Morphine Addiction Treatment and Rehab
Importance of treating morphine addiction & when to seek treatment
Any type of addiction can be catastrophic, but a morphine addiction is particularly dangerous (especially if you are taking the drug intravenously) and, like any opioid addiction, potentially all-consuming. Every day that goes by while you continue to abuse morphine makes it more likely that you will suffer permanent harm; therefore, overcoming your addiction as soon as possible needs to be a priority, and this means reaching out for professional help as soon as you are able to recognise and admit that you have a problem.
There is never a wrong time to seek help for a morphine addiction – and the right time is almost always “now”. If you have tried and failed to give up your morphine abuse (especially if any symptoms of withdrawal have arisen when you have attempted to do so) and/or if your morphine habit has begun to impact your health or the wellbeing of anyone around you, you need to get in touch with your doctor and/or an addiction specialist urgently.
Understanding morphine addiction treatment and rehab options
The treatment of morphine addiction has become an increasingly sophisticated practice in Britain, anda number offacilities across the country have developed very significant expertise in this area. However, bear in mind that not all of these clinics will be suitable for you. Your personal circumstances – including the state of your health, where you live, and the extent of your addiction and any harm it has already done –can all affect the nature of your treatment, where you receive it, and for how long (as well as a number of other factors).
Nevertheless, wherever you end up going for treatment – whether you opt for private rehab, or enrol in services provided by the NHS or a charity – the most important thing is that you do get help rather than simply continuing to wrestle with your addiction: if you do not, your morphine addiction could prove fatal.
- NHS Options
- Private Rehab
- Residential Care
Private rehab vs free treatment options for morphine addiction
Various organisations offer free morphine addiction treatment in Britain. Most obviously, the NHS does offer treatment services throughout the country, while certain local and national charities also fund free treatment, and you may wish to contact an addiction specialist to find out more about which charities if any may be able to help you.
Unfortunately, there is very significant demand for free treatment and places tend to be extremely limited – and as a result waiting times can be lengthy. Tragically, for some addicts such a wait proves too much to bear and they fall victim to death by overdose before being able to get into treatment. In order to avoid the risk of this eventuality, and to minimise the distress caused by any delay in receiving the help they need, many addicts now elect to go down the private treatment route.
As with any form of private healthcare, private morphine addiction treatment does come at a cost – but some clinics provide credit, while formany people their private health insurance covers thetreatment they require so desperately.
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Executive/luxury rehab programmes for morphine addiction
Morphine addiction treatment should be tailored to your means as well as to your wants and needs, and some high net worth addicts choose to get treatment in luxury rehab clinics with accommodation and facilities of a standard similar to that typically found in the best hotels, to ensure the highest levels of comfort and minimal levels of stress.
Meanwhile, some addicts who work in senior, high-pressure roles feel unable to take any time out from the office without jeopardising their careers. However, if you are in such a position you must nevertheless prioritise your morphine addiction treatment: it is a matter of life and death. You may be able to find a solution to this quandary in the form of an executive rehab programme, in which facilities such as videoconferencing and secure internet access are provided which can keep you in touch and up to date with work while you receive treatment.
What Happens in MorphineRehab
Every addict’s journey through treatment and recovery is unique – and while most treatment clinics generally follow similar processes, no two facilities are exactly the same. Therefore, only a rough guide can be provided as to what you might expect when entering rehab (and you should familiarise yourself as much as possible with the specifics of your particular clinic once you embark upon treatment: the more you know about what lies ahead, the more comfortable and relaxed you will be).
Morphine rehab admission process
Rehabs put great emphasis on making their admissions processes as simple and hassle-free as possible: they recognise that clients entering treatment are typically at a very low ebb and need to avoid any unnecessary stress which could undermine their decision to get help. Once you get in touch with a treatment organisation, they will typically request some basic details about your condition and personal circumstances, and then if they agree that treatment is necessary will recommend a specific clinic. When you have decided upon a facility, private treatment organisations will typically require a deposit, upon the payment of which your place in treatment will be confirmed and you can travel to the facility and begin to get the help you need (some organisations will provide transport to the clinic).
Morphine addiction assessment
Doctors cannot start your treatment until they have given you a complete health assessment, based upon which they will draw up your morphine addiction treatment plan. This assessment will be your first appointment once you enter the clinic – and it is absolutely vital that you are completely candid about the nature and extent of your addiction and any other relevant details, no matter how embarrassed or ashamed you may feel. If you are not totally honest, not only will your addiction treatment plan be based on incomplete information (and is therefore likely to be less than fully effective) but you may also be endangering your health, as without the full picture doctors may decide to prescribe you medication which might actually be inappropriate.
Acceptance of the problem
Some addicts find it extremely difficult to admit that they have a drug problem (because of the stigma of addiction and because they do not wish to appear weak); however, during your assessment your doctors will want to make sure that you are fully accepting of your situation, as if you are not you are unlikely to be able to dedicate yourself adequately to treatment (and may even prove to be a disruptive influence on other clients in the clinic. Admitting that you have a morphine problem with morphine is an indispensable first step on the road to recovery.
Medically assisted/controlled detoxification
Once you have completed your assessment, you will proceed to the first phase of your treatment: detoxification (detox). Detox is a period of abstinence aimed at cleansing your systemof substances of abuse including morphine, which is necessary before you move on to subsequent phases of treatment as you will not be able to engage with that treatment (in particular, therapy) if you are still abusing morphine or if you are suffering from morphine dependence.
In cases of morphine dependence, withdrawal symptoms typically develop during detox. Opioid withdrawal is notoriously unpleasant and distressing, and so medically assisted detox (detoxification made safer and more comfortable via the administration of medication) is likely for you (though not guaranteed: it may not be appropriate in every case for clients to be given certain medications). Either way, doctors will be available 24/7 for your safety as you go through the withdrawal process.
After detox, when any withdrawal symptoms you may have experienced have either dissipated together or havesubsided to a tolerable level, you will move on to the next phase of treatment (sometimes known as rehabilitation, though that term is also used to describe addiction treatment generally and any clinic in which that treatment may be provided).
including group and one-to-one environments) and the provision of bespoke dietary and fitness plans, as well as access to any fitness facilities such as gyms or pools which the clinic may have.
It is very important that you do not get complacent once you leave the clinic, no matter how well you have responded to your treatment and how confident you may feel: your recovery is not yet complete, and you should certainly not think of yourself as being “cured” of your morphine addiction. Recovery is a gradual process which can last a lifetime, with a great many potential obstacles lying in wait, and you will need to be constantly vigilant and dedicated to your recovery if it is to succeed permanently. Because of this, good rehabs usually offer up to a year’s free aftercare after you leave the clinic in order to give you the most solid foundations possible for your recovery.
What is an Inpatient Rehab Programme?
For many people, “rehab” means inpatient – or residential – addiction treatment. Inpatient rehab is provided in peaceful, friendly, safe, secure, confidential and substance-free facilities where clients reside on-site (usually for between four and twelve weeks)and have the reassurance of a 24/7 medical presence as well as a ready-made peer group in the form of other addicts in treatment, who understand the highs and lows of addiction and can give crucial advice, support and friendship during difficult points in the treatment journey.
What is Outpatient Rehab?
Getting help for your morphine addiction is imperative – but many people feel unable to take the necessary time out from daily life, and away from obligations such as family and work, required by a stay in inpatient rehab. If you are in that situation you may want to explore outpatient rehab programmes, in which you would attend the clinic for some appointments such as therapy but would be required to carry out other components of your addiction treatment plan by yourself.
While the flexibility of outpatient treatment programmes can be very appealing, they are not without their drawbacks: they usually last much longer than inpatient treatment, and pose a higher risk of failure as they do not take clients completely away from temptation in the form of drug dealers and other opportunities for relapse.
Day programmes see treatment is provided at the clinic during the day (for anywhere between one and seven days a week depending on the programme) with clients staying elsewhere (usually at home) overnight. Such programmes are usually considered most appropriate for addicts who live near the clinic; who have robust support networks available when the client is away from the clinic; who have responsibilities such as young babies at home which might make staying away overnight difficult; and/or who have already gone through residential treatment but want additional support. On the other hand, day programmes would not usually be recommended for individuals who live far (more than an hour away) from the clinic; anyone without a strong support network; or anyone with a co-existing health disorder which might complicate morphine addiction treatment.
Intensive outpatient programmes
Intensive outpatient rehab usually comprises four or more therapy sessions (often between three to five hours long) per week, with some other appointments (such as checkups and prescriptions) also conducted at the clinic; outside this schedule, the client is free to live their normal life, which may include going to work if their employer can structure work around treatment).Intensive outpatient programmes are typically of a shorter duration than standard outpatient treatment (hence the name) which is obviously of great interest to many people. However, because of the increased opportunity for relapse provided by so much time outside the clinic, clients in intensive outpatient rehab are usually required to undergo frequent drug testing.
Once you have completed an addiction treatment plan, you may well require (and want) supplementary care of various types as you progress through the initial phases of your recovery. Ongoing care – or aftercare –is care provided by a treatment organisation after the client has left the clinic, usually comprising a schedule of appointments (some of which take place at the clinic itself and others of which are conducted over the phone or via email) including therapy, check-ups, and prescriptions if required, which decrease in frequency as your recovery grows more solid.
Good rehabs usually offer free aftercare for up to a year after you complete treatment (though this does vary: always ask for specifics about aftercare plans when doing your research) and you should take as much advantage of aftercare as possible to give yourself the very best chance of a full and permanent recovery.
How is Medication Used to Treat Addiction?
Though at the time of writing there is no complete pharmaceutical “cure” for addiction (though understandably this is an area of intense research), medication can and does play numerous important roles in addiction treatment. Some medications are given to reduce the severity and frequency of cravings, others to help users reduce their dosages. In the case of some drugs, including opioids such as morphine, medicines such as methadone may be prescribed as a safer and more manageable (not to mention legal) substitute. In rehab, medication is most often given to alleviate withdrawal symptoms (various different medicines can achieve this objective)while other drugs are of course given on an emergency basis if required.
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Medications used in addiction treatment & rehab
Although numerous different medications have been approved for the treatment of addiction, including morphine addiction, in the UK, not every medicine is relevant in every case: for example, your morphine addiction is unlikely to be treated with drugs specifically designed to disincentivise alcohol consumption. Moreover, some medicines interact very dangerously with either other medications or substances of abuse, while others may have detrimental effects upon clients with particular mental health issues.
Because of this, although it is likely that as an opioid addict you will be given a medically assisted detox, there is no guarantee that you will be given medication at any stage of your treatment (if you are not, however, this does not indicate that your condition is not a serious one, nor that your treatment is less likely to prove successful). You should not consider medication to be an indispensable aspect of addiction treatment; above all, it is crucial that you do not attempt to self-medicate: only ever take any drugs prescribed to you by your doctor, and only ever in strict accordance with that doctor’s instructions.
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Buprenorphine (Buprenex)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Modafinil (Provigil)
- Desipramine (Norpramin)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Bupropion (Buproban)
- Gabapentin (Fanatrex)
- Vigabatrin (Sabril)
- Baclofen (Kemstro)
- Topiramate (Topamax)
Psychotherapy for Morphine Addiction Treatment
Therapy lies at the core of all addiction treatment; it aims to reveal the problematic behaviours and thinking which have led to your substance abuse and addiction, and to give you ways in which to remediate those factors – as well as providing you with healthier, more positive perspectives on life and yourself. Therapy in addiction treatment will also give you a range of defence mechanisms against relapse and a host of other coping strategies intended to enable you to re-enter the outside world with confidence and optimism.
Social skills/interpersonal/growth psychotherapy
Poor social or interpersonal skills frequently make it difficult for an individual to achieve and sustain important relationships (especially romantic or professional ones);the lack of such relationships can lead to great unhappiness, loneliness and other significant psychological and emotional challenges to which some people react by turning to substance abuse. This can subsequently create a negative feedback loop as addiction takes hold and the addict withdraws further from loved ones and becomes increasingly isolated.
Interpersonal psychotherapists aim to help clients enhance their social skills so they can develop more fulfilling, more successful relationships. Not only does this typically have very positive impact on the client’s happiness (not to mention their professional prospects); it can also feed positively into other areas of treatment as the client becomes more articulate and thus better able to discuss their thoughts and emotions effectively in therapy.
Coping-focused psychotherapy methodologies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) are prominent in addiction treatment (most rehabs will provide at least one, if not both, models); they seek to give clients new and improved coping strategies with which to resolve the various personal and interpersonal challenges they encounter in life (including but not limited to those which have contributed to their substance abuse and addiction).
Most people develop healthy coping strategies as they mature into adulthood, but for a significant minority for various reasons negative and damaging coping strategies – including substance abuse, – are adopted instead; coping-focused psychotherapists work with clients to examine why the latter’s existing coping strategies have proven unsuccessful and, over time, to develop more successful alternatives.
However, this is time well worth taking: the benefits of exploratory psychotherapy for a client’s self-awareness, sense of self-worth, and emotional regulation can be substantial, and many clients who go through exploratory psychotherapy during addiction treatment continue to engage in it long after they leave the clinic because they continue to feel those benefits in other areas of their lives.
Types of psychotherapy used in morphine addiction treatment
While an impressive array of therapeutic methodologies are employed in morphine addiction treatment, any one clinic can only offer a limited selection of these methodologies. If you desire a particular form of therapy (perhaps having gone through therapy before in different circumstances) you may wish to seek out a clinic which you know offers that model; contact an addiction specialist who can tell you which clinics – if any – offer your therapy methodology of choice.
If you are unfamiliar with therapy you may wish to try out a few different models before settling on an approach you feel will be of most benefit to you. Be aware that not every clinic will allow you such leeway; ask staff at any clinic you are considering attending what scope you will have to experiment with different therapy options.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Art therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Dialectical behavioural therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Family therapy
- Fitness therapy
- Group therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Individual therapy
- Music therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
The Recovery Process
Once you leave the clinic you may feel that “the job is done” and that you have conquered your addiction. This can be a dangerous mindset: it is alwaysbest think of recovery as an ongoing, long-term process requiring much hard work and dedication, so you do not become complacent and risk slipping back into old habits and undoing all the hard work you put into your morphine addiction treatment.
Elements of recovery
During your rehabilitation, and especially during therapy, when contemplating the recovery process it can often be beneficial to break that process down into a number of different elements each of which you can work on individually (and it is worth noting that some therapy models are especially useful with regards to particular elements of recovery). Everyone has different skills and capabilities; dividing the recovery process in this way allows you to spend more time improving your capabilities in areas where you may feel weaker than in others.
- Developing hope
- Secure base
- Sense of self
- Supportive relationships
- Social inclusion
- Coping skills
- Giving meaning
How Long are Morphine Rehab Programmes?
Generally speaking, a stay in residential rehab usually lasts between 30 and 90 days. However, the duration of your morphine addiction treatment will depend to a great extent on a number ofdifferent factors including your physical and mental health, theseverity of your addiction and the kind of treatment provided.
Moreover, a degree of flexibility regarding the length of treatment is required: if you respond especially well to treatment, for example, you may move through your addiction treatment plan more rapidly than originally planned; on the other hand, for a host of reasons it may become apparent duringtreatment that you require more time than anticipated.
What does Morphine Rehab Cost in the UK?
A ballpark figure for morphine addiction treatment in the UK would be anywhere in the region of £4,000 to £15,000 a month; however, that very significant range shows how many different factors – including the length of treatment, the nature of the treatment provided, the standard of the facility you attend, and any specialist care required – can impact upon the cost of treatment. Because of this, before you commit to treatment it is imperative that you get precise costings from any clinic you are considering attending; remember that prices vary not just between clinics, but between different treatment programmes in the same facility.
Speak with an addiction specialist to find out more about the factors which can impact upon the cost of morphine addiction treatment in the UK; they may also be able to suggest more affordable alternatives to treatment you are contemplating.
Morphine Addiction Recovery and Aftercare
Good rehabs usually provide up to a year’s free aftercare once you leave the clinic; however, not everyone takes full advantage of the aftercare to which they are entitled (partly because many people find it difficult to return to the clinic once they complete their treatment as they do not wish to be reminded of their recent difficulties). This is a mistake; a good aftercare plan can make your recovery much less challenging and give you extra support which can make the difference between relapse and sustained abstinence. Make sure you make the most of your aftercare; remember to get full details about whatever ongoing care is on offer when you do your research.
Recovery and community
The stronger your support network, the easier your progress through recovery is likely to be. However, when thinking about what support you will be able to access, do not limit your horizons to friends and family (though these are the most obvious first ports of call): there is now a very substantial community of addicts (including hundreds of thousands of former opioid addicts) in the UK into which you can tap for ongoing support. Furthermore, you yourself can provide much-needed support to other addicts, especially those not as far along the recovery journey as yourself; not only is there significant therapeutic benefit to helping others in this way, but you can also take that opportunity to continue to work through any issues which may still be troubling you.
Various organisations are now active in the UK providing support – in the form of companionship, assistance and advice – to recovering addicts, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Support groups host meetings (usually weekly) right throughout the UK, and attendance is almost invariably free for anyone committed to ongoing abstinence. Ask an addiction specialist about support group organisations in your area.
The 12-step methodology provided at NA (first developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been instrumental in helping countless addicts worldwide defeat their addictions, and could also benefit you greatly (although it must be noted that some addicts find the model incompatible with certain personal beliefs). To find out more aboutthe 12-step model, and any groups in your area which offer it, get in touch with an addiction specialist.
Ready to Start Rehab?
Morphine addiction can be a deadly disease – and even if it does not kill you it can do permanent catastrophic damage to your life prospects and circumstances. If you are able to acknowledge your addiction and ask for help in overcoming it, don’t delay even one more day: the sooner you can get help, the better the prognosis will be.
Take control of your life – get started on the road to recovery
You may feel as though you have lost control of your life to your morphine addiction – but with professional help you can take back that control, and eventually resume the drug-free, healthy and happy life you want and deserve. Get that help today by calling your GP and/or an addiction specialist; making that call could be your first step on the road to recovery.
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