Codeine is an opioid painkiller. This is because codeine is synthesised from the opium poppy plant. Codeine is used to treat mildly severe pain such as back pain and diarrhoea. Codeine is legal in the United Kingdom and sold ‘over the counter’.

Popular brands of painkiller containing codeine include Nurofen Plus and Co-codamol. Codeine is generally combined with other drugs such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen. For this reason, codeine is referred to as a ‘drug synergy’. The World Health Organisation estimates codeine to be the most commonly used drug worldwide.

Rise of codeine addiction

Because of its habit-forming properties, codeine manufacturers recommend the drug should not be consumed for more than four days at a time. If users continue to take codeine for a longer period a tolerance to the drug is developed.

Thus more codeine is required in order to feel the desired ‘high’. In fact, chronic users have been known to crush up codeine tablets and snore and/or inject the drug. This helps users experience a sense of euphoria similar to that experienced during heroin use.

What happens during codeine rehab?

Users who have developed an addiction to codeine experience a range of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when detox is attempted. Many codeine addicts are unable to bear such symptoms without professional medical assistance.

Fortunately Ocean Recovery Centre offers a comprehensive codeine rehabilitation programme. This programme typically lasts for four weeks.

Patients arrive at a rehab centre to undergo a medical examination. This examination is conducted by a qualified member of staff. A fully tailored rehabilitation plan is written up.

Staff determine the duration and severity of codeine addiction. This helps determine the approximate length of the required detox.

Patients with a chronic and long term addiction to codeine may require a longer detox period. This is so powerful withdrawal symptoms are appropriately treated before therapy and counselling sessions begin.

Common codeine withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms occurring during a codeine detox include:

    • Nausea
    • Breathing problems
    • Itching
    • Vomiting
    • Depression
    • Abdominal pain
    • Headache

Therapy and counselling sessions

Once clients’ withdrawal symptoms cease a programme of therapy and counselling shall commence. Now rehab aims to treat the mental aspect of codeine addiction. Therapy sessions take place in group settings.

This allows clients to mix and learn from other codeine addicts. Therapy also takes place through one-to-one sessions with a qualified therapist. Here clients receive a more intense version of psychotherapy.

This allows the therapist to determine the root psychological triggers of codeine addiction. Patients are then armed with coping mechanisms. These mechanisms help clients deal with their emotions in ways other than resorting to codeine use.

Aftercare support

Once rehab draws to a close a full codeine relapse prevention and aftercare plan is put in place. This plan helps clients apply knowledge learnt during rehab in ‘real world’ situations. Aftercare includes 24-hour telephone support and weekly sessions taking place at the rehab centre.

Contacting Ocean Recovery Centre

Call Ocean Recovery today to find out more. Call on 01253 847 553. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and a member of the team will respond shortly.

We maintain clinics across the United Kingdom.