Codeine Detox Program
Codeine Detox Program
What is Codeine?
Codeine is a prescription medication prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain and to reduce coughing. Codeine is most commonly recognized as an ingredient in antitussive cough syrups. It can also be combined with acetaminophen and sold under several brand names such as Tylenol 3 to treat pain. Codeine is available in pills, capsules, and oral solutions. The doses for codeine cough syrups are between 7.5-30 mg every 4-6 hours. In tablets or capsules, codeine doses range from 15mg, 30mg, and 60mg. When taken as directed, it is an effective and safe medication for pain or coughs. Codeine is an addictive opiate drug.
Codeine can easily cause a life-threatening condition to occur when it is abused or consumed with other medications, alcohol, or illegal drugs. Since Codeine is an opiate, it can lead to physical dependence and addiction, just like other opiate drugs such as heroin.
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Codeine was first developed in the early 1800s in France. Like other natural opiate drugs (heroin, morphine, opium), it is made from the opium poppy seed plants that grow in Asia and other parts of the world. Codeine is most commonly obtained from a doctor; however, it is sold illegally on the street. The street names of the pill form of Codeine include Cody, little c, t-3, and others. As cough syrup, the street name for it has become well known among drug-seeking cultures, and that is ‘purple drank. ‘
Purple drank is codeine cough syrup mixed with any type of soda. This drug mixture is especially dangerous as it is known to attract youths and teenagers. Codeine has the potential to cause accidental overdose, especially in children. The Drug Enforcement Agency lists Codeine as a schedule II narcotic drug when it contains over 90mg of Codeine; under 90 mg is considered a schedule III narcotic. Codeine is popular among younger generations because many younger people think it is less potent and less addictive or dangerous, and both of these assumptions are wrong.
Anyone can become dependent or addicted to Codeine. Since Codeine is an opiate type of medication, it acts on the same areas of the brain that heroin, fentanyl, and other strong opiates affect. Opiates prompt the brain to release dopamine and endorphins to help minimize pain. Dopamine and endorphins are two types of brain neurotransmitters (brain chemicals and hormones) that are triggered when a person experiences pleasure. Eating chocolate, sex, laughing, or watching a sunset will release these neurotransmitters.
Codeine, like other opiate drugs, activates a surge of these two-pleasure releasing brain chemicals, which is how people experience euphoria or ‘high’ when it is abused. Taking large amounts of Codeine or other opiates sends vast quantities of dopamine and endorphins, which not only causes physical dependence but can cause addiction. The physical dependence on Codeine occurs once the person’s brain has adapted to the presence or assistance of Codeine to regulate endorphins and dopamine. When a person suddenly stops taking Codeine, their bodies will begin to experience physical withdrawal symptoms, which also occur when someone has become addicted to Codeine.
Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms that are most common for persons who have either become physically dependent on Codeine or addicted resemble other opioid withdrawal symptoms. The presence of withdrawal symptoms indicates that a person’s body is beginning to detox all of the drugs from their bodies. The severity of codeine detox symptoms can become life-threatening. Therefore, it is never recommended for any person who has been using Codeine for several weeks, months, or years to attempt to detox alone. Harvard Medical School advises that medical supervision must be in place for any person who is experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms.
For some people with opioid use disorder (the new terminology instead of addiction), the beginning of treatment is detoxification — controlled and medically supervised withdrawal from the drug. (Harvard Medical School)
Codeine dependency differs from codeine addiction in only one way. Persons who are physically dependent on Codeine but do not abuse or take Codeine in any other way other than how it is prescribed can become physically dependent on Codeine but not necessarily addicted. For persons who abuse Codeine, they are physically dependent as well as addicted to Codeine. They seek the drug to get high versus to resolve the pain or other medical conditions. The Codeine withdrawal symptoms for either physical dependency or addiction include:
Other codeine withdrawal symptoms can include uncontrollable leg and arm movements (known as kicking), depression and anxiety, nightmares, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. Most codeine withdrawal symptoms begin in as few as 6 to 12 hours after the last dose. The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on how long and how much Codeine an individual was consuming. The safest way to help someone through codeine withdrawal is to have them admitted into a medically supervised codeine detox program.
Codeine Detox Program
A medically supervised codeine detox program provides safe medications that help a person detox codeine from their system with little to no discomfort. At our Evoke Florida codeine detox centers, we offer advanced medical services to clients suffering from an addiction or physical dependency to Codeine. Our detox program is structured to allow clients to rest and relax while under the supervision of medical doctors and psychiatrists who specialize in opiate and codeine addiction and dependency.
Each individual is provided medication to help them sleep, minimize physical discomfort, and to help with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additionally, each client is assessed for other medical conditions as well as for any diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health conditions. Once a client is feeling better, they are encouraged to attend our small group meetings held in the detox center. Every client can also meet individually with a counselor or mental health specialist while in detox.
Our Florida codeine detox program also designs an individualized treatment program for each person in detox. Although detoxification is the beginning of freedom from physical dependency and addiction to Codeine, it is not treatment or therapy. Many persons who struggle with codeine use need help to learn how to cope without using Codeine. The programs we offer that provide therapy and treatment for codeine dependency and addiction include our Easy Detox program, Intensive Inpatient program, Residential Rehab program, and our Dual Diagnosis treatment program.
Getting professional treatment for codeine addiction and dependency will not only save a person’s life but will help them embrace a new life free of addiction and drug dependency. We offer programs for men, women, and young adults.