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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction

01/18/2005

Question:

i was put on morphine 30mg about 1 in a half years ago and i was wondering how do you get off it or is there in easy way

Answer:

There is no easy way to get off addictive opiates, especially after long term use. It requires detoxification. If you are taking it exactly as prescribed, your doctor can try tapering you slowly. However, if you are an addict, you should seek a treatment center. There is a new way to detox someone which makes it very tolerable. It is a medicine called Buprenorphine. It is also an opiate and can be substituted for other opiates and gradually tapered. It can only be prescribed by specially licensed doctors. If you are interested in this method, you can put this word into your search engine and on the site, find a local provider who can prescribe this medication. It stops cravings and withdrawal without making someone high. The key to your options is if you are an addict or not. By now, you have tolerance and would have withdrawal if you stopped abruptly. What signifies addiction is the compulsive use with repeated consequences. Good luck.

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Response by:

Edna M Jones, MD, MRO Edna M Jones, MD, MRO
Emeritus Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University