What is codeine?
One of the narcotic opiates on the market today that is used for a combination of analgesic (painkilling), anti-diarrheal, and anti-tussive qualities is codeine. It is the second most predominant opium alkaloid and is considered as being the epitome of weak to midrange strength opioid analgesics which includes Hydrocodone and Tramadol. It is extremely addictive and most drug rehab facilities today offer codeine addiction detox programs to enable people to get back on the road to recovery.
The drug was first isolated from the opium poppy by the French chemist, Pierre-Jean Robiquet 180 years ago. Most medications today that contain codeine are synthesized from Morphine. Most countries consider codeine as being a controlled or scheduled substance and is illegal without a prescription. It is fairly popular among recreational drug use circles because it is very affordable and widely available. It is normally prescribed to treat pain that is ranked as being mild to moderate.
Potential side effects
As with any other narcotic medication, there are a number of potential side effects that you may experience when using codeine and that could be a reason to enter a codeine addiction detox program. These include:
- confusion and disorientation
- dizziness and fainting
- driving impairment
- drowsiness and fatigue
- loss of coordination and motor skills
- nausea and vomiting
Some individuals have reported suffering with constipation, headaches, stomach pains, and vomiting. More serious side effects include breathing and swallowing difficulties, convulsions and seizures, losing consciousness, and vision changes. There are also long-term effects of codeine abuse, addiction, and dependency that include kidney and liver damage, problems during sexual intercourse, and stomach bleeding.
Once an individual has gotten to the point that they cannot get through a single day without using codeine, or have gotten to the point where the more serious side effects and long-term effects are occurring, it’s time to enter a codeine addiction detox program. The right detox procedure will help the individual rid them of the toxins that have built up in their bodies from using codeine as well as any residues remaining.
The potential for addiction
As with so many other narcotic painkillers that are opiate-based, codeine exhibits a high potential for abuse, addiction, and dependency. Usually it only takes from 2 to 3 weeks for the onset of addiction to occur. Codeine loses very little of its potency once it has gotten into the GI (gastrointestinal) tract where it is quickly processed and rapidly spreads into other body areas and tissues. As a result of keeping most of its potency, most individuals feel the effects of codeine exceptionally fast.
The fast-acting and long-lasting characteristics of the drug cause many individuals to have intense cravings for it. Once a person becomes addicted to codeine, there are certain signs that a person exhibits indicating the presence of the dependency. Individuals addicted to or dependent on codeine are usually apathetic, have slowed physical and verbal responses, and tend to be uncoordinated over time.
Even though the individual may overcome their addiction and abstain from using codeine for months at a time, they may still experience the withdrawal symptoms that occur. Fortunately, codeine withdrawal symptoms are less severe than those of other opiates, but they still unpleasant enough to make the individual suffer during the detox process. One way or the other, getting professional help is critical whenever you succumb to any type of opiate addiction.
For more information regarding a dependency on codeine and a codeine addiction detox program that is highly effective, please contact Blue Water Detox today and speak with one of our caring specialists.