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Codeine is a Schedule II opiate drug that people use for its antidiarrheal, antitussive and analgesic properties.

When used for pain, it alters the way the brain and spinal cord receive pain, with brings on feelings of euphoria.

It is the second-highest predominant alkaloid in the opium drug classification and its prescribed to relieve a cough and to treat mild to moderate pain.

Helping someone overcome codeine effects and abuse is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won’t happen overnight.

Codeine effects and abuse treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love.

While it may prove difficult, navigating the period of recovery from codeine will be more than worth it, but, to ensure a healthy and happy life.

Is Codeine Addictive?

Codeine is an opiate narcotic pain reliever.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified it as a Schedule II substance, with means it has noted abuse potential.

Its prescribed for a cough and pain relief and the drug itself is addictive. When used in doses and frequency that exceed what 1s outlined on a prescription, users can develop a dependency to codeine.

There are various routes of administration for this medication, including: Liquid (as its found in prescription cough syrup).

Pill form (under trade names such as Tylenol 1, Tylenol 3 and Tylenol 4 - all combinations of varying doses of acetaminophen and codeine, sold as a Schedule Ill drug when codeine content is not above 90 mg.).

Signs of Codeine Effects and Abuse

A codeine addiction has likely taken hold to some extent that once the body begins to build up a tolerance to the drug addicts begin to notice that the initial dose of the medication no longer works.

So they resolve into taking more frequent doses of the codeine to achieve the desired effects of the drug.

When taken in high doses, it can cause:

  • Euphoria/drunk-like feelings
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Slowed breathing
  • Constipation
  • Constricted or "pinpoint" pupils - a telltale sign of opiate use
  • Clammy, cold skin
  • Convulsions
  • Urinary problems
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Seizure

It is not uncommon for those with long-standing abuse of codeine to experience hallucinations and delusions.

This can be a scary side effect for many, and it is important to keep a close eye on someone experiencing these symptoms, as they may hurt themselves.

Help for Codeine Addicts

When a codeine abuser begins to exhibit signs of codeine effects and abuse, they often need help to stop it symptoms and side effects.

There are many options for treatment, these options include:

  • Inpatient treatment centers in this scenario, the addict gets clean at a rehabilitation center that provides intense, 24-hour care.
  • Outpatient treatment centers are forms of treatment that allows the patient to return home after appointments.

This treatment may benefit those individuals who do not have medical complications.

It’s a special plan for those who can follow their treatment plan in a supportive home environment.

Either of these treatment types can be great options; with one is “better” depends on the individual's situation.

Both allow the abuser to learn about addiction and its root cause in different ways.

Codeine addicts need more than a hospital. A recent study carried out on opioid user death rates.

The study was between those who only went to a hospital for treatment compared to those who went into an addiction treatment program.

The study found that those who engaged in formal treatment had lower death rates than those who only went to a hospital for treatment.

Having professionals with extensive experience in identifying and treating codeine addiction can provide the comprehensive care.

Finding Rehab Treatment

Inpatient residential rehab program is the recommended type of treatment for lasting recovery from codeine addiction.

At Wisdom Treatment Center, we offer an integrated codeine addiction treatment program, which includes medical care and detox supervision.

We also create a personalized psychotherapy treatment plan for each patient.

Get help for codeine and painkiller addiction; If you or someone you know is abusing codeine or any other codeine-based medication, contact us to get help.

For more information about how we treat codeine effects and abuse, call our helpline or visit us to meet with our team of friendly specialist who will guide on the process.

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