What is Tramadol?
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid pain reliever prescribed in pill or capsule form to manage moderate to severe pain. ConZip and Ultram are brand names for Tramadol. Still, this substance is sometimes mixed with other prescribed pain medications under different brand names, such as acetaminophen (Ultracet) and hydrocodone (Rezira).
In the United States, tramadol is used to treat moderate to chronically painful pain. However, it has a low potential for abuse, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. But, tramadol addiction continues to increase as more medical professionals prescribe tramadol for less than chronic pain.
Tramadol is available in long-acting or extended-release tablets and capsules. If not taken as prescribed by a doctor, this substance can cause severe side effects, including respiratory distress and even death. Tramadol is particularly dangerous when taken with alcohol. However, drug rehab can be highly effective in tramadol addiction treatment.
Tramadol Addiction Treatment Programs
Treatment generally begins once detox ends. The overall goal is to help you lead a healthy life without taking tramadol or other drugs. Treatment can also help address any other underlying health conditions, such as anxiety or depression. A comprehensive alcohol or drug abuse treatment facility should offer different levels of care.
Depending on the severity of the addiction, there are several treatment options for tramadol users, including detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient treatment, and ongoing therapy and support.
Long-term use of Tramadol can lead to dependence. When one’s body is dependant on this substance, an array of withdrawal symptoms can happen when someone attempts quitting. Depending on the dose, effects may last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours or more before leaving the bloodstream. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin about 12 hours following the last dose.
The first withdrawal symptoms are usually similar to that of the flu, including a runny nose, sweating and chills, low energy, muscle and body aches, and insomnia. Other early Tramadol withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, restlessness, agitation, increased heart rate, breathing, and hypertension. As withdrawal progresses, more intense symptoms may consist of stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, drug cravings, and depression.
During inpatient Tramadol addiction treatment, patients address the impact of prescription pain medication abuse and begin to develop the skills necessary for long-term recovery. This level of care includes structured groups, case management support, and intensive therapy sessions.
Medication is available to treat tramadol dependence. In addition, maintenance medications, such as methadone, may be considered to ease withdrawal symptoms without producing a “high.”
For patients who require medication, we offer a medication-assisted treatment program that can supervise the dosage. Other maintenance medications, including buprenorphine-naloxone and naltrexone, prevent tramadol from activating opioid receptors, so it doesn’t produce a “high.”
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Following detox and residential treatment, many patients transition into intensive outpatient treatment or IOP. IOP is an ideal treatment option for individuals to continue working on their recovery over a long period of time. This level of care provides access to group and individual therapy while still allowing time for work, school, and personal responsibilities. At Lighthouse, we also offer sober living options to our IOP patients.
Offered as a form of aftercare, individuals participate in outpatient treatment after completing drug rehab. Individual and group therapy is available for a certain number of hours per week, depending on an individual’s ongoing needs. Outpatient treatment is ideal as a transition to an independent living environment.
Learn More About Tramadol Addiction
If you suspect that someone you know is dealing with tramadol addiction, helping them get access to professional tramadol addiction treatment is the best way to start recovery. Contact Lighthouse Recovery Institute to talk with a trained addiction professional ready to assist with assessing your loved one’s needs and beginning the admissions process to an addiction treatment center.
Effective tramadol addiction rehab includes detox, intensive therapy, life skills development, addressing core issues, relapse prevention, and an array of holistic services coordinated to help them on their road to recovery from opioid addiction.
Dependence on Tramadol
Dependence refers to a physical state in which your body is dependent on the drug. Addiction happens when someone cannot stop using a drug, regardless of any negative consequences.
Although Tramadol differs from heroin and other illicit opioids in synthetic, it still interacts with the human brain nearly identical. Tramadol acts on opioid receptors, creating a feeling of calm and relaxation.
Long-term use causes physical changes in the body’s pathways, and eventually, a tolerance is developed. This leads to the need for increased dosages to achieve the same relief. Use over long periods can lead to cravings that evolve, and individuals may find themselves trying stronger and less expensive alternatives, such as heroin. These types of cravings are telltale signs of addiction.
How to Recognize An Addiction
Your friend or family member might try to hide their substance abuse problem from you. Some telltale signs of addiction include:
- Personality changes
- Aggressive behavior
- Changes in appearance
- Ongoing health issues
- Sudden social withdrawal
- Poor performance at school, work, and home
- Money or legal issues with no explanation
Effects of Tramadol Use
Tramadol’s most common side effects include agitation, anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, hallucination, nausea, tremor, vomiting, and diaphoresis. Less common side effects of using this drug include insomnia and increased chattiness.
Symptoms of overdose include unresponsiveness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, constricted pinpointed pupils, and decreased heart rate. They can also experience mood side effects like relaxation, euphoria, and a sense of well-being.
This behavior is when an individual obtains multiple prescriptions for the same drug from different providers. Other signs include extreme personality changes, secretive or manipulative behaviors, strained relationships, and finding drugs or drug paraphernalia in their possession.
Tramadol & Other Substances
Like many other prescription opioid drugs, the use of this drug often leads to cheaper and more potent opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. Tramadol addiction is a severe condition with a high risk of overdose and usually requires professional treatment to recover.
Additionally, mixing tramadol or other opioid pain relievers can increase the risk of overdose dramatically when heavy drug use or mixing drugs. Medical detoxification is the best path to start your journey to recovery safely.
Our Tramadol Treatment Center
Tramadol addiction treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute consists of individual and group therapy, recovery support group participation, gym access, recovery-oriented activities, community integration, case management, life skills development, and much more.
Depending on the individual’s medical needs and personal goals, clients can participate in therapeutic practices ranging from trauma resolution to medication management and psychiatric appointments. We individualized treatment plans for each client depending on what their needs are. The personalized care and attention make our drug rehab center ideal for helping you overcome your drug and alcohol addiction.
Does Insurance Cover Tramadol Treatment?
Many private insurance plans include some level of coverage for addiction treatment, whether full or partial payment. We work with most insurance companies to arrange care, and we also offer flexible self-pay plans. If either yourself or a loved one is currently considering entering tramadol addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan or self-pay options, call our trained and compassionate staff today.
Learn More About Addiction Treatment
Are all programs the same?
No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.
Is alcohol rehab the same?
No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.
Is family involved in treatment?
If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy.
Do you use medications?
If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.
How long is the treatment?
It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range in the 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab.
Is detox mandatory?
Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.
We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.