Codeine is an opiate drug often included in prescription cough syrups. Opiates like these are easy to abuse and highly addictive. So how can you tell if someone has a codeine dependency? What physical signs might indicate they need codeine addiction treatment? Find the answers you need today by calling Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686.
What Is Codeine?
Codeine is an opiate drug, meaning something created naturally from the opium of a poppy plant. It is also a product of morphine.
Codeine is typically an ingredient in a compound drug, one made of more than one kind of medication. Codeine is in brand-name medications such as Fioricet, Prometh, and Flowtuss. Most drugs that contain codeine are to treat pain or a cough.
Why Is Codeine Addictive?
Codeine is an opioid just like heroin or fentanyl. Furthermore, like all opioids, it binds with opioid receptors to stimulate the release of chemicals that make you feel good. The liver metabolizes the codeine into morphine, which then binds to the receptors and releases a flood of dopamine.
The “feel-good” chemical associated with opioids like codeine is part of the brain’s reward system. The goal is to make you feel good after doing something good for yourself, such as exercise. That makes you want to do that healthy thing again. It’s a system that doesn’t always work as expected, though.
Drugs can trigger the same response. That makes you want to use the drug again to experience that feeling of euphoria. Over time, the brain develops a dependence on the drug, so the only way to feel good like that again is to take it. That is the physical side of addiction, one that indicates the need for substance abuse treatment.
What Are the Physical Symptoms of Codeine Dependency?
Addiction is a combination of physical and mental side effects. When someone you love uses a drug such as codeine, it’s the physical symptoms friends and family sometimes notice.
Physical symptoms of codeine use include:
- Trouble speaking, such as slurred words
- Poor focus
- Dilated pupils
- Poor coordination
- Risk-taking behavior
Those are the immediate effects of the drug. However, short-term side effects may indicate drug use, such as itching, dry mouth, and muscle spasms.
Other Signs Of Codeine Addiction
Certain behaviors are often the signs people pick up on when they care about using codeine or another opioid. For example, they may disappear for extended periods of time, and no one knows where they go. They may also start missing work or school and skip family functions.
As their dependency grows, they might have financial and legal problems. Some people become socially isolated. They may also ‘doctor shop,’ meaning they go from doctor to doctor trying to get a prescription for opioid pain medications. When that stops working, they may turn to street drugs such as heroin.
Get Codeine Addiction Treatment at Addiction Rehab Centers
For many, codeine addiction treatment starts at detox, which is at a separate treatment center. Once they complete detox and are sober, they enter a primary substance abuse treatment program like Addiction Rehab Centers, an upscale facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, in a rejuvenated mansion.
Services at Addiction Rehab Centers include:
- Inpatient rehab
- Trauma therapy
- Biofeedback therapy
- SMART Recovery
At Addiction Rehab Centers, we believe in holistic healing that includes attachment theory for treatment. Creating emotional and familial bonds is an important part of recovery.