True Life Recovery Tramadol Detox Program

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid medication that is used for pain relief. Unlike other popular synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, tramadol is a relatively weak painkiller. In fact, it’s mild enough that many doctors believe it’s a much safer option than traditional, stronger painkillers. However, in recent years, tramadol-related visits to the emergency rooms have increased significantly, and doctors have reported seeing more cases of tramadol dependence. When someone becomes physically dependent on tramadol, they will experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop using the medication. 

Whether you are taking tramadol exactly as prescribed or abusing it, you can begin to develop a tolerance to the medication, which leads to physical dependence. Once that happens, you will experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking it. While withdrawal from tramadol isn’t usually life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable. This often causes people to relapse and take the drug again to alleviate their symptoms. 

At True Life Recovery, we can help with any and all of the detoxing related to tramadol abuse or dependency so that your recovery is safely managed in a supportive and caring environment.

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Individualized Detox Program

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Our medically-supervised detox program focus on the mind, body & spirit.

Safe & Comfortable Withdrawal

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Recover in a safe, peaceful, and comfortable home-like atmosphere.

24/7 Medical Care & Support

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Dedicated team of counselors and nurses to provide care & support 24/7.

01. What Is Tramadol?

What Is Tramadol Abuse and Detoxification?

Tramadol addiction has created a concern due to its misuse by the general public.  Introduced in 1995 tramadol, which is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) was thought to be a safer alternative than stronger medications. But, because of how the body metabolizes tramadol and the psychological and physical addictive nature of the drug it has proven to be a deadly substance.

There are two stages on the road to recovery from tramadol addiction. The first phase is the total detox of the body to remove any traces of tramadol. The second phase is engaging in psychotherapy to understand the underlying issues that brought about the addiction in the first place.

02. Effects of Using Tramadol

The Effects of Tramadol Abuse on The Body

Tramadol acts the same way that other opioids do, affecting the opioid receptors in the brain, the monoamine reuptake systems, and your central nervous system to suppress feelings of pain and increase feelings of relaxation and calmness. With regular use of tramadol, the brain’s chemical messengers can result in physical changes to some of the pathways and structures of the brain. 

Continued use of tramadol can cause you to develop a tolerance to the medication, meaning that you have to take more of the medication or take it more frequently to achieve the same pain relieving effects. 

As with any substance or medication, there are side effects that may occur when taking tramadol. While most of the effects are minor, the more tramadol you take, the more serious they can become. Some of the mild effects are nausea, constipation, vomiting, dry mouth, sweating, and nervousness or agitation. More serious side effects include slowed respiratory rate, serotonin syndrome, and seizures. 

03. Withdrawl Side Effects of Detox

What Are the Withdrawl Symptoms of Tramadol Detox?

Tramadol works the same as opioids, which means many of its withdrawal symptoms look like those of other opioids. However, unlike traditional prescription opioids, tramadol may have a bigger effect on several of the brain’s other neurotransmitters, including serotonin. This is similar to the effect of antidepressant medication. The withdrawal timeline of tramadol includes early withdrawal, late withdrawal, and post-withdrawal symptoms.

Early Tramadol Withdrawal – Days 1-3

During the early withdrawal phase of tramadol detox, patients may experience the feeling of nausea, anxiety, sweating, nervousness, heart palpitations, pins and needles, insomnia, and cravings for the drug. Additionally, the following may be experienced: 

  • Runny nose and teary eyes
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Increased heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure

Late Tramadol Withdrawal – Days 4-7

After the first few days, patients will likely continue to have cravings for tramadol, as well as trouble sleeping and agitation. Additional withdrawal symptoms during late tramadol withdrawal may include: 

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chills and goosebumps
  • Dilated pupils
  • Confusion and difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Depression 
  • Depersonalization

Post-acute Withdrawal – Days 8-14+

During this phase, most physical withdrawal symptoms will have subsided. However, depression and anxiety may be ongoing. Patients may feel fatigued and weak for weeks after detoxing from tramadol. They will also likely still be experiencing cravings, insomnia, and may have an increased pain sensitivity. Because tramadol affects serotonin levels in the brain, some people who abruptly stop taking the medication suffer from tramadol-induced psychosis. This will typically last for a few days. 

04. How Long Does Detox Take to Finish?​

How Long Will It Take to Detox From Tramadol?

Detoxing from substances like tramadol can take varying amounts of time depending on the individual. There are various factors that will affect how long it takes. Some of these factors include: 

  • How long you have been taking tramadol
  • How much tramadol you have been using
  • How you have been taking the tramadol (orally as prescribed, snorting, smoking, or injecting it)
  • Your overall health, genetics, and mental health 
  • Any other substances you have also been taking

The longer you have been taking tramadol, the longer and more severe the withdrawal symptoms will be. However, there is a general timeline for tramadol withdrawal and detox. In an average healthy adult, withdrawal symptoms of tramadol will typically start one or two days after the last dose, peaking at about three days, and subsiding within one to two weeks. However, the psychological and emotional symptoms may persist for much longer. 

How to Recognize if Tramadol Detox May Be Right For You

  • If you are abusing or addicted to tramadol, you may experience some of the following behaviors: 

    • Taking doses of the medication that are larger than prescribed or taking it more frequently than prescribed
    • Craving more tramadol when not taking it or taking as prescribed
    • Requiring the medication to feel “normal”
    • Faking symptoms or lying to your doctors so they give you more of the drug
    • Going to different doctors to obtain prescriptions for tramadol
    • Isolating from your family and friends
    • No longer doing activities that you used to enjoy 
    • Failing to be able to stop using tramadol despite many attempts to quit

05. Detox by Drug Types

What Are the Different Types of Detox?

At True Life Recovery, our qualified and professional staff helps clients with medically supervised tramadol detox. They will monitor your vital signs and withdrawal symptoms carefully, offering support and medical assistance when you need it. You may have physical check-ups and medication may be prescribed to help alleviate the most uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. 

We offer detox for drugs and alcohol including:

06. Getting Help

Getting Help

Even though tramadol isn’t as powerful as other opioid drugs like fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, and heroin, it still has a high risk for physical dependence, abuse, and addiction. Over time, it can change the way your brain functions, making it difficult to stop using it on your own. 

People who become dependent on or addicted to opioids almost always need professional help to break the cycle and stop taking the drugs. The first step to getting clean and sober is medically supervised detoxification. While in a detox program, you will be monitored as your body rids itself of the substance. Following that, it’s likely that your detox doctor will suggest continuing with treatment in an outpatient or inpatient treatment program. 

At True Life Recovery, we specialize in helping clients with medically supervised detox programs for all types of substances, including tramadol. To begin, we will perform a thorough assessment of your medical condition and your tramadol use. Our professional and compassionate staff will help you through the detox process, making it safe and as comfortable for you as possible. The True Life Recovery center is private, safe, and home-like, so you will be able to focus completely on your recovery. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is an Addiction?

Answer: Addiction is a complicated, irrational and multi-faceted disease. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that is persisting, recurring and difficult to stop.

Addiction is not a moral failing or a lack of will power. Nobody chooses to be an addict.

Experimenting with drugs and alcohol may lead to addiction in certain people. People basically use drugs or alcohol to relax, escape or reward themselves. A potential addiction occurs and is more likely in people who have an addictive personality caused by biology, environment or socially or are predisposed through heredity. These people don’t just feel good after using they feel so good they chase the feeling and the substance.

Signs of Addiction:

  • Increased Tolerance & Intense Urges
  • Physical or Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Negative Consequences
  • Unsuccessful Attempts to Stop
  • Too Much Time Spent Seeking Next High
  • Addiction without the proper professional help can be terminal.

Question: Do I Need To Detox?

Answer: If you cannot control or stop using alcohol or drugs and your use is affecting your life adversely regarding health, self-esteem, family, employment, friends even law enforcement it’s probably time to consider a recovery program for yourself.

The first step after deciding to take control of your life back is to detox. Detoxing from an addiction is the first step in changing your life.

A “cold turkey” approach is not recommended because of the physical problems that may arise. In our experience people who try going cold turkey usually disappoint themselves and relapse. Detox should never be attempted at home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility.

At True Life Recovery, we medically manage your detox stay and provide you with as pain-free and safe experience as possible. We manage the physical effects of withdrawal, give you a safe comfortable supportive environment with proper food and emotional support.

Question: What Are The Steps To My Addiction Recovery?

Answer: When an individual determines to live life clean and sober the first step is detox.

The next phase is adjusting to abstinence. Lasting recovery means behavioral changes that support your journey. Talking it out in a private or public support system will assist in recovery.

Active involvement in support groups such as AA or NA are recommended.

There are many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers also available to assist individuals to learn new coping skills and focus on their recovery. As well, your religious organization may be of great support.

Addiction is a chronic disease, therefore the goal is a long-term successful management of the disease.

Question: How Long Does Detox Treatment Take?

Answer: Detoxification from drugs or alcohol varies depending on the type, the level of abuse, and the individual client’s health.

In general, detox will take 3 to 10 days.

When you speak with one of our True Life Recovery representatives they will begin to assess your dependency and will give you a good idea of what timeline to expect to stay.

Question: How Much Does Detox Costs?

Answer: Costs include 24-hour supervision and monitoring, room and board in a private or shared room, intake evaluation, counseling and therapy sessions as well as nutritious food freshly prepared daily.

Question: Can I keep My Detox A Secret?

Answer: For anyone worried that the wrong person will find out that you are going through a detox program – don’t be. Deciding to become clean and sober is a very personal issue and we highly respect individual rights. We do not give out personal information, have and maintain a very strict confidentiality policy.

True Life Recovery Tramadol Detox Program

Alcohol detoxification involves a thorough physical and psychological assessment before treatment.  Here at True Life Recovery, we provide a safe setting to detox from alcohol abuse and physical dependency with great support 24/7. Our comfortable home-like settings are designed with the needs of the patient in mind to provide a safe, home-like environment to allow the client to detox as comfortably as possible.

Alcohol detox should only be done by health professionals.  There are many potential problematic physical and mental issues that are best handled by health practitioners with specialized training to avoid any harm or health risks that may occur during the detox phases.

Our professionals assist with any and all of the detoxing related to alcohol abuse or dependency so that recovery for the client is safely managed in a supportive and caring environment.

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Individualized Detox Program

Our medically-supervised detox program focus on the mind, body & spirit.

Safe & Comfortable Withdrawal

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Recover in a safe, peaceful, and comfortable home-like atmosphere.

24/7 Medical Care & Support

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Dedicated team of counselors and nurses to provide care & support 24/7.

01. SYMPTOMS

What Is Tramadol Abuse and Detoxification?

Tramadol addiction has created a concern due to its misuse by the general public.  Introduced in 1995 tramadol, which is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) was thought to be a safer alternative than stronger medications. But, because of how the body metabolizes tramadol and the psychological and physical addictive nature of the drug it has proven to be a deadly substance.

There are two stages on the road to recovery from tramadol addiction. The first phase is the total detox of the body to remove any traces of tramadol. The second phase is engaging in psychotherapy to understand the underlying issues that brought about the addiction in the first place.

Key Facts

New Cases per Year

3,000

People at Risk

20 Million

Most Common

80 - 90%

Median Age

34

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01. What Is Detoxification?

02. What Are the Types of Detox?

03. Process of Detoxification

04. How Long Does Detox Take to Finish?

05. Side Effects of Detox

06. Detox by Drug Type

07. Life After Detox

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The Effects Of Tramadol Abuse On The Body

The entire body incurs a heavy toll from long-term addiction. Alcohol has an impact on the heart causing arrhythmias, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy and stroke. The liver suffers the most and can get alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis and fibrosis. The immune system is also weakened by alcohol. This means that those dealing with alcohol abuse and detox are more prone to diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.

Excessive drinking will also increase the risk of esophageal, oral, liver, throat, and breast cancer. On top of this, most alcoholics have very poor appetites meaning that their diet is inadequate and nutritionally poor. In combination with the physical challenges associated with detox, the body is compromised nutritionally.

01. SYMPTOMS

What Are the Symptoms of Tramadol Detox?

The symptoms that are experienced during detox could be mild, like a headache and a bit of nausea. There are however people who go through severe delirium tremens, these are accompanied by hallucinations and/or seizures. If there is no other drug use, treatment or co-occurring conditions, there is a characteristic course that withdrawal follows, this consists of three phases that are relatively distinct.

Acute Withdrawal​

During this phase, there is autonomic nervous system hyperactivity, tremors and a risk for DTs and tremors. Within the first forty eight hours after consumption has been discontinued is when seizures and tremors typically occur, after twenty four hours they tend to peak. Around seventy two hours is when DTs typically peaks. During acute alcohol withdrawal, common physiological symptoms include increased blood pressure, tachycardia, irregular body temperatures, diaphoresis and gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and vomiting.

Excessive drinking will also increase the risk of esophageal, oral, liver, throat, and breast cancer. On top of this, most alcoholics have very poor appetites meaning that their diet is inadequate and nutritionally poor. In combination with the physical challenges associated with detox, the body is compromised nutritionally.

Early Abstinence ​

Throughout the second phase, low mood, anxiety and disturbed patterns will continue, they however no longer are manifested with acute physical symptoms. Within three to six weeks after alcohol consumption has ended, elevated anxiety comes to an end.

Protracted Abstinence​

 Throughout this last phase, elevated dysphoria, which is a state is dissatisfaction and unease as well as anxiety may not seem obvious, although any kind of insignificant challenge can bring on negativity, cause cravings for alcohol and provoke relapse. The psychological discomfort which accompanies anxiety throughout abstinence is somewhat overwhelming, even after most of the acute physical symptoms have diminished. This is what experts believe plays a prominent role in the increased risk of relapse as well as bringing on the continued use of and/or abuse of alcohol.

How Long Will It Take To Detox From Tramadol?

Most people wonder how long alcohol detox will take.  Depending on alcohol use, severity and other important factors detoxing can take various amount of times.

When it comes to alcohol abuse and detox, it is important to bear in mind that detox is merely the first step on a road to recovery which can be quite long. Detox only means that alcohol intake will be abruptly ended and the body must then cleanse itself  of alcohol.  Our process of detoxing will generally take from five to seven days.

There are cases however that will benefit from staying at a residential or inpatient treatment center for longer. The following factors are what determine the length of your stay:

  • Type of addiction
  • History with addiction
  • Severity of the addiction
  • A co-occurring diagnosis (depression, trauma, anxiety)
  • The physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the client

How To Recognize if Tramadol Detox May Be Right For You

  • Alcohol is a focus of daily life and you spend a lot of time and your energy focused on recovering or alcohol consumption
  • Problems with social, occupational and other important obligations
  • The need for more and more alcohol to achieve the same results
  • Lying about your drinking habits
  • Feelings of guilt or being ashamed
  • Blacking out or forgetting what you did while you were drinking
  • Drinking more alcohol than you intended to

 

What Are the Different Types of Detox?

At True Life Recovery, our professional staff oversees & supervises all detoxes in a safe, confidential, & supportive manner. Individuals are closely monitored and checked during the detox and withdrawal process.  Vital signs are closely monitored.  Physical check-ups may be provided to ensure the ongoing health, medications will be individualized to manage the withdrawal symptoms during detox stay.

01. GETTING HELP

Getting Help & Tramadol Detox

Acknowledging a drug addiction takes tremendous strength from the individual deciding to change their life and take control again.  A person who has the problem and seeks help should be very proud of themselves.

In the detox stage of recovery, it’s recommended that the patient is under clinical supervision.  The withdrawal process lasts anywhere from a few days to a week. During this time, the need to help ease the patient’s withdrawal symptoms might arise, and it can be done by offering other forms of medications.

The medications should help with insomnia, anxiety, and upset stomach that is prevalent during the tramadol addiction detox stage. The primary goal here is to get the person clean and in a safe environment.

After the detoxification is done, the therapy stage can begin. Even though the primary reason for using tramadol may have been to provide relief during painful times, there are more reasons as to why the addiction took root. During this phase, the patient will examine these issues with an aim of discovering the causes and looking for effective means of behavior modification.

True Life Recovery is a residential detox center that specializes in alcohol detox.  Our staff is here 24/7 to assist you and provide comfort and safety.  Our staff is especially attentive and supportive.  Ongoing psychological support is available for all of our clients after alcohol detox.  Our residential center is quiet, comfortable, and private.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is an Addiction?

Answer: Addiction is a complicated, irrational and multi-faceted disease. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that is persisting, recurring and difficult to stop.

Addiction is not a moral failing or a lack of will power. Nobody chooses to be an addict.

Experimenting with drugs and alcohol may lead to addiction in certain people. People basically use drugs or alcohol to relax, escape or reward themselves. A potential addiction occurs and is more likely in people who have an addictive personality caused by biology, environment or socially or are predisposed through heredity. These people don’t just feel good after using they feel so good they chase the feeling and the substance.

Signs of Addiction:

  • Increased Tolerance & Intense Urges
  • Physical or Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Negative Consequences
  • Unsuccessful Attempts to Stop
  • Too Much Time Spent Seeking Next High
  • Addiction without the proper professional help can be terminal.

Question: Do I Need To Detox?

Answer: If you cannot control or stop using alcohol or drugs and your use is affecting your life adversely regarding health, self-esteem, family, employment, friends even law enforcement it’s probably time to consider a recovery program for yourself.

The first step after deciding to take control of your life back is to detox. Detoxing from an addiction is the first step in changing your life.

A “cold turkey” approach is not recommended because of the physical problems that may arise. In our experience people who try going cold turkey usually disappoint themselves and relapse. Detox should never be attempted at home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility.

At True Life Recovery, we medically manage your detox stay and provide you with as pain-free and safe experience as possible. We manage the physical effects of withdrawal, give you a safe comfortable supportive environment with proper food and emotional support.

Question: What Are The Steps To My Addiction Recovery?

Answer: When an individual determines to live life clean and sober the first step is detox.

The next phase is adjusting to abstinence. Lasting recovery means behavioral changes that support your journey. Talking it out in a private or public support system will assist in recovery.

Active involvement in support groups such as AA or NA are recommended.

There are many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers also available to assist individuals to learn new coping skills and focus on their recovery. As well, your religious organization may be of great support.

Addiction is a chronic disease, therefore the goal is a long-term successful management of the disease.

Question: How Long Does Detox Treatment Take?

Answer: Detoxification from drugs or alcohol varies depending on the type, the level of abuse, and the individual client’s health.

In general, detox will take 3 to 10 days.

When you speak with one of our True Life Recovery representatives they will begin to assess your dependency and will give you a good idea of what timeline to expect to stay.

Question: How Much Does Detox Costs?

Answer: Costs include 24-hour supervision and monitoring, room and board in a private or shared room, intake evaluation, counseling and therapy sessions as well as nutritious food freshly prepared daily.

Question: Can I keep My Detox A Secret?

Answer: For anyone worried that the wrong person will find out that you are going through a detox program – don’t be. Deciding to become clean and sober is a very personal issue and we highly respect individual rights. We do not give out personal information, have and maintain a very strict confidentiality policy.