Codeine is an opioid used to relieve pain and cough by affecting the brain and central nervous system to alter the way the body perceives pain. For coughs, it slows down the movement in the brain that triggers the sensation. If the dosage is high enough, it can cause someone to feel euphoric; however, over time, one can become tolerant of the drug. It takes more of the drug to get the same feeling, so the brain craves it more and more, leading to addiction. Cocaine is one of the most easily accessed drugs and is heavily prescribed and used by millions worldwide.
Opioids have been prescribed for many years now, and because the risk of addiction is high, the U.S. has experienced a crisis. Long before prescribers knew of the potential for tolerance, it’s been a fact that opioids have been over-used. When used safely, codeine can be safe, but it’s not intended for chronic use. Codeine can be abused by:
Several signs of codeine addiction include flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, and a runny nose, intense and uncontrollable cravings, drowsiness, and poor personal hygiene, leading to possible weight loss, odor, and medical and dental problems. Behavioral signs of codeine addiction can be life-altering and can affect daily living and relationships. These signs include:
Once a person goes through the detox process of codeine, a therapy program is implemented, including these holistic methods:
These programs include tools to address challenges that may have led to substance abuse and relapse prevention.
Aside from getting past addiction and becoming physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy, several benefits can come from getting codeine addiction treatment; these include a better relationship with loved ones, family, and friends, and returning to life in a stable way that enables a person to cope with stress and challenges.
A person can be in a treatment program either on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Depending on the severity of the addiction, it may be best to get the care and support in a residential treatment center, where a person moves into the center and receives the help that way. It protects them from adverse problems that can occur with detoxification since they will be monitored 24/7 and with constant support and care.
Steps Recovery Centers guarantee that any person who completes any of our programs are welcome to come to our weekly aftercare group for additional support at no charge for life.