Morphine Addiction Treatment in Palm Springs, CA

Morphine is a powerful opioid with the potential to result in dangerous side effects, including addiction and overdose. Although many people who become addicted to opioids usually abuse alternatives, morphine addiction is still very prevalent throughout the United States. Phoenix Rising Recovery in Palm Springs, CA offers a morphine addiction treatment center that specializes in treating addiction through our detox, residential and outpatient treatment programs.

What is Morphine?

People use morphine to relieve themselves of moderate, severe, or chronic pain. It is commonly used to provide pain relief after surgery or cancer treatment. The drug is typically consumed orally or intravenously. Morphine creates euphoric effects while numbing pain. People often wonder if it’s possible to get addicted to morphine. There is a high potential for someone to become a morphine addict as it is a Schedule II drug and tolerance to it develops quickly. Abuse of it can easily result in psychological or physical dependence, leading to morphine addiction and resulting in the need of detox and the various other levels of care. 

Dangers of Morphine Abuse

Morphine abuse can cause serious long-term side effects. During a morphine overdose, a person’s breathing slows down to the point of going into a coma or respiratory failure—which can result in death. Additionally, the CDC reports that morphine addiction increases your risk of developing hepatitis, which can cause many complications. It also weakens your immune system in general. 

Mixing morphine with other substances can cause even more adverse effects. For example, mixing morphine with other sedatives such as alcohol and benzodiazepines can lead to extreme sedation, respiratory failure, and coma. 

Signs and Symptoms of Morphine Abuse

It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of morphine abuse so you can recognize when you or a loved one has a problem. Early detection lowers your risk of overdose and allows the person to receive morphine addiction treatment before the addiction worsens. Common signs and symptoms of morphine abuse include the following:

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Dilated pupils
  • Continuously nodding off to sleep
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor attention span
  • Shallow breathing
  • Neglecting one’s daily responsibilities
  • Having legal issues
  • Going around to different medical clinics to get prescribed morphine from different doctors
  • Isolating from others

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

When those who are overusing morphine go an extended period of time without it, they begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These usually surface 6 to 12 hours after a person’s last dose of the drug. Morphine withdrawal symptoms usually peak after 36-72 hours. Common morphine withdrawal symptoms include: 

  • Watery eyes
  • Excessive yawning 
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Muscle spasms
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach
  • Tremors
  • Body aches

The most effective way to manage morphine withdrawal symptoms is to do so while in medical detox. After completing medical detox for morphine use, individuals usually attend residential treatment. 

What to Expect at a Morphine Addiction Treatment Center

Once a person becomes dependent on morphine, the first step when it comes to addiction treatment is usually detox. Detox is the process of ridding the body of the morphine and toxins. For their own safety, it is imperative that individuals complete morphine detox in a supervised setting as withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous—some even lethal. Therefore, 24/7 supervision during detox is vital to a person’s overall wellbeing.

Additional Morphine Addiction Treatment Programs

The type of treatment needed depends on how much a person uses and how long they have been using as well as what their personal circumstances and schedules are. Those with severe morphine addictions who require intensive treatment and 24/7 monitoring will most likely attend inpatient care or long-term residential treatment. There, they will live in a treatment facility, away from outside triggers and influences. 

Some individuals might be facing a slightly milder addiction, have a very secure home environment, and/or do not have the flexibility to live in a treatment facility. For them, outpatient treatment is a better option. Types of outpatient programs—ranging from most to least intensive—include: 

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This program requires patients to attend treatment in a medical setting five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week. When not attending treatment, PHP patients can live in their own homes or a sober living home. 
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). IOP treatment requires patients to attend rehab for approximately three to four hours a day, three days a week. 
  • Standard Outpatient Program (OP). Outpatient treatment requires patients to attend rehab for approximately two to three hours a day, once or twice a week. In this program, treatment typically focuses on preparing individuals to fully return to society while maintaining their newfound sobriety.

Begin Morphine Addiction Treatment in Palm Springs, CA 

At Phoenix Rising Recovery, we strive to provide our patients with a wide variety of treatment programs that revitalize both mind and body. We offer long-term and outpatient forms of rehab as well as medical detox services, so you can get clean and stay clean. If you or a loved one are addicted to morphine, please understand that there are addiction treatment programs available. Do not wait for a second longer. Call us or visit our contact form today to learn more about our morphine detox, residential treatment and outpatient rehab programs here in Palm Springs, California.