addicted to Morphine may attempt to snort crushed pills or inject the liquid or powder in order to achieve a strong “rush.” The rushes and addiction that a Morphine addict experience are eerily similar to those of heroin. This is because they are derived from the same plant and the only different between the two is the manufacturing process.
There is a common misconception that using drugs approved by the FDA make them safer for recreational consumption. A myth that seems to be reflected in the numbers of users that are trying prescription drugs non-medically (6.2 million, according to a 2009 SAMHSA survey). In fact, Morphine addiction is just as dangerous an addiction as many illicit drugs and the treatment and detoxification process is a very long and difficult path.
Morphine addiction treatment and rehab at Florida drug rehab centers – Challenges
When a Morphine addict makes the decision to quit, they must first go through detox in a medical treatment facility. Withdrawal symptoms can be very severe and if the patient is in poor physical health, their life may be at risk during the time it takes to flush the drugs from their system. Morphine withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, restlessness, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle and bone pain, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements. The detoxification period typically peaks between 48-72 hours but symptoms can last up to a week before the patient begins to feel healthy again.
Once a recovering Morphine addict is cleared from detox, they are usually required to receive methadone treatments to help reduce the craving for more Morphine. Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is designed to work in the Central Nervous System similarly to Morphine, but without all of the addictive side effects.
At Challenges, we believe in a holistic approach to addiction recovery and therefore have a combination of treatment programs at our facility, including massage, yoga, group sessions, neurofeedback, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment.
We combine substance abuse treatment with mental health support to make flexible, accommodating plans for individuals that will work with their personality and lifestyle.
Our motto is “Relapse Ends Here” and we provide support and assistance necessary to back that up. We want our patients to leave with the tools they need to help them identify their own particular warning signs and trigger mechanisms.