How to Overcome Tramadol Cravings
Cravings are part of the withdrawal symptoms for tramadol. Whether you have been discharged from primary treatment or have never been through rehab, cravings are a troubling side effect of stopping tramadol consumption.
Prescription Tramadol Cravings
If you have been prescribed tramadol and are experiencing cravings, do not take more than you were originally prescribed. Cravings are among the first signs of tolerance and physical dependence – dependence is when the body becomes accustomed to the amount of tramadol regularly coming in and develops withdrawal symptoms when the usual chemicals are no longer present. Talk to your doctor about switching medications or making a Gradual Detox plan. Gradual Detox will slowly take you off tramadol, dose by dose, until withdrawal symptoms – cravings included – are manageable or nonexistent.
Tramadol Cravings after Rehabilitation
Going through rehab and dealing with the physical effects of tramadol addiction is a temporary fix because battling the psychological addiction will be an ongoing process. Most rehab facilities encourage you to stay in touch with support groups and therapist. Aftercare is a big part of rehab and can help you deal with tramadol cravings. One of the most important things you can do is continue treatment and follow it through to the end. Don’t hesitate to contact a call center agent for support and encouragement or even readmission to relapse prevention rehab treatments.
Tramadol Addiction Cravings
Don’t go through addiction alone. If you have never had treatment and are still using tramadol it is very likely that you are addicted and your addiction is getting worse, more uncontrollable. Often, the intensity of tramadol cravings is directly in proportion to the dosage amount. As your addiction progress so will the tramadol cravings. Please seek help.
Tips for Dealing with Cravings
The following are tips for dealing with tramadol cravings:
- • While under professional medical help a medication called buprenorphine may be used to help ease withdrawal symptoms.
- • Call someone you can trust as soon as possible – a call center agent, a support group member, family or friends, a rehab therapist.
- • Get physically active. Letting the pent up energy you are focusing on cravings come out through exercise can help you avoid relapse.
- • Change your environment. This may be a long term change because people, places or activities you associated with while using could be triggering strong, psychological cravings.
- • Remember the consequences. Keep in mind what a negative impact turning back to addiction will have on your life.
- • Set small goals in little chunks. Tell yourself you can go through a few more minutes without tramadol, and then a few more, and then a few more until the cravings alleviate.
- • Don’t forget to utilize the skills you learned in rehab treatments to deal with relapse-triggers like tramadol cravings. Feel free to contact your rehab center for other tips to deal with cravings.
Let Us Help You Overcome Tramadol Cravings
If you are feeling the pressure of tramadol withdrawal symptoms and need someone to talk to, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. No matter when you need help, we are ready to answer your call. Remember, if you need rehab, insurance may be able to cover your treatment costs.