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Morphine Addiction Treatment Options

Morphine addiction is a very intense, very real problem that plagues many individuals. The best possible solution for an addicted individual is to attend morphine addiction treatment, for which there are many options.

Depending on which facility you choose, which medication you take, and which therapies you attend, you will be able to start your recovery based on your needs. According to the NIDA, “Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.”

Treatment Facility Options

One of the first decisions you should make is whether you want to attend inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. According to a study from the NCBI, “Patients with low psychiatric severity and/or a good social support system may do well as outpatients without incurring the higher costs of inpatient treatment.” Consequentially, those who are suffering from other mental disorders or who do not have a strong support system of family and friends might fare better if they are at a 24-hour care center.

The treatment types are often the same at these two types of facilities, but patients who want to go home every night and be with their families or who still need to go to work every day can attend daily sessions at outpatient clinics that work around their schedules. Patients who need extra care and help can attend inpatient treatment programs for morphine addiction.

Medication Options

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Support groups and group therapy are very helpful during morphine addiction rehab.

Someone who is attending treatment for morphine will likely be given three options for medications which are used as part of addiction treatment and withdrawal treatment. These medications are:

  • Buprenorphine
    • A partial opioid agonist that can be prescribed by specific doctors and received from doctors’ offices
  • Methadone
    • A synthetic opioid that can be used as a short-term treatment or a long-term maintenance treatment for opioid addiction
  • Naltrexone
    • An opioid antagonist that “works by blocking the effects of heroin or other opioids at their receptor sites” (NIDA)

Buprenorphine and methadone are more successful options while many patients do not tolerate naltrexone well. These three options, though, will allow you to decide what kind of medication you want treating you and, along with your doctor, how long for which you will be treated.

Behavioral Treatment Options

There are actually several types of behavioral therapy that are known to be effective in treating addiction to morphine or other opioids. Morphine addiction “is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior,” and behavioral therapy actually works to correct much of this.

Some behavioral therapy options for morphine addiction are:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy 
    • Teaches patients to see their addiction in a new way, fight cravings, and recognize triggers
  • Contingency management 
    • Rewards patients for abstinence from drugs by giving them prizes
  • Group therapy
    • Allows patients to get to know others who are dealing with the same issues they are and to build lasting relationships
  • Family  and relationship therapy
    • Helps patients rebuild relationships that have been shattered by their abuse of morphine

There are actually many options for morphine addiction treatment, and each individual patient will have their own treatment plan. Choosing the treatment options that are best for you and help you feel comfortable and confident as you work on your recovery is an extremely important part of the process.