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Codeine is an Opioid-based medication available only by prescription and classified as a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Codeine is commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain and coughs, however the chronic use of Codeine can cause mental and physical dependence. Chronic use can also lead to withdrawal symptoms if use is decreased or stopped.
Although codeine is effective for moderate pain relief and cough suppression, extended use can lead to an addiction that is difficult to break.
When someone is addicted to Codeine, treatment typically involves a combination of medical detoxification, residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, outpatient treatment, and behavioral therapy.
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When someone has become physically dependent upon Codeine, they may need medical detox to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. Medications such as Buprenorphine or Methadone help manage withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings. An addiction treatment professional can help determine the most appropriate treatment based on individual needs and circumstances.
Currently, the most common drug used for codeine addiction recovery is Suboxone, which contains Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Suboxone is used primarily for the recovery of Opioid dependency. The Buprenorphine in Suboxone helps reduce cravings without creating dependency, which can be extremely beneficial in the detox process.
After addressing withdrawal symptoms, continued treatment may include residential treatment, intensive outpatient programs, or individual counseling.
For those with an addiction to Codeine, a change of environment can lead to higher chances of recovery. Inpatient treatment centers provide a medically managed regimen that helps ease the stress of withdrawal. To find treatment centers with the ability to treat Codeine addictions, search our directory.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of behavioral psychotherapy, plays an integral role in treating Codeine abuse. This type of therapy may occur during individual, group, or family counseling sessions. These interventions can help individuals develop healthy coping skills to manage triggers for Codeine abuse, address any underlying mental health disorders, and create strategies for relapse prevention.
In addition to medication-assisted and behavioral therapy, other support or strategies may be beneficial. These may include community support groups, sober living homes, or vocational training programs to help individuals rebuild what they lost during their addiction.
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When Codeine is taken in higher doses than prescribed, more frequently than prescribed, or for non-medical reasons, adverse side effects will likely occur. These effects are not only detrimental to one’s physical health, but to their mental health as well.
Professional treatment can not only make the process of detoxing from substances more comfortable, but can also help an individual address the root cause of why they were abusing drugs in the first place.
If you or a loved one is abusing Codeine, do not wait to seek out professional treatment until it gets worse. Abuse of prescription medications like Codeine can lead to numerous adverse effects on the body and mind, including some of the following.
Regular use of Codeine can lead to physical dependence, where the body adapts to the presence of the drug, and an individual may encounter withdrawal symptoms if they abruptly stop using the drug. For drugs like Codeine, withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, such as insomnia, muscle aches, stomach pains, and depression, which is why medically supervised detox is always recommended.
Codeine abuse can also lead to addiction, distinguished by uncontrollable drug-seeking behavior regardless of negative consequences. Addiction is different than physical dependence in that it encompasses both the mental and physical symptoms of substance abuse.
The respiratory system can become depressed with high doses of Codeine. This depression can lead to slowed or shallow breathing and developments that can be potentially life-threatening or fatal in cases of overdoses.
Long-term Codeine abuse can lead to liver and kidney damage, resulting in other chronic health problems.
Codeine abuse can negatively impact a person’s mood, judgment, and mental performance. Consequently, this can negatively impact a person’s decision-making, performance at work or school, and relationships.
In conclusion, codeine abuse can cause detrimental repercussions to one’s health and can lead to addiction along with other negative consequences. It is vital to seek help from a professional if you or someone you know is abusing Codeine. To learn more about treatment options for Codeine addiction, contact a treatment provider today to discuss treatment options.
Amber Biello-Taylor, CAP, LCSW
Amber Biello-Taylor is a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) with over 10 years of professional addiction treatment experience.
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