Effects of Codeine Addiction
Like other opiates, codeine can depress breathing and other body systems. That’s why increasing doses may first cause restlessness and nausea, then loss of consciousness and abnormal breathing. Fatal overdoses do occur, sometimes even with moderate doses.
Other serious effects include:
• Stomach bleeding
• Kidney and liver damage
• Disorientation and hallucinations
• Fetal growth retardation and dependence, when used during pregnancy
Additionally, use of codeine can produce blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, itchy skin and rashes and decreased libido.
How Much Is Addictive?
Because codeine is legally prescribed, users often underestimate how addictive and dangerous the drug can be. When taken to relieve pain and anxiety, safe doses are in the range of 10-60 mg. Compare that with one shot of 60-400 mg, typical for illicit use.
But even with safe doses, addiction is a major risk when codeine is used for more than 2-3 weeks.
How Hard Is Detox?
Round-the-clock medical care in a recovery center eases the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms that include:
• Nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps
• Muscle and bone aches
• Cold sweats
• Irregular heartbeat
• High blood pressure
After 48-72 hours, the worst symptoms peak. But several months may be needed before you feel normal.
Where to Find Help
Look for a recovery center with a certified detox and rehab program. The key to a positive outcome is psychological, physical and spiritual transformation. That’s achieved through an individualized continuum of care that uses cutting-edge research and practice methods proven to bring long-lasting change. All are available at Palm Partners Recovery Center.
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