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Morphine Detox

The Main Purpose Of Morphine Detox

Drug detoxification is a vital first step in the process of recovery from opiate drugs. Many people who struggle with addiction issues try to stop or control their use, but most of them fail to do so because they find “cold turkey” very unpleasant. Others are scared of the detox process itself and of the fact that they’ll have to find alternative ways to relieve pain.

Whatever your reasons …  know that a medically supervised detox is the safest way to remove morphine from your body. It is true that living without the drug can be hard, but it’s normal. A period of time is needed to allow your body to balance itself. With medical attention and rest, you will start a remarkable process of self-healing that can empower you to begin a life of sobriety.

Here, we’ll introduce you to the steps of morphine detox. We’ll also educate you about the ways morphine can be discontinued. Plus, we’ll review the risks of each detox method. At the end, we invite your questions and/or personal experiences with morphine detox. Your story may inspire and greatly help others get better!

Morphine Detox Methods

Since morphine is a very addictive painkiller, the whole process of detox may be complicated. Medical complications may arise, especially if you are in poor health. Additionally, relapse is common.This is why medical experts suggest you seek supervision anytime you want to quit morphine.

During morphine withdrawal, morphine leaves the body and manifests a series of predictable withdrawal symptoms. Morphine withdrawal symptoms reach their peak after 12- 24 hours after the last intake and last around 8-12 days. These withdrawal symptoms are harsh and may have an influence over your physical and mental health. Withdrawal symptoms can be treated anumber of ways, including:

  • Opiate Replacement Therapy.
  • Over-the-counter (OCT) medications.
  • Prescription medications.
  • Cold turkey detox.
  • Tapered gradual dose reduction.

NOTE HERE: Going cold turkey off morphine is generally not recommended because symptoms are mentally exhausting, may cause complications, and there is always the risk of relapse.

The Safest Way to Detox

The safest morphine detox is to be medically monitored in a specialized treatment facility. Moreover, management of detox requires proper medication dosing and step-down protocols. Tapering down your doses of morphine can help make symptoms less intense or severe. Slowly lowering the dosage of morphine intake and tapering protocol consists of:

  • 10% reduction of the daily dose use.
  • 20% reduction of the dose every 3-5 days.
  • 25% reduction of the dose per week.

NOTE HERE: Avoid 50% reduction of the daily use at any given interval.

Morphine Detox Protocol

Detox clinics are specialized medical centers in which medical staff carefully monitors patients 24-7. You should be assessed 2-3 times daily for symptoms and then provided symptom-based medications and treatments. Medical detox is usually recommended for people with severe morphine dependence or for those who know that they are addicted. The process of detox consists of three crucial components:

PHASE 1. The Evaluation Process.

This process includes initial intake questionnaire, physical exams, and psychological assessments. Detox staff will begin testing for morphine presence in the bloodstream, measurement of its concentration, and observation of people’s health conditions. Additionally, the evaluation process includes a complete monitoring of a person’s psychological and physical state in order to make appropriate clinical decisions. Actually, this process is the key for the treatments that come after successful withdrawal.

PHASE 2. The Stabilization Process.

Morphine detoxification usually takes at least a week for acute symptoms to resolve. The process of stabilization engages the psychological and medical methods of helping the people undergo acute intoxication and withdrawal symptoms to the achievement of a medically stable and morphine-free condition. Often, this process requires prescriptions medications such as Naltrexone, Clonidine, Buprenorphine, and Methadone. These medications work in the same brain regions as morphine but they minimize morphine cravings and lessen the intensity of uncomfortable symptoms.

PHASE 3: Transition to Long-Term Recovery.

The last phase of treatment encourages people to enter into longer term addiction treatment. In fact, this stage prepares patients for entrance into long-term recovery by emphasizing the importance of talk therapy, behavioral modification, and learning life skills. Moreover, detoxification clinics may link with addiction facilities to secure patient’s admission.

Keep This In Mind

Bear in mind that there is no fixed, predictable course of morphine withdrawal. Each case of detox is unique. Therefore, at the very least, we suggest consulting an addiction professional before you attempt to get the drug out of your system. You don’t need to suffer alone! Consulting a professional is the starting point for choosing the right and most suitable therapy for your needs.

Main benefits of working with a professional detox clinic include:

#1: Detoxification clinics offer constant medical supervision.

During the process, expect extreme discomfort. When the body and the brain receptors are morphine-free, the human system tends to go a little haywire. Extreme gastrointestinal upset occurs, as does problems with sleeping, muscle cramps, and profuse sweating. Detox clinics offer medical supervision and proper prescribed medications to ease the withdrawal symptoms. This is the most recommended method since it is a safe start for addiction treatment, and success is greater if it is medically monitored.

#2: Detox at home is risky.

This kind of detox is possible if there is a highly supportive and motivated home environment. The home detox includes gradually tapering off the drug, simply by lowering the morphine doses, but does require medical supervision from your prescribing doctor. Small doses do not make you high, but they put off morphine withdrawal symptoms.Please do not attempt any home detox without a medical consultation first!

#3: Cold turkey morphine detox can be dangerous.

Going cold turkey off morphine is not usually recommended. Alternatively, addiction professionals suggest opiate replacement therapy or tapered morphine detox. For long-term morphine users, quitting morphine suddenly may be fatal as the body cannot survive the severe withdrawal symptoms. To add, going cold turkey off morphine increases the chances of relapse.

Your Questions

Still have some concerns regarding safely coming off morphine? Please do not hesitate to ask, we are here for you. Plus, your comments are welcomed in the section below. We will try to answer to all legitimate inquires promptly and personally.

Reference sources: Medline Plus: Morphine
Medline Plus: Opiate and opioid withdrawal
SAMHSA: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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2 Responses to “Morphine Detox
8:31 pm March 15th, 2018

I have had both kneecaps removed (11 total knee surgeries), both feet have been fused & I suffer from CRPS. After being on MS Contin (60 mg/12 hr) for over 15 years I decided to taper off. I am not addicted but of course, dependent. I am also prescribed 15 mg oxycodone every 6-8 hrs, PRN, flexeril & gabapentin. I took my last dose of MS Contin 72+ hrs ago. While taking MS Contin, I did not rake the oxycodone on a regular basis. After my last dose of MS Contin, I have been taking 7.5-15 mg oxycodone/day. I experienced mostly sweats & chills during tapering. My question is, how long should I take the oxy, on a regular basis, while I finish with withdrawals. I realize I will probably always take breakthrough pain pills so is there any point to stop them completely. The chills & sweats are driving me nuts! Not sure if I made this understandable but appreciate any feedback.

6:57 am April 10th, 2018

Dear sirs/Madme,
I was wondering about methadone.I have been on Morphine for 25+years and was thinking of maybe getting off of or at least going from 90mg a day to 50 or so Do they measure liquid the same as pills and if so do you have an idea of how much I should drink like a tes. spoon every two hrs maybe I’m not knowing how it works
thank you for your time