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Tramadol Addiction

Tramadol is an opiate commonly prescribed for the treatment of severe pain, including postoperative pain. Though originally classified as a controlled substance, a surge in reports describing the addictive properties of tramadol led the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to reclassify tramadol in 2019.

Tramadol is now categorized as a Schedule IV federally controlled substance, with a potential for both addiction and life-threatening overdose similar to that of the dangerous opioid, oxycodone.

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How Tramadol Works and How It Harms

One of the greatest threats associated with tramadol is the misperception that it is among the “safest” of the prescription opioids. It is believed that tramadol carries a significantly lower risk of addiction and overdose than other opioids when, in fact, as has been seen above, the opposite has been found to be true.

Misperceptions surrounding tramadol have exacerbated its widespread misuse, leading tramadol to be over-prescribed and its use under-supervised.

Like other opioids, tramadol is a derivative of morphine and derives from the opium-producing poppy flower. Also, like other opioids, tramadol acts as a central nervous system depressant that triggers a surge in feel-good neurotransmitters, including dopamine and endorphins. The result is a sense of euphoria, elation, and oblivion (hence its use as a potent analgesic).

However, tramadol’s addiction profile is as great as other opioids, if not greater. Tramadol, like other opioids, also exhibits a significant “tolerance ceiling,” meaning that users must consume ever-higher doses in order to achieve the desired effects, thus increasing the risk of potentially life-threatening overdose.

It is also important to note that, in addition to the risks common to all CNS depressants, tramadol appears to pose a particularly significant threat for severe and potentially fatal seizures and convulsions.

Signs and Symptoms of Tramadol Addiction

Despite the initial euphoria of the tramadol high, many users can experience severe and potentially severe side effects. These include:

Risks of Tramadol Addiction

Tramadol overdose and chronic exposure can result in a range of potentially life-threatening complications, including:

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Quit Abusing TRAMADOL for Good

How Bayshore Can Help

The process of detoxifying from tramadol can be difficult. Tramadol withdrawal symptoms are often severe and thus often require significant professional supervision. During withdrawal, users may experience a range of symptoms, including:

Given the challenges of tramadol detox and recovery, our multidisciplinary team of physicians, mental healthcare providers, and addiction recovery specialists takes a proactive, evidence-based, and holistic approach to care. 

Our onsite medical and mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to support you through the detoxification process, including providing round-the-clock medical and psychiatric supervision through the various phases of substance withdrawal. Not only can this help to make the process more manageable for our clients, but it also reduces the risk of a life-threatening emergency during detox. 

Our facility is fully accredited, licensed, and certified to provide comprehensive care, including the use of short-term pharmaceutical therapies as needed and as appropriate while undergoing tramadol detox. 

Similarly, because the symptoms of tramadol withdrawal often include psychiatric manifestations, from depression and anxiety to impulsivity, irrationality, and suicidal ideation,  our highly trained team of mental healthcare providers will be consistently by your side until you complete detox and are stable. 

With only six residents in our facility at one time and a 3:1 client to care provider ratio, we are able to provide our clients with the highest level of prompt and personalized care possible.  

After you have completed the detox process, we work with you to build a holistic, customized, and evidence-based recovery program that serves your short-term and long-range recovery goals. This includes individual, group, and family counseling services using a range of approaches, from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to art and music therapy. We also offer classes in nutrition, holistic medicine, and meditation and mindfulness.

The ultimate goal of our tramadol addiction recovery program is to help you find release from the hold that the drug has over your life and to build the happy, healthy, addiction-free life you want and deserve. This means that, in addition to the detoxification, rehabilitation, counseling, and education services provided onsite, we also offer comprehensive after-care support, connecting you with the best care providers and most effective support services in your area.


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