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Tramadol Addiction

Tramadol, sold under the name brand  Ultram, is a centrally-acting synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain .  Tramadol is not classified as an opiate although it produces similar effects.Tramadol can be habit forming, and compulsive use can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence. Tramadol may be used to treat pain caused by surgery and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. Warnings on the use of Tramadol say it should not be used by patients who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs,due to higher risk of addiction.

Tramadol dependence and addiction is marked by the often intense withdrawal symptoms that begin once use is stopped abruptly. In addition, Tramadol addiction could be caused by a long term intake of Tramadol. Tramadol is used to relieve severe pain. Researchers say physical addiction occurs when repeated use alters reward pathways in the brain. Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever that works by decreasing the body’s sense of pain and it is habit-forming if abused.

Signs of Addiction to Tramadol

  • Prolonged use of Tramadol can cause patients to develop a tolerance which requires a larger dose for the same level of result. Increasing the dose can result in Tramadol addiction.

These are some of the symptoms Tramadol use may cause:

  • Euphoria
  • Shallow breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness or sedation
  • seizures

Tramadol withdrawal symptoms can set in once you stop taking Tramadol after chronic use. These patients may experience symptoms that include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Cold sweats
  • Cravings
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Irritability, agitation or aggressiveness
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Seizures
  • Restless legs

The withdrawal syndrome is the most obvious indication that physical addiction is present. Other signs include an escalation of use and the compulsion to seek out and consume the drug, along with a strong craving for the drug that can only be soothed by taking it.

How to Prevent Tramadol Addiction

Tramadol should be taken exactly as prescribed and should not be crushed or mixed with liquid and injected. Inhaling or injecting it can cause life-threatening reactions, overdose or death. Using any opiate-like drug can lead to addiction over time. The best way to avoid this is to do your homework when it comes to drugs, their side effects, warnings and directions on use.

Taking Tramadol exactly as prescribed is critical. It is up to each and every person to weigh the possible dangers of Tramadol and look at numerous alternatives for pain management. If you are worried that a dependence or addiction to Tramadol could develop, talk to your doctor about options.

Waismann Method of Rapid Detox for Tramadol Addiction

Waismann Method is a world renowned treatment for prescription painkiller addiction. We are proud to offer our patients the best medicine has to offer in treating Tramadol/Ultram dependency. The major difference between W METHOD® treatment and other medical detoxifications is the safety, comfort, and success of our patients. Every patient has a different medical and dependency history, and we treat them as individuals with specific needs.  Since pharmaceuticals are the main tool used to achieve the desired result, we need to understand how each patient reacts to medications so we can appropriately tailor the program to safely achieve their goals of detoxification.

W METHOD medical detoxification treatment usually lasts  for 5 to 7 days inpatient (There is no ins. coverage for any part of this process). The cost and length of stay is based on the patient’s medical and dependency history, what medical detox option the patient will select and the assessment by the medical staff prior to admission. Patients are usually in the hospital for one to three days, with the remainder of the time at the Domus Retreat (www.domusretreat.com), where we work with the emotional health of our patients, while the medical staff supervises the physical transition. Opiate dependency causes numerous changes in brain chemistry and organ functions, so after the procedure it is paramount that patients are monitored properly for at least a few days in order to regulate basic functions and prevent medical complications.

Another thing that sets our opiate detox program apart from the others is the humane way we approach treatment. Our patients are treated as the unique individuals they are. We take into account underlying issues, special needs and individual risk factors. Our patients leave our facility rested, recovered and with their dignity intact.

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