As dangerous as heroin, Demerol, and morphine, Codeine is an opiate with analgesic, antitussive (cough suppressant), and antidiarrheal properties. Codeine is one of the most widely used drugs in the world – either as prescription or as purchased on the black market. It is a Schedule II drug, which means it has a high tendency for abuse and can produce addiction or dependency with frequent use.
Those who take codeine for a persistent cough or moderate pain should guard themselves against refilling their prescription. It’s not unusual for someone who’s already addicted to codeine to forge and change prescriptions in an attempt to get more of the drug. He or she may even call in fake prescriptions to pharmacies, buy other people’s prescriptions or purchase pills straight off the street.
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Codeine works by blocking the pain receptors in the brain and spine and rewards the brains pleasure centers giving the user a euphoric high. It is this high that people who are susceptible to addiction find hard to resist. The pleasure associated with codeine use can lead to all sorts of legal, physical and emotional troubles in addition to hurting the pocketbook. The pleasure from a codeine high is used for comfort in stressful situations, to relax, to forget troubles, for emotional pain and to escape from the days problems.
Physical symptoms can be a warning of codeine dependence. Continuous scratching, constipation, nausea and blurry vision are all signs that the body has taken in too much codeine. Physical withdrawal symptoms that are experienced when the body feels the effects of a lack of codeine include muscle and bone pain, runny nose, headache, cold sweats and insomnia among others. These withdrawal symptoms indicate that the body has become physically dependent on codeine and it is helpful to have a doctors supervision during this period of recovery.
Scripts effectively brings together the essential elements for recovery from codeine dependency. Our on staff doctors specialize in addiction medicine and will make the physical withdrawal period as comfortable as possible so that you might focus on the therapeutic plan of treatment. Our licensed counselors will draw up an individual treatment plan that will address the reasons you take codeine and other prescription drugs if applicable. Our counselors will provide individual treatment as well as conducting sessions that will include others with similar prescription pill problems.
In fact Scripts has a whole new facility that only treats those with prescription problems so that we can focus on the unique situations of our clients. Located in a reconverted beach house, our prescription program residence features beautiful views of the ocean and luxurious accommodations. Space in this program is limited and only available to individuals who wish to recover from dependency on prescription medications. If this is you or a loved one, please give us a call today.