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One of the newer opioid-based prescription drugs in the medical field is tramadol. Many medical professionals believe that tramadol is a safer alternative to other painkillers, but there is still a possibility of tramadol addiction. Explore the signs of addiction, its causes and how to treat it.
To start, it should be noted that not all those who use tramadol become addicted to the drug. In fact, many users who are administered tramadol use it carefully under medical supervision, stop consumption after a few days and don’t experience cravings. However, others may suffer from an addiction to tramadol.
Identifying a tramadol addiction can be done in three ways: Noticing outright use of the drug over an extended period of time, seeing changes to health and seeing changes to behavior. The most obvious of the three, of course, is seeing individuals using tramadol for weeks or months at a time. Tramadol is not intended to be a long-term drug, so anyone using it as such is probably doing so without medical supervision and is likely to be addicted.
An addiction to tramadol can also cause some noticeable physical side effects that make it easier to spot. Some of these physical symptoms and signs of an addiction to tramadol can include the following:
An addiction to tramadol can also cause some very noticeable changes in behavior, personality or appearance. Individuals who once made an effort to look clean and stylish, for example, may now appear unkempt on a regular basis. People who were once friendly and outgoing might avoid social interactions and make excuses about not attending family events. Drastic changes in behavior and interactions, when combined with consistent tramadol use, can definitely point to abuse and possibly addiction.
Trying to pinpoint the specific causes of an addiction to tramadol can be challenging. Addiction is an illness, and it is caused by a myriad of factors as well as cultural environment.
Some individuals are genetically prone to becoming addicted to substances like tramadol. There is still research to be done in this field, but there is no denying a genetic component that means addiction is likely to be found in family clusters. Other factors leading to addiction may include consumption at a young age, mental health conditions and social environment.
On a more specific level, addictions to tramadol are increasing because opiate consumption as a whole is increasing. As more and more doctors prescribe tramadol and similar prescription painkillers, accessibility increases as well. There is also an overall lack of awareness surrounding the addictive nature of tramadol and the importance of limiting use when prescriptions are offered.
Anyone struggling with a tramadol addiction needs to seek out addiction treatment and rehab. Attempting to treat an addiction alone is dangerous, and in many cases it will also be ineffective.
The treatment process will begin with a detox, where withdrawal symptoms can be mitigated by medical professionals in a formal facility. Then, rehab programs can target the root causes of addiction. By using evidenced-based treatment methods like behavioral therapy and group counseling along with holistic approaches like sober living facilities and fitness therapy, patients can embrace sobriety and live happier, healthier lives as a result.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a tramadol addiction, finding an accredited rehab facility is key. Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville FL, may be the right choice. Call us at 866.605.0532 to learn about availability and how Beaches Recovery can help you say goodbye to addiction.