The trouble with Tramadol is that users often underestimate its power. Being one of the least potent opiates, many users begin taking Tramadol believing it is not addictive, but seeing as we’re here, we know that not to be true.
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Tramadol addiction – substance information
A Tramadol addiction “can happen in a relatively young and otherwise healthy patient with no psychiatric or substance abuse history.” – Source.
- What is it? Tramadol is a synthetic painkiller that has similar properties to other opiates and opioid drugs like morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl. Available by prescription in the UK to treat severe pain, the low-level opioid still shows high addiction potential and should be regarded cautiously.
- Street names: Chill Pills, Trammies, Ultras.
- Signs of drug abuse: Slurred speech, impaired coordination, changes in appetite, pinpoint pupils, sweating
- Poly-use (common substance combinations): “Numerous reports indicate that the co-abuse of opioids and BZDs are ubiquitous around the world… Though the possibility remains that opioid (ab)users are using BZDs therapeutically to self-medicate anxiety, mania or insomnia, the data reviewed in this paper suggest that BZD use is primarily recreational.” Source.
- Side effects: Headaches, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, muscle aches, depression. Research from WHO concluded that Tramadol creates a similar craving response to oxycodone.
- Long-term medical: Tramadol misuse has the potential to lead to severe adverse reactions like seizures. The risk of seizures is also heightened when taking Tramadol with antidepressants. The danger of Tramadol medically is the risk of CNS depression, where the central nervous system slows down, decreasing the heart and breathing rate leading to a loss of consciousness, and potentially death.
- Withdrawal: Those physically dependent on Tramadol will experience withdrawal symptoms when reducing their dose too quickly, or ceasing to use altogether. Symptoms of withdrawal usually last for 5-7 days. However, those taking higher doses of Tramadol for longer periods tend to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms that will require an inpatient, medically-supervised detox.
Addiction treatment: Tramadol rehab
Here at Smarmore Castle, the first step on the road to recovery is with a Tramadol detoxification. A medically-managed and assisted detox is the safest detox approach as the patient will be under doctor supervision for 24/7 – this is to ensure that withdrawal symptoms do not lead to life-threatening complications.
Smarmore Castle’s inpatient, residential facility provides professional, high-quality care that gives those battling Tramadol addiction the best chance at recovery.
Features of Smarmore’s recovery programme
A successful addiction programme like ours here at Smarmore Castle includes open mindfulness, imagination and commitment.
Overview of rehabilitation service:
- Recommended minimum stay of 28 days
- Medically managed and supervised detoxes lasting up to 2 weeks to cope with an intense withdrawal process
- Dual diagnosis assessments and mental health support
- Intensive, personalised individual therapy (CBT, DBT, EMDR)
- Daily group therapies, relationship management & family therapy
- Workshops, learning and 12-step facilitation
- Food, diet and physical exercise management
- Aftercare & outpatient therapy sessions for 12 months
- Cognitive, emotional and compassionate empathy
What you’ll learn
- Discover triggers for your Tramadol addiction
- Learn healthy coping mechanisms that encourage long-term sobriety
- How to manage feelings of anxiety and depression safely and comfortably without drugs
- How to turn empathy inwards
- What fuels addiction and how it works
- A high level of self-awareness that will help you to acknowledge your needs at all times
- Maintain harmonious relationships, minimise stress and enhance emotional intelligence
- How to talk about your feelings and deal with difficult emotions to maintain good mental health
- Self-acceptance, how to value yourself and overcome self-esteem issues
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Detox safely – overdose prevention
Inpatient detox is often medically recommended as withdrawal from Tramadol can result in an extremely uncomfortable withdrawal syndrome called discontinuation syndrome.
Symptoms may be represented as depression, shivering, hallucinations, aggression, tingling, anxiety, tremors and insomnia. By patients, these symptoms have been reported as disturbing.
As an inpatient facility, Smarmore Castle has a reputable rehab programme that is able to provide experienced support for detoxification from Tramadol. Our professionals understand the challenges of detoxification from an addictive opioid-like this and can help provide the essential medical support required to minimise your symptoms.
Our support can include pharmacological treatment that will help assist in reducing the uncomfortable sensations described above. Following detox, you will enter a dedicated therapy programme that will help you to manage cravings and learn how to recover from Tramadol sustainably.
Is an intervention necessary?
Interventions for users hooked on Tramadol should be carefully planned and executed – the inclusion of a professional is not a bad idea.
Sometimes, Tramadol addicted users do not realise they have a problem or could be in denial about their drug abuse. But approaching the topic of addiction requires a special approach.
It is not uncommon for Tramadol dependent users to feel ambushed or react defensively in the face of an intervention. Here, the help of one of our interventionists at Smarmore Castle can prepare you and your loved one for every possible reaction and every possible barrier to recovery.
Our interventionists will help guide you, and your loved one through the rehab process, educate them about their addiction and be the helpful ear when they need it the most. From here, we usually escort people to treatment, ensuring they get there safely and comfortably.
Make a conscious choice to be present
This is your time to be heard and break free from a life ruled and dictated by addiction. Now is the time to create meaningful, helpful connections that will motivate you towards a life of recovery and emotional fulfilment. Today is the day to increase your understanding and open dialogue.
Make the conscious today to be present, realise where you are and muster the courage to invite happiness back into your life, because you deserve it. We all do.
For help recovering from Tramadol addiction, talk to us here at Smarmore Castle, we know exactly what to do, let us take it from here.
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Last updated & clinically assessed 22 April, 2022