WHAT IS CODEINE?
Codeine is an opioid drug used to treat milder types of pain that result from minor surgery or dental work.
In some cases, codeine is also diagnosed as a cough suppressant.
In its usual state, codeine is a pill, and is orally ingested. The painkiller has, however, been known to occasionally upset those with sensitive stomachs. For them, it is recommended they take codeine with food or milk.
It takes up to 30 minutes to work. Codeine is usually at its strongest two hours after taking, and its effects usually last four to six hours.
HOW CAN CODEINE REHAB HELP?
Quitting codeine can be difficult. However, with hard work, dedication, and a strong will to stop abusing codeine, you can enjoy a substance-free lifestyle.
To help avoid relapse, you’ll be encouraged to take part in a group workshop to shore up your newly discovered sobriety, and keep you on the road to a clean lifestyle.
Along with helping you recover from codeine dependence, our qualified healthcare professionals will also help you identify your emotional triggers.
Choosing a rehabilitation center with a robust support staff can be a big advantage when recovering from codeine abuse.
Most alcohol and drug treatment facilities fall under two categories: inpatient and outpatient.
CODEINE INPATIENT OR OUTPATIENT CARE
Although inpatient care is preferred for codeine abuse, it is by far not nearly as powerful as some of the other opioids on the market. First, before a patient decides between in and outpatient care, that client should be honest with his or her addiction, and what sort of personal makeup that they have in order to quit?
Are they strong enough to do it on their own, which defines outpatient care.
Or should they be monitored while detoxing and rehabbing.
The difference between these two styles of codeine rehabilitation, are night and day. Be clear, conscious of yourself and of your needs while making this decision about your codeine recovery.
Visiting a loved one during inpatient recovery can be helpful for the person receiving treatment. Visiting loved ones and friends who are in rehab reassures the patient that there are people out in the world who still care about them.
Of course, the rehabilitation center will have restrictions as to when loved ones and friends can visit. During the initial codeine detox and rehab, you likely won’t be allowed to visit.
Make careful note of how your loved one is doing in rehabilitation. If they are positive and upbeat, now might be a good time to stop by. Whereas, if the person in treatment is struggling with the recovery process, it may be best to wait.
Always check with the healthcare professional helping your loved one through their codeine recovery before showing up for a visit.
THE PROCESS FOR CODEINE REHAB
The increased popularity of codeine made creating a custom rehab process for it simpler.
First, we analyze how much and for how long you have been abusing codeine, then through a combination of therapy, one-on-one and group counseling sessions, we drill down to find the root of your dependency.
Our counseling sessions also examine what can be a potential trigger or triggers that can endanger your sobriety.
With codeine, we investigate the circumstances that can cause a person to fall from the wagon. Those circumstances are often events that involve people gathering together like birthdays and holidays. We help you find ways to navigate these situations without letting your sobriety slip.
Along with counseling to help with your mental and emotional wellbeing, our rehabilitation process will also address your physical health. We’ll help you start a low-impact exercise program, which includes activities like stretching and yoga.
Remember, codeine rehabilitation is not just about getting a person off their substance of choice, but also about getting them back into physical shape. Addiction attacks you mentally, emotionally, and physically, so your treatment must also address all three areas.
THE LENGTH OF CODEINE TREATMENT
Every person deals with addiction differently, therefore, treatment programs will vary in length to accommodate the needs of the individual. With codeine, treatment can last from a a few days to a month or more, depending upon the severity of the abuse.
Also keep in mind that codeine treatment doesn’t just involve detox and a week or two of recovery. To increase the likelihood of continued sobriety, your treatment will also involve extended counseling sessions.
It isn’t just about not using, it’s also about building up your physical, mental and emotional tolerance to the point that when you leave, having a relapse has less likelihood of occurring.
WHY IS CODEINE SO POPULAR IN MEDICAL PRACTICES?
Codeine’s popularity is mostly due to its mild nature. In short, it is the weakest of the known opioid prescription painkillers.
The mildness of codeine makes the drug beneficial to those who have had outpatient surgery or dental work, such as extractions or deep scaling.
Doctors can also prescribe codeine as a cough syrup, however the drug is not recommended for children younger than six years old (in Europe codeine is not recommended for children under 16 years old).
Even so, with the trend in surgery pointing toward less invasive methods, as well as less needed recovery time, which can also mean less pain experienced by the patient, codeine has become a pain suppressant staple in many health-related establishments.
Codeine is not an over-the-counter drug. One still needs a doctor’s prescription to obtain it.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF CODEINE?
As is the case with any administered drug from a doctor, the patient’s medical history is very important. This is no less the case with codeine.
Adverse effects to codeine include:
- Allergic reactions, such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
- Slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting or shallow breathing.
- A feeling as if you might pass out.
- Confusion, agitation, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior.
- Mood swings from extreme happiness to extreme sadness.
- Problems with urination.
- Infertility, missed menstrual periods.
- Impotence, sexual problems, loss of interest in sex.
- Loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness.
IS CODEINE AS ADDICTIVE AS OTHER OPIOIDS?
Don’t let codeine’s mild nature fool you. It is still an opioid just like stronger painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin.
A person can overdose on codeine, stop breathing because of respiratory distress, and die as easily as they can with other opioids.
Nonetheless, depending upon both the pain level and tolerance of the patient, codeine will be first considered for pain management due to its inherent weakness.
That weakness makes codeine less easy to become addicted to, while also making the painkiller easier to give up once a dosage finishes.
HOW ABOUT ALCOHOL AND CODEINE?
Mixing alcohol and codeine is a very bad, potentially deadly idea.
Both drugs act in conjunction with the central nervous system. What alcohol can do, however, is release the active ingredients in codeine much more quickly than they’d be released had no drinking occurred.
This sudden release can dramatically lower one’s heart and pulse rate, slowing down their breathing to the point where they overdose.
If a person has mixed alcohol and codeine, they are likely to experience the following:
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Mental impairment.
- Low blood pressure.
- Respiratory distress.
- Coma, fainting and potentially death.
CODEINE AND YOUTH
Codeine abuse has been very popular on high school and college campuses throughout the US. While it is a prescription-only drug, sports injuries and medical procedures can open the door to codeine abuse.
Parents and their physical ailments can also be a source for their kids’ codeine abuse.
Even the local drugstore which sells promethazine-codeine cough syrup over the counter, can be a source.
However, as too many youngsters overdosed on codeine-based cough syrup, whose street name, incidentally, is Purple Drank, US drug stores have since removed it from shelves and made the cough syrup by prescription only.
Purple Drank can also be a combination of drugs.
It can be a concoction of many types of alcohol, as well as ecstasy when combined with codeine-based cough syrup. Nonetheless, like other alcohol and/or drug combinations, mixing any type of booze or stimulant with codeine-based medication can be lethal.
Our codeine rehabilitation process holds a very high standard when it comes to Patient Health Information (PHI).
Fighting through the struggle of codeine recovery is difficult enough, so our dedication to privacy should help keep your mind at ease.
Take confidence in knowing that as you seek out your new pathway to sobriety, your PHI is safe with us.
HOW ARE PAYMENTS HANDLED
If you stay with us longer than a month, we bill on a bi-weekly basis. Otherwise we bill on a monthly basis.
Just in how we keep your Patient Health Information safe and secure, we do the same for your payment information. For this reason, we don’t retain credit card nor insurance records on file.
GOING AWAY FOR TREATMENT
No matter where you live, we have a treatment facility for your needs. Those needs don’t always mean staying close to home.
Leaving town for treatment can often give you a clean slate that is helpful in the recovery process. It can help you strip away the layers of familiarity to find a new way to function.
In many cases, removing yourself from everything that’s familiar can set you up for success in your new sober life.
Sobriety is a new way of life. It takes ongoing effort. That effort is much easier to muster when you know you’re not alone.
We try to help you establish a support group as part of our treatment programs. The relationships you develop while in recovery can be part of that support network.
This social aspect of the rehab process can’t be overstated. Loneliness is a big contributing factor to substance disorders and relapse. This is why building relationships can be the crucial piece of the recovery process you receive in a treatment center.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to codeine, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days.