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Codeine Addiction Treatment


Codeine is used for pain relief and as a cough medicine, and it's a moderately strong opiate that can be addictive with continuous use. The drug is prescribed by doctors, but it can be found in some over-the-counter medicine in low dosages, such as in paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aspirin. Many of its symptoms are similar to the symptoms of using other opiates, and just like those other drugs, codeine addiction treatment is required if you want to overcome addiction and abuse.

Codeine addiction starts when your tolerance to the drug increases. This means your body believes that it needs a higher dosage to obtain the relief that it needs. Some people who use painkillers that contain opiates develop an increased tolerance; as a consequence, they increase their dosage even further and end up being addicted to the drug.

When you take high amounts of codeine, you feel a sense of well-being and relaxation. On the flip side, you might also feel nauseated, lazy, and confused. Mood swings, itching, sweating, and constipation may also occur. Addiction to painkillers that have codeine can be fatal.

Like being addicted to other drugs, codeine addiction can impair your relationships with others, cause money problems, make you engage in criminal activity, or make you lose your job. Once you start noticing that you are developing codeine dependency, you need to seek treatment. Signs that you might be abusing codeine or you're already addicted to it include vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, and difficulty breathing. You might feel as if you're in a sedated state, and suffer from stomach pain. Using too much codeine can impair your judgment and critical thinking, so you're unable to operate some equipment, such as cars and mechanical tools.

In the UK, an estimated 30,000 people were addicted to drugs that contain codeine in 2009. You are definitely not alone, and there is no shame in seeking help. Instead of dealing with codeine addiction by yourself or going cold turkey, you need to undergo professional codeine addiction treatment. Get help from real addiction and treatment experts here in One40.

One40 is among the UK's leading disorder and addiction therapy specialists, with many years of experience in helping thousands of patients recover in our residential and day treatment facilities across the country. Learn about our treatment programs and how we can help you or someone you care about in overcoming codeine addiction. Call 0800 011 27105 or 0203 151 1914.