Morphine rehab

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Content Overview

A morphine addiction is not a life sentence of misery and defeat. With the right addiction rehab programme, you can come clean and then go on to living a drug-free life. The key to success is finding a morphine addiction rehab and treatment programme capable of meeting your individual needs.

You might think that beating a morphine addiction is as easy as making the decision to stop taking the drug. Those of us in the addiction rehab community wish it were that easy. It is not. Moreover, delaying treatment in the face of physical and psychological dependence only makes a bad situation worse.

The Importance of Morphine Addiction Treatment

Morphine addiction treatment is extremely important to maintaining a person’s mental and physical health. The fact is that addiction is a brain disease that will never go away by itself. Failing to seek treatment only prolongs the illness and its miserable consequences. In the case of morphine addiction, not receiving treatment could eventually lead to an untimely death.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals enter rehab clinics across the UK seeking morphine addiction treatment. Thousands more forgo treatment and die as a result of opioid poisoning. Please understand that morphine addiction is a serious problem and is not something to be taken lightly.

One last thing to consider in this regard is that morphine addiction treatment is important to your family as well. Realise that they live with the consequences of your addiction just as much as you do. They need for you to seek treatment so that they can get their own lives back in order. If you are not willing to get treated for your own benefit, would you at least consider it for their benefit?

Treatment Philosophy and Benefits

There are a number of different treatment philosophies for morphine addiction, and each has its advantages. If you are hoping to undergo morphine addiction treatment yourself, we can help you figure out which philosophy is more aligned to your needs and preferences.

The first treatment philosophy is also the most common in the UK. It is one that combines medically-based detox with comprehensive psychotherapeutic treatments in a residential setting. This is considered the most comprehensive form of treatment inasmuch as it treats the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit.

The holistic nature of this sort of treatment is its greatest benefit. By treating the whole patient, caregivers are addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of morphine addiction. They are getting to the root causes of addictive tendencies; they are helping patients develop strategies for avoiding future relapse.

The second treatment philosophy involves non-medical detox followed by additional psychotherapeutic treatments. It is most often practised in an outpatient setting whereby the patient visits a clinic a couple or so times per week followed by separate visits to counselling facilities and support group meetings.

It must be made clear that non-medical detox still utilises prescription medications for controlling withdrawal. The non-medical designation comes from the fact that the patient is not being medically monitored around the clock as would be the case in a residential setting.

One of the benefits of this sort of treatment is that the patient is not required to maintain residence at a treatment facility for weeks at a time. When accessed through the NHS, this sort of treatment is also free to the patient. On the other hand, not being treated in a residential facility means there are distractions that could get in the way.

The third and final treatment philosophy is built around the idea of rapid detox. Psychotherapeutic treatments are still offered after detox, but the goal is to avoid prolonging the detox process as much as possible. As such, rapid detox is generally not gradual. The patient is not given an opioid substitute that is tapered over time. Rather, medications are used only to take the edge off withdrawal symptoms.

The primary benefit of a rapid detox programme is speed. Where gradual detox can take several weeks for some patients, a rapid detox can be accomplished within 5 to 7 days. This allows the patient to get into psychotherapeutic treatment faster and, thus, through the full treatment process sooner.

Tolerance vs. Morphine Dependence

Tolerance and dependence are two different things from a medical standpoint. As such, they have to be considered separately in reference to seeking morphine treatment or rehab. We will explain by first defining the two conditions as they apply to morphine abuse.

Tolerance is a physical condition in which a person no longer experiences the expected effects of morphine because his or her body is used to having the drug in the system. In order for the drug to continue to work as intended, the person must take more of it. For the record, tolerance is not limited to morphine, heroin, or other opioids. Tolerance is a possibility with just about any drug.

Dependence is an entirely separate physical condition. A person reaches a point of dependence when his or her body is so used to having morphine in the system that it relies on the drug being there. As an example, one of the mechanisms behind morphine as a painkiller is its ability to encourage the production of endorphins. These endorphins then activate opioid receptors in the spinal column. Once activated, the receptors depress or block pain signals.

In a person who has become dependent on morphine, the body may no longer be capable of blocking pain independently because it is not producing enough of the endorphins by itself. It needs the morphine to stimulate endorphin production. In essence, the body has come to rely on morphine to do what it otherwise would do on its own.

From a treatment standpoint, dependence is a condition that needs to be addressed medically. Untreated dependence can lead to addiction in some individuals. In cases where it doesn’t lead to addiction, dependence still creates a scenario in which the body is unable to function properly. This can lead to a myriad of physical and psychological problems.

Tolerance does not necessarily require medical intervention. It certainly is not wise to continue taking progressively larger amounts of morphine in order to achieve the same effect, but tolerance can be addressed by stopping morphine altogether and switching to another non-opioid pain medication. Tolerance doesn’t indicate a person is either dependent or addicted.

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Determining Treatment Readiness

It is no secret that not every case of morphine addiction treatment ends successfully. There are people who relapse very quickly in the weeks and months following treatment. There are others who end up going through treatment multiple times before they eventually maintain permanent abstinence.

So why such vast differences? Some of the difference is related to the severity of the patient’s addiction and how that person responds to treatment. But a lot of it has to do with what is referred to as ‘treatment readiness’.

The medical field defines treatment readiness in relation to drug addiction treatment as a ‘readiness to change addictive behaviour’. This readiness to change is a critical component when you realise that the only real cure for addiction is permanent abstinence. A person must decide to permanently abstain, then take the steps necessary to ensure it happens.

Permanent abstinence is easier said than done for a lot of people. Thus, a critical component of drug rehab is psychotherapeutic in nature. Psychotherapeutic treatments equip patients with the tools they need to follow through on a decision to abstain.

So, how do doctors determine treatment readiness? By asking questions and measuring patient responses. There are many ways to do this, including something known as the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale (SOCRATES). This widely renowned tool was originally developed in 1986 as a 32-item questionnaire that was scored based on user responses.

SOCRATES was revised in 1991, and then again in 1996 to better reflect a changing understanding of drug addiction treatment. The current iteration of SOCRATES is a 19-item questionnaire using a five-point scale based on the following responses to each question:

  1. Strongly disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Undecided or unsure
  4. Agree
  5. Strongly agree.

Each of the 19 points falls under one of the following three categories:

  1. Recognition – The ability of the patient to recognise that he or she has a drug problem in need of treatment.
  2. Ambivalence – The concern, or lack thereof, demonstrated by a patient in relation to his or her drug problem.
  3. Taking Steps – A measurement of any steps the patient is already taking to overcome his or her drug problem.

Not every clinic utilises the SOCRATES tool. Some doctors find it useful while others have other ways of measuring treatment readiness. The most important thing in this regard is to note that the decision to seek treatment is not necessarily equal to a decision to change the way one behaves.

Simply put, not everyone who enters treatment is really ready to receive it. Not every decision to undergo treatment is accompanied by a correlating decision to make needed changes.

The reality is that some people enter morphine addiction treatment under pressure from family and friends. Others go to treatment because they are compelled by legal or financial problems. In every case, the secret to success is a free-will choice to seek treatment out of a genuine desire to change. That is what drug rehab clinics are looking for. They want to help addicts who genuinely want to change their lives by changing their behaviours.

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Learning about Options for Morphine Rehab

Assuming that you have a morphine problem and you are ready to talk about change, you have a lot of different options for detox and rehab. You could choose outpatient treatment through a local NHS facility and independent counselling offices. You could choose to enrol in a residential treatment programme at any one of our clinics. You could even choose a rapid detox programme and follow-up with independent counselling and group support.

Before you make any choice though, take the time to learn about all the available options. It has been said that knowledge is power. In your case, this is absolutely true. The more knowledge you have regarding your treatment options, the better equipped you will be to make the right decision.

One place to start is your GP’s surgery. Make an appointment to see the doctor, then go in and explain the difficulty you’re having with morphine. Your GP will make a formal assessment of your situation before recommending a course of action. The seriousness of your problem will guide the GP’s recommendation.

The second option is to go straight to a rehab clinic and enrol in their treatment programme. You would be medically and psychologically examined before treatment begins, so that is not something you would have to worry about. The big downside to this strategy is that you might end up at a facility that is not a good fit for you. That leads us to the third option.

This third option is to contact UKAT and speak with one of our trained professionals. Our primary mission is to help addicts and their families by getting them connected to a treatment facility capable of meeting their requirements. There are lots of different choices ranging from budget-minded rehab centres to luxury treatment facilities that cater to patients used to a certain kind of lifestyle.

How Much Does Morphine Rehab Cost?

It is not possible for us to say with any level of certainty how much morphine rehab would cost you. There are many different clinics around the UK offering different levels of accommodations and amenities. Lists of services also vary between clinics.

Having said that, you can expect to spend at least a few thousand pounds on a 12-week treatment programme. The price you pay covers the treatments themselves, all prescription medications used during your treatment, your food and lodging, any associated transportation costs, and any other miscellaneous costs that go into meeting your needs.

Be aware that the level of accommodation you prefer will influence the cost of rehab. For example, a luxury rehab clinic will charge more than a budget-minded clinic because the costs of luxury accommodations and amenities have to be covered. You will also pay more for a longer programme; the longer you stay, the more it costs to feed and house you.

Paying for Morphine Rehab

We understand that you might be concerned about paying for morphine rehab. It is very normal. So first, we want to make you aware that accessing treatment provided by the NHS will not cost you anything. If you have absolutely no way of covering the cost of private treatment, this might be the way to go. But keep in mind that NHS programmes are often oversubscribed and subject to long waiting times. NHS programmes are also outpatient based. If you want residential treatment, you will have to go private.

The good news about private morphine rehab is that it may be covered by your health insurance. Most private health insurance plans cover at least a portion of drug rehab; some plans cover it 100%. Check the coverage of your private insurance plan if you have one.

In the absence of private insurance, you can pay for morphine rehab via cash or credit/debit card. There are ways to raise the money if you don’t have it on hand. Some patients ask family members and friends to donate small amounts in a cumulative effort to pay for treatment. Other patients have sold assets or taken out loans. And some over the age of 55 have even drawn cash from their pensions.

We cannot say how it’s best for you to pay for morphine rehab. Do not let the fear of being unable to pay for private treatment deter you from seeking medical help.

How to Find the Best Morphine Rehab Centre

It was previously stated that there are a great many rehab centres located throughout the UK. So how do you find the best one for you? By letting one of our trained experts help you.

Our counsellors will work with you to find the best rehab option based on a list of criteria that includes:

  • the severity of your current condition
  • your family history relating to substance misuse
  • your general physical and mental health
  • your budget
  • your preference of locations
  • your preference of outpatient/inpatient rehab
  • any other circumstances that might affect your outcome.

The reality is that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment solution for every patient. Finding the best morphine rehab centre for you requires an understanding of who you are and what you need. Our counsellors are trained to ask the kinds of questions that will provide the necessary understanding.

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Types of Morphine Addiction Treatment

Medical science has developed a number of different morphine addiction treatment options. They range from the somewhat casual to the extremely intense. Some are outpatient and others residential, which will be discussed in the next section. Some require partial hospitalisation while others focus heavily on counselling and therapy.

For the purposes of clarity, we can look at the different types of available morphine addiction treatment through the lens of one of the following four descriptions:


You’re already familiar with the idea of detox. This form of treatment is intended to cleanse the body of morphine.


Counselling takes place in both inpatient and outpatient clinics. It is offered one-on-one and in a group setting.

12-step work

Multiple types of morphine addiction treatment incorporate some form of the classic 12-step programme originally developed back in the 1930s.

Dual diagnosis

People suffering from co-occurring disorders receive a kind of treatment known as dual diagnosis treatment. It is a specialised treatment that is not available at every rehab clinic.

Among the four different types, dual diagnosis treatment is the most challenging. In a dual diagnosis scenario, a person is simultaneously suffering from morphine addiction and a defined mental health condition. Both disorders have to be treated simultaneously. Both also must be treated in deference to the other. In other words, the doctor does not want to make one condition worse while treating the other one.

Inpatient Facilities vs. Outpatient Treatment

You will be choosing between inpatient and outpatient treatment should you seek medical help for a morphine problem. The simplest definition of an inpatient facility is one that includes housing and food. The patient resides at the facility for the duration of his or her treatment.

TAn outpatient treatment facility is similar to your GPs office. The patient does not reside at the facility but, rather, visits several times per week to receive treatment. At the close of each treatment day, the patient returns home. In the next two sections of this guide, we will more thoroughly explain how inpatient and outpatient facilities work.

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab for morphine addiction is rooted in the philosophy that residential treatment can enhance rehab efforts by removing distractions and helping the patient more fully focus on wellness. As such, the biggest difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment is the treatment environment itself.

As a resident of an inpatient facility, everything you do during your stay centres around that facility. The treatment facility provides your housing through either shared or private accommodations. The facility also provides your food, medical care, exercise opportunities, leisure activities, and so forth.

All the patients in a residential facility at any one time are undergoing similar treatments. They might not all be undergoing morphine treatment, but all will be undergoing treatment for some sort of substance abuse or addiction problem. The residents will spend at least some time together working to achieve a set of common goals.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab for morphine addiction is built on the same kind of outpatient model we are all familiar with in general medical care. The only difference is that treatments are focused entirely on addiction recovery. As an outpatient client, you would be given a treatment plan that includes a schedule for your regular clinic visits. You may visit once per week, every three or four days, or even daily.

Outpatient clients receive medical evaluations and prescription medications with each clinic visit. They also receive counselling, either one-on-one or in a group setting. Patients are expected and encouraged to seek out additional services on days when there is no clinic time schedule. For instance, patients are urged to join a local support group and attend that group’s meetings.

In contrast to inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab is not free of distractions. Patients are still living at home. They are still interacting with the same friends and family members, visiting the same places and doing many of the same things they were doing prior to beginning rehab. If this would be a problem for you, inpatient rehab is probably the better option.

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Private Morphine Rehabs and Confidentiality

We realise that some of our clients have concerns about confidentiality in relation to private morphine rehab centres. Let us set your mind at ease by assuring you that confidentiality is not a problem. Private rehab clinics are not out to expose their patients to the world. They make a point of stressing privacy and confidentiality in everything they do.

The fact that you are seeking morphine treatment will be known only to you, your medical treatment team, and the support staff that operate the clinic. Your medical information and history will never be shared outside the confines of that facility. And only those staff members that have a legitimate need to access your information will be allowed to do so.

In terms of your privacy, no one outside a private treatment facility will know you are receiving treatment unless you decide to make it public. Indeed, privacy and confidentiality are two additional benefits of private morphine rehab.

What is Residential Morphine Treatment

Residential morphine treatment is a form of treatment that takes place at a private, inpatient clinic. Residential treatment includes medically supervised detox and proven psychotherapeutic treatments conducted by trained therapists.

The Role of Medications

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can play a significant role in morphine addiction treatment. In one of our other guides, we detail some of the medications commonly used in the UK.

The role of medications is to help facilitate full and complete recovery in the safest way possible. Doctors never approach treatment with the goal of replacing morphine addiction with an addiction to a new drug. You should not either.

Medications fall under one of four categories:

Opioid substitution

Residential clinics use substitute medications to stabilise patients and begin the process of weaning them from morphine. There are two substitute opioids and one non-opioid medication that make up the vast majority of morphine substitutes.

Symptom control

Next, treatment facilities use a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications to help control withdrawal symptoms. A doctor may prescribe one medication to address insomnia and another to help control nausea and vomiting. There are literally dozens of medications available for controlling withdrawal symptoms.

Relapse prevention

Next is a limited number of medications doctors will prescribe for the purposes of preventing relapse. Each of these medications is intended to either control cravings or prevent a patient from experiencing any beneficial effects of morphine.

Mental health

Upon completion of detox, some patients require additional prescription medications to address mental or emotional disorders. In such cases, relapse prevention is the goal. Doctors will prescribe only those medications needed to manage the patient’s mental health.

The Role of Therapy

Therapy also plays a key role in morphine addiction recovery. By combining various counselling therapies with 12-step work, therapists help patients come to a better understanding of their own addictive tendencies. They also equip patients with the tools and strategies for coping once they return to normal life. Therapy is a necessary component of recovery because it addresses the mental and emotional aspects of addiction, which is something that detox does not do.

The Use of Group Therapy in Morphine Addiction

Group therapy is a frequently utilised tool in the treatment for morphine addiction. In fact, group therapy is rather prevalent across the entire drug addiction treatment spectrum.

It is a well-received form of therapy that takes advantage of the group dynamic to create an environment of mutual support. As groups of patients work through treatment goals together, they encourage one another and hold each other accountable. This is a powerful dynamic capable of accomplishing things that individual counselling alone does not touch.

This is not to say that group therapy is offered to the exclusion of one-on-one counselling. To the contrary, most rehab clinics utilise both kinds of therapy.

After Morphine Rehab

Every outpatient and residential treatment programme eventually comes to an end. So what happens after morphine rehab? The patient must integrate back into normal life. He or she must begin to put things back together. Unfortunately, though, the risk of relapse is a very real thing, so the key to preventing relapse is aftercare.

Aftercare consists of a range of services that include ongoing counselling, 12-step work, and medical treatments. Most of our residential clinics arrange for aftercare as part of a comprehensive treatment programme. In cases where aftercare is not included, patients must arrange for services themselves.

The importance of aftercare cannot be emphasised enough. Statistics show that recovering addicts who complete aftercare are less likely to relapse within the first year following treatment. The one-year mark is an important mark because recovering addicts who make it to one year without relapse are much more likely to never relapse again. So yes, aftercare is extremely important.

Never Too Late!

Hopefully, you have gleaned a lot of valuable information from this guide. An appropriate way to close it out would be to remind you that it is never too late to seek out morphine addiction treatment. There is no addiction so severe that it cannot be helped from a medical standpoint. As long as you are alive, you can get something out of treatment.

Do not continue allowing your life to be dictated by morphine addiction. Now that you know what is possible, please step back and seriously consider whether you are ready for a change. If you are, please get in touch with us right away. We can help you find a morphine addiction programme that can get you on the road to recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during morphine rehab?

Morphine rehab at a residential treatment facility is both medically supervised and assisted. Patients are put through a gradual detox using substitute medications, then transitioned to psychotherapeutic treatments. Throughout a patient’s entire treatment term, trained medical and support staff are on hand to provide the necessary medical care.

How long does morphine rehab last?

There is no set schedule or timeline that dictates how every patient is treated. Treatment length depends on individual circumstances, including how well a given patient responds to treatment. The shortest residential treatment programmes run about three weeks; the longest programmes can run 12 weeks or longer. Aftercare generally goes on for one year following treatment discharge.

Outpatient treatments lengths vary even more. A patient could be through in a matter of weeks if he or she responds well to gradual withdrawal. On the other hand, outpatient rehab may continue for months – or longer.

Morphine rehab: away from home or not?

Patients have the opportunity to seek out treatment close to home or at a distance. Your choice would depend on your needs and preferences. You may choose to stay close to home so that your family can visit. You might also choose to stay close to home so that you can avail yourself of outpatient treatment.

On the other hand, you might prefer to travel to the other side of the county – or even across the country – just to get away from the distractions of the local area. Travelling away from home might provide you with some much-needed motivation to work hard at getting well.

Some patients looking for luxury rehab even choose to travel overseas. They do so to maximise privacy and confidentiality. In the end, whether treatment is local, across the country, or overseas is really up to the individual.

Why seek help for morphine addiction?

Morphine addiction is an illness of the brain that will not go away by itself. It is also a progressive illness, at least to the extent that continuing to use morphine will continue to negatively affect the brain. The whole point of seeking help for morphine addiction is to stop the damage. Treatment helps you stop using morphine so that your body can heal itself. It equips you to avoid starting up with morphine again in the future.

What other options exist for someone who cannot afford treatment?

The NHS offers drug addiction treatment by way of outpatient clinics and independent counsellors. That is one place to start if you cannot afford private treatment. You could also join a local support group or contact a private counsellor and arrange for a few sessions that fit your budget.

What factors into the cost of addiction treatment?

Addiction treatment provided by private clinics varies in price. The level of luxury of the clinic, the reputation of the provider, and the length of the programme all play a role in how much you end up paying for treatment.
You may find that a smaller, intimate clinic with more one-on-one care is dearer than a larger facility with high numbers of staff and can accommodate many more patients at one time.

Am I addicted to morphine?

The only way to know for sure if you are suffering from an addiction disorder is to be physically and mentally evaluated by a trained professional. You may be addicted if you have noticed that you have to constantly take more morphine to feel good. Addiction is a real possibility if you find that morphine plays a central role in most of what you do.

Why do people start taking morphine?

Many people who end up addicted to morphine begin taking it as a legitimate prescription to control pain. Morphine is often prescribed following surgery. It is prescribed to control the pain of cancer treatment or during recovery from a significant injury. Still, others are prescribed morphine to deal with the chronic pain of osteoarthritis.

Outside of prescription use, people often take morphine to enjoy the euphoric feelings it produces. Morphine helps them escape the realities of life they otherwise have trouble coping with.

What are the signs of addiction?
Morphine addiction presents with many different signs and symptoms:

  • Compulsive use of morphine
  • Introversion and social isolation
  • A loss of interest in family relationships
  • A loss of interest in personal appearance
  • A loss of performance at work or school
  • The defensiveness of one’s drug use
  • A need to continue taking larger doses of the drug.
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