Morphine Addiction Treatment Center in Hilton Head, SC
Morphine is an opiate used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It’s a naturally occurring substance extracted from the poppy plant or concentrated poppy straw—the same sources used to make heroin. Like all opiates, morphine binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, which release feel-good chemicals that produce feelings of euphoria and even a dream-like state. Street names for morphine include Miss Emma, M, monkey, and white stuff.
Morphine can be highly addictive, especially when taken in larger doses or when injected or smoked. Many people begin taking morphine for pain relief after an injury, surgery, or to treat cancer-related pain. This can quickly escalate into addiction if the person takes more than prescribed or if their doctor doesn’t carefully monitor their use.
Some people are more susceptible to addiction than others because of genes, personal history, and environmental factors. For example, researchers have found that a person’s genes influence the numbers and types of receptors in their brains. Genes can also influence how quickly a person’s body metabolizes drugs and how well they respond to different medications. It’s possible that someone whose body quickly metabolizes morphine, for example, may be more susceptible to addiction.
Symptoms of Morphine Withdrawal
Morphine is hard to quit. Cutting back or quitting can produce unpleasant flu-like withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shaking or chills
To avoid these uncomfortable symptoms, many people will do things they’d never normally do to get the drug, including stealing, doctor shopping, and worse. In short, they get stuck in a vicious cycle of abuse.
Side Effects of Morphine Dependency
Morphine addiction can cause long term changes in the way nerve cells work in the brain. Over time the nerve cells no longer function well on their own. Because of these changes, someone who is addicted to the drug may find it difficult or impossible to control how much of the drug they take, despite how it’s affecting their life and health. The urge to use the drug can become overwhelming.
The good news is that once a person stops taking the drug the nerve cells will eventually start to function normally again. But it’s important to undergo morphine detox in a safe environment under medical supervision, since withdrawals can be intense and even dangerous.
Abusing morphine is especially dangerous because the drug is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. CNS depressants cause shallow, slowed breathing, elevated blood pressure, and extreme drowsiness, which can lead to unconsciousness, coma, and even death.
People who abuse morphine are a high risk of overdosing. That’s why it’s so important to get professional morphine addiction help.
Why Choose BriteLife Recovery?
BriteLife Recovery provides comprehensive morphine treatment in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Our luxury treatment center provides a sanctuary-like environment where clients can focus on healing and recovery. We offer a range of morphine rehab options, including detox programs, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, and residential inpatient programs.
Our trained staff of experienced doctors, therapists, and other experts work together to create customized treatment plans for our clients. Our therapists use proven evidence-based methods to help give clients the tools they need for long-term recovery.
Clients at our South Carolina Morphine rehab center enjoy:
- 24/7 medical care and support
- Full immersion in a healing, substance-free environment among sober peers
- Luxury amenities, including a weight room, Zen garden, fire pit, hiking trail, and more
- A variety of activities and outings, including beach outings, canoeing and kayaking, yoga and meditation, art therapy, ropes course, and more
Speak with one of our recovery specialists today to learn more about our Hilton Head morphine rehab programs in South Carolina.