Tramadol Addiction Treatment That Works

When people are suffering from severe pain due to some sort of injury like those sustained in a car accident, post-surgery pain, or a chronic ailment like fibromyalgia a doctor might prescribe them Tramadol.

However, it is possible to become addicted to Tramadol, especially after extended periods of use, and attempting to detox from it without professional help can be incredibly difficult. At Ambrosia Treatment Center, our addiction specialists utilize the latest in drug abuse treatments, including contingency management and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help people suffering from Tramadol addiction. These treatments have proven to be effective for our clients with substance abuse issues.

Many people ask if Tramadol is a narcotic or if it is an opioid. In truth, Tramadol is both. It is a Schedule IV controlled substance and belongs to a family of drugs classified as opioid analgesics. Other drugs that fall into this classification include oxycodone (ie. Percocet), codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. They are used for pain management by binding themselves to neuroreceptors in the brain, suppressing their ability to send pain signals throughout the user’s body. Tramadol is sold under a number of different brand names including, ConZip, FusePaq, Synapryn, Rybix ODT, Ryzolt, but most commonly Ultram or Ultram ER. And on the streets goes by Chill Pills, Trammies, and Ultras.

Typically Tramadol is prescribed to help for moderate to severe pain relief brought on by a number of health issues including:

  • A serious injury
  • Post-operative pain after surgery
  • Chronic pain ailments like fibromyalgia
  • Pain caused by various types of cancer

Depending on the health issue that is being dealt with a doctor could prescribe Tramadol 50mg for pain as needed or 100mg extended release for round the clock pain management.

How Can You Tell if You Are Addicted to Tramadol

Tramadol is considered a less potent narcotic than others within its classification, and as such can mistakenly be thought of as non-habit forming. However it does have the ability to cause a drug dependence as a user’s brain will begin to crave the drug to simply feel normal. Recognizing the signs of Tramadol addiction are important.

A person dealing with Tramadol addiction could be suffering from any of the following symptoms:

  • Constricted or pinpoint pupils
  • Changes in appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness or headaches
  • Slurred speech or impaired coordination
  • Lying about the usage of the drug
  • Attempting to get extra doses
  • Neglecting social habits and responsibilities
  • A lack of concern for personal hygiene
  • Obsessive thoughts about the drug
  • Failed attempts to quit to a refusal to quit

Another danger with Tramadol use is that it can lead to a dangerous side effect called serotonin syndrome. A build up of serotonin levels in the brain which can be potentially life-threatening. As with most controlled substances, the longer a person uses Tramadol the larger the dose required to achieve the same effects which can quickly turn to an addiction and dependency. And if a person is trying to quit and to rehab from Tramadol they can expect a range of withdrawal symptoms including sweating, nausea, anxiety, depression, restlessness, hyperactivity, and diarrhea that last typically five to seven days.

Tramadol Side Effects

A typical tramadol dosage is designed to incite a euphoric type of high, a sense of calm for the user. There are however, possible side effects when using Tramadol, even when using it properly as prescribed by a doctor. Tramadol side effects can also be compounded when the drug is mixed with another substance or alcohol. When using Tramadol it is important to watch for any of the following:
  • Hives, rash or itchiness
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing or shallow breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe weakness or lightheadedness
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Impotence or loss of sex drive
  • Slow heart rate
  • Agitation

As with most narcotic medications Tramadol has the ability to slow your breathing to a dangerous level. If a larger dose is taken and an overdose occurs it is important to seek medical attention right away or call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 for more instruction.

Tramadol Addiction Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, FL

When you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to a controlled substance like Tramadol there is help. You don’t need to feel ashamed or feel as though you have to do it on your own. Ambrosia Treatment Center’s addiction specialists are well equipped to help anyone suffering from an addiction to any type of controlled substance. Our state-of-the-art treatment facilities provide a serene environment perfect for Tramadol addiction rehabilitation and recovery. Contact us today and visit our admissions page to get started.

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