Medication Assisted Treatment for Morphine Addiction

Prescribed to treat severe pain, morphine is an opiate analgesic that modifies how the brain responds to pain. Morphine is consumed in the form of time-release tablets, a liquid solution, or capsules that are prescribed by a physician. A side effect of morphine is that it is extremely habit-forming. Should an addiction to morphine develop, individuals need to obtain professional help in order to overcome their addiction. By combining medication assisted treatment with therapeutic interventions, individuals can heal and acquire the skills needed to achieve sobriety.

Medication assisted treatment uses specific prescription medications that alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal, while also lessening cravings for continued morphine abuse. By tackling the physical component of addiction, individuals are allowed the clarity of mind required to focus on the emotional component of the recovery process. When medication assisted treatment is paired with therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy, patients are able break free from their addiction to morphine.

Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to help you achieve the healthy, happy, and morphine-free life that you are capable of living. Our medication assisted treatment programs safely aid patients in overcoming their addiction, while our therapeutic options provide individuals with the skills necessary for long-term recovery. Our compassionate, highly trained, and dedicated staff truly understand what is required to help patients achieve recovery in a safe manner.

Types of Treatment Offered at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a network of providers supplying outpatient care to individuals aged 18 and older who have been struggling with an addiction to morphine for a year or longer. Our medication assisted treatment program involves a team of highly trained physicians, nurses, and counselors who will work with patients to create an individualized treatment plan to meet their specific needs.

The medication assisted treatment and therapeutic interventions incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan may include the following:

Methadone: Methadone is an opioid agonist that is frequently used to prevent morphine cravings, while also lessening the symptoms of withdrawal. Patients given a prescription for methadone will not experience the euphoric high that is often linked to morphine use, which means that they will be able to function normally. While methadone is taken daily, the dosages will vary between patients. Dosages prescribed during the course of treatment decrease over time, which will eventually lead to true sobriety.

Suboxone: Suboxone is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that is given to decrease the cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine addiction. Morphine is normally given daily with varying dosage amounts depending on the need of the patient. It is important to note that unlike the other medications used in medication assisted treatment, Suboxone can prompt withdrawal symptoms if a patient attempts to use an opioid while receiving Suboxone. Because of this, it is important to openly discuss any additional medications being taken while on Suboxone to avoid adverse effects from taking place.

Subutex: Classified as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, Subutex blocks the effects that normally take place when an opioid is consumed. Subutex decreases the withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine addiction, which allows patients to focus on the other components of their recovery. Like Suboxone, Subutex is given daily with dosages specific to each individual patient. The main active ingredient in Subutex is buprenorphine.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication that is prescribed to lower morphine cravings. The main component in Vivitrol is naltrexone and this medication is injected once monthly to patients in a medication assisted treatment program.

Individual and group therapy: Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believe that in order for medication assisted treatments to be truly effective, therapeutic interventions must be incorporated into treatment as well. By utilizing a combination of medication treatment as well as group and individual therapy, patients are able to gain the emotional and physical treatment required to aid in their recovery. Individual therapy sessions are one-on-one sessions between a counselor and patient. During individual sessions, patients are able to openly discuss their treatment in a safe environment. Group sessions allow patients to come together with other individuals to gain support, insight, and encouragement from others who truly understand the struggles associated with addiction and recovery.

Why Consider Treatment at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Morphine addiction can consume every facet of an individual’s life. Those who frequently abuse morphine begin to pick the drug over other aspects of their life, such as their relationships and  career. This social and professional isolation can cause relationships to diminish and careers to fail, which can lead to additional interpersonal and financial stressors. Physically and emotionally, the toll that morphine abuse takes on the body increases the chances for an overdose and  can turn deadly if left untreated. Obtaining professional treatment can provide a person with a fresh start towards a happy, healthy, and morphine-free life. By combining medication assisted treatment with therapeutic interventions, Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides patients with the tools necessary to travel safely down the road towards recovered lives.

The compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to provide you with the support and treatment required to achieve a morphine-free life.


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