Codeine Addiction Recovery Morningside Recovery
Very small amounts of codeine are still found in some products in many states, but codeine has been recognized as a “drug of abuse” in the United States.
Long-term abuse of codeine can lead to symptoms including liver damage, kidney damage, and more. In cases of acute overdose, sufferers can experience deeply depressed respiratory and circulatory function, potentially leading to coma or death. Early treatment is correlated with a faster and more comprehensive recovery from codeine addiction.
Codeine is one of the most common medicinal drugs in use today, and it is one you might have seen in over-the-counter medications in the past. Codeine was previously available as an “OTC” drug, but its concentrated form is now available by prescription only. It is most frequently found in cough syrups, helping to reduce coughing and the associated pain.
Very small amounts of codeine are still found in some products in many states, but codeine has been recognized as a “drug of abuse” in the United States. People frequently “doctor shop” to get prescriptions for large quantities of codeine that can be very dangerous if misused. Codeine alters the function of pain receptors in the brain and can cause serious health problems.
As with many other prescription drugs, codeine dependency and abuse can start unintentionally. It is important to provide each addiction sufferer with the support and personal validation they need to understand that they are not defined by addiction.
If you are concerned that a loved one may need codeine addiction treatment, there is a clear physical sign you can look out for: A bluish tinge to the lips or fingernails of the sufferer. While this does not always arise after codeine abuse, seeing it means that you should evaluate the person’s behavior and determine whether other signs of abuse exist.
A complete course of treatment for codeine not only helps sufferers to cope with the physical pain of withdrawal but provides them with the support and encouragement needed to go on to a life without codeine abuse. Group therapy, one-on-one therapy, and family therapies are often used. Extended care may be necessary to lay the foundation for long-term recovery.
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Codeine drug abuse most frequently happens when someone intentionally abuses codeine. Large amounts of codeine can produce temporary feelings of euphoria. However, due to the psychoactive effects of the drug, pathways in the brain are quickly altered by it. Tolerance is soon felt, and dependency often results as the addiction sufferer seeks larger doses.
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Codeine addiction treatment typically involves detox and therapy. In the early days of codeine withdrawal, the sufferer may experience hypersensitivity to pain, uncontrolled twitching or tremors, aches, cramps, and nausea. These symptoms often take place alongside an intense desire to resume codeine use and a feeling that quitting it is impossible.
Sometimes my friends won’t point out my character flaws. I was in denial about my problems and had convinced myself I was entitled to do things that I did. The staff recognized and told me I was in denial. It was hard at first, but it’s about growth and acceptance. I was able to process that and make changes with all the classes and groups. Ricardo R., Morningside Alumni.
Morningside Recovery is California’s industry leader in codeine abuse rehab. We craft individualized treatment plans for each patient, helping them address the underlying factors in their drug abuse or dependency.