Life Center of Galax helps individuals struggling with codeine abuse build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Located in Virginia, Life Center of Galax will help you start your recovery journey with detoxification and transition to residential rehabilitation.
Understanding codeine withdrawal
Withdrawing from any substance can be extremely distressing, and withdrawing from codeine is no different. There are any number of symptoms that can arise during this process, which may include the following:
- Hot and cold sweats
- Abdominal cramping
- Muscle cramping / muscle pains
- Muscle spasms
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Decreased energy / lethargy
- Excessive irritability
- Excessive agitation
- Heightened feelings of anxiety
- Intense cravings for codeine
This, however, is by no means an all-inclusive list. Depending on the amount of codeine that a person is using, the length of time that he or she has been using it, and whether or not he or she is abusing any other types of substances can all impact the type and severity of withdrawal symptoms that are experienced.
The importance of codeine detox
Derived from morphine and used to treat chronic and acute pain conditions that are mildly or moderately severe, codeine is a substance that is frequently prescribed to alleviate discomfort. However, as an opioid narcotic substance, the chemical properties of codeine make it one that possesses a high risk of abuse. When consumed in excess of what is prescribed, or when consumed with greater frequency than is intended, it can elicit feelings of relaxation and, in some instances, feelings of euphoria. As such, for individuals who are seeking a means of achieving a high, codeine can become a desirable option.
The longer that an individual continues to consume codeine, the more likely it is that his or her body will become tolerant to the effects of the substance. This tolerance forces individuals to have to consume more codeine, or to consume it more frequently, in order to achieve the desired results. As the use of codeine continues to increase, individuals are susceptible to becoming physically dependent on the substance as their bodies have become accustomed to its presence and therefore require it in order to continue functioning. As a result of this type of chemical dependence, should the individual then attempt to stop using codeine, he or she will typically experience symptoms of withdrawal as his or her body works to resume functioning the way that it did prior to the introduction of the drug. Once the symptoms of withdrawal ensue, the distress that results can be enough to force people into seeking out any means possible of alleviating their discomfort. One way in which many individuals do this is by consuming codeine once again. Yet, doing so only further perpetuates the cycle of addiction.
When this happens, men and women who have become dependent on codeine may be unable to stop using the drug without the support of an addiction treatment center. And to truly benefit from either inpatient, residential program, or outpatient services, one must first clear his or her mind and body of substances of abuse.
By engaging in a detoxification program, at a reputable addiction treatment center, individuals can have codeine removed from their systems without having to experience the distressing nature of withdrawal.
Detoxification, or detox, refers to a process in which toxic substances are physiologically removed from the body. It is the safest way for individuals to jumpstart their recovery from an addiction to codeine.
At Life Center of Galax, we recognize how important detox is for individuals who desire to put an end to their addictive behaviors. By receiving these services at the start of codeine addiction treatment, individuals are able to achieve the clarity of mind necessary for moving forward in the recovery process.
The detoxification program here at Galax are fully comprehensive and are designed to be effective for each individual, regardless of what substance he or she is addicted to. Throughout the entire detox process, individuals are provided with medically monitored care, including supervision from our medical director, who is certified through the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and our 24-hour nursing staff. Individuals can be assured that they will receive interventions in a manner that promotes their safety and comfort. Once the detox program is complete, and all traces of codeine have been cleared from a person’s system, he or she can then seamlessly transition into our all-inclusive residential rehabilitation program.
Benefits of Codeine Detox
Benefits of detoxing from codeine at Life Center of Galax in Virginia
The benefits of engaging in detoxification services for a codeine addiction cannot be overstated. A few of these benefits can include the following:
- The risk of overdosing on codeine is eliminated.
- Further detriments to an individual’s physical and mental health can be prevented.
- The temptation to use codeine can be alleviated due to the fact that individuals will not have access to the substance while in the detox setting.
- Mental health professionals are available during the detoxification process to provide ongoing psychological and emotional support.
- Medical professionals are on-hand to ensure that the process runs smoothly, ensuring each person’s safety and highest level of comfort possible.
Once the detox process is complete, individuals will have achieved the mental clarity that will help them as they transition into the therapeutic aspects of addiction treatment.
At our addiction treatment center, we applaud those who make the brave decision to engage in detox, and we are dedicated to helping make the process one that is not only streamlined and comfortable, but also one that elicits positive outcomes.
If you or an important person in your life is battling an addiction to codeine, please do not hesitate to contact the knowledgeable professionals here at Galax. They can help you determine if our detox program are appropriate for you or your loved one, and they can provide recommendations regarding the type of care that will be of most benefit in helping you or your loved one achieve recovery success.