Tramadol Detox Centers
Tramadol, also known by its brand name Ultram, is a pain medication prescribed for moderate to moderately severe pain. It is an opioid, referred to as an opiate or narcotic in some situations, which means that users who develop a dependence or addiction will have a difficult time ending their relationship with the drug.
Opioid withdrawal causes considerable discomfort. Therefore, individuals often do best when they seek help from a professional detox program.
When you enter a structured detox program, you receive comprehensive care. The primary focus of the detoxification will be to help you transition from acutely intoxicated to a state free of drugs and alcohol. During this time, efforts will be made to minimize your discomfort or to alleviate it entirely.
If you have other co-occurring disorders, the facility will make sure that the detox does not aggravate them and that the reverse is true as well.
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Soon after it was approved for marketing in the United States in 1995, reports of diversion and abuse began. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration revised product labeling and added warnings.
The IMS Health National Prescription Audit Plus reports 43.8 million prescriptions were filled in the US in 2013. Many of those prescriptions were abused by chronic pain patients, narcotic addicts, and health professionals.
Because of the widespread abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) categorized tramadol as a schedule IV drug, meaning it has “a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.” But, schedule IV drugs, like Xanax and valium, definitely do create addictions regardless of their “low risk.”
Tramadol can be quite dangerous. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, roughly 16,251 of the emergency room visits in 2010 were related to nonmedical tramadol use, and that number jumped to 20,000 in 2011. The numbers appear to be increasing and that isn’t surprising when you consider the growing problem with pain prescriptions in America.
Tolerance and Withdrawal
Whether your tramadol addiction begins through recreational use or via a doctor’s prescription, the end result is the same. You face a compulsive need to keep using, even when the use causes negative consequences. The reason you need detox is fight against this need.
This process all begins with tolerance. When a person uses addictive medications over a period of time, their body becomes accustomed to the drugs and compensates for their presence. More of the drug is needed to cause the same effect.
When a tolerant system is denied it’s drug (or drugs) of choice, the body and mind trigger a negative group of responses. These responses are the symptoms of withdrawal. Tramadol’s withdraw symptoms mirror both those of other opioids and those associated with selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (antidepressants). Also withdrawal lasts longer than those associated with other opioids; acute symptoms typically extend for seven days.
So uncomfortable are these symptoms that they often lead a person to relapse. Professional detox can help you work through withdrawals without relapsing.
What Does Professional Detox Offer?
Generally, doctors will work with you to taper off the tramadol use, as ceasing all use immediately may pose dangers. It is important, especially if your tramadol was prescribed to treat a specific condition, like a chronic pain disorder, that you not suffer without your medication. As you are weaned from tramadol, other non-narcotic pain relievers will be introduced.
You may be prescribed other drugs to help ease the discomfort of your withdrawal symptoms. For example, anti-nausea medication may be given or you may receive medication to treat headache.
If your addiction is particularly severe or you are using tramadol with other opioids, you may be placed in methadone treatment as a way of limiting symptoms and assisting in detox and treatment.
You will also be offered education and social support that you would not be able to access outside of a professional program.
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