Morphine Withdrawal & Detox

In Colorado, many people have been directly faced with the opioid epidemic. Opioids abuse rates in Colorado are incredibly high, and the state has been working to help reduce the problem.

One such opioid that is available by prescription and is unfortunately often abused is morphine. Throughout Colorado, whether in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs or anywhere else in the state, people are battling addictions to opioids like morphine.

This opioid pain reliever is sold under various brand names, and it’s intended to help treat pain following surgery and in other similar situations.

As with other opioids, physical dependence is possible with morphine. When someone is physically dependent on a drug like morphine, it means that if they stop using it suddenly, they will go into withdrawal, with uncomfortable and sometimes serious symptoms.

It’s possible to be dependent on morphine whether you use it as prescribed, or you abuse it recreationally. Withdrawal is essentially your body going into shock when your brain and central nervous system have become used to the presence of a drug, and then it’s removed.

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

In general, morphine withdrawal symptoms can seem similar to symptoms of a cold or the flu. The symptoms of morphine withdrawal tend to vary based on individual characteristics like metabolism and health, and also the level of drug use a person had. For example, a heavy and long-term morphine user is likely to have withdrawal symptoms that are more severe and long-lasting than someone who used morphine as prescribed for a short period of time.

Common morphine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Fast heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Insomnia

In most cases, morphine withdrawal symptoms aren’t deadly, but they can be highly uncomfortable. There’s also the potential for complications such as dehydration and suicidal thoughts.

Morphine Withdrawal Timeline

The morphine withdrawal timeline and morphine withdrawal side effects depend on the following factors:

  • How much morphine was used
  • How long the person had been using it
  • Whether the person was abusing any other drugs
  • The presence of co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Overall physical health
  • Age
  • Metabolism

While the morphine withdrawal symptoms timeline can vary, it generally follows the pattern below:

  • Morphine withdrawal side effects can begin as soon as six hours after the last dose is taken and within around 12 hours most people have started to experience early symptoms. Some of the initial morphine withdrawal side effects include muscle aches and pains, yawning, runny nose and teary eyes. People may also feel increased pain. Some of the early psychological side effects of morphine withdrawal are anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and insomnia.
  • The second phase of the morphine withdrawal timeline is considered advanced withdrawal. In addition to a continuation of the symptoms of the first stage, other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, goosebumps, fever and stomach cramps. This is also the time when people can become dehydrated.
  • Within anywhere from day three to seven most people will see a gradual improvement in their symptoms, and for the majority, the symptoms will have dissipated by day seven of detox from morphine.

Some people will experience a longer morphine withdrawal timeline, which is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome. This can happen with all opioids, and it is a period of time where the symptoms of morphine withdrawal can go on for weeks or months. The symptoms of post-acute withdrawal are most psychological and can include depression, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and insomnia.

If someone is going through post-acute withdrawal, the symptoms can be treated with therapy and medication.

Morphine Withdrawal Treatment

While the morphine withdrawal stages aren’t usually deadly, they can be incredibly uncomfortable and difficult to deal with. Complications are also possible, such as dehydration. For people with polydrug abuse problems, withdrawal can become severe and even deadly.

The best option for morphine withdrawal treatment is usually an accredited, professional detox center, such as The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake in Colorado. At a detox facility, there is a medical team who provides constant monitoring to ensure patients are safe, and also that their symptoms are mitigated as much as possible.

Attending a professional detox that’s part of a treatment center is beneficial not only because of the interventions that can be provided for withdrawal symptoms but also because patients can then go directly into treatment, which can help reduce the risk of relapse and increase the chances of successfully beating an addiction to morphine.

Withdrawal from morphine can be as much about the psychological symptoms as the physical, and at a professional treatment center, both aspects can be addressed simultaneously.

Morphine Detox in Colorado

The morphine detox timeline and morphine detox symptoms usually last for 5 to 7 days on average. The most serious and uncomfortable morphine detox symptoms will usually peak around 48 to 72 hours after a person’s last dose of morphine.

During a professional morphine detox treatment program there are some medications that can be given to help ease symptoms. Some of these include methadone and buprenorphine, as well as various blood pressure medicines, medications that treat symptoms like nausea and vomiting, and muscle relaxers. There are also medicines that can be given to help with insomnia and other symptoms of withdrawal from morphine.

Following morphine detox treatment, there are inpatient and outpatient programs available that can help people deal with their morphine addiction as well as root causes for their addiction and any underlying mental health issues that could exist.

For people in Colorado, which includes metros like Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and statewide, there is The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. This professional accredited facility offers morphine detox treatment and addiction treatment services. We are also open to national patients, and we operate out-of-state facilities as well for people who are seeking morphine detox treatment as well as treatment for addiction.