Codeine Dependency & Addiction Treatment

Codeine Withdrawal Treatment Center

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Codeine is an opiate prescribed for mild to moderate pain, coughing, and diarrhea. To make it more effective, it is often combined with paracetamol (Acetaminophen) or some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Codeine usually starts working within half an hour of consumption. It has a maximum effect in two hours and lasts for four to six hours in total. Upon ingestion, codeine is metabolized by the liver into morphine. Although less potent, codeine is considered a gateway drug to other opiates, including morphine and even heroin.

Codeine facts

  • Codeine is the most commonly used opiate.
  • Codeine makes up about 2% of opium.
  • It is estimated that 33 million people use codeine every year.
  • Street names for codeine include Cody, Captain Cody, little c, and schoolboy.
  • For Tylenol with codeine, street names include T1, T2, T3, T4, and ‘dors and fours’.
  • Codeine syrup mixed with soda can have street names such as lean, purple drank, sizzurp, or Texas tea.

The World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines considers codeine as one of the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system. Codeine is a Schedule II/IIN controlled substance, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Cough syrups, such as Robitussin, which contain no more than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters, are schedule V and are considered to have a low potential for abuse.

Effects of codeine

Besides pain relief and suppressing coughs, codeine can cause:

  • Euphoria
  • Apathy
  • Drowsiness
  • Relaxation

Although many people consider codeine harmless, at high enough doses codeine use can lead to respiratory failure, coma, and even death. This risk increases exponentially when codeine is combined with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol or other opioids.

Common side effects of codeine include:

  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Itchiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness

Serious side effects may include breathing difficulties and after long-term use—addiction and dependency.

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Addiction to codeine

People may develop an addiction to codeine after continued use and/or abuse of the drug. Codeine users often get a false sense of security because codeine is not considered as powerful or addictive as other opiate family members such as heroin.

Regardless of its potency, every opioid (including codeine) has the potential for causing dependency and addiction because they all affect the brain in the same way. The effect of opioids on the brain is called neuroadaptation.

Our body produces endorphins naturally as a response to various stimuli: pain, pleasure, stress, excitement, etc. Endorphins reduce pain and cause a feeling of relaxation. Opioids have the same effect—they affect endorphin receptors, causing the body to adapt over time and stop producing natural endorphins. As more opioids are introduced into the body, the more endorphin receptors are created, which in turn demand more opioids. This creates a self-perpetuating cycle of demand and supply. A person’s need for more opioids creates a powerful neuro-biological craving, a constant demand for more opioids.

Signs of codeine abuse

Some signs of codeine abuse include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Short attention span
  • Impaired judgment
  • Dilated pupils
  • Lack of coordination
  • Apathetic behavior

Long term signs of codeine abuse include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired memory
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Muscle spasms
  • Death
  • Codeine withdrawal symptoms

As with other opiates, prolonged use of codeine can cause dependence.

Once the dependence has developed, if a person suddenly stops the medication or lowers the dose, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of codeine withdrawal include:

  • Drug craving
  • Runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Weakness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Chills
  • Irritability and pain

Codeine withdrawal symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of withdrawal of other opiates such as morphine. Codeine withdrawal symptoms are usually not life-threatening, making some people try to quit cold-turkey. Unfortunately, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms often lead to relapse.

Codeine Withdrawal Timeline

Codeine withdrawal timeline

The withdrawal process from codeine abuse is often long and arduous, whether a person is trying to do it ‘cold turkey’ or under medical supervision.

Days 0 – 4

The first four days of codeine withdrawal are brutal as physical symptoms peak. A person often experiences:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Restless legs
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting

Days 5 – 7

Most physical symptoms will start to fade during this period. On the other hand, psychological symptoms such as depression may occur. Because of excessive sweating, diarrhea, or lack of fluids during the first few days, a person may also become dehydrated.

Days 8 – 45

During this period, almost all codeine withdrawal symptoms are over except for depression. Depression and codeine cravings often last for months.

Codeine withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, as does the severity and duration of the process of withdrawal. The timeline and severity of an individual’s withdrawal process can depend on:

  • Length of codeine usage
  • Dosage amount
  • Frequency
  • Combinations of codeine with alcohol or other opioids
  • Mental health
  • General health
  • Gender
  • Bodyweight
  • Method of ingestion

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation or ANR treatment offers radically different results. The entire procedure lasts four to five hours, requiring a patient to stay in a specialized hospital for about 30 hours. There is no danger of relapse since the procedure treats the root causes of addiction on the physical, biological level.

Detox from codeine

Detox from codeine and other opioids cannot be successful unless the patient understands that their dependence or addiction is a medical condition, rather than psychological. This physical disorder is caused by the breakdown of the body’s natural endorphin production. This system needs to balance itself again after being disrupted by the introduction of external opioids.

Codeine dependence or addiction must be treated by modern medicine. This acute disorder has little to do with someone having an addictive personality. In fact, addictive tendencies are the result of patients trying to cope with their opioid dependency or addiction.

The physical causes of opioid addiction, these roots of addiction, stem from the fact that the more opioids are introduced into the body, the more endorphin receptors are produced. These additional receptors demand more opioids in a vicious cycle of depression and craving. Once we understand this, we also understand why fighting the addiction is so hard and why the pain of withdrawal is so vicious. The only way to stop it is to restore the endorphin receptor balance, bringing it back to its original state.

The understanding of this process (the modulation and regulation of the endorphin system) is the foundation of ANR treatment. ANR is the new standard of opioid withdrawal treatment—the only treatment that addresses the root of dependency.

Fast & rapid codeine detox

In the ‘90s, Dr. Waismann radically changed withdrawal treatments and opioid detox by developing the concept of ‘rapid detox’. Thanks to Dr. Waismann’s success, this method was adopted by many opioid treatment centers. Unfortunately, many treatment centers have been implementing rapid opiate detox without the required information, knowledge, or experience for safe and effective treatment. As a consequence, rapid detox has a history of poor results and even serious health complications. Detox centers that still utilize rapid detox do not understand the crucial difference Dr. Waismann made between opioid addiction and opioid dependency, consequently not addressing the root cause of opioid dependency.

The ANR treatment is based on advanced scientific research and medical advancements, as well as 30 years of clinical work of Doctor Andre Waismann. It is Dr. Waismann who identified the biological and physical roots of opioid dependency in the ’90s. During his illustrious career, Dr. Waismann has given numerous lectures and educated health professionals all over the world. The success of Dr. Waismann’s ANR treatment is directly related to the ability to evaluate the balance of endorphin-receptors in each patient and being able to bring each individual to his or her optimal chemical balance.

ANR is the only treatment in the world that addresses the root of opioid addiction. 

Codeine addiction treatment

Codeine dependence or addiction, like addiction to any other opioid, is a medically treatable, physical condition. When codeine is used or abused for an extended period of time, the opioid receptors go through neuroadaptation. The natural production of endorphins is affected. The body develops a tolerance to the current dosage of codeine and increased doses of codeine are required for the same effect.

Neuroadaptation is a physical condition that causes a powerful craving for codeine in order to feel balanced. When not enough codeine is available, a person starts feeling withdrawal symptoms. At that point, a person becomes desperate for the drug—interpersonal and professional problems start to occur.

ANR therapy focuses on this biological lack of balance in the endorphin production system. The procedure starts with sedation. Then, an induced withdrawal to return the opioid receptors and endorphin production to a normal level for that person—the same level that existed before the person introduced opioids into their system.

The ANR method brings the central nervous system back into balance using an individualized approach based on each patient’s physical condition and endorphin-receptor balance. Once ANR achieves that balance, the biological causes for the opioid cravings are eliminated and the person is free of addiction without the danger of relapse. The treatment is carried out under sedation to eliminate the discomfort from the withdrawal symptoms.

Codeine rehabilitation through ANR

The ANR procedure itself, including dealing with withdrawal symptoms and the codeine addiction treatment lasts for about five hours. It requires the patient to be hospitalized for a period of about 30 hours. In the US the treatment takes place at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida.

Treatment begins with checking into the ANR unit of the hospital. The patients are medically evaluated, undergo full laboratory screening, and a clinical examination before the treatment can commence.

The medical evaluation includes checking various aspects such as:

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Electrolyte levels
  • Liver functions
  • Kidney functions
  • Blood count
  • Electrocardiogram

A patient receives pre-medication during this period to prepare them for the procedure. Once preparations are complete, the patient is placed under total sedation and monitored for four to five hours by the intensive care nurses, anesthesiologists, and Dr. Waismann himself.

During this treatment phase, the body’s opioid receptors are cleansed and blocked with Naltrexone according to the patient’s specific receptor status. The ANR treatment is carefully tailored for each individual.

The patient goes through all their withdrawal symptoms while under sedation. This allows them to be relieved of their opioid dependency without suffering the unpleasant and painful opioid withdrawal symptoms. The process continues until the patient’s endorphin system is balanced, the withdrawal symptoms are eliminated, and there is no more need for sedation. About 4 – 5 hours.

The recovery starts right after the patient is awakened. He or she will continue to be evaluated and observed overnight. The medical staff continue with medical adjustments to the patients’ endorphin-receptor balance during the phase as required.

Patients are asked to remain at the hospital for one or two days after treatment in order to be monitored while they are recovering. The patients at that time receive medical advice and are encouraged to regain their strength while their body continues to return to its natural rate of endorphin production. Patients are then discharged from the hospital free of opioid dependence, to enjoy a normal life without any opioid cravings and the danger of relapse.

Dr. Waismann’s Accelerated Neuroregulation addresses opioid dependency and addiction from a modern scientific and medical perspective. He brought the treatment of opioid addiction into a new era, giving hope to thousands of victims of opioid abuse. At the same time, he destroyed the conventional approach to opioid dependence and addiction treatment that include replacement therapy, long-term in-house rehabilitation, and detoxification.

Dr. Waismann has replaced tradition with the new standard of opioid dependence and addiction treatment—Accelerated Neuroregulation (ANR). More than 24,000 patients worldwide are witnesses to the uncompromising success and safety standards of ANR.

Codeine rehab centres

ANR treatment in the USA is performed at Landmark Hospital, an ultra-modern facility in Naples, Florida. The construction of the 50-bed critical care hospital was finished in 2015. It is equipped with ICU facilities adapted for the ANR procedure, with access to all the relevant medical equipment that might be required for the treatment of even the most complex conditions.

ANR Europe is located in Thun, Switzerland. Work is underway to establish a state-of-the-art facility and train a medical team on the ANR procedure. The idyllic town of Thun is located at the confluence of the Aare River and Lake Thun, 19 miles south of Bern.

ANR Clinic Georgia is located at the New Vision University Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia. The local team of medical professionals has been extensively trained and supervised by Dr. Waismann.

As the number of facilities that offer codeine withdrawal services around the world grows, it is essential to remember that these facilities offer a treatment that is extremely fast and highly efficient. It offers not only the relief from the withdrawal symptoms but permanent freedom from the codeine dependency. One short stay at the facility ensures that each patient can return home to a healthy life.

Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our revolutionary, evidence-based care methods that minimize codeine withdrawal symptoms.

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