Morphine Dependency & Addiction Treatment
Morphine Withdrawal Treatment Center
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Morphine, also known as Arymo ER, Kadian, MorphaBond ER, and MS Contin is a fast-acting opiate, derived from the poppy plant, that is commonly prescribed to treat moderate or severe pain, or during hospice care when a patient is experiencing shortness of breath. Over 10 percent of Americans have used morphine at least once in their lives. Morphine named after Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams. Whether a person smokes, swallows, snorts, drinks, or injects morphine, affects the sensation a person will feel after taking the drug.
The effects of morphine, after it has entered your bloodstream, can usually be experienced about 15 minutes after the initial dosage and can endure for approximately four to six hours, after which withdrawal signs and symptoms may occur if another dose is not consumed or smoked. Morphine penetrates the blood-brain barrier and subsequentially can create feelings like:
- Relief from pain and shortness of breath
- Sleepiness or drowsiness
- Decreased anxiety
- Pretentious feeling of well-being
- Increased relaxation and feeling of calmness
If someone uses morphine without a prescription and the acknowledgment of a healthcare professional, then morphine abuse may occur. It is then essential to understand how to detox from morphine safely as dependence has been created, and the person may experience cravings and withdrawal signs and symptoms as the brain and body struggle to regain optimal functions and a balance without the presence of morphine.
Detox from Morphine
As morphine creates feelings of euphoria, morphine is associated with the stimulation of endorphin. However, the more someone uses morphine, then there may be the potential for tolerance to build, and
morphine addiction symptoms to arise. They may then need higher doses of morphine to achieve a similar effect as repetitive use causes dysregulation and changes the brain and central nervous system’s chemistry. Tolerance can then lead to addiction, but people may not even realize they are addicted until they stop using morphine and experience withdrawal. Adverse outcomes as a result of morphine overdose and toxicity can especially increase for:
- Elderly adults.
- People with liver disease.
- People who have renal or pulmonary disease.
- People with an electrolyte imbalance.
- People on other prescription medications.
- People who may combine another toxic level of alcohol or a substance with a dangerous dosage of morphine.
Detoxification enables the body to remove morphine from the bloodstream successfully. However, traditional rehabilitation and detoxification programs may treat the Morphine withdrawal symptoms, the secondary effects of the dependency, but not effectively targeting the root of the problem, which is the lack of balance between the endorphin and opioid receptors. Most of these programs may also occur while the patient is awake, rather than modulating the imbalance and providing morphine detox treatment when the patient is under sedation so that they do not experience adverse signs and symptoms.
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Fast & Rapid Morphine Detox
Dr. Andre Waismann had redefined Percocet detox treatment with his development of “Rapid Detox” in the ‘90s. Over time, as “Rapid Detox” became widely adopted, drug rehab centers were implementing this method without the proper knowledge-base or experience to perform the treatment safely and efficiently. This resulted in poor outcomes for patients and even some complications. The “Rapid Detox” method proved to be inefficient, thus, Dr. Waismann completed additional research in search of a more effective solution. This is what resulted in the development of Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR).
Unlike “Rapid Detox”, ANR allows opioid-dependent patients to regain independence without the fear of relapse and failure. The ANR method as an opioid withdrawal treatment is associated with the ability to evaluate each patient and their endorphin-receptor balance. ANR tailors each treatment to each patient’s individual needs. The ANR method relies on scientific-based medicine and was overseen and clinically improved by Dr. Waismann himself.
ANR is the only treatment in the world at this moment that will address and treat the underlying physiologic mechanism by which Percocet addiction and dependency occurs. By bringing this treatment method to the United States, Dr. Waismann hopes to help defeat the current opioid crisis currently seen in this country. The procedure itself has been thousands of times and physicians around the world have positive experiences with the patient’s response and post-treatment results. This indicates that ANR therapy has shown promising results and can eventually become a mainstay of treatment for opioid addiction in the United States in the future.
Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms
Once the dependence has developed, if a person suddenly lowers the dose or stops the medication, they may experience withdrawal symptoms that may include:
- Anxiety, agitation, and restlessness.
- Depression and inability to feel pleasure.
- Paranoia and hallucinations.
- Difficulty focusing, concentrating, problem-solving, and making decisions.
- Insomnia and inability to sleep.
- Shivering and trembling.
- Watery eyes.
- Shallow breathing.
- Dilated pupils.
- Runny nose.
- Muscle aches and joint pain.
- Diarrhea and stomach cramps.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Morphine cravings.
- Decreased energy level.
- Hot and cold flashes.
Morphine Withdrawal Timeline
The time of onset for morphine withdrawal and the symptoms that may be experienced depends on when the person last took the dose, for how long they have been taking morphine if they are abusing other drugs or alcohol in addition to abusing morphine, and the doses the person has taken. The longer someone has been taking morphine, the more severe withdrawal symptoms they will experience as their body has become heavily dependent on the drug.
Morphine withdrawal symptoms usually begin 6 to 12 hours after the last dosage, peak 36 to 72 hours after the previous dosage, and may subside after 7 to 10 days. The symptoms usually ease after a week but can last for up to a month. The withdrawal timeline varies from person to person as each body is unique, triggers differently, becomes tolerant to different levels, has a different medical and drug experience history, and therefore responds and reacts differently. The signs and symptoms of the timeline may vary depending on the amount of dosage and length of exposure, in addition to the other factors mentioned above. The longer you take high doses of morphine, the more your tolerance will build and the more severe symptoms you may experience.
• Mild withdrawal symptoms may begin 6-12 hours after the last dosage due to the time it takes the body to eliminate the drug from the body. Signs and symptoms may include anxiousness, frustration, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and excessive yawning.
• The symptoms will then intensify and peak around 36-72 when the cravings are the most intense. Such signs and symptoms may include strong cravings and urge to relapse, tremors, paranoia, goosebumps, hallucinations, insomnia, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, anxiousness, and stomach cramps.
• The intense physical symptoms may subside after 7-10 days when morphine may no longer be found in the bloodstream. However, the following symptoms may persist for up to 10 days: a strong urge to relapse, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, lack of concentration, and lack of pleasure and motivation.
• For those who continue to experience symptoms beyond two weeks, they may experience mild symptoms for the remaining duration of their morphine withdrawal timeline.
During the time of experiencing withdrawal signs and symptoms, the person may experience intense cravings for morphine. These withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and increase the risk of relapse as the body craves to no more extended experience of the withdrawal symptoms and misses the seemingly euphoric and restful feelings associated with taking morphine.
Morphine Addiction Treatment
Most rehabilitation facilities and healthcare providers may suggest slowly tapering off morphine or switching to a longer-acting opioid, like methadone, which requires lower dosages for similar effects, as the individual slowly tapers off opioids. However, there is also a very high potential for addiction to methadone and wrenching withdrawal signs and symptoms to occur when a person tries to taper off or stop taking methadone.
As discussed, the signs and symptoms that occur when someone is addicted to morphine can be powerful. Effective addiction treatment must be utilized to help the person successfully overcome dependency and addiction without concern for returning to the dosage or experiencing severe signs and symptoms. Fortunately, rather than experiencing withdrawal symptoms, Dr. Waismann has identified a process to address the biological roots of morphine dependency to immediately reverse the body’s addiction to morphine using modern medicine.
Morphine is potent and very addictive. Someone regularly taking morphine may experience morphine withdrawal if they do not take the substance for more than 6 hours. Due to the physiological condition of the endorphin-opioid receptor imbalance, someone addicted to morphine may compulsively search for morphine and ignore the negative consequences. They also may not realize they are addicted.
Morphine dependency or addiction is a physical health condition. As a result, addiction and withdrawal should be treated as a medical illness, not as a behavioral disruption or psychological condition. Our bodies strive for a physiological endorphin-receptor balance, and our internal opioid system based on the balanced relationship between endorphins and opioid receptors.
However, when tolerance develops and addiction onsets, a person may experience uncomfortable feelings as he or she feels the need to take higher doses for the previously feelings; however, this is an endless cycle as addiction results in uncomfortable side effects and blocks pleasure sensors, rather than causing euphoria. Toxic morphine abuse involves using the opioid without a prescription, using morphine without controlled medical supervision, and continuing to take a higher dosage of morphine than is recommended. As a result, the following signs and symptoms may occur as a result of morphine overuse:
- Irregularly small pupils.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Stomach and intestinal spasms.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Loss of consciousness or coma.
- Slow or shallow breathing.
Morphine Rehab Near You
You can overcome your withdrawal, addiction, and dependency, if you treat the root of the problem: the endorphin-opioid receptor imbalance. Due to the physiological nature of the condition, detoxification, and rehabilitation, which focus on abstinence and maintenance, are ineffective for sustainable success. Such clinics may observe a patient to ensure the patient takes the necessary amount of morphine to treat the pain while controlling the potential for overdosage, tolerance, and addiction.
As the patient’s body adjusts to the morphine doses, the healthcare provider may ensure that the patient’s central nervous system can tolerate the introduction of another opioid. However, the patient may still experience withdrawal symptoms. The doctor would then increase the dosage to the amount that is best suited for the patient. For the next two or three days, the detox team would closely monitor the symptoms of the patient and ensure that he or she does not relapse. The team would then wean the patient from the opioid by daily reducing the dosage and closely monitoring the patient’s withdrawal symptoms. Although this treatment method may be beneficial as the exposure is in a controlled setting, and only for a short duration of time, this is an outdated method.
Also, these morphine rehabilitation programs are not effective for sustainable success as they do not treat the root cause of the brain’s endorphin-opioid receptor chemical imbalances. As a result, 91 percent of opioid addicts in recovery will still relapse. In fact, 59 percent may do so within the first week of sobriety, and 80 percent may do so one month after discharge from the opioid detox programs. In order to prevent such statistics, we must ensure patients are able to fully recover. It is also important to minimize the adverse symptoms the patient may experience and to decrease the number of visits to the clinic.
Morphine Withdrawal Facility
The longer someone is exposed to morphine, the more intense withdrawal symptoms they will experience, the longer their withdrawal timeline will last for, and the more serious long-term consequences that may be possible. It is possible to recover from morphine.
Dr. Waismann’s game-changing breakthrough of the ANR treatment has revolutionized opioid therapy with the therapeutic goal of modulation to ensure optimal endorphin- receptor balance. As a result, the ANR method created a new reality as it is the only effective modern medicine method to truly defeat and overcome opioid addiction, dependency, and withdrawal.
As trusted by 24,000 patients around the world during 30 years of medical practice, Dr. Waismann is a leader in combatting the global opioid epidemic. The ANR procedure lasts for a duration of four or five hours and requires hospitalization of approximately 36 hours.
When patients first arrive at the industry-leading ANR Clinics in Florida, Switzerland, or Georgia, they will receive a thorough medical assessment. The medical evaluation will include but is not limited to:
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Weight measurement
- Assessment of electrolytes, liver functions, kidney functions, and blood count
The ANR clinical team will then put the patient under sedation and help them transition into a relaxed state. This safe, light, and non-traumatic anesthesia is important so that the patient does not experience the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that they would with other forms of addiction treatments. The team cleanses and binds the opioid receptors with medication while precipitating and controlling the withdrawal.
The patient will be continuously monitored as the physician tailors their procedure to block and cleanse the opioid receptors with naltrexone to support the patient while achieving the optimal balance. While the procedure is typically between three to five hours, this treatment process is completely individualized, and a different procedure length is needed to achieve the optimal neuro-regulation for each specific patient case. The maximal stimulation beneficial for the body will be provided to start naturally producing endorphins again.
The individual will only experience withdrawal symptoms while sedated and will, therefore, be cleansed without suffering pain and other morphine withdrawal symptoms. This process will continue until the endorphin-opioid receptor balance has reached an equilibrium.
The patient will then be awakened to start the recovery process from the treatment, as is typical with any other medical procedure, and will successfully be guided on the path to restoration without morphine. The patients will be continuously evaluated overnight and supported with full recovery so that they may leave the hospital free from morphine dependence. As the treatment is fast and rapid, over 90 percent of patients will be released the following day and may only need an additional two to three days’ rest for full healthy and sustainable recovery.
Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our evidence-based revolutionary opioid treatment methods that will help you fully recover within a short period of time. In addition to supporting patients, the ANR Clinic team is also passionate about sharing their knowledge, experiences, and successful achievements with other medical institutions. As the ANR method is the only model in the world that is truly evidence-based, fast, effective, and addresses the root issue of establishing the endorphin-opioid receptor, the team is on a mission to share knowledge about this modern treatment. The ANR team truly strives to support all patients around the world by establishing effective recovery without relapse. The ANR physicians, including Dr. Waismann, consult other healthcare professionals in their network and around the world. Dr. Waismann shares his experiences and innovative, evidence-based modern medicine practices with other healthcare professionals. They aspire to move on from outdated morphine withdrawal treatment methods to the integration of modern medicine into their practices so that all patients may experience the benefits of an evidence-based, fast and rapid modern medicine opioid treatment modality.
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