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The initial step on every journey of addiction recovery is admission to a medically assisted detoxification center. Those who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for any period of time almost always undergo some degree of withdrawal upon abrupt cessation of use. More often than not, the symptoms of withdrawal will lead a person back to substance use before the detoxification process is over. This is part of the reason why entering into an inpatient detox program is so important. At Immersion Recovery Center we provide a comprehensive detox program; one that focuses on more than a safe, pain-free drug and alcohol withdrawal. In addition to providing around the clock medical care, we actively prepare our clients for the next appropriate stage of their personal recovery journeys. During Tramadol detox, we conduct an individualized, in-depth evaluation, which helps us determine the length of our clients stay, what kind of medical intervention is necessary, and the next step for each client once they become physically stabilized.

If you or someone you love has been suffering from a Tramadol use disorder, detox is an important initial step, and we are available to help. At Immersion Recovery Center we effectively treat the physical and psychological symptoms associated with Tramadol withdrawal, making the entire detox process as comfortable as possible from start to finish. We utilize a combination of evidence-based medications, therapeutic practices and holistic treatment methods to provide the most integrated and effective care available. To learn more about our program of Tramadol detox or to learn more about our multi-staged addiction treatment program as a whole, contact us today.

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol is a commonly prescribed medication most frequently used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Because it is habit forming and has a particularly high potential for misuse, Tramadol is typically only prescribed to be taken short-term, in the case of an invasive surgical procedure or after a serious injury. Tramadol typically comes in the form of a tablet which is taken orally. However, the medication can also be administered in liquid form, or as an intravenous injection — though Tramadol is only injected in a hospital setting. The opioid analgesic medication has several brand name variations, including Ultram, Ultram ER, Invodol, Larapam, Mabron, Maneo, Marol, Maxitram and Conzip, among others.

The medication begins to work within 30 minutes, binding with opioid receptors in the brain and interfering with pain signals. Because the half-life of the medication is fairly short, withdrawal symptoms set in quickly – within several hours after the final dose. If a person has been taking Tramadol for a prolonged period of time or if they have been taking the medication in higher doses than recommended, they will develop a tolerance. Once a tolerance builds, symptoms of withdrawal will develop once use is stopped abruptly. Contact Immersion Recovery Center today to learn more.

Tramadol Addiction Facts & Statistics

Rates of Tramadol misuse throughout the U.S. have been on the rise, mostly due to high prescription rates. According to one study which collected data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between the years 2002 and 2017, roughly 4 percent of all Americans who had been prescribed the medication for a legitimate medical condition went on to develop a Tramadol use disorder. The study reads, “Starting in 2015, NSDUH collected data on reported past-year misuse among individuals reporting past-year use of oral tramadol, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. An estimated 1.6 to 1.8 million Americans reported any (alone or in combination) past-year misuse of oral tramadol, versus 0.5 to 0.7 million for morphine, 3.8 to 4.3 million for oxycodone, 6.2 to 7.1 million for hydrocodone during the 3-year period.”

While rates of Tramadol misuse are lower than rates of oxycodone and hydrocodone misuse, opioid misuse and dependence as a whole still affects millions of Americans on an annual basis. If you or someone you love has been misusing Tramadol or any other prescription painkiller, Immersion Recovery Center is available to help. Contact us today for more information.

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Signs & Symptoms of Tramadol Addiction

If you believe you or someone you love has been suffering from a diagnosable Tramadol use disorder, there are several signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) outlines a list of diagnostic criteria used to identify the presence of a Tramadol use disorder. If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, seeking professional help from a medical detox center is likely a good idea.

  1. Do you sometimes end up using a higher dose of Tramadol than you originally intended, or do you use Tramadol more frequently than you intend to?
  2. Have you wanted to cut back on your dose or quit entirely, only to find you were unable to do so for any significant period of time?
  3. Do you spend a significant amount of time obtaining Tramadol, using Tramadol and recovering from its effects?
  4. Do you often think of using Tramadol/do you ever experience intense cravings?
  5. Has your drug use interfered with your ability to fulfill personal obligations or negatively impacted your performance at work or at school?
  6. Have you experienced interpersonal problems as a direct result of your Tramadol use?
  7. Have you given up activities which were once interesting or important to you in order to engage in Tramadol use?
  8. Have you been engaging in risk-taking activities more often than normal, like driving while under the influence of Tramadol or combining Tramadol with other substances like alcohol or opioid narcotics?
  9. Do you continue to use Tramadol despite physical or psychological health concerns directly related to the prescription medication?
  10. Have you developed a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose is required in order for the desired effects to be achieved?
  11. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when Tramadol use is stopped abruptly?

Tramadol Withdrawal Signs & Symptoms

There are both physical and psychological symptoms associated with Tramadol withdrawal. The severity and duration of the symptoms will vary on a person-to-person basis, but most people can expect the same general symptoms.

The Physical Symptoms of Tramadol Withdrawal

The most common physical symptoms of Tramadol withdrawal include:

  • Flu-like symptoms including runny nose, low-grade fever, upset stomach, chills and body aches.
  • Profuse sweating/night sweats.
  • Persistent headaches.
  • Uncontrollable shaking/body tremors.
  • Severe stomach cramping.
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Sleeplessness and insomnia.
  • Increased blood pressure or heart rate.

The Psychological Symptoms of Tramadol Withdrawal

The most common psychological symptoms of Tramadol withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety and panic attack.
  • Depressed mood.
  • Mood swings, typically characterized by irritability and agitation.
  • Confusion and disorientation.
  • Intense opioid cravings.

Length of Tramadol Withdrawal

How long do the symptoms associated with Tramadol withdrawal last? In most cases, symptoms begin within 12 to 24 hours after the final use and resolve within a week. The more severe physical symptoms almost always resolve within 7 days, though symptoms associated with post-acute withdrawal can last for several months — or an entire year. Symptoms of post-acute opioid withdrawal might include anxiety, depression or cravings.

Tramadol withdrawal and Tramadol detox

Is Tramadol Detox Always Necessary?

Many people who misuse prescription painkillers mistakenly believe they can detox on their own, in a home setting. While the physical symptoms associated with opioid detox are rarely life-threatening, the drug cravings associated with Tramadol withdrawal often lead a person back to use before the detox process has come to an end. In an inpatient detox center, you or your loved one will have access to around-the-clock medical supervision and therapeutic care. Cravings associated with opioid withdrawal might be treated with an FDA-approved medication if they are particularly severe and disruptive. Physical symptoms will be treated with bedrest, nutritious food and non-narcotic pain medications and sleep aids. The psychological symptoms of withdrawal will be treated with individual, group and family therapy, as well as dual diagnosis treatment options whenever necessary. In the case of Tramadol withdrawal, medical detox is almost always a necessary first step on every individualized treatment journey.

Treatment Options for Tramadol Withdrawal

The best treatment options for your unique case depend on several factors, including:

  • What dose of Tramadol you were taking on a daily or near daily basis.
  • Whether or not you were combining Tramadol with other chemical substances.
  • The duration and severity of your substance use disorder.
  • The presence of any underlying physical or psychiatric health conditions.
  • Your age, body weight and gender.

In most cases, the symptoms associated with Tramadol withdrawal can be effectively treated with a combination of rest, relaxation, over-the-counter pain relievers, non-addictive sleep aids and behavioral therapy. However, if a person has a history of seizures or another major medical condition, additional medications might become necessary.

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Medications Used for Tramadol Withdrawal

The most common medications used for Tramadol withdrawal are sleep aids and over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. However, the following medications might also be used to help alleviate more severe physical symptoms and reduce overwhelming drug cravings:

  • Buprenorphine – This long-acting partial opioid agonist attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, mimicking the effects of Tramadol in order to reduce physical symptoms of withdrawal. Although buprenorphine does not result in a “high” the same way prescription painkillers might, use is closely monitored by a prescribing physician in a medical detox setting.
  • Naltrexone – This medication is an opioid antagonist, one that actively reduces the drug cravings which often lead to relapse. It is important to note that Naltrexone is only effective after all traces of Tramadol have been removed from the system.

Long-Term Tramadol Addiction Recovery

At Immersion Recovery Center we break our medical detox program down into three distinct stages: evaluation, stabilization and preparation. Upon admission to our detox program each client undergoes a detailed and in-depth addiction assessment, or evaluation. We ask a series of pertinent questions, including:

  • What type of substance/substances were being used, and for how long?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed or treated for an underlying mental or physical condition, such as a mental illness or chronic health concern?
  • Have you undergone treatment for a substance use disorder in the past?
  • What dose of Tramadol were you taking on a daily basis?

The questions we ask during the initial assessment help our clinical and medical team determine which detox methods are the most appropriate for each unique case. Next, we focus our attention on physical stabilization. Clients are able to relax in their private or semi-private bedrooms, and they have the opportunity to participate in group workshops and behavioral therapy sessions if they are feeling up to doing so. The physical and psychological symptoms of Tramadol withdrawal are treated as soon as they develop, seeing as our team of licensed medical professionals are available 24-hours a day. Our main priority is making the Tramadol detox process as comfortable as possible. Once physical stabilization has been achieved, clients make a smooth transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care. In most cases, this means transitioning into a residential inpatient treatment center.

At Immersion Recovery Center we offer a multi-staged program of recovery, which includes:

Long-term Tramadol addiction recovery is always possible. With an individualized and effective treatment program in place, even the most severe cases of Tramadol addiction can be overcome. Contact us today to learn more or to get started with our simple and straightforward admissions process.

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Immersion Recovery Center provides a licensed, individualized and integrated detox program to people of all ages who have been struggling with addictive disorders of all types and severities. We offer a step-down curriculum of clinical care, designed to help our clients make a smooth and seamless transition from medical detox into the next level of care, and eventually back into independent living. We understand how difficult it might seem to choose the best drug and alcohol detox in Florida for your unique personal needs. Fortunately, we are available to help make the decision easier. The moment you contact us, either directly through our website or over the phone, you are put in touch with one of our experienced and compassionate Treatment Advisors. They ask a short series of questions, ultimately helping you determine which level of care is the most appropriate for your unique case. If we believe our program is a good fit we conduct a free, no obligation insurance benefit check and facilitate local travel to our Delray Beach, Florida treatment center. Contact us today to begin.

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