The late symptoms of morphine withdrawal are significantly more severe, and can include:
- Dilated pupils
- Chills and goosebumps
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
Symptoms associated with the later stage of withdrawal generally only remain severe for around 72 hours before they begin to subside. However, it is important that detox is never attempted in an at-home setting, and that professional, medically monitored detox is always sought. For more information reach out to CuraSouth today.
Is Medically Monitored Detox Necessary For Morphine Withdrawal?
Medically monitored detox is always necessary when it comes to morphine withdrawal. With a combination of medication assisted treatment, intensive therapy and proven holistically-based detox methods, symptoms can be effectively alleviated and a safe, pain-free morphine withdrawal can be achieved. The symptoms associated with morphine withdrawal can also be extremely unpredictable, and because of this they must be closely monitored. Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the substance abuse disorder, the frequency of use and the presence of any underlying physical or mental health conditions. At CuraSouth we work towards much more than physical stabilization — though this is a priority. We also ensure that each and every one of our clients is prepared to take the next logical step on the road to recovery — which is often inpatient residential, or intensive outpatient addiction treatment.
Treating symptoms in a controlled environment as soon as they arise leads to a more comfortable morphine withdrawal, and allows for a greater chance of success following detox. The treatment options we utilize depend heavily on the severity of associated symptoms. Mild morphine withdrawal symptoms can often be treated with a combination of over-the-counter pain relievers, sleep aids and therapeutic intervention. Anti-nausea medications and drugs like Imodium are also frequently used to treat gastrointestinal distress. Rest is also extremely important. In moderate or severe cases we utilize medications like clonidine, which has been shown to alleviate withdrawal symptoms by as much as 75 percent. We also frequently utilize Suboxone and/or Subutex.