Codeine is an opioid that is often used to relieve pain and works by creating a calming effect, caused by the release of neurotransmitters that activate the pleasure part of the brain. For codeine users, this pleasing feeling can result in both psychological and physical dependence.
When used as prescribed and under the supervision of a doctor, codeine is not only effective, but safe. Addiction most often arises in those self-medicating with codeine to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.
Symptoms of Codeine Abuse
Symptoms of codeine abuse vary from person to person, but often include:
- Changes in mood (euphoria, anxiety, mood swings)
- Changes in behavior (drowsiness, lack of appetite, apathy, increased doctor visits, lying)
- Changes in physical health (constipation, muscle twitches, fainting, nausea, vomiting, decreased libido, itching, dry mouth)
- Changes in mental health (hallucinations, memory loss, delusions)
When codeine is mixed with alcohol or other drugs, chronic users may experience more life-threatening side effects such as hypoventilation, cardio arrest, or coma.
Treatment of Codeine Addiction
It’s important that codeine users not suddenly stop the use of this drug, as withdrawal symptoms can lead to nausea, vomiting, tremors, and convulsions. If you or a loved one shows signs of codeine abuse, contact a medical professional for more information on how to safely stop the use of this drug.
If you or a loved one suffers from codeine addiction, Talbott Recovery can help. Through our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs at our Atlanta and Dunwoody locations, we support individuals who are struggling to stop using prescription drugs like codeine, seeking to get to the root of their addiction. Contact Talbott Recovery today to learn more about our drug addiction treatment programs.