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Codeine 2018-09-21T18:58:55+00:00

Codeine Addiction And Treatment Options

Codeine is a drug in the class of opioids that includes heroin and that has led to a modern drug abuse epidemic. While codeine use is legal when you have a prescription, this is a highly addictive drug that can lead to dependence. People often start taking codeine for its functional use to treat pain, but an addiction to it can take over your life and make it difficult to stop taking the drug.

Codeine addiction is a significant problem by itself, yet it also often leads to heroin addiction, as people can switch from opioids to heroin to achieve similar reactions in the body. You might hear about efforts to stop the opioid and heroin crisis, yet that doesn’t help you on a personal level.

If you’re already addicted to this medication, specialized treatment is available that can help you change your life back to one that’s not dependent on opioids. Professional support offers ways to help you recover faster, more comfortably and more effectively.

Why Abusing Codeine Becomes a Problem

Codeine is an opiate—it comes from the opium poppy plant—as well as an opioid, which is the larger class that includes synthetic and semisynthetic forms.

Codeine can create a risk of addiction due to the way it affects the brain and body. Using an opioid like codeine makes you feel good, because it encourages the brain to release higher than normal levels of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with reward, pleasure and emotional responses. What happens is that your brain gets used to you giving it codeine, and if that continues the brain will slow or stop its own natural production of dopamine. Now you have become dependent on codeine for the release of dopamine.

This process makes it difficult to quit. It can mean that you continue to take opioids after your prescription is finished. Many people turn to illegal use of codeine and end up switching to heroin.

Other effects codeine can have on the body include slowed breathing, a reduced heart rate and changes to other physiological functions.

By suddenly taking away the codeine, you might experience withdrawal symptoms as your brain and body again become accustomed to functioning without the drug. Your brain will have to relearn to start releasing dopamine by itself, and the amount will be at a lower level than you experienced from codeine.

The opioid withdrawal process can result in emotional and physical symptoms that are often uncomfortable and difficult, although generally not life-threatening. You could experience higher blood pressure and heart rate, nausea and diarrhea, increased sweating, anxiety, insomnia and other symptoms.

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Do We Need to Do an Intervention for a Codeine Addiction?

Some addictions are harder to overcome than others, which can depend on the individual, the type of drug used, how long it was taken and other factors. Depending on the situation, an intervention may be beneficial to help someone with a codeine addiction get into treatment.

Before staging an intervention, try talking to the person one-on-one to see if they think they have a problem and if they’re ready to enter treatment on their own. You can voice your observations and concerns in a non-judgmental way to help guide your friend or loved one into treatment.

If, over time, the person is unwilling to get help, is hurting those around them and/or the problem is worsening, you might consider an intervention. A professional can help guide the conversation, manage conflict, provide education and help the person find appropriate treatment.

Codeine Addiction Treatment

Codeine addiction and withdrawal can be difficult, but recovery is possible. Professional treatment can help make the process safer and more successful. Treatment for codeine addiction could include a detox program, rehab treatment and an aftercare program.

Detoxification is the first step before moving forward with treatment. During this stage, the focus is on getting the substance out of the body and getting past any withdrawal symptoms that present themselves. With codeine, withdrawal is typically not life-threatening, but a detox program can help prevent or manage uncomfortable symptoms to ease the process. Other benefits include medical monitoring for safety and spending time in a sober environment.

After detoxing from codeine, you can transition to a rehab treatment program. This stage of treatment provides therapy and other forms of support that can help with ongoing symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome as well as help you understand your addiction and how to move forward from it. When treatment is finished, it’s advisable to continue with aftercare that aims to keep you on your recovery journey.

At Transformations Treatment Center, we provide individualized treatment programs for codeine addiction, with plans tailored to your unique needs with differing tracks, levels and programs. We offer detoxification through our facility Summit Detox, and we are able to address co-occurring substance use or mental health disorders.

We take a holistic approach to treat the whole person within our intensive outpatient program (IOP), outpatient programs (OP) or partial hospitalization (PHP) forms of treatment. If needed, we can provide client housing for our PHP clients or supportive housing for our OP or IOP clients. Transformations Treatment Center also offers an aftercare program to help you stay on track after you leave our program.

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