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Codeine is the second-most predominant alkaloid in opium and is currently the most widely-used opiate in the world. Through different processes, codeine is extracted from the Opium poppy plant and is also known as 3-methylmorphine.  It is one of many medications known as opiates and is also in a class of medicine known as antitussives.  It has been used for centuries to help control pain, as a cough suppressant, and is considered a safe medication when used according to directions, but abuse or deliberate misuse can quickly lead to addiction.

Codeine is Considered a Safe Medication When Used Correctly

Many prescription cold medications and cough medicines often have a combination of codeine and acetaminophen in them. Always ask your doctor before combining any codeine product with other medication, or ask your pharmacist.  Be sure to inform your doctor of other medications you are taking before you take it because the doses would need to be changed and monitored if you are on any type of antidepressants, allergy or cold medications, medication for mental illness, anxiety or seizures, and many more.

Thousands of People Become Addicted Daily

When codeine addiction develops, the user will experience intense withdrawal symptoms when the drug is withheld such as anxiety, depression, irritability, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, muscle pain and many others. In extreme cases, suicidal thoughts or suicide could occur. Anyone attempting withdrawal from this drug should seek professional treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation facility where addiction specialists monitor the withdrawal process to ensure a safe, effective detoxification and a full recovery.

Codeine Has Been Used for Centuries to Treat Pain

At our clinic, we follow detox with a comprehensive rehabilitation program designed to address the emotional and environmental factors that contributed to the addiction. The perfect blend of counseling, education, and support are applied to help the client understand why they used drugs, how to avoid them in the future and how to rebuild lost self-esteem.

Thousands of people a day become addicted to codeine, and as these powerful drugs continue to become more potent, the treatment options must constantly be upgraded in order to provide the most effective treatment possible.  You can be sure that our program is current and can be tailored to suit your specific needs or preferences to ensure that you leave our facility as a self-confident, productive member of society.

Dangerous When Abused

Teens and adults globally have become addicted to this drug and the euphoric effects that come with it. Due to the easy accessibility of this drug, many more people are becoming addicted at an early age.

CodeineSome of the effects that a person experiences while using as directed include, but are not limited to: drowsiness, shallow breathing, clammy skin, watery eyes, constricted pupils, and the feeling of euphoria.  When it is abused, the side-effects can be much more serious.

Some of the painful side-effects that come with abuse are: convulsions, coma, AIDS, hepatitis from contaminated syringes, and death.  Women who are pregnant while using can run the risk of premature birth, still-birth, and codeine addicted infants.

There are many associated negative side effects of addiction.  An addiction to codeine is a problem that a lot of Americans develop and  face on a daily basis.  Some of these people obtain the codeine addiction because they abused their prescription, and others because they chose to use codeine as recreational. The side effects of a codeine addiction do become deadly if drastic measures to become clean from the addiction are not taken, and they remain ever present sometimes for the addict’s life.  There are two kinds of side effects of addiction, these effects are minor and severe.

Minor Side Effects

The minor side effects of codeine addiction are not what most people consider to be “minor”. They can become life threatening and in most cases cause codeine addicts to seek medical attention in order to avoid further problems.

Some of these side effects of codeine addiction include:

  • Vision impairment
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased or lowered heart rate
  • Constant mood swings
  • Stomach bleeding
  • Chronic constipation
  • Hormonal imbalance

Severe Side Effects

The severe side effects of codeine addiction occur in a high percentage of daily codeine addicts. Without immediate help for their codeine addiction, these individuals will suffer painful problems with their health and possibly die.

A few commonly known severe side effects of addiction include:

  • Liver cancer or failure
  • Kidney cancer or failure
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Respiratory depression
  • Mental depression
  • Suicide

Codeine Treatment

Codeine Addiction and TreatmentTreatment is the best solution for any person that may be suffering from an addiction. In our addiction treatment programs, we recognize many different types of prescription drugs that can have the potential to be habit-forming and addictive. Codeine is a common type of narcotic painkiller that is often abused. Codeine is a synthetically produced opioid derived from morphine and is prescribed for sufferers of chronic pain. The drug is often found as an additive in certain aspirins and cough syrups and is used to treat mild to severe pain. It is often abused due to these morphine-like effects, which cause drowsiness and dulling of the senses. It is also used as a starting material in two other highly addictive drugs; dihydrocodeine and Hydrocodone. Using any dosage (or form) of codeine for more than a continuous period of 2-3 weeks increases the risk of becoming dependent on the drug.

Addiction and Treatment Handled Professionally

Codeine addiction and treatment withdrawal can be difficult during the first few days and may cause symptoms that resemble that of a common cold, such as fever, runny nose, and headaches. The following days and weeks may also involve symptoms such as yawning, sweating, muscle and bone pain, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, vomiting, weakness and stomach cramps.

Our facility and programs offer detoxification for those suffering dependency and addiction. Because codeine falls into the opiate category, it is hard to get off of the drug without a structured detox plan. The detox process may include a variety of options to make the process as safe and comfortable as possible.

Our drug treatment options can provide necessary care, detox and rehabilitation options for those who want to regain control of their lives. The hardest part of codeine addiction and treatment is learning to break the unhealthy cycle and behaviors associated with abuse of any substance. We are committed to offering a variety of treatment plans to help individuals regain stable, healthy lives.

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