Morphine Addiction

Morphine Addiction Treatment

Overcoming Dependence and Finding Hope.

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’s 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.

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Morphine Rehab Treatment

Morphine Detox

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 out a pre-assessment to determine the patient’s individual morphine detox needs. It is important that we gather all information about your medical condition, and 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 are 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 drug 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 people addicted to morphine. Each patient has their own individual treatment plan.

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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 provides specialised support before, during and after treatment at Castle Craig.

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How Do I Pay For Rehab?

One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.

How Long Is the Rehab Programme?

Residential rehab treatment starts at 4 weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.

Who Will I Speak to When I Call?

When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.

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