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For those wondering, “Is codeine an opioid?”, the answer is yes, codeine is made from an opioid that occurs naturally in the seed pods of certain opium poppies.
In the United States, codeine is available in the following forms:
If abused, codeine has the potential to become addictive like any other opioid and often requires opioid addiction treatment for sustained sobriety.
Codeine is an opioid that is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. Codeine can also be used in combination with other medications to reduce coughing.
Opiates are natural opioids like codeine, morphine, and heroin. Codeine is both an opiate and an opioid – opioids is an umbrella term that describes all of these substances:
Codeine is classified as a Schedule II narcotic under the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) in the U.S.
You may have codeine prescribed for:
Codeine is an agonist of opioid receptors that eases pain by changing into morphine in the body and attaching to mu-opioid receptors. This mechanism of action serves to block pain and increase feelings of euphoria and relaxation. While codeine can be a highly effective pain reliever when used as directed, it also carries a strong risk of addiction and dependence, especially when used over a prolonged period or at higher doses than recommended.
If you want to know what is in codeine, here are some facts about codeine:
You should only take codeine exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider and never share the medication with others or use it in ways other than directed.
Codeine is available through prescription in the U.S., either as a standalone medication or as a combination product with other medications. Some common medications that contain codeine include:
Codeine can be habit-forming, even when taken as prescribed, and should be used only as directed by a healthcare provider. Misuse or abuse of codeine can lead to addiction, overdose, and other serious health consequences.
Codeine addiction (opioid use disorder) can have devastating effects on an individual’s life, including physical, mental, and social consequences. While some signs of codeine addiction may be easily recognizable, others can be more subtle and challenging to detect. By understanding these signs, you can take the necessary steps to seek professional help and begin the journey to sustained recovery from opioid use disorder.
Codeine addiction can be a challenging condition to identify, especially in the early stages. Look out for these common early indicators of opioid use disorder:
In addition to the behavioral signs, opioid use disorder is associated with the following physical complications:
Some of the physical symptoms above can also be caused by other medical conditions, so consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.
Opioid addiction, including codeine addiction, is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for opioid use disorder can help identify the symptoms of codeine addiction. These criteria include:
Although codeine addiction can have devastating consequences, it is a treatable condition. At Ohio Recovery Centers, we provide personalized treatment programs that combine evidence-based pharmacological, behavioral, and holistic therapies. Our compassionate and experienced team of professionals will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you achieve lasting recovery. Discover how to connect with the help you need for any form of codeine abuse.
At Ohio Recovery Centers, we understand that opioid addiction, including addiction to codeine, can be a challenging and life-altering experience. That’s why we offer personalized treatment programs tailored to help you overcome this addiction and achieve lasting recovery.
Research shows that opioid addictions can be treated successfully with intensive outpatient treatment programs. Our outpatient treatment programs are flexible and affordable, and deliver the same standard of care as inpatient programs. You can choose from our PHPs (partial hospitalization programs), IOPs (intensive outpatient programs), or dual diagnosis treatment programs for co-occurring disorders.
Our compassionate and experienced team of professionals is dedicated to helping you overcome codeine addiction and achieve long-term recovery. We will provide you with the tools and support you need to manage relapse triggers and prevent future drug use.
Don’t let codeine addiction control your life any longer. Contact us today at (877) 679-2132 or online to learn more about our treatment options and take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.
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