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Understanding Morphine Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Morphine

When used as a legitimate intervention for pain, morphine can provide individuals with much needed relief. Unfortunately, its highly addictive properties can cause individuals to develop a tolerance to this potent narcotic and this can lead to a substance abuse problem.

Withdrawal symptoms occur if an individual ceases use of morphine without the aid of a medical professional. Through the use of medication-assisted treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individuals can avoid the extremely unpleasant side effects that morphine withdrawal can create.

Symptoms of Morphine Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Morphine

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the dosage and the length of time that morphine was taken for. If, for example, an individual was a long-term user of morphine, withdrawal symptoms can take place sooner and create more intense physical pain in comparison to someone who has not been using as long. Common side effects of morphine withdrawal incorporate both physical and psychological symptoms, including the following:

Physical symptoms:

  • Chest pains
  • Feeling itchy
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain/cramping
  • Change in heartbeat
  • Fluctuation in body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Muscle weakness

Psychological symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Disorientation
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Drastic shifts in mood

Dangers of Morphine Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Morphine Withdrawal

Although the side effects of morphine withdrawal are extremely undesirable, there are symptoms that can be more detrimental to the health of the user than others are (difficulty breathing and changes in heart rate, for example). Because of this, it is extremely imperative that individuals going through the process of withdrawal do so under the supervision of trained professionals. Not only can trained healthcare professionals monitor the health of these individuals, but they can also provide medical treatment to ease any physical discomfort that may take place through medication-assisted treatment. Medication used in this type of treatment plan may include Vivitrol, Subutex, methadone, or Suboxone. These medications are used to decrease the side effects often associated with withdrawal so that patients can purely focus on their path to recovery.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we realize that the emotional and physical distress that can accompany morphine withdrawal can cause individuals to avoid seeking help. We offer the tools to make the transition back to sober living as smooth as possible while providing our patients with individualized treatment to meet their specific needs. Let us help you or someone you love take the first step to a substance-free life.