Ultram Detox Centers
Ultram, the brand name for opioid pain reliever tramadol, is prescribed for moderate to moderately severe pain. It is typically prescribed for chronic pain, surgery pain, and dental pain. Ultram is different than other opioid pain relievers because it also inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine.
This causes complex mood influences that you would not get from other opioid analgesics (painkillers). Ultram is now being prescribed to patients with depression for this reason.
Using Ultram for reasons other than prescribed or recreationally, you risk developing a dependence and detox is the beginning of your recovery.
Why Do I Need Detox to Recover from My Ultram Addiction?
In 2012, 3.2 million Americans aged 12 and older reported using Ultram nonmedically in their lifetime, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This type of use often leads to addiction.
While you have been steadily using Ultram over an extended period, it has been altering your brain chemistry. It is because of these changes that you have developed a chemical dependence. Your body has begun to see Ultram as necessary to its functioning.
When you stop taking Ultram, this dependence will cause intense cravings, in addition to physical and mental effects. You will have trouble thinking clearly and the temptation to relapse and begin using Ultram again will be hard to resist. If you want to recover, you have to end Ultram’s influence on your body and mind. Detox is the only way to begin that process.
Detox cannot, in and of itself, be considered treatment, but all treatment programs consider it a necessary first step. To find a program that will support you in taking that first step, call 800-405-2627 (Who Answers?). Our experienced advisors are waiting to answer your questions, direct you to detox programs, and discuss your financing options. Don’t wait. Call now.
Is Ultram Detox Dangerous?
Because Ultram is an opioid, you will have to experience severe discomfort, as opioids are more difficult to detox from than other non-opioid drugs of abuse. However, Ultram detox is not likely to be particularly dangerous.
You may face increased danger if you:
- Are using Ultram with other drugs
- Have a history of other mental and physical problems
- Are in poor health
When you enter detox, you will undergo a comprehensive assessment and it will cover your health in great detail, as well as your drug use. A treatment plan will be developed using the information gathered. So, if you are in one of the groups listed above, inform your doctor during the assessment.
Otherwise, your Ultram detox will be uncomfortable, but likely will leave you unharmed. The most prominent risks are electrolyte imbalance and dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting, but the detox facility will monitor your overall health and treat these conditions if they arise.
Can’t I Detox at Home?
OK, so detox isn’t terribly dangerous unless you have additional drug use or health problems, but that doesn’t mean it is without risk. The largest risk you face will be the extreme and unrelenting cravings, which will get progressively more and more intense as your detox extends. You are unlikely to be able to resist relapsing without outside help.
If you suffer from depression or anxiety in addition to your Ultram addiction, you can expect for these conditions to worsen during detox. This will increase your desire to use, and may also cause you to have suicidal thoughts. Without the intervention of a medical professional, the psychological symptoms of detox can be difficult to bear.
What Can I Expect from Withdrawal?
When you stop using Ultram, your body will trigger withdrawal symptoms. The bulk of your time in detox will be spent easing and alleviating these symptoms.
As an opiate, Ultram will slow down your brain activity and this can lead to depression and general lethargy. These feelings can be intensified during detox. Other psychological symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Mood swings
Physical symptoms include:
- Dilated pupils
- Sudden changes in heart rate
How Long Will Detox Last?
The time spent in detox will vary, as each user has different needs. Your treatment plan will ultimately determine the length of your stay. However, Ultram does stay in the body for three to five days after you stop taking it; it may be a full week for chronic abusers of the medication. Symptoms of Ultram withdrawal typically last seven days. But, the cravings will last much longer.