What Is Codeine?
Codeine is a short-acting narcotic prescription drug which is most commonly used to alleviate minor to severe pain. Codeine is an opiate drug which is a derived from the opium poppy plant and has similar effects to heroin. Abuse of Codeine requires immediate heroin addiction treatment. This drug is primarily prescribed by doctors in the form of pills which contain a combination of ingredients such as codeine and over-the-counter anesthetics. Similar to other narcotic drugs, codeine can be highly addictive and habit-forming. Common street names for codeine includes “T-threes,” “Coties,” and “schoolboy.” Although codeine is not the most abused substance, codeine addiction is serious, and dangerous, and and should be treated immediately.
Effects of Codeine
Because codeine an opiate, it has similar effects to morphine- making morphine addiction treatment similar. Codeine abuse symptoms include impaired emotional response and detrimental long-term effects on the central nervous system. Codeine has a host of short-term and long-term effects which have the power to negatively impact one’s overall well-being. Some of the effects associated with codeine abuse and addiction include:
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Intestinal bleeding
- Impaired cardiovascular functioning
- Respiratory difficulties
- Impaired cognitive functioning
- Abrupt mood swings
- Relationship issues
Withdrawal from Codeine
Individuals who have found themselves physically dependent on codeine typically experience very unpleasant and uncomfortable effects when use is reduced or stopped. Although many of the symptoms associated with codeine subside within a few days, it can take months to experience physical normalcy again. Some of the more common symptoms of withdrawal associated with codeine includes:
- Drug Craving
- Runny nose
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle spasms
- Digestive complications
Signs & Symptoms of Codeine Abuse & Addiction
The signs and symptoms associated with codeine abuse and addiction will vary across users and are contingent upon how long the person has been using. If you or a loved one are struggling with codeine addiction, you can look for the following signs and symptoms associated with a codeine use problem.
- Persistent drowsiness induced by codeine use
- “Doctor shopping,” visiting various doctors to get more prescription
- Itchy skin
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive sleeping and disturbed sleeping patterns
- Bluish tint on the lips and fingertips
- Nausea and dizziness
- Uncontrollable twitching of the muscles
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Lying, cheating, or stealing to support codeine use
- Increased hospital visits due to declining health
Treatment for Codeine Abuse & Addiction
Similar to treatment for other opiate drug addictions, methadone addiction treatment for codeine yields promise when combined with other treatment modalities. Medication is typically used in treating codeine addiction and can be effective, especially in reducing cravings and treating certain withdrawal symptoms. Psycho-therapeutic approaches such as individual therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and group therapy also prove helpful. Additional therapies which are effective in treating codeine addiction includes 12-step meetings, spiritual counseling, nutritional counseling, and involvement in recreational programs. Lastly, continued care is essential for managing abstinence from codeine use.
If you or a loved one are in need of treatment for a codeine abuse problem, Harbor Village can assist you in receiving comprehensive and effective treatment for a long lasting recovery from addiction. Give us a call today!