What is Morphine?
Morphine is a strong nonsynthetic prescription opioid painkiller drug. Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium and it constitutes the model upon which many narcotics are developed. It is prescribed to treat severe pain ranging from post-surgical pain to end-of-life care.
Morphine prescription can lead to physical addiction even if it often starts with a legitimate doctor prescription for medical reasons.
The most common brand names of medication with morphine as the active ingredient are: Avinza; Filnarine; Kadian; Morphgesic; MSIR; MST Continus; MS-Contin Oramorph; MXL; Oramorph SR; RMS; Roxanol; Sevredol; Zomorph.
What is Morphine prescribed for?
Morphine was first used in the 1800s and has since become the standard pain reliever. Morphine is primarily prescribed for severe injury, chronic pain, acute pain following surgery or for treating cancer or heart attack. It has also been associated with palliative care for terminal illnesses, where it is used to control pain to a comfort level throughout the illness and up to the time of death.
Morphine works like other opioids by emulating the pain-reducing action of endorphins. It acts on the same opioid receptors as our natural endorphins by stopping pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. This results in the feeling of less pain, although the cause of the pain may remain.
Morphine Rehab Treatment
The physical symptoms of morphine withdrawal are quite severe and start after 6-12 hours of last use. It is highly recommended that you stop taking your morphine prescription only under medical supervision.
At Castle Craig, our Consultant Psychiatrist carries a pre-assessment to determine the patient’s individual morphine detox needs. It is important that we gather all information about your medical condition, drugs in a person’s system upon starting detox so that we can properly manage potential interactions between medications.
Morphine addiction treatment begins with a personalised morphine detox programme. Each patient is medically monitored round-the-clock and withdrawal symptoms are regularly checked by our nursing staff so that the medication dose can be adjusted accordingly. The patient’s comfort and safety is our utmost priority.
In order to ensure each patient’s physical comfort during morphine detox, we slowly decrease the morphine dose, a method called weaning or tapering off the drug, providing a safe and comfortable detox. Depending on individual patient needs, other medication may be used to help ease the morphine withdrawal process.
Morphine detox usually lasts 5 to 7 days depending on the quantity, frequency and duration of morphine use prior to admission, and whether the patient has been taking any other drugs alongside morphine.
Rehab Treatment for Morphine Addiction
Morphine detox is only the first phase of treatment. This is followed by psychotherapy and behavioural treatment within our residential rehab programme. A comprehensive inpatient drugs treatment program is considered to provide the best environment for the patient to achieve sustained recovery.
At Castle Craig Rehab we offer a structured, integrated program for morphine addiction. Each patient has their own individual treatment plan.
People that were previously addicted to Kadian, Avinza or other morphine-based drugs can address the root causes of their addiction and work with a personal therapist to explore their personal recovery and learn coping strategies without being exposed to the relapse triggers in their home environment.
Our residential programme is structured into daily individual counselling and group therapy sessions. This is supported by a combination of complementary therapies, educational lectures and relapse prevention seminars, alongside healthy, regular meals and exercise.
Our programme makes use of 12-step support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), which will be a valuable resource during morphine addiction aftercare.
Our team of addiction experts treat the person as a whole and provide specialised support before, during and after treatment at Castle Craig.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 27, 2020