One of the most commonly abused drugs is the short-acting prescription painkiller Codeine. Part of the class of drugs known as opiates, it is also one of the drugs that affects nearly 75 percent of the population of the U.S.
How Addiction Occurs
Codeine, like other opiate narcotics, works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Instead of experiencing pain, the individual feels a euphoric sensation. However, Codeine is different in that it is a short-term acting drug. The effects only last a few hours, which make it more dangerous especially in chronic users because it increases the likeliness of drug overdose.
For habitual users, addiction is also a common occurrence. As abuse continues, it is likely that the individual will develop a tolerance to the drug – meaning that it will take more Codeine with each use to achieve the same level of euphoria. Increasing the amount of the drug, as well as the frequency can be fatal.
Codeine Warning Signs and Symptoms
Indications that an individual may be addicted to Codeine are:
- Self-medicating or taking frequent and increased amounts of the drug
- Continuing to use the drug when there is no longer a valid medical reason
- Doctor shopping – visiting different physicians to get additional prescriptions
- Preoccupation or obsession with getting more of the drug
- The individual becomes defensive when questioned about abuse
- Significant changes in energy, personality, hygiene, and mood
- Withdrawal from family and friends
Physical and psychological side effects from Codeine abuse or addiction include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Loss of appetite/weight loss
- Stomach bleeding
- Kidney/liver damage/failure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Seizures/coma and death
Treatment for Addiction
Depending on the severity of your abuse or addiction, it may be necessary for you to enter a professional medical detox facility. Medical detox will eliminate the drug toxins from your body that have accumulated as a result of your Codeine use. If you have used other substances or alcohol, medical detox will also remove those as well. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms when they are going through detox. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Flu-like symptoms
- Loss of appetite
Most doctors agree that IV therapy offers the best method for controlling withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. IV therapy medical detox makes it possible to adjust the medication for an immediate effect which is more likely to keep the patient comfortable and allows them to successfully complete the detox process. Moreover, research has shown that patients who are able to complete their detox have a higher success rate at recovery. After completing detox, patients are encouraged to enter a rehab treatment program to ensure their continued sobriety. Rehab offers help in identifying the reasons for substance abuse as well as tips on how to recognize and avoid triggers that can lead to relapse. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.