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Tramadol Addiction Treatment: What Are the Options?

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What Are the Options For Tramadol Addiction Treatment?

Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is a prescription painkiller in the opioid class of prescription medications. When this analgesic is taken as a physician prescribes, it can effectively manage moderate and moderately severe pains. If your use of tramadol doesn’t follow your physician’s instructions, this medication can lead to physical dependence, addiction, and substance use disorder.

Treatment for Tramadol Addiction

Tramadol abuse can adversely affect your health and may even lead to an addiction to tramadol. Tramadol addiction treatment options include behavioral therapy and accountability aftercare programs. Learn how to spot the signs of abuse.

If you or a loved one is taking tramadol outside of how the prescribing physician directed, treatment tailored to your unique situation is available. Contact our compassionate specialists at Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439.

Types of Treatments for Tramadol Addiction

Tramadol addiction treatment options can accommodate several lifestyles and levels of substance abuse. Tramadol abuse care levels include:

  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient programs
  • Sober living homes

Programs in each level consist of:

  • Detox programs, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Behavioral therapy programs, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Aftercare programs
  • Various counseling and therapy programs

1. Detox

Starting treatment is often the toughest hurdle. Beginning your treatment program with detox can help tremendously due to the onset of tramadol withdrawal symptoms. When you stop taking tramadol, the effects are similar to other opioid withdrawal symptoms. If your body becomes accustomed to a substance, a supervised detox (with or without medication assistance) can help manage your withdrawals and overall comfort level while ensuring that medical personnel are nearby for your safety.

Tramadol, while milder than opiates like hydrocodone or oxycodone, affects the brain’s opioid receptors and boosts serotonin levels. When there’s no pain within your body, these effects are intensified, creating a feeling of overall euphoria that can lead to tramadol tolerance, a drug addiction, or tramadol dependence.

Opioid withdrawal from lesser-classed controlled substances such as tramadol isn’t typically life-threatening but can be uncomfortable if you try to go it alone. Individuals with co-occurring disorders may have an even tougher experience. For instance, while rare, withdrawing from opiates can cause complications like dehydration and electrolyte imbalances for individuals suffering from gastrointestinal issues. Individuals with heart disease could face worsening heart problems.

2. Medications

Throughout MAT detox, addiction treatment physicians often prescribe medications to ease tramadol withdrawal symptoms. Your treatment plan is unique to you and your current health conditions and may include medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) such as buprenorphine (partial opiate agonist) or methadone (full opiate agonist), both of which minimize opioid cravings and make withdrawal symptoms more manageable.

3. Behavioral Therapies

Often, addictions and substance use disorders can arise from behavioral health issues that, if left unchecked, may create a barrier to long-term recovery. Some of the most common behavioral health therapies are:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps identify behavioral patterns causing issues in a person’s life and attempts to alter these behaviors by teaching new coping mechanisms and managing exposure to known triggers.

Enhanced Motivation

Another common approach, sometimes coupled with CBT, is enhanced motivation or motivational enhancement. This technique helps individuals overcome reluctance toward engaging with treatment through motivational interviews.

Family Behavioral Therapy (FBT)

This therapeutic approach is mainly applied when the person suffering from substance use issues is a teen or young adult. Therapy involves the entire family and addresses behavioral issues and substance use. The approach can also address family conflicts.

4. Aftercare

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) define addiction recovery as a long process that accounts for all aspects of the recovering addict’s life, such as their home, work, and/or school lives. Recovery also includes counseling for the person and affected members of their family and any social services or legal assistance they may need.

Aftercare reinforces treatment progress and offers some of the greatest benefits, including:

  • Lifelong support
  • A sense of belonging in the community
  • Reduced risk of relapse
  • Accountability
  • Employment services
  • Ongoing recovery techniques
  • Addiction treatment medications
  • Therapy or counseling

The recovering addict doesn’t have as much contact with treatment specialists during aftercare as they did in treatment. It’s a time that can help illustrate all they’ve learned and all the work they’ve put toward a substance-free lifestyle and reinforce their own self-sufficiency and determination. Before treatment ends, you might:

  • Review practicing learned relapse prevention tactics
  • As necessary, make arrangements for sober living homes or another type of controlled lifestyle approach
  • Receive contact information to keep in touch with treatment specialists
  • Prepare for telehealth appointments and check-ins via texting and even download apps to track progress.

If you’re looking for addiction treatment, reaching out is the first step toward your recovery. If your tramadol use is slipping out of your control, contact our compassionate specialists at Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439.

When To Seek Treatment

Certain substance abuse and use disorders aren’t always that easy to spot, which is why diagnosing substance use disorder, or SUD, is better left to a healthcare provider who specializes in substance treatments.

But it’s commonly accepted that if at least two of the following scenarios are present for you or a loved one, it could signify tramadol abuse or a tramadol substance use disorder:

  • Taking more than what your doctor prescribed
  • Using tramadol even when it exacerbates an emotional issue or worsens a physical problem
  • Spending a lot of time trying to find, use, or recover from tramadol use
  • Having increasing conflicts with family or friends because of your tramadol use
  • Not meeting responsibilities at home or work, or not meeting expectations in school directly related to tramadol use
  • Giving up activities you once loved so you can use tramadol
  • Paying no attention to the situations in which you’re using tramadol, such as when you know you’ll have to drive somewhere, and going through with it anyway
  • Trying to stop or at least cut back on your use unsuccessfully
  • Craving tramadol
  • Building up a tolerance so you have to take more tramadol to feel the effect
  • Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms when you don’t take tramadol

Note: If there’s a history of substance use, mental health issues, or both in a family, it’s more likely for a person to abuse tramadol.

How to Find a Treatment Center

Recovery from substance abuse and addiction is a lifelong practice that requires continual attention — but it’s a much easier process when you have compassionate treatment professionals and a network of family and friends to support your sobriety.

Zinnia Healing offers tramadol addiction treatment centers across the country. Explore our locations to find one that is best for you.

At Zinnia Healing, we’ll be your biggest cheerleaders. Reach out today to learn more about our tramadol treatment options, to ask a question, or just to chat. Contact our recovery specialists at Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439. We’re available 24/7 for your recovery needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Insurance Cover Tramadol Addiction Treatment?

According to the Affordable Care Act, addiction treatment must be covered by any insurance company participating in the marketplace. Zinnia Healing accepts most carriers, but check with your insurance provider to be sure. Don’t let fear of treatment costs stop you from reaching your recovery potential.

You can also call Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439 for a free insurance verification. 

2. Are Medications Used in Tramadol Treatment?

Yes. Buprenorphine and methadone are two prescription medications approved for the treatment of tramadol substance abuse.

3. Are Drug Treatment Programs Effective for Tramadol Addiction?

Any recovery program, as any recovering addict will tell you, is as successful as the work you put into your recovery journey. Recovering from substance abuse of any kind is a personal journey that relies on many working parts, and each individual is different. But typically, tramadol treatment programs are effective for tramadol addiction.

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