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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.

Codeine Withdrawal and Addiction

Individuals that use codeine recreationally tend to be trying to soothe painful emotional areas or extreme stress in their lives. Using codeine to alleviate the stress caused by painful experiences will often lead to full-blown codeine addiction. Often, individuals use more than one substance at a time in order to get ‘high’ and escape reality. Polysubstance abuse is quite common with individuals abusing codeine. Some drugs frequently used in conjunction with codeine are benzodiazepines and alcohol. Combining these drugs can lead to dangerous side effects such as a decrease in respiratory function, coma, and even death if taken in higher doses.

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Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms

When an individual has been using codeine for a long period of time, the withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe. Depending on the length of codeine abuse, the long-term effects on the body and withdrawal process will vary based on every individual’s genetic makeup. While it is true that codeine withdrawal symptoms can occur in people who have only been using the drug for a short period of time, most codeine addicts have been using the drug for longer periods of time. Someone who finds themselves physically dependent on pain medications like codeine, the codeine

Someone who finds themselves physically dependent on pain medications like codeine, the codeine withdrawal and detox process shouldn’t be attempted outside the supervision of medical professionals. Some of the more common codeine withdrawal effects individuals in Huntington Beach rehab centers are the following:

  • Intense drug cravings
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills and goosebumps
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stomach cramps
  • Runny nose
  • Hallucinations
  • Homicidal preoccupations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Racing, scattered thoughts
  • Psychosis

Three Phases of Codeine Withdrawal

Hours after the last dose, Demerol withdrawal symptoms will begin to appear. These withdrawal symptoms are not the same for every individual going through detox. It is important to note that Demerol withdrawal is usually not life-threatening, compared to other opiate drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. Relapse while experiencing the early symptoms of Demerol withdrawal is quite common, and individuals needing help to stop using should seek professional inpatient drug rehab in Orange County. Below are some of the more common Demerol withdrawal symptoms clients might experience:

Phase 1

This is considered the most intense phase of codeine withdrawal. The physical symptoms of withdrawal will commonly begin 6 hours after taking their last dose. These symptoms can increase in severity over the next few days and can last for almost a week.

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramping

Phase 2

This next phase can last as long as 14 days. This is the detoxification phase as the body purges the remaining drugs and accumulated toxins. Without this phase, the body would not be prepared to start restoring normal functions or continue to heal from the withdrawal process.

  • Body cramps
  • Chills and Goosebumps
  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness

Phase 3

This last phase is the longest lasting of the 3 phases. The symptoms clients experience during this part of drug detoxification are lesser in severity but can last up to 2 months. Some of the more common side effects during this phase are:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep Disturbances

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