What is the best solution for an addiction to Tramadol? Ultram, or Tramadol, is a synthetic opiate medication that is often used as a painkiller.
Now one of the tricky things about this medication is that it falls into a category of drug warnings that is ambiguous at best. Sometimes the warning label on this medication will be something vague such as “not addictive but may be habit forming,” leaving the patient to want to respond “well, which is it?”
In my experience, and based on everything I have seen while working at an inpatient detox center, the answer is that Tramadol can definitely be a real drug of addiction. I have met people in treatment who actually preferred Ultram to other opiates.
As such, you should treat Tramadol addiction with the same respect that you would give to someone who was addicted to heroin. Obviously they are not the same thing, but they are definitely in the same class of substances, and they work on the body and the brain in the same way. Both are opiate based drugs and both can eventually kill you.
So what is the solution if someone is hooked on Tramadol? My first suggestion is that the struggling addict admit that they have a problem, both to themselves and to others. If they cannot do this simple step then it is unlikely that the person is ready to be helped at all. Before you can get help you have to surrender completely.
Second of all I would recommend that the person seeking to overcome Ultram addiction that they immediately call up an inpatient treatment center. If you have the willingness to take action then I strongly urge you to get on the phone and ask what your options are. Going to a 28 day inpatient treatment program is likely going to be your best possible course of action. Sure, there may be alternatives to inpatient rehab, but those alternatives are rarely going to be as effective as immersing yourself in recovery at an inpatient treatment program.
In order to break free from addiction you need at least a couple of components to fall into place. One, you need to get physically detoxified from the substance. That is best done in a controlled medical setting where nurses can manage the withdrawal symptoms. Apparently there is a unique risk with Tramadol with seizures in some cases, so attending medical detox is something you should definitely consider.
After physically being detoxified from the drug, you then need to rebuild your life from the ground up in such a way that you do not depend on drugs or alcohol. The key to doing this is to put one foot in front of the other, take one day at a time, and consistently take positive action in order to rebuild your life with healthy habits instead of unhealthy ones. Recovery is exactly that: Trading in a bad set of habits for a healthier set of habits. In order to make progress you must shed the unhealthy habits and also create new routines to replace the old “you.” Without new routines and new positive habits your life will be empty and you will eventually revert back to your old behaviors as a result of this.
One of the problems that opiate addicts face in early recovery is that of physical or chronic pain. This can keep people from ever trying to get clean in the first place because they are too afraid of the pain they may face if they go without any medication. There are some solutions for this but in order to find the right path in your own recovery journey you must be open minded and willing to try a variety of solutions.
What you cannot do is expect to be successful in recovery if you try a suggestion for your pain, such as physical therapy and massage, and you instantly declare it to be unsuccessful because it does not instantly medicate all of your pain away the way opiates do. This is a mindset of stubborn denial, someone who is just going to shoot every idea down because it does not involve getting high on opiates. Instead, you must learn to let go, to become willing to test new ideas, to become willing to try new solutions. Not everything is going to perfectly medicate your pain instantly the way you are hoping for, but you can still learn to manage your pain without falling back into addiction. This can be tricky and it may take some experimenting and some advice from various doctors and addiction professionals, but you can overcome chronic pain in recovery if you are willing to work at it.
Therefore the best path forward for just about anyone who is addicted to Tramadol is to call up an inpatient treatment center and consider attending a 28 day inpatient program. Doing so will give you several advantages over someone who has never gone to treatment. First of all, you will have the benefit of a full medical detox, including the benefit of having certain medications that can help manage your withdrawal symptoms. Many opiate addicts fail in early recovery because they are not able to overcome the nasty withdrawal symptoms that often come with opiate withdrawal. In order to give yourself every possible advantage you are going to want a real medical detox that can help you to get through this tricky part of early recovery.
Second of all, if you go to inpatient treatment for 28 days, then you walk out of treatment with 28 days of clean time under your belt. This is a powerful way to build at least some foundation in your early recovery journey. Without building a foundation you are going to find that addiction is just too much to overcome. We need support and lots of help in early recovery if we are going to avoid relapse. Staying at an inpatient rehab for 28 days is a great way to get a jump start on your recovery.
Third, you will be exposed to professional counselors and therapists while you are at a 28 day program. These people can help to design a treatment plan that works for you.
Fourth, you will have peers that support you while you are in rehab, and some of them may even support you at 12 step meetings after you leave rehab. Building this social support network is critical in early recovery, because without any peer support you are not likely to make it far in recovery.
Finally, if you do happen to attend an inpatient treatment center, they will definitely give you an aftercare plan to follow up with after you check out. This is of critical importance, and anyone who follows through with their aftercare plan is much more likely to remain clean and sober in the long run.
For these reasons, you or anyone that you care about who is struggling with opiate addiction should definitely consider attending inpatient treatment.