Morphine Withdrawal Treatment
A morphine addiction causes the patient to go through withdrawals. These painful withdrawal symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that it is dependent on the medication. Extremely painful, morphine withdrawals can make it nearly impossible to stop using on your own. This unpleasant process is what keeps many addicts using, even when they do not want to. There is a long list of withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine, but most patients will only experience a few of them, making their experience unique from others.
Morphine withdrawal treatment can help to minimize the painful symptoms of withdrawal, making it easier to stop using. The treatment options available for morphine withdrawal include medical detox, rapid opiate detox, and drug replacement. Detox from morphine should not be attempted at home, unless you have someone with medical knowledge ready to assist you. Otherwise, you should use a monitored detox, to ensure that you do not have a serious reaction.
During any detox process there is a chance that you could have a serious adverse reaction to the withdrawal process, including things as hazardous to your health as a seizure or coma. In order to minimize the health risk, you should use a medical detox program. These detox programs offer around the clock medical monitoring and care while detoxing, to provide the patient with a safe way to quit using. In addition to the safety aspect, the medical staff will also provide you with the best care that they can provide during the process. Minimizing pain and any other symptoms you may have with non-narcotic medications, you will be kept as comfortable as possible during the process.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox is a relatively new procedure that offers a new and exciting option for morphine withdrawal treatment. This process is designed to completely remove the opiate addiction from the patient. This is done by removing the opiate from the opiate receptors in the body through use of an IV medication. Formulated to target the receptors, it can completely wipe the receptors free of any opiate, leaving the patient with no lingering physical addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
The procedure takes a few short hours and is performed with the patient sedated, leaving them with no memory of the withdrawal they have just undergone. However, many people still believe that the psychological addiction may still linger, so it is recommended that patients continue their treatment at a facility that is experienced at handling this type of addiction and recovery.
Drug replacement is simply that; replacing the dangerous opiate medication that the patient is addicted to, with a much less damaging medication, so that the patient can enjoy a higher level of functioning. The medications available for replacement include methadone, Levo-alpha Acetyl Methadol (LAAM), Subutex and Suboxone. All of these medications still require the patient to be on a life-long regimen, but these medications can create a much more normal existence for the patient. These medications help the patient avoid withdrawals and relapse. These should only be used if the patient cannot detox from the addiction substance.