Tramadol is an opiate agonist which means that it works by changing the way the body senses pain. It is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol is offered two ways: the regular tablet is usually taken with or without food every four to six hours as needed, and the extended-release tablet should only be used by people who are expected to need medication to consistently relieve pain for a long time.
Is Someone You Know Addicted to Tramadol?
Because Tramadol can be habit-forming, it is recommended that one does not take a larger dose, take the prescribed dose more often, or take Tramadol for a longer period of time than prescribed by a doctor.
Some indicators that a loved one may be addicted to Tramadol are an escalation of use, the compulsion to seek out and consume the drug, and a strong craving for the drug that can only be soothed by taking it. The most obvious indication of a physical addiction to Tramadol is if that person is experiencing the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Trouble sleeping
- Breathing problems
You may also need to watch for overdose symptoms that there is a Tramadol abuse problem, including:
- Decreased size of the pupil
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme drowsiness
- Heart attack
The federal government estimates that some 46 million Americans (age 12 and up), or nearly 20% of the US population, have abused prescription medications such as Tramadol at least once.
Should you suspect that someone you know needs Tramadol abuse help, the first thing you would do is confirm this suspicion by conducting a screening, which is a series of questions about the amount and frequency of using Tramadol and the consequences it may be causing. If you feel like you cannot do this yourself, you can seek the assistance of a physician in a hospital or an office, a nurse, a clinical social worker, or a licensed substance abuse counselor.
If the addiction is confirmed, the next step would be to request a health professional to conduct what is referred to as a brief intervention, during which people receive feedback on their substance use based on the screening results. The recommendation is to cut back or stop using Tramadol. If the addict is ready to cut down, the health care professional will assist by setting a goal that will lead to lower consumption. Addicts are also advised to think about why they use and how their lives will change by lowering their use. People who want to stop substance use will most likely be referred for additional evaluation or Tramadol treatment therapy.
Treatment for Tramadol Addiction
The first step of rehab is a Tramadol detox. This is the time when the user goes through withdrawal symptoms while the body adjusts to functioning without Tramadol. Withdrawal symptoms can be difficult and uncomfortable, but medical professionals at a rehab facility can alleviate some of the pain and monitor the patient for safety. After detox is complete, there are a number of effective options for treating the behavioral and psychological effects of Tramadol addiction.
Tramadol Intervention Help
Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Tramadol addiction, treatment, and interventions. Recovery is within reach. Call now at 888-371-5704.