September 11th, 2023
If you or someone you love is struggling with tramadol use, it can feel like you’re drowning in a sea of confusion and pain. But remember, there is hope. Tramadol rehab can provide a lifeline to those in need and guide you towards a healthier, drug-free life. At Oasis Runcorn, we provide an evidence-based treatment which will allow you to delve deep into the underlying causes and consequences of tramadol addiction so you can make meaningful, lasting changes.
What is tramadol rehab?
Tramadol rehab is a comprehensive programme designed to help individuals struggling with a prescription drug addiction to tramadol. It focuses on detoxing from tramadol safely, managing withdrawal symptoms and equipping you with the tools to live a healthier and drug-free life.
Tramadol rehab not only addresses the physical aspects of addiction but also helps you understand and address the underlying reasons for your substance abuse. By helping you explore and manage these root causes, rehab can give you the best chance of long-term recovery.
Inpatient tramadol rehab at Oasis Runcorn
Oasis Runcorn provides inpatient tramadol rehab, where you live at our residential recovery centre while completing the process. Inpatient tramadol rehab provides:
- 24/7 medical support during detox and tramadol withdrawal
- A structured and supportive environment, free from triggers and distractions
- An intensive schedule of therapy and holistic treatments
- Comprehensive aftercare and relapse prevention support
Is tramadol rehab necessary?
If you are unsure whether you or your loved one need tramadol rehab, here’s a quick breakdown of questions to ask yourself. If your answer to these questions is “yes”, then you would likely benefit from professional assistance:
- Have you tried to cut down or stop using tramadol but can’t?
- Do you experience tramadol withdrawal symptoms when you don’t take the drug?
- Is your tramadol use causing problems in your relationships, work or school life?
- Are you neglecting your responsibilities because of your tramadol use?
- Are you taking risks to obtain tramadol?
- Have you continued using tramadol despite knowing its harmful effects?
How detox improves physical health
Tramadol detox is the first step in the opioid rehab process, as it enables your body to rid itself of the drug and begin healing from the damage caused by prolonged drug use. Detox from tramadol can improve your energy levels, sleep patterns, appetite and overall well-being.
Tramadol detox involves gradually reducing the drug’s dosage to manage withdrawal symptoms under the monitoring of medical professionals. It is crucial that you do not attempt this on your own, as tramadol withdrawal can be challenging and potentially dangerous.
What are the symptoms of tramadol withdrawal?
Understanding the potential symptoms of tramadol withdrawal is crucial to preparing for rehab. Tramadol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person depending on several factors, including the duration of use, the amount typically taken and individual physiological differences. Here are some of the common tramadol withdrawal symptoms you or your loved one may experience:
- Anxiety: This is one of the most common symptoms of tramadol withdrawal. You might feel a constant sense of worry or unease or experience panic attacks. This anxiety can make it difficult to think clearly, sleep or perform everyday tasks.
- Restlessness: This typically manifests as a strong urge to move around, even if you are tired or trying to rest. You may feel like you can’t sit still, or you might experience restless legs syndrome, a condition where you have an irresistible urge to move your legs.
- Insomnia: Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep is common during tramadol withdrawal. This can exacerbate other symptoms, such as anxiety and restlessness and may lead to fatigue or difficulty concentrating.
- Physical discomfort: You may experience a variety of physical symptoms during withdrawal, including flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal problems, body aches, muscle tension or tremors.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure: This can cause feelings of a racing heart or even chest pain.
- Psychological symptoms: Aside from anxiety, you may also experience mood swings, depression or irritability. Some people also report hallucinations or other types of psychosis, although this is less common.
- Cravings: An intense desire to use tramadol again is one of the most challenging aspects of tramadol withdrawal. Cravings are driven by your body’s desire to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms and return to the state it’s become accustomed to.
How long do withdrawals last from tramadol?
The tramadol withdrawal timeline has slight variations for different people, but it will usually go something like this:
- Day 1-3: Tramadol withdrawal symptoms usually begin within 12-20 hours of the last dose. You might start to feel anxious, agitated and experience physical symptoms such as aches, nausea and an increased heart rate.
- Day 4-7: By this stage, tramadol withdrawal symptoms may peak and can include insomnia, depression and severe cravings. This period can be the most challenging, but your medical team can offer support and interventions to manage these symptoms.
- Week 2: Most physical tramadol withdrawal symptoms start to decrease, but you may still experience psychological symptoms like mood swings, ongoing cravings and disrupted sleep patterns.
- Week 3 and beyond: For some, symptoms may continue for several weeks or even months, especially psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. This is known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). In tramadol rehab, ongoing support is provided to help manage these prolonged symptoms.
Tramadol rehab therapy at Oasis Runcorn
Tramadol rehab is more than just detoxifying the body; it’s also about understanding the causes of tramadol use and restoring mental health. Several therapies help address the psychological aspects of addiction, including:
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): DBT is another effective approach that is often used in tramadol rehab. DBT teaches you skills for emotional regulation, which is the ability to respond to emotional triggers in a measured and appropriate way rather than impulsively reaching for substances like tramadol. DBT uses techniques like mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance to equip you with the tools needed to navigate the challenges of recovery.
- Group therapy: In group therapy sessions, you will be in a supportive environment to share experiences, learn from others going through similar journeys and develop social skills. Group therapy promotes empathy, provides different perspectives on dealing with the challenges of tramadol rehab and enhances communication and interpersonal skills.
- One-to-one therapy: Personalised attention is a critical aspect of effective rehab, and one-to-one therapy provides just that. These sessions give you the opportunity to delve deeper into personal issues, explore the root causes of your tramadol use and develop tailored strategies to overcome obstacles.
Holistic tramadol rehab approaches
Our tramadol rehab programme also incorporates holistic therapies to complement traditional approaches. These therapies address your emotional health, aiding in stress management, emotional expression and overall well-being. They include:
- Yoga and meditation: Both yoga and meditation promote mindfulness, the practice of being fully present and engaged in the current moment. Through these practices, you can learn to sit with your emotions, even the uncomfortable ones, without resorting to tramadol use.
- Art therapy: Art therapy offers a unique way to express and manage emotions. It provides a non-verbal outlet for feelings that might be too difficult to put into words. By creating art, you can explore and express your experiences with tramadol dependence and recovery.
Tramadol relapse prevention
Preventing relapse is an integral part of your tramadol recovery journey. Here are some tips to help:
Develop a solid support network…
This could include friends, family or support groups like Narcotics Anonymous. Surrounding yourself with people who understand and support your tramadol recovery can be incredibly beneficial.
Learn to manage stress…
Stress can be a major trigger for tramadol relapse. Techniques such as mindfulness, meditation and regular exercise can help manage stress levels.
Avoid tramadol triggers…
This may mean changing your routines, cutting ties with people who enable or encourage your tramadol use or avoiding places where you used to use tramadol.
Participate in aftercare…
Aftercare is a crucial part of the recovery process as it provides continued support, accountability and coping strategies to maintain your sobriety. Oasis Runcorn offers one year’s free group sessions every week to help you through the transition back to everyday life.
Begin tramadol rehab today
Tramadol rehab can be a lifeline, and though the journey may be challenging, remember that each step you take is one step closer to a healthier, tramadol-free life. Reach out to Oasis Runcorn today to discuss your options and build a new, happier future.