Codeine Abuse Withdrawal
Codeine abuse is a habit that has become very rampant in the recent times in the United States and many people usually attribute this to the fact that the drug is readily available over the counter. However, it is important to understand that this drug belongs to the opiates group which makes it have a very high degree of physical and psychological dependence. The severity of codeine dependence usually depends on the period of time that the abuse has been in occurrence as well as the amount of dosage taken.
Moreover, this drug also creates tolerance when used for long periods of time and this usually means that dosage will have to be increased so that the desired effects can be achieved. Many people usually have the misguided notion that abuse of codeine only occurs when there is no written prescription from a doctor.
This is not true mainly owing to the fact that abuse of codeine is also present in patients who have been prescribed the medication by their doctors. This is usually common when the particular patient in question alters the prescription of the doctor by increasing the amount of dosage that should be taken in order to elevate the euphoric feeling produced.
In addition to this, there are people who normally continue taking the drug even after the symptoms of the condition that it was prescribed for have been treated. Statistics also reveal that most of the people who abuse this drug normally abuse other drugs like tranquilizers, sleeping pills, sedatives, alcohol and other opiates so that they may be able to supplement the ‘high’ experienced.
Withdrawing from the abuse of codeine is not very easy mainly because the body and mind have both become dependent on the drug in order to function as required. This is why the body usually suffers from withdrawal symptoms (which are actually very painful) once usage of the drug has been stopped abruptly.
Withdrawing from codeine abuse should be done only under the supervision of doctors 1-800-303-2482 so that they may be able to monitor the progress of the patient. There are usually some medication and techniques that are used in order to relieve the patient from these symptoms.
The most common withdrawal symptoms of codeine abuse include: Tremors, nausea, restlessness, unconsciousness, difficulty in breathing, extreme headaches, mood swings, irritability, low heart rate, disorientation, hallucinations, dilated pupils, blurred vision, sexual problems and confusion.
The severity of these symptoms generally depend on the period of time that the abuse of the drug has been taking place and the amount of dosage that was being taken. There are also other methods that are used in treating the symptoms so that the entire withdrawal process can be less painful and hence more successful.
For example, many rehab centers and medical institutions usually have the Natural Treatment option which is a very effective way of combating the symptoms. This technique normally incorporates the use of natural herbs which are mainly for relieving the withdrawal symptoms and yoga and exercises which are for detoxifying the body of codeine.