The most widely used opiate in the world, codeine is primarily used to treat mild to severe pain. Phenflu CD, Poly-Tussin, and Contabflu are among the many medications that contain codeine. It is possible to naturally derive codeine from the opium poppy, but the majority of codeine that is present in prescription medications is semi-synthetic.
In addition to its analgesic effects, codeine’s effects include drowsiness, serenity, and euphoria, which unfortunately also make the drug popular among recreational drug abusers. Though codeine is not as powerful as other opiates such as morphine and heroin, abusing this drug can lead to dependence. Also, codeine is commonly abused by individuals who are also abusing alcohol and other drugs, which significantly raises the risk of negative outcomes.
In addition to being dangerous, chronic abuse of codeine can also be difficult to overcome without effective professional treatment such as the comprehensive services that are available at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The negative impact of codeine abuse is not limited to the person who is engaging in this dangerous behavior. Unfortunately, many of the friends and family members who are affected by a loved one’s codeine abuse mistakenly believe that they are incapable of providing meaningful assistance. The truth is much more hopeful. If someone you care about has been abusing codeine, please consider the following:
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction and the specific challenges and dangers related to codeine abuse.
- Learn what types of treatment have helped others who were in similar situations, and identify programs that provide the care that is best suited to meeting your loved one’s unique needs.
- Understand that your loved one is dealing with a complex challenge that will require an extended effort to address. Plan to be by his or her side for the long haul.
- When speaking to your loved one, be calm, rational, and non-judgmental. Your loved one may respond with denial or anger. Do not be drawn into an argument. This is not the time to criticize or issue ultimatums; instead, you need to keep your focus firmly on the goal of getting your loved one the help that he or she needs.
- Help out with scheduling appointments, arranging for transportation, providing childcare, and whatever other logistics you can. This type of tangible support will remove obstacles and allow your loved one to focus on his or her health.
Finally, remember that residential care can be an essential step on the path to recovery, but it is only one step. When your loved one returns from treatment, it is imperative that he or she has a strong support network in place. Plan to be an active part of that network.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks
Codeine abuse and dependence can have a profoundly negative impact on a person’s physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing. It is not an overstatement to note that codeine abuse can be lethal. The chronic abuse of codeine has been associated with myriad dangerous effects, including confusion, disorientation, heart damage, and seizures. In addition to the physical damage, continued codeine abuse is likely to erode a person’s mental acuity and emotional stability, which will undermine that person’s efforts to function effectively in school or at work, maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, pay bills, and otherwise meet his or her personal, social, and professional obligations. Academic expulsion, job loss, unemployment, financial devastation, and legal problems are far from uncommon among individuals who do not get treatment for codeine abuse and addiction.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For more than 30 years, Twelve Oaks Recovery Center has been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, including codeine. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their codeine abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, treatment at our center includes the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with drugs still in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM-certified addictionologist, and patients are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when they are deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their codeine abuse or dependence, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their codeine addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to codeine, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from codeine addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to codeine, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.