Faith-based Tramadol Addiction
No matter how hard you pray or how closely you adhere to the teachings of the Lord, life is rarely easy. A split second is all it takes to turn everything upside down, and coping can go beyond the words of solace within the pages of the Bible.
Whether you began taking Tramadol as a way to mitigate pain after surgery or started sampling opioids to deal with the stress of life, a few uses is all it takes. A highly addictive pain killer that is prescribed after medical procedures as an alternative to morphine or oxycodone, this dangerous drug contributes to the 20 million Americans with a substance abuse disorder.
As a Christian, it isn't always easy to admit to addiction or to seek help outside of worship and prayer. However, opioid abuse isn't an easy problem to solve. If you are looking for a way to stay true to your faith while working to overcome your personal demons, Road to Freedom is here. As a faith-based rehabilitation program, we can help you break your addiction and return to the path of the Lord.
Treatment for addiction doesn't mean leaving behind your Christian beliefs. Contact (844)319-5239 today to learn more about how we can help with Tramadol addiction.
What Is Tramadol?
Tramadol is an opioid analgesic, a form of synthetic opiate drug that is generally prescribed after an accident or medical procedure. Primarily used to treat moderate to severe pain, the effects of this drug are extremely strong, leading to its highly addictive nature. It is most commonly available in pill form, including both standard and extended release options.
A drug that was originally considered a safer alternative to narcotics like hydrocodone and methadone, Tramadol entered the market in 1995. However, after several decades of use, the truth behind this dangerous drug was revealed as addiction and abuse rates soared. In 2014, the FDA re-categorized Tramadol to a Schedule IV controlled substance, severely limiting use. Today, Tramadol is not often prescribed due to its intense effects, but can still be found in limited applications.
Effects of Tramadol
Due to its extremely strong effects as a painkiller, Tramadol has been a long-time favorite for recreational abusers. As an opioid, it is designed to minimize pain signals within the body, leaving patients feeling relaxed and light.
When a user takes a dose of Tramadol, its effects directly impact the brain. Once in the body, this medication activates opioid receptors to minimize pain throughout the nervous system in addition to blocking the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. This combination creates a distinct euphoria that lasts for several hours, providing a deeply pleasant sensation many users enjoy immensely. Tramadol is highly dangerous when mixed with other substances like alcohol.
As Tramadol affects both the body and the brain, addiction is equal parts mental and physiological. Tolerance increases rapidly with continued use, leading users to take increasingly large doses simply to get the same rush. As short-term effects are pleasant, many users neglect to realize the dangers in long-term use.
Those who take Tramadol for long periods of time are at risk for dependence, tolerance, and, most seriously, cognitive decline. Prolonged use can cause dulled reflexes, mental impairment, trouble concentrating, and trouble with common tasks like driving.
Ease of Access to Tramadol
Tramadol is not an easy drug to access due to the increased control measures imposed by the FDA, but it is still prescribed under some circumstances. Patients who receive a valid prescription may be able to receive refills legally, increasing the risks present.
Tramadol is still sold on the street, although less frequently than its mainstream opioid competitors. Additionally, this drug is still available for sale on the internet through online pharmacies, providing a convenient yet illegal alternative.
Unfortunately, many substance abusers who find themselves dependent on Tramadol switch to more readily available substances, like heroin.
Signs of Tramadol Abuse
In addition to a pleasing feeling of pain-free euphoria, there are negative side effects that can accompany Tramadol abuse. While some effects will not be visible to those on the outside, many will be noticeable to family members, friends, and colleagues.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lightheadedness or drowsiness
- Headache and irritability
- Loss of appetite and dry mouth
- Difficulty sleeping
In addition to these physical signs, Tramadol abuse often leads to drug-seeking behaviors, including stealing, lying, sneaking around, or skipping commitments like school or work in order to get high.
Excessive use can also lead to overdose, a tragic possibility that increases along with tolerance and regular doses. Common overdose symptoms include:
- Decreased pupil size
- Slow breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cold or clammy skin
- Coma or death
If signs of overdose become apparent, immediate assistance from emergency medical services is required to avoid the possibility of serious and possibly fatal health risks.
Withdrawal from Tramadol
When a physical dependence is at hand, cravings go far beyond mental urges. With drugs like Tramadol, withdrawal can be highly unpleasant. While effects will vary from one patient to the next, common symptoms include:
- Stomach pain, cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Numbness in the hands and feet
- Racing heartbeat, hypertension, and fast breathing
- Restlessness, anxiety, and agitation
- Chills and goose bumps
- Trouble focusing and thinking clearly
Due to the uncomfortable nature of these side effects, relapsing is very common for affected individuals. In order to ensure complete, safe cessation, professional oversight is highly recommended.
Christian Tramadol Detox and Rehabilitation
Admitting a need for help can be the most challenging step in the recovery process, but professional assistance is here as you move forward. As a Christian, seeking guidance outside of Christ can feel like a betrayal of sorts, but Road to Freedom can help you thrive in your faith.
As Proverbs 3:5-6 states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Our compassionate team of faith-based addiction professionals can help you find your path, helping you to detox, make amends, and move forward with God by your side.
Comprehensive Approach to Treatment
Breaking the addiction to opioids is often easier said than done. Due to the strength and highly addictive qualities of Tramadol, intense cravings frequently lead to a high likelihood of relapse. Opioid abuse is a serious problem, with 40% to 60% of patients relapsing at least once. In an effort to control symptoms associated with relapse, we use several different medications for patients in need.
Buprenorphine is a long-lasting partial opioid agonist, activating the opioid receptors in the brain in a way that maintains positive feelings without the "high" sensation Tramadol users have come to enjoy. This minimizes the side effects of withdrawal, triggering brain activity in a way that negates cravings. Buprenorphine can also have a plateau effect, failing to produce additional effects after a certain level of use. It is most commonly sold under the trade name Suboxone.
Naltrexone, another common drug, is most often used in the early stages of addiction. It is an opioid agonist that fully blocks the effects of opioid drugs in the brain, nullifying doses of Tramadol in patients struggling to break addiction.
In many ways, Road to Freedom functions much like a traditional rehabilitation center, providing comprehensive support and structure to those recovering from addiction to Tramadol and other dangerous substances. However, our capabilities are far-reaching, offering a safe, effective way to approach treatment with a focus on the love and teachings of Christ.
Individuals under our care have access to a full repertoire of services that can make recovery easier, including:
- Pastoral counseling
- Group addiction counseling
- Individual therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Biblically-based 12 Step meetings
- Family workshops
- Court Liaison Program
- Chronic pain management
- Holistic therapies
- Relapse prevention
- Aftercare services
While not all offerings apply to all patients, our thorough approach to care can help you find the right fit for your family, your lifestyle and your addiction challenges, providing a solid foundation for life after Tramadol dependency.
Returning to Society After Addiction
After struggling with addiction, the transition back to normal life can be quite overwhelming. However, Road to Freedom can make the journey easier, offering life skills coaching that can get to the root of your struggles.
In addition to focusing on your addiction, we will treat you holistically, focusing in on the drivers behind your actions in order to stop causes in their tracks. Our trained counselors can work with you to identify stressors, implement effective coping techniques, and teach you how to handle the pressures of day-to-day life with focus, determination, and prayer.
Get the Help You Need
With opiate addiction on the rise in the United States, taking action is a critical step. If you or someone you love is addicted to Tramadol, help is here. Road to Freedom is a specialized rehabilitation center built on Christian values with a focus on blending faith with proven medical science. From doctor-assisted detox to prayer groups and regular worship, our licensed, certified facility can help you heal from the inside out.
We can provide the professional setting you deserve for Tramadol addiction and abuse. Contact us now at (844)319-5239 to get Christ-oriented care.