Codeine Addiction Signs and Symptoms, Detox and Rehab Treatment

Are you or a loved one addicted to codeine and want to discuss treatment options? It is necessary for a codeine addict to reach rock bottom before they are ready to commit to recovery. Therefore, today is the start of your journey to life, free from addiction.

We are experienced in detoxing codeine in combination with alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine and therapeutically rehabilitate clients through personalised recovery programmes.

All of our staff are in recovery from a range of addictions (including codeine), and many have been through the detox and rehab process themselves. Furthermore, our rehab clinic was recently rated 100% by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and we are proud to provide low-cost treatment, with family programmes and free lifetime aftercare as standard.

15 Signs and Symptoms of Addiction to Codeine

If you or a loved one has concerns of a codeine addiction, there are some signs and symptoms to watch out for: If you answer yes to one or more you may have an addiction to codeine – call us today!

  • Using larger doses of the drug to gain the same effect due to building tolerance
  • Suffering withdrawal symptoms
  • Using codeine when there is no genuine physical pain, purely for the effects
  • Going to different chemists in order to hide purchasing
  • Purchasing codeine and its generic forms over the internet
  • Hiding the amount consumed from others
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose to achieve a state of warmth and sleepiness
  • Mixing Codeine medications with other substances such as Valium
  • Manipulating others/medical professionals to get more of the drug
  • Feelings of fear and agitation rising when the supply is running low
  • Experiencing financial difficulties due to purchasing codeine
  • Missing appointments/work/commitments due to getting high
  • Experiencing difficulties within relationships
  • Resorting to crime/stealing to get money to buy more
  • Suffering physical ailments and damage to internal organs

Of course, there is no finite list; as the addiction progresses the individual will become more and more entrenched in deceitful and destructive behaviours. The above list of addictive traits will give you an idea if you or a loved one have developed a problem with Codeine that requires professional help and treatment.

What Is Codeine?

Codeine is a medical opiate analgesic (painkiller) and is derived from Morphine. It is much stronger than paracetamol or ibuprofen. It can come in pill form or linctus form. It is used medically to relieve symptoms of mild to moderate pain, it comes in varying strengths and also acts as a cough suppressant. A doctor or medical physician can prescribe stronger variations of the drug and there are many medical drugs that contain Codeine in them.

Recently, over-the-counter Codeine-based medicines carry an addiction warning on the box, label or inside the leaflet, as will the prescribed varieties. It is often combined with other painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen for more powerful and effective pain relief. In addition to delivering fast and effective relief from pain, it also induces feelings of warmth and well being.

Different Forms of Codeine

There are many different brand names for over the counter Codeine that can be purchased and they come in varying strengths and are combined with additional analgesics:

Commonly abused over-the-counter codeine-based medicines:

Co-Codamol – Codeine combined with paracetamol

Solpadeine Max and Solpadeine Plus – Codeine combined with paracetamol

Nurofen Plus – Codeine combined with Ibuprofen

Paramol –  Dihydrocodeine 7.5 mg combined with paracetamol

Feminax – 8mg of codeine per tablet combined with paracetamol

Codis – 8mg of codeine combined with aspirin

Codeine Effects

Codeine is an opioid and provides pain relief by working on the brain and spinal cords opioid receptors, causing them to mimic and release the body’s naturally occurring endorphins, to deal with pain. The endorphins together with the opioid pain receptors in the spine and brain, block the transmission of pain signals and so provide the individual relief from pain symptoms.

The feelings of euphoria and warmth are the effect the individual becomes addicted to and craves more of. Those that abuse and become addicted to Codeine based medications will find themselves using larger and larger amounts to gain the same euphoric effects; this happens when the body has become tolerant to the drug. Some, seeking a bigger high, may binge on the drug and risk overdosing which can be fatal

The Risks of Codeine Addiction

Codeine carries risks both in the short-term and long-term use. Short term abuse or binging on the drug, especially when it is combined with another pain reliever or suppressant, can lead to damaging the internal organs, sleepiness, coma and death. Long-term use, again especially when combined with another suppressant or pain reliever, can lead to internal bleeding, compromised organ function, organ failure, and death.

Medical Codeine Detox

Here at Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn, we are able to facilitate a full medical detox from Codeine in its varying forms. If you or a loved one have a dependency on this medicine, it is likely you will have a lot of fear around withdrawal and stopping. We understand this fear completely and will do everything we can to ensure your detox is as comfortable as possible without compromising your safety.

Once admitted to our rehab, you will undergo a comprehensive medical assessment carried out by our Doctor. During the consultation, our doctor will discuss with you a suitable medical detox. If required, a detox regime will be prescribed, taking into account all aspects of your addiction and your physical and mental health condition. This will be continually monitored and reviewed by our therapeutic staff and Counsellors throughout your stay.


The duration of the detox required will depend on the strength and amount of Codeine you have been taking regularly and also the duration of your addiction. If Codeine is stopped abruptly without medical help, you or your loved one can expect to experience the following symptoms of withdrawal:

  • Sweating and chills
  • Shaking
  • Vomiting and Diarrhoea
  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia and headaches
  • Muscle cramps and pains
  • Agitation
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Coughing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Stomach cramps
  • Low and emotional mood

Codeine withdrawal symptoms will diminish over time, it may be a few weeks or even a few months before you start to feel better, depending on the amount you are withdrawing from. As an opiate-based drug Codeine has similar withdrawal symptoms to the Class A drug Heroin, especially when taken in larger quantities.

Codeine with Alcohol and Drugs

If you or your loved one are mixing any form of codeine with alcohol or another drug, detox and withdrawal symptoms can be particularly dangerous and unpleasant. It is vital that you get medical and professional advice before attempting any kind of detox alone. Clinically it has been proven that the safest way to detox is with medical assistance, supervision and support, which is why we provide this service for all of our clients.

Combining Codeine with any of the following substances is considered particularly dangerous and even life-threatening, as is the withdrawal:

  • Alcohol
  • Valium
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Heroin
  • Methadone
  • Tranquillisers

Our Codeine Addiction Treatment 

We strongly recommend a minimum of 28 days of rehabilitation in one of our treatment facilities. In this time, you will be treated physically, mentally and emotionally.

Our specialist programmes include:

  • One-to-one Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Fitness
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Process Addiction
  • Holistic Programme
  • Mindfulness
  • Relapse Prevention Techniques

Free Lifelong Aftercare Programme

We understand that leaving rehab and having to face the reality of day-to-day life can be an extremely daunting thought. While you may be determined to continue living a clean and sober life, external triggers and temptations exist and dealing with these alone can leave you feeling isolated. To support you during this vital time, we have created a two-tier approach to long-term sobriety.

Short-term: we provide one year’s worth of free aftercare support sessions every week in the rehab you attended (or nearest clinic). Here you will engage with a group based therapeutic approach, with loved ones in attendance (if you so wish) but with the opportunity to speak with a counsellor one-to-one.

Long-term: we have built the UK’s first recovery network for all those who have attended a UKAT treatment facility. This lifelong recovery network is called Alumni – a gateway to lifelong sober companionship. Events include Christmas parties, dinners, adventure days out and, of course, summer BBQs.

This is the future of permanent recovery, and we are proud to be the first rehab family in the UK to offer it. Many people fear that putting down the drugs means losing their social life. At UKAT we say it’s only just begun! Please call to hear more about rehab, recovery and lifelong happiness.

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