Codeine treatment for pain, stress, or elation can lead to dependency through overuse.
Most Codeine patients had not intended to become dependent when they first started their prescription medication. Their physicians had prescribed Codeine to treat coughs, migraine, irritable bowels, mild to severe pain, or other conditions. Some patients used Co-dydramol or Codeine to treat their moods or emotional maladies (possibly without doctor’s care), or to obtain an illicit recreational euphoria.
Dependency may have started due to 1) physical pain management; 2) misdiagnosed depression, trauma, or other social insecurities, mitigated by the numbing psychological impact of the drug; or, 3) recreational drug use, without understanding the long-term consequences of powerful opiate addiction and withdrawal.
In all these cases, the amount of medication had progressed to the point where patients tried to maintain some sense of stability and to avoid withdrawal syndrome. Treatment that had started with low doses of Codeine escalated into such high levels that patients have to do the unthinkable to obtain the amount of drugs needed. When patients begin to self-administer Codeine-based medications in order to relieve discomfort, dependency has already set in.
In recent years, millions of Americans (and patients worldwide) have admitted to non-medical, unsupervised use of prescription painkillers (i) (see chart).
Over 6.3 Million Americans Admitted Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs in 2003 (ii)
The Waismann Method
The Waismann Method for Rapid Detoxification Under Anesthesia has established rapid detox as a clinically proven treatment effective for removing dependency on a wide range of opiates including:Codeine, Darvocet ®, Dilaudid ®, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Lorcet ®, Lortab ®, Methadone, MS Contin ®, Norco ®, Oxycodone, OxyContin ®, Percocet ®, Percodan ®, Stadol ®, Suboxone ® (Buprenorphine ®), Tramadol (Ultram ®), Vicodin ®, and others.
We maintain a leading position in treating the non-medical, physical opiate dependency. Over 10 years, we have set the standard by which other treatments are measured. We have also set the goal to change the way our world sees drug dependency, one patient at a time. We do not view opiate or Codeine dependency as a hidden and shameful disease belonging to the stereotypical “drug addict.” Rather we treat drug dependency as a reversible condition due to a legitimate chemical imbalance.
Advanced science and the latest anesthesia techniques help assure the successful reversal of opiate or Codeine dependency under the Waismann Method of detoxification. We pride ourselves in the highest degree of professionalism, dignity and respect ministered to our patients dependent on their Codeine treatment.
- We perform the detox procedure in afull service hospital to assure close patient monitoring throughout the detoxification. We admit patients the day before the procedure for a complete medical evaluation. Patients must spend 24-48 hours at in-patient care beforehand, in order to properly administer their pre-medication and to stabilize their depressed body functions. This help to realize a smooth and safe detox procedure.
- We transfer patients to the intensive care unit (ICU) of our hospital, where our Board Certified anesthesiologists, either Dr. Bernstein or Dr. Lowenstein, medically induce and closely monitored withdrawal. Both doctors are nationally recognized for their expertise in the Waismann Method. Upon awakening, the patient no longer has physically dependency on opiates nor a conscious awareness of experiencing withdrawal during the detoxification.
- Doctors and staff monitor patients post-procedure at our hospital to stabilize their mental and physical condition. They usually discharge patients at least 24-48 hours later, or when authorized to do so by our physicians.
The Waismann Method offers our patients the best medical procedure available for opiate dependency.
The Waismann Method differs from other medical detoxifications in the safety, comfort, and success we provide our patients. Each patient comes to us with a different medical and dependency history, so we treat each and every patients as individuals with specific needs.
Our Optional After-Care and Treatment Center
The Waismann Method has also created an after-care environment, called Domus Retreat, which treats related dependencies of all kinds: anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and personal crisis. We firmly believe that post-detox treatment should occur in a peaceful environment filled with dignity, respect, and optimism.
Unique in its approach, Domus Retreat focuses on an individual’s core issues that may have sustained an addiction cycle. Healing of these issues occurs through multiple, intensive psychotherapy sessions with highly credentialed professionals. In addition addressing to core issues, we design individualized treatment for the unhealthy repetitions and thinking patterns from the past that have contributed to dependency, self-destruction and relapse. Group work at Domus Retreat occurs in small, effective and private settings. We blend these unique treatment elements along with spa elements, to affect significant and lasting change. We are dedicated to the personal change that places you on the path to sustained recovery!
Domus Retreat provides a private, intimate experience in an exclusive, ultra-luxurious setting. We limit the retreat to only 6 patients maximum at one time.
Waismann patients have found opioid detoxification more humane and effective than detox at traditional rehab programs.
See more about the Waismann Method of Rapid Detoxification and Codeine treatment.
“The Waismann Method gave me my life back and I can’t remember the last time I felt this good,” says R.G. following his Codeine rapid detoxification. “Without all of you I don’t know how I would have ever recaptured my life.”
Codeine withdrawal most dramatically affects chronic users who break their supply.
“A sudden discontinued supply of opiates will cause often unbearable withdrawal symptoms including irritability, profuse sweating, abdominal cramping and diarrhea,” states detoxification anesthesiologist, Dr. Clifford A. Bernstein, M.D. “This agonizing withdrawal is the reason most of those with dependencies cannot stop taking the drugs.”
Codeine withdrawal involves the country’s most commonly prescribed opiate pain medication used today (according to WHO). Codeine is an alkaloid derivative of opium. Yet, it delivers less narcotic effect and less potency than other morphine-type drugs.
Patients who experience withdrawal due to Codeine dependency will find the symptoms resemble those of other narcotics, yet milder in intensity and shorter in duration. Most severe Codeine withdrawal symptoms end within a few days, however months may pass before a patient feels normal again.
The effects of Codeine withdrawal can last up to a number of weeks after stopping drug intake. Withdrawal symptoms will vary with the individual, yet they often include:
- Aches and pains
- Cold- or flu-like symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Sleeping difficulties
Because Codeine offers a milder withdrawal than other opiates, the youth and hip-hop cultures have adopted it as a casual, recreational drug. The availability of Codeine in other countries has helped fuel dependency in Europe.
Opiate users should know that withdrawal from prescription medicine could be a difficult process and cause possible damage to your lungs, heart and brain. Patients who have compromised their health through drug dependency may risk a traumatic or even lethal withdrawal if not supervised by medical professionals.
To mitigate the dangers of withdrawal, any opiate dependency treatment necessitates safe and responsible care combined with the latest medical technology. Most conventional detoxification procedures with older protocol may inflict patients with an unnecessary, debilitating and dangerous withdrawal syndrome.
The Waismann Method considers Codeine dependency as a medical disorder that is reversible and treatable in an effective, dignified, safe and humane manner through rapid detoxification.