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Help for codeine addiction

To beat a codeine addiction, it is important to know what you’re dealing with. Knowing how this prescription drug effects the body, and the common signs and symptoms of a potential addiction – and indeed the resulting drug withdrawal symptoms when you stop – is vital to inform your recovery process when seeking help from a drug rehab centre.

What is codeine?

Codeine is an opiate drug, in the same family as heroin and methadone, that is used to treat mild to moderate pain that doesn’t respond to simple painkillers. It is available from doctors as a prescription only medicine or directly from a pharmacy combined in lower doses with aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol. Regularly prescribed co-codamol also contains codeine.

How to treat a codeine addiction

Am I addicted to codeine?

Much like other opiates, codeine promotes feelings of warmth and well-being, calm, relaxation and sleepiness. These pleasant sensations can lead to cravings and prolonged usage will eventually result in full-blown dependency.

Codeine addiction signs and symptoms include:

Persistent drowsiness, fatigue, itchy skin, loss of appetite, excessive sleeping, bluish tint to lips and fingernails, nausea and dizziness, uncontrolled muscle twitching.

Codeine withdrawal symptoms

Like alcohol, and some other drugs, codeine users can also build a tolerance to the drug, which means gradually higher doses are needed to replicate the highs and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Codeine withdrawal can involve some of the following symptoms.

Nervous tremors, anxiety, yawning, sweating, runny nose, sleep disturbance, nausea, goosebumps, restlessness, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and muscle spasms.

So how do I beat a codeine addiction?

If you suspect that you might have a codeine addiction then please be assured that help is close at hand. Reaching out for help is undoubtedly the best first step you will ever take. We understand just how much bravery that takes but trust us when we say you’ll feel a whole lot better when you confront the problem and actively seek out professional treatment.

There are many ways to get help and Port of Call is here to help you. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you find the most appropriate course of treatment and support. We are ready, willing and able to help you through your codeine addiction.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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