Codeine Withdrawal Treatment
The beginning of the treatment process is helping you remove codeine from the body. When there is no more codeine in the blood, the body will start to react with symptoms known as withdrawals. Sometimes the symptoms of codeine withdrawals can be very moderate if use of the drug has not been for more than a short period of time. The process of detoxification can be very difficult for the person undergoing the treatment.
The mental and physical symptoms of codeine withdrawals can be difficult, and often impossible to manage without assistance. A person addicted to codeine can often be scared and embarrassed, and this is usually is the primary reason most people with a codeine addiction will not seek help. There is no reason to feel embarrassed, and with help, you can start a new life that is free of addiction.
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Hospitalization/ medical detox
Codeine is an opiate that is found in over the counter medications as well as in prescription medications. The fact it is so easy to get, many people have realized too late they are addicted to codeine, and are unable to stop taking the drug. The doctors and nurses must go through a process regarding the use of drugs and must decide first if the patient has overdosed, and determine if the overdose was intentional, and the patient was trying to commit suicide.
Hospitals use a rapid detoxification process which utilizes a formula designed to target the opiate receptors in the body. This effectively stops codeine from having any effect, and the process of the withdrawals usually set in. The staff in the hospital may decide to keep the patient under surveillance to make sure the patient does not suffer from any major complications due to the sudden stop of the drug. Once the codeine is out of the persons system, depending on the severity of the case, the hospital will then discharge the person and give them instructions to seek further treatment for addiction.
Residential /inpatient treatment
There are centers throughout the country designed to give people a way to start a new life free from addiction. This form of treatment is usually a facility that includes a room for the patient, counselors, as well as medical and psychological staff. The residential programs can be the first step after a medical, or rapid detox in a hospital setting, or the first step after the decision to get help. The treatments at an inpatient facility will start with a detoxification process, and then treatment of the symptoms of Codeine withdrawal.
The withdrawals can sometimes be the hardest part of the detox process and can be treated by the staff within the facility. This is not only for the physical withdrawal symptoms but the mental symptoms following detox. Without this support from the staff, and others that have experienced the same process, it is very likely the treatments will not work. There have been reports that between 85 and 90 percent of people that have undergone a medical detoxification process have relapsed within the first year if they did not seek further treatment for their addiction.