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Codeine Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms associated with codeine use can be brutal if not managed properly with medically-assisted detox. Codeine is an opiate that treats mild to moderate pain. It can also be useful in suppressing cough and arresting diarrhea. It is one of the most widely prescribed opiates in the world and has habit-forming properties. Codeine is derived from the opium poppy and most often synthesized from morphine. Codeine is sometimes used as a recreational drug but has less potential for abuse than opiates such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Regular use of codeine can result in addiction. One of the most obvious signs of a codeine addiction is withdrawal, a process that happens when the body is detoxing from drugs.

Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms Can Range From Mild to Severe

Once regular use is stopped abruptly or in some cases, even when it is gradually lessened, withdrawal symptoms set in. This can happen within hours of the last dose. Not every person addicted to codeine experiences withdrawal in the same way. For some it is relatively mild. For others, especially long-term users or abusers, it can be more difficult physically and psychologically. Commonly reported symptoms include severe drug cravings, sweating, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, yawning, restlessness, weakness, cramps, diarrhea, chills, muscle and bone pain, irritability, agitation and muscle twitching. Withdrawal symptoms can be more serious in long-term users or those who misuse it or abuse it. People who take codeine regularly should gradually decrease their use to minimize withdrawal symptoms. This should be done with help from a medical professional or addiction specialist.

Codeine Withdrawal Can Be Medically Managed

Many people delay seeking help for an addiction to codeine or other opiates because they fear the withdrawal process. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can last weeks or months and should be medically managed to avoid serious medical issues such as seizures. There are treatment options that can minimize the severity – even eliminate – codeine withdrawal symptoms. With the Waismann Method of Rapid Detox, withdrawal is medically managed to maximize safety, comfort and results. Our addiction and recovery specialists work with board-certified doctors and anesthesiologists to tailor drug detox programs for each of our patients.

Opiate-Free Treatment for Codeine Addiction Minimizes Withdrawal

A codeine addiction can be debilitating and affect every aspect of your life. Our pioneering procedure, performed in a southern California hospital, utilizes intravenous medications to cleanse patients’ opiate receptors. This takes place while the patients sleep lightly under deep sedation. Once they awaken, they have no conscious awareness of the withdrawal that took place during the procedure. Our highly successful and humane treatment can reverse prescription painkiller addiction in a matter of days, getting you back on your feet quicker than other drug detox programs. And unlike some other facilities, the Waismann Method doesn’t believe in treating an opiate addiction with opiate replacement therapy. This ensures you will not have to deal with a second addiction and detox.

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