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Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

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Codeine withdrawal symptoms can be brutal if not managed properly with medically-assisted detox. Codeine is an opiate that treats mild to moderate pain. It can also be useful in suppressing cough and arresting diarrhea. It is one of the most widely prescribed opiates in the world and has habit-forming properties. Codeine is derived from the opium poppy and most often synthesized from morphine, sometimes used as a recreational drug but has less potential for abuse than opiates such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. A short-acting narcotic that can be highly addictive gives an overall sense of relaxation and feelings of pleasure. When codeine enters the brain, it causes the release of neurotransmitters that stimulates the reward center, leaving the individual an intense feeling of well-being and pleasure. This kind of pleasure can lead to both psychological addiction and physical dependency. One of the most obvious signs of codeine addiction is withdrawal, which happens when they reduce or stop using the drug.


Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms Can Range From Mild to Severe

Once regular use is stopped abruptly or in some cases, even when it is gradually lessened, withdrawal symptoms set in. This can happen within hours of the last dose. Not every person addicted to codeine experiences withdrawal in the same way. For some, it is relatively mild. For others, especially long-term users or abusers, it can be more difficult physically and psychologically.

Commonly reported Codeine Withdrawal symptoms could include:

  • severe drug cravings
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • runny nose
  • yawning
  • restlessness
  • weakness
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • chills
  • muscle and bone pain
  • irritability
  • agitation and muscle twitching.


Withdrawal symptoms can be more serious in long-term users or those who misuse it or abuse it. People who take codeine regularly should gradually decrease their use to minimize withdrawal symptoms. This should be done with help from a medical professional or addiction specialist.


Codeine Withdrawal Treatment

Many people delay seeking help for an addiction to codeine or other opiates because they fear the withdrawal process. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can last weeks or months and should be medically managed to avoid serious medical issues such as seizures. There are treatment options that can minimize the severity – even eliminate – codeine withdrawal symptoms. With the Waismann Method of codeine detoxification, withdrawal is medically managed to maximize safety, comfort, and results. Our board-certified doctors and anesthesiologists will tailor drug detox programs for each of our patients.

Codeine withdrawal can be challenging to endure and is a major reason why people relapse or continue using. When the right treatment and medications are used to prevent codeine withdrawal symptoms during detox, the chances of recovery success become a lot greater by easing the person out of physical dependence.

Codeine addiction can be debilitating and affect every aspect of your life. Our pioneering procedure starts in a private room of our full-service accredited So. California hospital. This highly successful medically assisted detox treatment can reverse prescription painkiller dependence in a matter of days, getting you back on your feet quicker than other drug detox programs.  Our multi-board certified medical director treats one patient at a time. The level of care and attention is exponentially higher than drug treatment centers that care for multiple patients side-by-side. Our Codeine withdrawal treatment usually lasts 5 to 10 days in total. Around the clock, inpatient professional care is provided— in most cases, patients spend 1 to 3 days in the hospital and the remainder of the time at our exclusive Domus Retreat licensed Recovery Retreat. 


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