First developed in Germany during the 1970s, Tramadol is powerful prescription painkiller available through the NHS in the United Kingdom. The drug is classed as a synthetic opioid analgesic as it acts in a very similar to morphine. Since 2007 the United Kingdom has seen roughly 200 deaths each year as a result of Tramadol overdoses. Tramadol use is particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Doctors prescribe this drug as it suppresses parts of the brain which allow us to feel pain. This includes emotional pain as well as physical pain. Tramadol addicts take the drug in order to reduce emotional and physical pain. Tramadol acts on the brain’s opioid receptors where it inhibits the reabsorption of norepinephrine and serotonin. Over time a tolerance is built up to the drug meaning an ever greater quantity is required in order to take away the pain.
Tramadol is typically consumed in pill form, although it may be administered intravenously in a clinical environment. Addicts often crush up Tramadol pills and snort the resulting pieces.
Our Tramadol rehabilitation programme
At Cassiobury Court, we have developed a comprehensive 28-day Tramadol medical detoxification and rehabilitation programme. This programme takes place in residential settings meaning patients are required to live within the rehabilitation centre for the entire 28 day period.
How Tramadol detoxification works…
During detoxification, all traces of Tramadol are flushed from your body. As a result of detoxification, a number of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are experienced during the first 4-7 days after Tramadol was last consumed. Common withdrawal symptoms associated with Tramadol detoxification include:
- Mood swings
- Elevated heart rate
Patients may be offered a tapered withdrawal. This is when the dosage of Tramadol has reduced gradually rather than abruptly.
The benefit of residential treatment
Since rehabilitation is conducted on a residential basis, a medical team is put in place to closely monitor the above symptoms occurring during the detoxification stage of rehabilitation. Once our medical team is satisfied the above symptoms have been treated, your rehabilitation programme transitions into therapy and counselling sessions. During this time you confront the psychological triggers giving rise to your Tramadol addiction. A range of modern therapy techniques are employed including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and dialectical behavioural therapy.
What happens after treatment?
Once rehabilitation draws to a conclusion a fully personalised aftercare and relapse prevention plan is drawn up. We offer 12 months of aftercare at our rehabilitation centre following the completion of our programme. The cost of aftercare is included when you pay for your rehabilitation programme. Aftercare meetings are held twice a week at our London centre. We also encourage patients to attend Narcotics Anonymous sessions in their local area. Recovery is a long term commitment and the help you receive does not conclude with the residential phase of rehabilitation. We ensure our patients receive the required help in order to defeat Tramadol addiction in the long term.
Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London. To learn how Tramadol addiction is treatable please click here. Call today on 01923 804 139 or complete the enquiry form. If a loved one is addicted to Tramadol why not consider our intervention service.