What is codeine and why is it prescribed?
One of the more potent opiate substances that is derived from the opium poppy is codeine. It is oftentimes viewed as the prototype of certain opioids such as Hydrocodone and Tramadol. It is most commonly prescribed for analgesic or painkilling purposes, anti-diarrheal uses, and anti-tussive or cough suppressant properties. Codeine exhibits an extremely high potential for addiction which explains why it is such a popular substance in recreational drug use circles and an increase in the number of codeine detox programs.
As an opiate, the tolerance to codeine’s effects builds up quickly and almost unnoticeably. What results is the rapid development of addiction or dependency on the drug. When the individual experiences withdrawal symptoms that result from decreasing their dosage or abruptly stopping its use altogether, the addiction or dependency becomes apparent. These withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Depending on the severity of the individual’s addiction, these symptoms could be life-threatening.
The prolonged abuse of any opiate or opioid-based medication will ultimately lead to addiction or dependency. When the person attempts a codeine detox and abruptly stops using the drug or radically decreases the doses they take, they are going to experience some withdrawal symptoms that can range from very mild to extremely severe.
Common Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms:
- Abdominal or stomach cramps
- Agitation and irritability
- Bone and joint pain
- Chills and fever
- Excessive yawning
- Insomnia and sleeplessness
- Intense cravings
- Lethargy, listlessness, and weakness
- Muscle aches and spasms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Runny nose and watery eyes
The occurrence of these withdrawal symptoms and the fact that they could be potentially life-threatening when the addiction becomes severe is the primary reason why a medical codeine detox is always recommended over going cold turkey. The individual benefits from medical detox programs because they are provided with around-the-clock care, monitoring, and supervision to ensure the person’s safety and comfort.
Medicines Used in Codeine Detox
There are several different medications that are used to alleviate or ease the withdrawal symptoms that occur when a person undergoes a codeine detox or a detox from any other type of opiate or opioid based medication. These include:
The medication Suboxone is actually a Buprenorphine/Naloxone compound that is mixed in a 4:1 ratio. Additionally, many individuals are now being treated for the withdrawal symptoms that occur in a heroin detox program with Buprenorphine instead of Methadone.
Signs of Codeine Addiction
When a codeine addiction is present and the individual needs to enter a codeine detox program, they will exhibit one or more of the following warning signs:
- Abnormal behavior that the person would normally not engage in
- Needing to take the drug everyday just to function normally
- Participating in potentially dangerous situations when under the influence of the drug such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy duty machinery
- Totally focusing on maintaining a supply of the drug
- Wanting to stop codeine use but not being able to due to the fear of experiencing some very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms
If you or loved one is suffering with a codeine addiction and you have been searching for an effective codeine detox program, the Blue Water Detox Center is here to help you get back on the road to a normal life. For more information on our facility or to ask further questions regarding our medical detox programs, please contact us today.