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Morphine Rehabilitation: How Long?

Rehabiltations can take 60-90 days

Morphine is used to help manage moderate to severe pain by altering the body’s perception of pain. But it is one of the most potent opiates known to man. It binds to opiate receptors in the brain and regular consumption can lead to dependence and addiction within a few weeks. This why morphine has been classified as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

In fact, when addiction to morphine occurs, you may require a stay in rehab to successfully quit this opioid. This is because you need help to manage the physical and psychological issues which occur. Medical detox can address withdrawal symptoms…followed by therapy and medication assisted treatment.

But, how do experts treat morphine addiction? How long does the best type of morphine rehabilitation last? We explore the variations in length of morphine rehabilitation in depth here. If you still have questions after reading, we invite you to post them at the end. We’ll try to answer you personally and promptly.

Morphine rehabilitation: How long does it take?

Morphine remains in the human body for up to 30 days. Therefore, the minimum morphine rehabilitation usually requires longer than 28 days in order to achieve real recovery. Considering the serious withdrawal effects of morphine and its high dependence and addiction potential, short term rehabilitation programs are not generally recommended. Rehab from morphine should be taken very seriously, since many individuals do not perceive that they have developed dependence to morphine until they stop using the drug.

Morphine rehabilitation duration

The length of morphine rehabilitation should be determined in consultation with licensed clinical psychologists and medical professionals like MDs that specialize in addiction medicine. The adequate duration of your morphine treatment program can be determined by taking the following key elements into consideration:

  • your drug history
  • number of times you have relapsed
  • previous treatment attempts

When your doctor looks trough these variables, you will have a much clearer picture of what treatment options to consider. The duration of a rehab stay ultimately depends on your willingness to enter treatment, but you should keep in mind that your ultimate goal needs to be achieving long-term abstinence.

Morphine rehab programs can do the following in order to help you achieve a successful sobriety:

  • Attend to all of your medical needs during medical detox and withdrawal.
  • Explore your psychological and emotional issues.
  • Encourage you through a healthy lifestyle guidance program.
  • Facilitate family healing.
  • Guide you through the transition period.

In order to receive all of these benefits, many patients choose a 60-90 day stay in an inpatient (residential) rehab program.

A synopsis of treatment programs and their lengths

Inpatient morphine rehabilitation – Inpatient treatment involves residential stay at a facility for a period of 30 to 90 days. This type of treatment works best for people with more serious cases of morphine addiction or for those who have experienced one or several relapses. Living away from home allows you to work on recovery in a place where you don’t have access to morphine or other drugs.

Inpatient morphine rehab generally includes the following therapies:

  • Medical detoxification
  • Psychotherapy and Behavioral Therapy
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (methadone, buprenorphine)
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Support group attendance

Long term inpatient morphine rehabilitation – This treatment protocol usually last from 120 to 180 days and strives to provide a more home-like atmosphere for those diagnosed with more severe drug problems. Sometimes, these programs can last up to a year, based on individual treatment needs and preferences, and your addiction professional’s advise.

Outpatient rehabilitation – Outpatient treatment includes a set of counseling appointments and other types of therapy and last from 10-16 weeks, or longer if needed. The difference is that outpatient rehab sessions take place during the day and then you leave the facility to go home where you can resume with other every-day responsibilities that include family, work, or school. However, doctors and addiction specialists don’t always recommend outpatient treatment for morphine addiction due to the severity and seriousness of morphine withdrawal.

Morphine rehabilitation: Short term vs. long term

If you have only been taking morphine for a short period of time post-op, then you are likely to have easier time stopping.

After long-term morphine therapy (even if you always took it as prescribed by your doctor) and especially if you have been taking it more frequently, in larger doses, or abusing morphine illegally, the best and safest way to quit morphine is through long term recovery program. Taking control of your addiction requires constant care and work. This is much easier accomplished with the assistance of an expert staff that is ready to lead you through each step of your recovery road.

Average morphine rehabilitation

The average morphine rehab is usually from 60 to 90 days. There is no maximum length of rehab stay and you can stay in rehab for as long as you have a real need. You can continue attending counseling and psychotherapy sessions for years after your official morphine rehab stay is over. This will ensure a continuous progress and support, which are crucial for staying substance-free for life.

Morphine rehabilitation timeline

What happens when you seek help from a drug rehabilitation center? Typically, treatment follows in four predicatable stages.

1. Assessment. When you enter a rehab, an addiction specialist will ask you questions about the history of your morphine use. You can expect to undergo a series of physical and psychological evaluations to determine the level of addiction, and any damage that the drug use has caused. At this point, you will get to discuss your treatment goals and will be given an outline of the program.

2. Detox. After checking in, you will go through the process of detoxification if your body has become drug dependent. Morphine detox includes medical care to address withdrawal sympoms as they occur and aims to make the process more comfortable. A reputable rehab will also offer you counseling and emotional support as a part of this phase of treatment.

3. Behavioral Treatment, Psychotherapy, and Medications. When you become morphine-free you’ll be ready to continue treatment via talk therapy that is supported by the prescription of medications. Medicines like buprenorphine and methadone can address cravings for morphine so that you can focus on the inner work of psychological and emotional resolution.

4. Aftercare. Recovery isn’t “completed” when you leave rehab. Continued aftercare treatment through counseling and psychotherapy can be included to ensure that you are staying on the right track and that you continue to achieving positive life goals now that you are morphine free. Most programs can also transition you to sober living, 1/2 way or 3/4 way houses.

Duration of morphine rehabilitation questions

Did we cover the basics? If you still have any questions or comments about the duration of morphine rehab, feel free to post them in the designated section at the end of the page. We try to respond personally and promptly to all legitimate inquiries.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Morphine Sulfate Injection
FDA: Morphine Sulfate – Medication guide
NCBI: History of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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7 Responses to “Morphine Rehabilitation: How Long?
Louise
5:02 pm September 14th, 2017

I’m really worried about my ex partner he has got additive to morphine when his withdrawing from it he starts vomiting and getting server stomach cramps and sweating which leads him to call an ambulance in the last 2 weeks he has phoned an ambulance 7 times just to get morphine as they thought there was sank serious wrong with him they would give him the drug in the ambulance but now they have clicked on to what he is doing so his severely suffering now what help does he need as his in a bad way I think he needs rehab to be honest but how do we go about that se help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:12 pm October 26th, 2017

Hi Louise. Your ex partner is experiencing morphine withdrawal symptoms. I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help your ex-partner find a program that fits their needs.

Sam
10:54 pm January 18th, 2018

I was injured in Iraq in 2006, after multiple spine surgeries and physical therapy I was on daily doses of Morphine and Percocet multiple times a day along with about 20 other medications. I am trying to get off all of this stuff and have stopped everything successfully except for muscle relaxers, Lyrica and the morphine. I have been able to make it a day to a day and a half without taking the morphine until the pain and headaches are so bad that I take one. What over the counter medications can I take to stop the morphine all together but get some relief from the withdrawal and pain from my injuries? Excedrine migraine and Alleve just aren’t cutting it. Thanks in advance.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:45 pm January 23rd, 2018

Hi Sam. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Opioid Painkillers’ to learn more about the treatment options: https://addictionblog.org/ebooks/how-to-quit-opioid-painkillers/
And, if you have any problems, call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

Jane
9:11 am February 27th, 2018

Team I have central pain syndrome for 7 years. Tried various meds but eventually only zomorph and oramorph helped with amitrip 10 at night when really severe. Regardless if still get very bad flares but do my best to cope. . It’s a chronic incureable conditioncps that’s wreeked my life. Underlying disability durgent to a rare neurological condition is liveable. This last 12 months I’ve been so I’ll with a continuous pounding head, palpitations, swings in bp and digestive problems. Noone seems to know what’s wrong. I feel it’s got to be the zoromorph I’m on. Seeing a neuro Friday to discuss. I’m terrified that intractable pain will be unbearable if I’m taken off zoomorphi. I’ve attended a renowned pain management course at Walton neuro so know how to deal with the pain but really am afraid. Would rehab help me? I can’t live like this any more it’s really unbearable feeling so I’ll all the time . The disability I have is bearable but the pain and this last 12 months he’ll us not.
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Tony
12:15 am May 1st, 2018

I have been on high doses of morphine for 25 years for back pain the doctor and I have got me down from 360 morphine 30 mg Ir, 240 lortab 10, to 60 morphine 30 mg Er and 60 morphine Ir 30 mg. I am not an addict I have just been drug dependent but I would like to come off the morphine for good but I want to do it at home with as little withdrawal as possible how do I do that ?

12:34 pm May 1st, 2018

Hi Tony. Check with your prescribing doctor and look into a gradual taper…with possible support using buprenorphine or methadone. Also, be sure that you have a pain management plan in place. Physicians who are experts in pain can refer you to alternatives, including exercise, physical therapy, TENS unit, or even meditation.

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