Tramadol Dependency & Addiction Treatment
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Tramadol is considered to be a milder form of opioid medication compared to drugs like Oxycontin or Hydrocodone. Due primarily to a lack of information, people misguidedly believed the drug was not addictive. In the ’90s, tramadol was widely prescribed as an effective ‘non-addictive’ pain killer with no side effects. In 2016, tramadol was the 39th most prescribed medication in the United States, with more than 19 million prescriptions.
In 2011, 21,649 people visited the emergency department for tramadol-related misuse or abuse, an increase of 250% from five years earlier.
What is tramadol and is tramadol addictive?
Tramadol is an opiate pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. When taken as an immediate-release oral formulation, the onset of pain relief usually occurs within about an hour. It has two different mechanisms. First, it binds to the μ-opioid receptor. Second, it inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. Serious side effects may include seizures, increased risk of serotonin syndrome, decreased alertness, and drug addiction. Common side effects include: constipation, itchiness and nausea, among others. A change in dosage may be recommended in those with kidney or liver problems. Its use is not recommended in women who are breastfeeding or those who are at risk of suicide. Tramadol is marketed as a racemic mixture of both R- and S-stereoisomers. This is because the two isomers complement each other’s analgesic activity. It is often combined with paracetamol as this is known to improve the efficacy of tramadol in relieving pain. Tramadol is metabolised to O-desmethyltramadol, which is a more potent opioid. It is of the benzenoid class.
Tramadol comes in many forms, including:
- Capsules (immediate and extended-release)
- Tablets (immediate and extended-release)
- Effervescent tablets and powders
- Liquids for injection
- Liquids for oral and sublingual administration (both with and without alcohol)
Pain relief usually starts within an hour of consumption of oral medication. Tramadol is considered as powerful as morphine for mild to moderate pain, but less effective than morphine for severe pain. Tramadol is sold under brand names Ultram, Ultram ER, ConZip, Ryzolt, and others. Street names for tramadol include chill pills, beans, trams, trammies, and ultras. Like other opioids, tramadol is also commonly used as a psychoactive substance.
Tramadol works a little differently than other opioid drugs. In addition to reducing pain, tramadol inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine, potentially resulting in more complex mood changes than other opiate analgesics.
Despite its relatively low potency, tramadol carries many of the same dangers as other opioids. Like morphine, it binds with the brain’s opioid receptors and depresses the central nervous system. Tramadol overdose can cause respiratory depression and death.
Tramadol is often prescribed because it is considered less addictive than other opioid painkillers, even by some medical professionals. While most painkillers are schedule II substances under the Controlled Substances Act, Tramadol is a schedule IV opioid substance. This means Tramadol is considered by the DEA to have an accepted medical use and lower potential of abuse compared to Schedule III substances such as codeine.
Addiction to tramadol
Tramadol disrupts the body’s natural production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body in response to internal and external triggers such as pain, fear, excitement, physical exercise, and love, among others. After frequent and long-term use of tramadol, patients develop a tolerance. This means that more tramadol is required to get the same effect. This can lead to an individual taking more than prescribed, which in turn can lead to dependency or addiction.
Normally, our body produces just enough endorphins in response to the appropriate stimuli. Once the simulation has ended, the level of endorphins in our body goes back to its normal level. Opioids such as Tramadol suppress this body’s natural production of endorphin and cause the body to produce an additional number of endorphin receptors. The more Tramadol a person introduces into the body, the more receptors are produced. This excess of endorphin receptors demands more stimulation from opioids, creating a never-ending cycle of demand and supply.
A person’s need for endorphin stimulation creates powerful neuro-biological demand for more opioids. Once the level of tramadol goes down between doses, or a person stops taking it altogether, they experience the unpleasant and sometimes severe symptoms of withdrawal.
Tramadol withdrawal symptoms are described as flu-like but can be much more severe. People with chronic pain are likely to become dependent and eventually addicted to tramadol, but people also use tramadol for its euphoric and calming effects. Individuals who abuse Tramadol usually feel relaxed and happy. That, and the ease of obtaining tramadol, are the reasons for its popularity among young people.
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Signs of tramadol addiction and dependence
If you have been using tramadol for a long time and feel any of these symptoms, you may wish to seek help from a tramadol withdrawal treatment:
- Using larger and larger amounts of tramadol to have the desired effects.
- Using Tramadol to relieve nausea, anxiety, sweating, shaking, and other tramadol common withdrawal symptoms.
- Doctor-shopping in order to get enough tramadol for your increased need.
- Being unable to cut back or stop using tramadol when you want.
- Neglecting regular activities you once enjoyed.
- Taking an increased dose of tramadol in spite of its negative effect on your life.
- Taking uncharacteristic risks while under the influence of tramadol.
Tramadol withdrawal symptoms
Long-term use of high doses of tramadol results in physical dependence and eventual withdrawal syndrome when coming off the drug. These include both symptoms typical of opioid withdrawal and those associated with serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) withdrawal.
Standard opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hot and cold flushes
- Muscle cramps;
- Watery discharge from eyes and nose;
Some of the withdrawal symptoms are related to its effect on catecholamine and serotonin receptors. Psychosis is one of the atypical tramadol withdrawal symptoms. It usually subsides a few days after withdrawal symptoms are suppressed.
Atypical symptoms when withdrawing from Tramadol include:
- Panic attacks
- Severe anxiety
- Numbness and tingling in extremities
The increased abuse of tramadol has resulted in an increased number of tramadol withdrawal detox centers. These centers and clinics offer different methods of detox and treatment. One of the most successful methods of tramadol detox and treatment is ANR, or Accelerated Neuroregulation. This method approaches addiction to opioids by addressing the fundamental neuro-pathophysiologic imbalance caused by opiate dependency. The ANR clinic in Florida is now a recognized withdrawal treatment center.
Tramadol withdrawal timeline
In most cases, tramadol withdrawal will start showing symptoms from 12–20 hours after the last dose.
Tramadol’s withdrawal timeline depends on many factors, such as:
- The typical dose.
- The duration of use.
- Additional substance abuse, such as combining tramadol with alcohol.
Tramadol withdrawal lasts longer than that of other opioids. Acute withdrawal symptoms can last seven days or more. Typically they last three to four days for codeine and codeine analogs. Certain psychological symptoms such as depression and a general feeling of unease may last even longer.
The reason behind the debilitating withdrawal symptoms is the body’s craving for endorphins. Without taking more opioids, there are not enough endorphins to fill the newly created receptors. Traditional detox methods only address the symptoms of withdrawal. The only way to really stop the tramadol dependence is to rebalance the endorphin production in the body. Until the endorphin-receptor balance is brought back to its original state, a person will continue to suffer through dependency, detox, relapse, and a disrupted life.
ANR treats the biological root of the dependence and brings the nervous system back into balance. It modulates the receptor-endorphin balance and allows the body to continue its normal endorphin production. At the same time, it metabolizes and eliminates any external opioids.
Re-balancing the body’s cellular, neurochemical, and endorphin-receptor systems can finally stop the biophysical cravings that make an addict crave more tramadol. The advantages of ANR treatment are that it takes place under sedation and frees patients of withdrawal symptoms, as well as their overall dependence on the drug.
Detox from Tramadol
As with other opioids, it is not recommended to stop taking tramadol ‘cold turkey’ once a person is dependent on the drug.
There are three main established types of tramadol detoxification programs:
- Social detox
- Rapid detox
- Medical detox
In social detox, the recovering tramadol user undergoes minimal professional treatment. Social detox mostly focuses on support and encouragement during the initial periods when withdrawal symptoms are most severe. This method does not take into account that tramadol dependency is a physical condition that has to be addressed on the physical level. While social assistance is useful in support of medical detox, in itself, it is not able to solve the problem of dependence on tramadol and the addiction to the drug.
Rapid tramadol detox
Some treatment centers and clinics offer rapid or ultra-rapid detox from opioids like Tramadol. This method involves putting a patient under general anesthesia while they are going through the withdrawal to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms. After the withdrawal symptoms are finished, the patient receives an injection of Vivitrol or Naltrexone, which has to be used continuously after the rapid detox is over.
Rapid tramadol detox
Rapid detox as a therapy method is not effective mostly because of the inappropriate use of Naltrexone, which is an opiate antagonist. Naltrexone is frequently used for the wrong reasons and at the wrong dosages. When rapid detox clinics use Naltrexone, there is often no regard for the unique needs of each individual patient.
Rapid detox treatment was developed by Dr. Waismann in the ‘90s. Due to Dr. Waismann’s success, rapid detox treatment was quickly and widely adopted. It is still being implemented in a range of facilities without the facilities collecting enough information about each patient to perform it safely. As a result, rapid detox has shown some poor results and even some severe complications. Nevertheless, many tramadol withdrawal detox centers using the rapid detox treatment are promoting their services with high levels of success.
While they are still regularly advertised, social detox or rapid detox procedures are being widely replaced by ANR (Accelerated Neuro-Regulation).
Medically assisted detox is conducted with the help of a medically trained staff. Their job is to evaluate, stabilize, and treat withdrawal symptoms through medication, with as much comfort to the patient as possible. Any pain and suffering experienced during this tough period increase the chances of relapse.
In traditional medical detox methods, a patient undergoes a tramadol withdrawal tapering program where the medical staff will assess current usage and begin reducing the dose over the course of days or weeks.
Medical Detox only addresses the secondary effects of the dependency and addiction – the withdrawals.
Thus, making this method un-effective for the long run.
Tramadol addiction treatment through ANR
Dr. Waismann’s ANR treatment eliminates the opioid dependency and it’s symptoms in a matter of hours. ANR addresses the issue of opioid dependency and addiction purely from a modern scientific and medical perspective. During the treatment, neuro-chemical and endorphin-receptors are regulated and modulated to their “pre-addiction” state while the patient is under sedation. A patient goes through physical withdrawal and the process of accelerated neuro-regulation all in the same treatment. The treatment lasts 4-5 hours, and the person is able to leave the medical center the next day.
The main reason for the failure of traditional tramadol treatments is that they do not address the physical causes of the addiction to the drug, only the symptoms.
Dr. Waismann’s Accelerated Neuroregulation reverses both the tramadol dependency and the withdrawal symptoms by addressing the fundamental neuro-pathophysiologic imbalance caused by opioid dependency.
The goal of the ANR method is to return the central nervous system into balance by forcing it to decrease the production of opioid receptors and allowing the body to continue its proper endorphin production. At the same time, the body is metabolizing and elimination unneeded introduced opioids. During the treatment period, under sedation, a patient’s physical withdrawal is progressing, and the accelerated neuro-regulation starts. In about five hours, neuro-chemical and endorphin-receptors are regulated and brought to their “pre-addiction” state. A patient leaves the ANR clinic the next day.
ANR – Accelerated Neuroregulation treatment
Dr. Waismann’s Accelerated Neuroregulation treats both the opioid detox symptoms and drug dependency. ANR reverses dependency on tramadol as well as other opioids such as heroin, methadone, suboxone, Subutex, and other prescription medications. ANR is safe, effective, and humane.
People who develop an opioid dependency have suppressed their natural endorphin production by forcing their nervous system to increase the number of active endorphin/opioid receptors. As the use and abuse of opioids continue, this creates a vicious self-perpetuating cycle. The more opioids a person uses, the more receptors are created, and the more the person needs to increase the amounts of opioids to satisfy their neuro-biochemical demand. A constant craving for drugs develops. Unless the balance is restored to the person’s original, natural production of endorphins, the addict is doomed to a constant struggle for more drugs. This affects their entire life and can end up being fatal.
ANR approaches addiction to opioids from a completely different point of view from most of the mainstream medical community. After a thorough medical exam by a team of physicians, the treatment period begins. ANR treatment lasts about a day and a half and the patient is put under sedation for 4-5 hours. Physical withdrawal from tramadol is induced while under sedation and the process of accelerated neuro-regulation begins. Neuro-chemical and endorphin-receptors are regulated and modulated to their ‘pre-addiction’ state.
The entire process is carefully monitored by an experienced medical crew that includes a physician, an anesthesiologist, and intensive care nurses who are using an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up that displays real-time patient data. The anesthesiologist is continuously observing and reassessing the progress of the therapy and the patient’s physiological status through physical examination. If necessary, they are there to assist the patient with appropriate medication to achieve optimal modulation and regulation at the endorphin-receptor level, the reduction of the withdrawal symptoms, and the lowering of the adrenergic response.
Each patient has a unique response depending on their medical history. People with chronic underlying medical issues such as hypertension or obesity require very different treatment from a healthy person.
This new approach has brought the treatment of the addiction to tramadol and other opioids into a new era. ANR replaces the archaic, outdated conventional approach of detoxification, replacement therapy, and long-term in-house rehabilitation.
So far, Dr. Waismann has successfully treated more than 24,000 patients worldwide. This undoubtedly proves the success of his approach and ANR therapy. ANR is the only treatment used today that addresses the roots of opioid dependency.
Tramadol 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 tramadol 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 tramadol 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 tramadol withdrawal symptoms.