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Tramadol Addiction Treatment

Tramadol is another prescription opioid intended to treat moderate to severe pain in patients. Like all other narcotics, tramadol has a high rate of addiction. As with most opioid based drugs, tramadol addiction does not appear from nothing. The user would have to be abusing the substance for a decent amount of time for an addiction to occur.

Tramadol Defined:

Doctors prescribe tramadol to treat moderate to severe pain. It is used in Arthritis patients often, they take tramadol to alleviate the pain associated with the disease. It is also prescribed for individuals who have long term injuries so they are taking the drug to manage their pain. However, the addictive properties of the opioid make it a legitimate concern.

In all circumstances, tramadol must be used under supervision from a physician. It is important that this medication is not used with other drugs, there are certain drugs it can be harmful with. It is also highly recommended to only attempt a tramadol detox under medical supervision because withdrawal symptoms can be particularly uncomfortable. Tramadol has been prescribed since 1995. It is also used under the brand names including ultracet and ultram.

Regular use of tramadol can result in tramadol addiction — even if is properly taken as prescribed by a medical professional.

What Does Tramadol Look Like?

Tramadol is available in tablet, capsule, and liquid forms. The most common form we see Tramadol is as a tablet. It is usually a small white oval tablet. The drug can also be taken under a different name. There are many different brand names for tramadol. The most common brand names are Ultram and Ultracet. There are also others including ConZip, Ryzolt and Rybix ODT. The names of the drug may vary, but regardless of their name they are all designed for the same purpose.
There are many nicknames given to drugs from street dealing to avoid suspicion. The nicknames are typically called ultras, chill pills and OxyContin Lite. These are only street names for the drug. These names are only used to describe the drug when they are being sold and distributed illegally and they are not actual brand names for tramadol.

Tramadol Addiction

With all other narcotics, tramadol is the same, there is a strong habit forming potential in the drug that should be taken very seriously when being on this medication. There are strong “good feeling” chemicals like serotonin which react with the brain center that registers pain. This pleasant feeling takes the pain away instantly for pain relief. When individuals rely on the drug for pain, a tolerance can build and this makes the user take more to receive the same effect.

When the brain becomes dependent on receiving these chemicals, stopping taking this medication suddenly will make the brain suffer. This is why people are not able to stop taking the drug by themselves after becoming addicted. Addiction varies in each individual when it comes to how long it takes for a tramadol addiction to start. The variation happens dependant on dosage, time used, and the person’s genetics when it comes to how easily they have addictive tendencies.

There are people who can become mentally addicted to the drug after taking tramadol for the first time. Then with other users, it will take several months of tramadol before developing an addiction.

A way to tell when an addiction forms is when the individual cannot stop taking the drug without experiencing negative side effects. When too much of the drug is taken, overdose is a real threat. The symptoms of an overdose can result in death.

Symptoms of a tramadol overdose may include:

Trouble breathing

Unconsciousness

Decreased pupil size

Slow heartbeat

Weakness

Fatigue

Coma

Clammy skin

When it comes to any overdose instances or dealing with addiction. It is important to have a proper addiction treatment plan when managing a drug addiction. At The Beaches Treatment Center, we specialize in customized treatment plans for each individual and their unique needs.

Treatment for Tramadol Addiction

When it comes to any opioid addiction, withdrawal symptoms could last up to a month, but by this time in the rehab process, people know their level of tramadol addiction and should have a treatment plan in place. Tramadol addiction treatment varies in length of time. In many ways, the length of treatment is dependent on the severity of the person’s addiction. After the initial detox process the next levels of care would be a partial hospitalization or an intensive outpatient treatment program for tramadol addiction.

The PHP and IOP levels of care provided by The Beaches is important because in order to prevent relapse it is suggested a 60-90 day rehabilitation process is completed. We offer an individualized treatment program because it is essential to begin treating the root causes of drug use and addiction, so everyone’s treatment care program is unique.

Our goal here at The Beaches Treatment Center is to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth. We know that the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against any opioid addiction.

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