Recognizing tramadol addiction
Help with Tramadol Addiction
If you know someone who is addicted to drugs, specifically tramadol, it is a life-changing scenario. But the truth is, for these loved ones, recognizing tramadol addiction can be harder than it seems. The sad part is, addiction is chronic and usually gets worse over time. Many people who are close with a pill addict wonder what caused their loved one to turn to tramadol. Unfortunately, doctors say, there is no single cause for reliance on the drug.
Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used for moderate to severe pain relief. It can be ingested in the form of a long acting tablet, a cream, a patch, an injection, or other forms. This medication requires a prescription. It is often prescribed by doctors to treat chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and restless leg syndrome (RLS). Some brand names include Conzip, Ultram, Ultracet, Ralivia, Adolonta, and Ryzolt. Because there is some variation in the formulation of these brands, it is not recommended to substitute one for another.
When used as directed, tramadol is effective at blocking pain by affecting the central nervous system. However, when the recommended dose and duration of use has been exceeded, this narcotic can be habit-forming. Even when taken at a recommended dosage, this drug is often accompanied by a series of side effects including drowsiness, constipation, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. Additionally, patients have the potential to develop a number of medical issues, such as: weakened pulse, skin irritation, accelerated heart rate, hallucinations, and an allergic reaction culminating in the swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
One factor that leads to addiction is self-medication. This means that individuals use tramadol to ease emotional and psychological trauma. Tramadol blocks the pain receptors in the brain while creating feelings of euphoria. So, instead of dealing with painful emotional issues, addicts take tramadol – temporarily dulling their negative emotions. Abusing tramadol can cause additional side effects due to withdrawals. These can range from mild to severe. Some symptoms of withdrawal are: chills, twitching, depression, constipation, immobility caused by severe body aches, and insomnia.
Help for tramadol addiction includes medical detox and on-going counseling. Detoxification should be administered slowly and gradually under the care of a qualified physician. Programs to help patients deal with the psychologically addictive nature of this narcotic are also available. These programs can include talk therapies as well as recovery meetings to encourage continued sobriety.
In the long run, it does not matter what caused your loved one to turn to tramadol, it matters that he or she is struggling with addiction. Though it is not in your power to make sure that he or she attends rehab, encourage your loved one to consider it. If your encouragement does not work, consider having an intervention. With the right professional help, he or she can recover and lead a drug-free and healthy life.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Treatment Center at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.