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Codeine Detox

About Codeine Detox

 

Many individuals suffering from an opiate addiction may be reluctant to seek help. They may feel they don’t need help because:

  • They haven’t been using the drug for a long period of time
  • Their addiction isn’t severe
  • They are using prescription medications and feel they are immune to addiction

 

Unfortunately, such beliefs are myths associated with addiction. Such myths can be dangerous because they prevent one from seeking help with their opiate addiction.

Addiction Length

 

The unfortunate fact about opiate addiction is that it can happen quickly. Perhaps your doctor has prescribed you pain medication for legitimate reasons. However, you can find yourself addicted in a short amount of time because your body will become dependent upon opiates. Therefore, it is important to take only the recommended dose and use under the close supervision of a doctor. You begin to run into problems, however, when you begin taking a higher dose than is prescribed to get the same effects. When you start doing this, you are abusing drugs and may need opiate treatment. Just because you haven’t been taking the drug for very long, doesn’t mean you don’t need help. You want to get a handle on the problem before it gets out of control and wreaks havoc in your life.

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Opiate Addiction Severity

 

You may be surprised to know that you do not need to be a heavy user of opiates to seek opiate treatment.  The one thing you can count on when it comes to opiate addiction is that it will get worse with time. And because opiates are so addictive, it doesn’t take long to become addicted. Your life can spiral out of control if you fail to seek help with an opiate addiction. As your addiction grows, you will experience many negative effects, such as:

 

  • Financial troubles
  • Damaged relationships
  • Health problems

 

Opiate Addiction Type

 

Some people feel that the type of addiction they have does not warrant the need for treatment. For instance, many believe if their doctor has prescribed them a medication, such as codeine, for pain, then it must be safe and addiction is not a concern. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although a doctor will monitor use of prescribed medications, it is up to you to control the dose and use as recommended.  The moment you decide to use more of the medication than is prescribed, you are headed for trouble. Just as with illicit drugs, prescription medications can have severe withdrawal symptoms once you stop using. In the case of opiates such as codeine, you will experience the following symptoms during a codeine detox:

  • Irritability and anxiousness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Yawning
  • Decreased appetite
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dilated pupils

Because some of the symptoms of codeine detox can be severe, it is best to seek opiate treatment at a rehab facility where medical professionals can monitor your withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms mentioned can be mitigated with medications. Stop your addiction before it gets out of control.

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