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Understanding Codeine

Codeine-PHP-Addiction-Drug-AbuseCodeine is a commonly used prescription drug that is given to patients experiencing moderate pain or coughs and colds. A codeine prescription can come in tablet or liquid form. Codeine is classified as a narcotic or opiate. Simply put, a narcotic is defined as a substance that changes mood or behavior. Street names for codeine are:

  • Cough syrup
  • Schoolboy
  • T-threes

Narcotics are generally known to be addictive drugs. Many narcotics are illicit or illegal drugs. While codeine is not an illicit drug, it can be mixed by drug abusers to create more intense feelings than it is intended for.

Codeine use may cause side effects of:

  • A headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Shallow breathing
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Changes in vision
  • Seizures

A typically prescribed dose of codeine is 30-50mg. This is given to patients to relieve pain and relax. Increasing this dosage, or using codeine after your mild pain has ended can be considered substance abuse. Using a prescription drug beyond what it is meant for is a fast way to become addicted.

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From Use to Abuse to Addiction

Codeine abuse usually turns into a drug addiction when a patient begins to use the drug for more than its intended purpose. People who are more prone to addiction get attached to the high that comes with using a higher dose of codeine. Often times, drug addicts will mix codeine with alcohol or other narcotics to maximize the high feeling.

Using opiates recreationally can form a physical dependency very fast. Codeine use increases morphine levels. The brain loves this and latches onto this morphine. This is how physical dependence happens and causes someone to become addicted to codeine.

An overdose of codeine would come from anything higher than 900mg. Withdrawal symptoms for codeine detox are severe and require medical supervision.

Symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Faster heartbeat
  • A runny nose
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

Addiction becomes likely when a chemical dependency has formed because a drug addict will use the drug continuously to prevent these withdrawal symptoms.

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Treatment Options for Codeine Addiction

There are different levels of care when it comes to drug rehab. Each level has its benefits and concerns.

Each level has Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Addiction Education, Family Support and many other treatment programs in common. The difference in treatment plan comes from the time commitment offered and how the recovery center uses that time to help patients.

Inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment are all offered at Amethyst to provide patients with options, as they become clean and sober. A patient should choose a treatment option that suits themselves and their addiction. If the addiction is more severe, residential treatment is recommended.

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is generally known to be a step down from residential treatment. During a PHP, patients who are going through addiction treatment come into the rehab facility regularly. However, they are not residents of the rehab facility.

Often times, a treatment center will offer an off-campus sober living for recovering addicts. This provides a place where continued support and relapse prevention can help each addict.

A typical PHP will require patients with serious drug addiction to commit to treatment for 6 hours a day, 5 times a week. This 30-hour time commitment gives patients time to live their own daily lives but focus on treatment for most of the week.

What Treatment Options Are Offered in a PHP?

Codeine-PHP-Detox-HopeBecause Partial Hospitalization usually comes after residential treatment, it largely focuses on relapse prevention skills and continuing therapy. Drug addicts and alcoholics are able to live their daily lives, but still, have the comfort of continued care.

Codeine addiction can be very severe because of the opioid properties of the drug. It is important to take steps down from residential treatment. A PHP offers programs that continue the goals of residential treatment.

Treatment programs at Amethyst include:

  • Recovery Philosophy – Discussing commitment to sobriety
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Changing destructive behaviors
  • Relapse Prevention – Learning coping skills that replace substance abuse
  • Anger Management – Learning how to manage angry outbursts
  • Addiction Education – Understanding the science behind addiction
  • Psycho-Education – Learning about co-occurring disorders
  • Family Support- Meeting with family members to rebuild trusts

Do PHP’s offer a medical detox for Codeine?

Amethyst takes withdrawal symptoms during detox very seriously. In the case of opiates, the drug addiction can impact a person’s normal function. Medical supervision makes pain control more comfortable for those who are suffering.

Medical detox for codeine is offered at all levels of care but should be done in the treatment center itself. Medical supervision is required for the understanding of how important it is to stay on track with physical health.

Medication management is used during all levels of care at Amethyst. Patients going through addiction treatment should always take care of their physical needs and then move on to their mental health needs each day.

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The Ideal Candidate for a Partial Hospitalization Program

Codeine-PHP-Rehabilitation-Hope_CloudsAnyone struggling with drug addiction or substance abuse issues can benefit from a Partial Hospitalization Program. That said, it is recommended that patients go to residential treatment first and then add a PHP to their treatment plan after.

Simply put, patients in partial hospitalization have learned the relapse prevention skills necessary to live at home without any problems. However, they still need to come in for some therapy and addiction education.

Often times, codeine addiction, alcohol addiction, and other drug addictions come as a result of a co-occuring mental health disorder. Drug abusers are likely to have a mental illness that lets their guard down when making decisions about substance abuse.

Some common co-occurring mental disorders with codeine addiction are:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive)
  • Eating Disorders

Codeine gives a calming effect, so those who need to work on new ways to become calm can benefit from coping skills training at a PHP. If you feel that inpatient treatment has done you well and you are ready to move down and try out sober living day to day, you make a great candidate for a partial hospitalization program.

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