It is not uncommon for individuals to become addicted to codeine as the drug can be habit-forming. Being as though users of this drug can develop a quick tolerance for the drug, they typically begin to use the drug in higher doses and more frequent intervals as a means to achieve the initial effects of the codeine. A person could start out legitimately using the drug and end up abusing codeine, then transition into using a more intense drug such as hydrocodone. It can often be difficult to determine if a person is abusing codeine, especially if they have a prescription. However, recreational 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 and the length of abuse. 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:
Symptoms of Codeine Addiction
“Doctor shopping”, visiting various doctors to get more prescriptions
Persistent drowsiness induced by codeine use
Tolerance for the drug requiring increased dosage and more frequent use
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
Clammy hands and feet
Lack of physical coordination
Abrupt mood swings
Extreme changes in behavior; exhibiting more addictive behaviors
Lying, cheating, and/or stealing in order to satisfy codeine cravings
Lying to loved ones about codeine use
Failed attempts to cut back or stop use completely
Many Don't Know They're Addicted to Codeine
It is often hard for an addict or someone who’s abusing a substance to admit that there is a codeine use problem present. Many individuals will deny their codeine use problem, which in turn causes them to keep using the drug, prolonging their problem. Admitting that a problem is present is the first step in recovering from codeine abuse or addiction. If your loved one’s have showed concern in regards to your drug use or you’re concerned about a loved one’s drug use, take action and help make a difference.
If you are lead to believe that you or a loved one are addicted to codeine or may be abusing the drug, we highly recommend seeking the services of a medical professional. At Harbor Village we provide comprehensive codeine addiction treatment services for individuals suffering from a codeine use problem. You can be assured that with the help of Harbor Village, you or your loved one will achieve a complete and successful recovery. We go above and beyond to provide each of our patients with a life-changing treatment plan which will yield successful results. Recover your life from codeine and get started with your life changing treatment at Harbor Village today!
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