Tramadol is a highly addictive semisynthetic opioid analgesic. It is prescribed by physicians to treat moderate to severe pain. Physicians typically prescribe it as an alternative to drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Originally, Tramadol was considered a safer alternative to painkillers like morphine. The FDA approved the drug in 1995 and recommended that it not be classified as a controlled substance. Due to its withdrawal symptoms upon cessation and mounting evidence of abuse, the DEA classified it as a Schedule Iv controlled substance in 2014.
Using Tramadol without a prescription, taking it in higher doses, or taking it longer than prescribed are common abuses of this drug. If you or a loved one are suffering from Tramadol addiction, give The View a call at (877) 310-4343 to get help now.
Signs of Tramadol Abuse
Some of the early signs of Tramadol abuse include:
- Constricted pupils
- Changes in appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of emergency room visits involving Tramadol increased by 250% from 2005 to 2011. In 2005, Tramadol misuse was responsible for 10,901 visits to the emergency room. By 2011, this number had increased to 27,421.
Tramadol abuse also causes another serious medical condition known as serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome occurs when the brain produces too much serotonin. This occurs in people who abuse antidepressants and Tramadol at the same time. Symptoms can include agitation, confusion, jerky muscles, fever, seizures, coma, and more. This condition, if left untreated, can be life threatening.
It is common for people who misuse Tramadol to become addicted by consuming doses from legitimate prescriptions. People with a Tramadol addiction may frequently miss work, neglect family responsibilities, and develop financial problems in the process of obtaining the medication.
Tramadol Addiction Treatment at The View
If you or a loved one are suffering from Tramadol addiction, The View can help. We offer luxury detox and rehabilitation services. Other additional programs, such as EMDR, CBT, DBT are also available. The View is primarily a sub-acute detoxification facility. We provide around-the-clock care from a dedicated nurse and medical support for our clients. Core treatment programs include individual therapy, group psychotherapy, and stress reduction groups. We also provide meditation, massage, and yoga as adjunct therapeutic programs.
Our luxurious 6-bed facility is located in Los Angeles, California. We offer individualized treatment plans for each client, as well as one-on-one attention not found at other facilities in the area. To get started on the path to recovery, give The View a call at (877) 310-4343 to start overcoming addiction today.