Codeine Crackdown to Shakedown Blameless Addicts
The Australian government will ban over the counter sales of all products that contain codeine from February 1st. Consequently, this means people must go to the doctor to be prescribed this substance. Many countries such as the UK and the USA already strictly regulate medicines containing codeine because of its addictive qualities and potential for abuse.
It might seem wild to suggest that someone could be addicted to something without knowing it. However, this is a real possibility, especially when a substance is easily and legally obtained. In fact, most people addicted to this common painkiller do not even know – they are secret addicts. So clandestine in fact that they do not even know themselves. They have no idea they are completely dependent upon codeine until they are deprived of it.
What is Codeine?
Codeine is an opiate pain reliever and cough suppressant. Moreover, a small amount of codeine is synthesised into morphine in the body. Doctors do not know the exact chemical mechanism of codeine but they do know it binds to the opiate receptors in the brain. It effectively increases the tolerance of pain and decreases discomfort. Additionally, codeine causes sedation, drowsiness and depresses the breathing. Many preparations of codeine also include aspirin or acetaminophen to increase effective pain relief.
Why do people use Codeine?
Many people who use products containing codeine for health issues like back pain, migraines, period pain, dental pain or cold and flu. After February 1st they will be unable to obtain these and will have to go to the doctor to get access to them. While the medical profession recognises this as one of the safest and most effective forms of narcotic pain relief it can nevertheless be abused and lead to codeine addiction.
Who gets Addicted to codeine?
Frankly, anyone who uses codeine or any other opiate based prescription pain medication can become addicted. The likelihood of a problem with the drug may depend on varied outside factors such as length of use, age, amount used, unrelated trauma, family history of addiction or the occurrence of another mental health disorder. On the other hand sometimes addiction just happens. For codeine addicts, many are prescribed a strong preparation at the time of an accident or illness and then move to over the counter medicines. They become addicted through no fault of their own. This can be similar with other forms of prescription medication such as Xanax, OxyContin and fentanyl.
Signs of Codeine Addiction
There are some key signs which might show that you or someone you love has a problem with codeine addiction:
• Codeine addicts will have a compulsion to use the drug with no real explanation. They will also lack self-control over the frequency and amount taken.
• Those with an addiction to codeine may suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms.
• Many codeine abusers have a tolerance need higher and more frequent doses to get the same effect
• People start to neglect things like personal hygiene and appearance because they are no longer important.
• Even when the codeine addict knows the facts regarding the effects of long-term codeine use, he continues to use the drug anyway and denies how bad it is.
• Doctor shopping or repeated requests for codeine prescriptions
• Potential liver or kidney damage
• Gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, nausea and abdominal pain.
• Low blood pressure, low heart rate
• Vision problems
• Prolonged depression
• Sexual dysfunction.
Speak to an Addiction Professional
If you recognise any of these symptoms, there is a strong possibility of codeine addiction. If you or somebody you love exhibits any or all of these, it is a good idea to seek the advice of a drug treatment centre or addiction expert right away. Often doctors, however good they are, do not understand addiction in quite the same way as professionals who deal with it on a daily basis and have first-hand lived experience.
Codeine addiction ruins lives
It may be hard to believe but codeine addiction can actually be life threatening. You can do significant damage to the liver and other vital organs that could result in loss of life. Unlike addiction to prescription drugs, frequently codeine prescription abuse develops slowly over a long period of time. On the other hand, the sooner addiction is identified and treated the greater the chances of a happy and fulfilled life.
Addiction to any drug and even something as innocuous as codeine ruins the lives of the person with the problem and potentially those around them too. It can adversely affect relationships with family members, friends and co-workers.
Get help today!
The good news is that codeine addiction can be overcome with proper therapy, counselling and intervention. If you are concerned that you or someone close to you is addicted to codeine help is at hand. Seasons Bali has a proven and effective solution to addiction to prescription and legal drugs. Call one of our experts today to find out exactly how we can help build the path to a new life free from addiction.
Call +61 398045757 or free phone 1800 288 34 to talk to someone today.