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Codeine is a legally prescribed narcotic that has a high potential for abuse and for subsequent addiction. Many people underestimate how dangerous this medication is and how addictive it really can be. Once addiction sets in, the decision to quit may be hindered by withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to say no to the drug. Codeine addiction treatment helps those who are addicted to codeine by providing counseling, therapy and support for a successful recovery.
Treatment centers know that codeine is highly addictive and that it can cause many adverse withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms tend to peak around 48-72 hours after the last dose and may include nausea, muscle and bone pain, cold sweats and insomnia. These symptoms are often the reason why the addict who really wants to stop using codeine ends up using more of the drug—it’s all in an effort to make these terrible, uncomfortable and difficult to cope with withdrawal symptoms go away.
A treatment professional can administer medications that will help to reverse the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms or at least ease the symptoms enough to make the entire detoxification process a bit easier. Following detox, counseling and therapy sessions can begin to treat the psychological dependence or other psychological concerns associated with the codeine abuse.
Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment?
There are typically two methods of treatment for codeine addiction: inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is most effective usually for those who are suffering from a very physical addiction while outpatient treatment can be more suitable for those whose addiction is mild and does not carry an extremely physical burden. You may find that either of these types of treatment is suitable for you or that one is more suitable than the other.
Inpatient treatment provides around-the-clock care in a medically supervised environment. This ensures the best chance to focus 100% on recovery and have limited chance for relapse during treatment. Unfortunately, inpatient treatment can be rather costly and may not be for everyone. Most inpatient facilities have limited availability and insurance coverage is not always available for addiction treatment so many choose the less expensive means of treatment—outpatient treatment.
Outpatient treatment for codeine addiction provides counseling and therapy during regular business hours, early evenings or weekends but does not provide the patient with housing and around-the-clock care the way an inpatient program does. However, these programs are still highly effective for some people and can provide adequate support and care for mild to moderate addiction to codeine.
Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, the support and counseling that is received when you enter a treatment program can make a major difference in whether or not you fully recover. Sometimes, relapse is almost inevitable, but proper treatment and therapy can reduce the risk of relapse and may even prevent it all together. The bottom line is—codeine addiction treatment is your best chance at making a full and lasting recovery from this devastating disease.