Tramadol is a powerful medication that is prescribed for pain relief but it is often misused and abused which can lead to addiction. Tramadol addiction is a serious problem that has been on the rise for the last twenty-five years and in 2020 alone, there were 203 deaths by tramadol poisoning.
Tramadol addiction may seem unbeatable with its powerful cravings and severe tramadol withdrawal symptoms, but with professional guidance and support you can overcome it. Tramadol addiction treatment at a specialist tramadol rehab centre like Liberty House can help you address every aspect of the condition and free you from tramadol addiction once and for all.
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid painkiller that is similar to morphine. It is usually prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief and is available as an oral tablet, extended-release oral tablet, and an injection. Tramadol addiction, a common form of prescription drug addiction, is when you are unable to stop using tramadol despite the negative consequences it is having in your life and it can develop in a number of different ways:
Some people who are prescribed tramadol develop a tolerance to the drug which is when you need to take higher doses to get the same level of pain relief or experience the same high. This can result in you becoming dependent on tramadol whereby you need to take it just to feel “normal”. Dependency also means that your body has become accustomed to having tramadol in its system so you will experience tramadol withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking it. You can develop tramadol dependence even if you use tramadol according to your doctor’s instructions but it is especially common when the drug is misused.
Tramadol addiction can also develop if the drug is taken without a prescription, either for recreation or to self-medicate for other conditions such as anxiety or depression. Here too, you can quickly develop a tolerance where you need more and more tramadol to get the same effects and then become dependent on the drug.
Whatever the route, opiate addiction to drugs such as tramadol can develop extremely quickly due to the potency of the medication. Once you are addicted, it can be very difficult to break free without professional help.
During tramadol rehab, you will start to address the psychological aspects of your addiction and develop the tools and skills you need to maintain your sobriety in the long term.
At Liberty House, we provide inpatient tramadol rehab to all our clients because we believe this is the most effective recovery environment. In inpatient tramadol rehab you will be shielded from any triggers or stressors in your life that may tempt you to relapse and will have time to connect with the staff and other clients.
During tramadol rehab, you will participate in a range of different therapies to address every facet of your addiction. At Liberty House, these include:
While tramadol rehab addresses the psychological aspects of addiction, you will also need to undergo tramadol detox. This is when you stop taking tramadol and allow your body to rid itself of the toxins in the drug. Tramadol detox is very important because it will break your physical dependence on tramadol so you can focus on the psychological aspects of your tramadol addiction.
During detox, you will experience tramadol withdrawal symptoms as your body adjusts to being without the drug. Tramadol withdrawal symptoms will usually begin within eight to twenty-four hours since your last use and can take a few days or up to a couple of weeks depending on the severity of your addiction, how long you have been taking tramadol and your overall health.
Tramadol withdrawal symptoms can include:
At Liberty House, our team of experienced medical professionals will give you a full medical assessment before you begin inpatient tramadol detox to devise a detox plan that is right for you. This will usually involve tapering your dose down gradually over a period of days or weeks to minimise the severity of tramadol withdrawal symptoms. Our team will also provide 24/7 support and monitoring throughout your detox to ensure your safety and comfort.
After you have completed tramadol detox and rehab, it is important to continue your recovery journey with an aftercare programme. This will help to reduce your risk of relapse and provide you with ongoing support as you adjust to life without tramadol. Liberty House provides all our clients with weekly group therapy sessions for a year after they leave rehab. This enables us to extend the sense of community we create in tramadol rehab and ensure that you are never alone struggling during difficult moments.
Those who are most at risk of developing tramadol addiction include the following people:
Many people don’t understand that addiction can be incredibly manipulative and will do everything in its power to prevent you from getting the help you need. The first step in overcoming tramadol addiction is admitting that you need help. The fact you are reading this page indicates that you are aware there is an issue, but here are some questions to ask yourself which can be further signs of tramadol addiction:
If you have answered yes to any of the above, you may need tramadol addiction treatment. Liberty House has helped many people with tramadol addiction to get their lives back on track and we can help you do the same.
Tramadol abuse and addiction can cause a range of physical, psychological, and social problems including:
Mental and psychological effects:
If you are ready to start your recovery journey, the first step is to reach out and ask for help. The team at Liberty House are here to support you every step of the way and can answer any questions you may have about getting started with tramadol addiction treatment. Get in touch with us today and we will help you take the first and most important step towards long-term tramadol recovery.