Codeine Addiction & Detox Treatment

What is Codeine Addiction?

Codeine belongs to the pain medication of the opiate family of drugs. It is FDA-approved for pain and is a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning that it has a high risk of abuse, dependence, and addiction. Codeine is typically used to treat mild to moderate degrees of pain receptors in the body.

Codeine exhibits a more significant effect if combined with paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. When consumed, codeine works in some brain regions and the Central Nervous System (CNS) to decrease the level of pain. Codeine is also used to treat diarrhea and suppress coughing.

Avatar Residential Detox Center focuses its efforts on helping you overcome codeine addiction or codeine dependence by treating the root cause.

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Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms, Signs, Detox & Treatment

Codeine and Pop Culture

Codeine use is favorably seen in pop culture through hip-hop and rap songs, which means that this culture is highly glamorized. A study even shows that there are Instagram posts that glamorize the codeine culture, making several researchers worry that this culture would eventually be normalized. Codeine-related deaths increased from 3.5 per million in 2000 to 8.7 per million in 2009

Don’t get carried away by Pop Culture. Lead a Codeine addiction-free life. Be happy and healthy with Avatar’s codeine detox treatment plans.

Effects of Codeine on Your Body

Codeine helps to lower and reduce pain. Codeine will help relieve symptoms but will not treat the cause of symptoms or speed recovery.

When codeine is used to treat pain, it works by changing how the brain and nervous system respond to pain.

Codeine can bind itself to the receptors present in the brain (opioid receptors) that transmit the sensation of pain throughout the body. It helps in increasing tolerance to pain and reducing distress. Codeine also depresses breathing and causes sedation and drowsiness.

Common Street names for Codeine

There are many medicines that contain codeine as an ingredient, especially ones used to treat coughs. Codeine is also known by various street names, many of which reference its liquid formulations that include Captain Cody, Cod, Lean, Schoolboy, Sizzurp, Purple Drank With glutethimide, Doors & Fours, Loads, Pancakes, and Syrup.

Looking for Signs of Codeine Abuse

There are specific common effects of codeine consumption, and that includes:

  • Changes in pupil size (dilated eyes, dilated pupils)
  • Different eating habits
  • Relationship problems
  • Missing deadlines
  • Having legal problems
  • Changes in friends or hobbies
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Changes to a person’s sleep schedule
  • Runny nose
  • Avoiding responsibilities
  • Showing financial strain

Codeine addiction severely impacts one’s behavioral health. Codeine comes under the opiate family of drugs, and opioid overdose is extremely common. In 2019, Naloxone, which is combined with codeine and also increases codeine misuse, sold under the brand name Narcan was used more than 14,000 times in New Jersey. 

Signs of a Codeine Overdose

A person overdosing on codeine may show the following signs:

  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Itchiness
  • Lightheadedness

How do you identify a Codeine Addiction?

Especially with a drug like codeine, substance abuse or substance use disorders can be easily found as the person starts to struggle with addiction. These warning signs show up in a person’s mood (mood swings), behavior, and physical appearance.

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Faster heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hot or cold flushes

Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal may have both psychological and physical symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Negative emotions, such as depression, anger, or irritability
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Headaches
  • Sinus congestion and sneezing
  • Digestive problems, such as diarrhea, bloating, and constipation
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Intense muscle aches
  • Bone and joint aches and pains

Symptoms of codeine withdrawal can be life-threatening if not taken care of under expert medical supervision. Avatar detox center in NJ offers structured and customized codeine detox plans for safe detox from codeine and relapse prevention.

Tapering Off Opioids: When and How?

Some reasons to taper off opioid medications are:

  • If you experience severe side effects (e.g., constipation, fatigue, cognitive impairment) that interfere with daily activities

  • If you’re not able to comply with the prescribed treatment plan
  • If other health issues increase your risk of being on long-term opioid medication (e.g., sleep apnea, liver or kidney disease, high-fall chances)

  • If there’s evidence of substance abuse or abnormal behavior

What a safe opioid taper involves?

A medical detox treatment plan is the best way to taper off opioids like codeine, as a home remedy is no substitute for professional help.

  • Regular monitoring of pulse, blood pressure, and temperature.
  • Urine or blood samples to check the type and amount of medication or other substances in your system.
  • Introducing other pain therapies as needed.
  • Prescribing different medications to help manage withdrawal signs and symptoms such as sleep, appetite, and mood disturbances.

We help you taper off opioids safely by creating custom opioid detox treatment plans based on your addiction assessment, medical profile, and needs.

How does Codeine Addiction Happen?

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Codeine is generally administered through the mouth, and its effect lasts for about four to six hours. Codeine, a less potent drug found in opium but can be synthesized (human-made), was first isolated in 1830 in France by Pierre Jean Robiquet. Codeine is among many other opiates or narcotics on the World Health Organization’s Essential List of Medicines.
Codeine with acetaminophen comes as a tablet and liquid to treat pain, which is FDA approved and a Schedule III controlled substance. It is a combination that comes as a tablet and liquid that are FDA-approved for pain. It is a Schedule III controlled substance. Other varieties include codeine with butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine with butalbital, acetaminophen, and caffeine, which are FDA approved to treat headaches.
One can become addicted to codeine even if it is consumed in a combination.

Codeine is a potent and highly addictive drug. Over time, when a person is used to consuming codeine, he/she starts adapting to the drug and develops tolerance. When this happens, your body needs more and more of the drug to feel the same pain relief or other desired effects.
Tolerance to codeine may seem less addictive for a person, but the person has developed a codeine addiction. As one’s body becomes more and more tolerant of codeine, the person frequently needs codeine in their body for it to work correctly. If codeine use is stopped suddenly, it can lead to disastrous side-effects and withdrawal.

Codeine Addiction Treatment in Drug Treatment Centers NJ

At Avatar Residential Detox Center NJ, we provide a range of drug detox treatments and specialty therapies to help patients in the Codeine addiction treatment plans/opioid addiction treatment services, which help with their symptoms and help them lead an addiction-free life.

Inpatient Detox Treatment

At Avatar, we continuously follow just inpatient treatment programs customized explicitly for every patient. Detoxification would be our first step towards a patient’s recovery. The patients get to stay at our facility with all the amenities provided to them by our trusted medical professionals.

This prevents the patients from any distractions whatsoever and also diminishes the potential for relapse. Our drug addiction treatment for prescription drugs also includes behavioral therapy to help our patients remain sober longer.

Medication-assisted Detox

We have opioid detox treatment at Avatar Residential Detox Center NJ where we have medications provided to the patients depending on the level of dependence on codeine or the severity of substance abuse. The team of medical professionals at Avatar drug treatment facilities NJ discusses various medication combinations to ward off morphine addiction from your system and keep you sober. Methadone or buprenorphine can be used to treat Codeine addiction.

Dual Diagnosis

Many people who go through codeine addiction or abuse are also colored with mental illnesses like Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and PTSD. Our dual diagnosis program addresses both concerns of codeine addiction and mental health issues. 

Aftercare planning

At Avatar, once the rehab is complete, we then conduct aftercare sessions with our patients. Medical professionals at Avatar develop the most suitable and personalized aftercare plans based on patients’ unique needs that essentially aid in combating codeine abuse.

Avatar Residential Detox Center accept all major insurances such as Molina, BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, CareFirst, Anthem Health, and more. You can easily verify your insurance coverage. You need not worry even if you don’t have insurance.
Avatar also offers customized flexible self-pay options for all our treatments. For our patients who can not drive to the location, we provide door-to-door pickup and drop services. If our patients require hospitalization during their time at Avatar, we also offer free pick up and drop off for the hospital visits.


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