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Morphine is an opioid drug used to relieve severe pain. Aside from its well-known use during labour it is also used to treat acute and chronic pain associated with illness, trauma, and surgical procedures such as those associated with cancer treatment and heart attack. However, it’s a highly addictive drug, and the UK is experiencing a rise in the cases of morphine abuse and addiction, with many of the 24 million prescriptions written in the UK in 2017 being for morphine.
Morphine works directly on the central nervous system, reducing pain signals or stopping them entirely from reaching the brain. Its use also encourages the production of endorphins – brain chemicals that can help give feelings of pleasure whilst controlling pain. However, every silver lining has a cloud, and while the medical community views the drug as safe, side effects can range from constipation and drowsiness to headaches, constipation and feelings of nausea. Users of morphine who have suddenly stopped taking it talk of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as feelings of anxiety and intense agitation accompanied by profuse sweating and pronounced shaking. You may notice speech becoming slurred, shallow breathing and an inability to focus. The more the user’s body begins to tolerate morphine, the more is to maintain its effect, with craving often developing between doses.
“Because morphine is such a commonly used and abused drug, it can be hard to tell if someone has become addicted. It’s wise to seek expert help.” – Martin Preston
At Delamere we offer medically managed detox from opiates on site here at our purpose-built clinic in Cheshire. Delivered by our doctors and nursing team, the process helps you and your body adapt to not using and we manage symptoms to ensure a safe and comfortable withdrawal. Many of our team have themselves lived experience of addiction and alongside our therapy team, we know what the cycle of addiction is like and we have considerable experience in helping people find freedom from opiate addiction. Our Head Nurse, Julian is one of the most experienced opiate detox nurses in the UK. If you’d like to chat through how we can help you, why not give us a call today.