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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration classifies tramadol as an opioid and controlled substance. Tramadol has the potential for substance abuse and dependency. Misusing the drug can lead to several health complications and other adverse effects. According to the 

Tennessee Department of Public Health, 61% of drug overdoses were opioid-related.

As with other substance use addictions, our therapists at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health’s tramadol addiction treatment center in Murfreesboro, TN, monitor clients. They work to determine if a monitored detoxification program followed by inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best option for each individual’s tramadol addiction. For all clients, we provide an aftercare plan to make the transition back to daily life and maintain a healthy lifestyle possible.

Why Choose TRUE

Our state-of-the-art drug recovery and rehab center provides a full suite of specialized programs. We help you or a loved one break the cycle of prescription drug and opioid addiction.

We begin by completing a comprehensive assessment of the client’s current condition and assessing the client’s medical history to determine treatment needs. The assessment results are reviewed and used to develop an individualized treatment plan for recovery at TRUE.

TRUE’s clients receive safe and comfortable medical detox services following an individualized treatment plan. Our dedicated therapists consider the unique needs of each individual and treat them accordingly, which begins with an assessment that gathers information on the client’s active addictions, history of substance abuse, and prior treatments. After the evaluation, the individual is placed under medical supervision at our facility. Medical professionals are there every step of the way during the withdrawal process.

Adverse Effects of Tramadol Use

Individuals taking tramadol should beware of possible side effects and consult their doctor if the following do not subside or worsen after a few days from starting the drug.

  • Constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness

It is essential to be aware of specific tramadol side effects that can be severe. Call a doctor immediately if you suspect a tramadol overdose or experience any of the following while taking tramadol:

  • Interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Mood changes
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe stomach/abdominal pain
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Potential mental disorders

Signs of Tramadol Withdrawal

When a person is dependent on tramadol and stops taking it, there is a potential for withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms are similar to other types of opioid withdrawal. They can include any number of the following:

  • Insomnia or Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Sweating or Chills
  • Excessive Yawning
  • Fatigue or Tiredness
  • Joint and Muscle Aches
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Increase Heart Rate
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Increased Respiratory Rate
  • Cravings 

Our Tramadol Addiction Treatment Programs

During Tramadol addiction treatment, our clients can participate in various programs, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and sober living homes.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Inpatient programs aren’t always required or serve the needs of every individual. For people with an involved support system at home, an intensive outpatient program better meets their needs. We understand the importance of family in people’s lives. Because of that, we offer this intensive outpatient program (IOP). 

The program suits individuals who do not need around-the-clock care. This option is typically designed for individuals moving out of a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Most IOPs meet 3-4 days weekly for 3-5 hours, giving women time to return to their daily obligations. 

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) can benefit patients needing more than outpatient care without 24/7 inpatient treatment. PHPs help individuals by providing a safe and structured environment with access to medical supervision, including psychotherapy, one-on-one and individual therapy sessions, support groups, and medication management when needed. This substance abuse treatment program removes access to tramadol abuse.

Individuals in this program can access care during the day and return home in the evenings to continue their routines. They can practice positive lifestyle changes and build social connections in a supportive community. We provide exposure therapy during the first month of treatment to understand how to approach critical incidents. We help our clients work through intrusion symptoms and the stimuli that provoke them.

Sober Living

Our sober living program is ideal for those who need to be surrounded by a support system for people with similar disorders. Our drug-free housing is close to our treatment facilities for convenience. We offer four levels of sober living.

  • Peer-Run: This format is an informed residence where people who already know each other live together during their recovery. The residents agree on the rules of the house. Some basic requirements might include weekly house meetings, drug screenings, and holding each other accountable during sobriety. This independent format typically does not have clinicians visiting the sober homes. However, residents continue attending the treatment facility for group therapy.
  • Monitored: This option is housed in a single-family home. A resident who has been in the program a while, a senior resident, supervises the house and can act as a house manager. Because of the commitment, this individual is usually compensated for their work. As with peer-run homes, residents can expect to engage in house meetings and drug screenings and follow established house rules.
  • Supervised: Our treatment facility has direct involvement in this format. We provide consistent monitoring of the mental health conditions of our clients. Our staff offers any necessary health services and teaches coping skills and other psychotherapy as needed for each individual and group session.
    To take treatment a step further, we teach life skills and address the importance of having high self-esteem and self-awareness. Every staff member involved in supervised sober living housing is certified.
  • Integrated Therapies: This sober living structure is a transitional format for clients completing their addiction treatment program. As with the supervised model, our therapists come to the homes and guide life skills and coping skills development.

Our Approach to Tramadol Addiction and Recovery

TRUE’s individualized therapy focuses on each client’s unique needs for drug addiction treatment. We aim to understand the specific concerns of each client, and from there, our therapists develop specialized goals for each individual.

Working collaboratively with each client, we can develop a plan beyond a standard model and create a personable and actionable set of guidelines instead. We offer various therapy options, which further contribute to our individualized approach, including the following evidence-based options.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) occurs over multiple sessions for an hour each. Most of our clients participate in 5-20 sessions to optimize results; however, each client’s therapist will provide direction based on each person’s goals. This behavioral health therapy begins with the clients discussing their addictive tendencies, challenges, and concerns with combatting their addiction. From there, the therapist will provide tools to establish coping strategies.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) goes a bit more in-depth than CBT and typically lasts over several months, during which clients come in for weekly sessions, but each session still lasts about an hour; however, that could vary depending on the client’s individualized treatment plan.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) helps when traumatic events happen. The emotions associated with those events can remain in the brain and are left unresolved. However, EMDR works to stimulate the area of the brain containing the memories and target the memory. Once the memory is targeted, the therapist will have the client discuss it while the patient follows finger motions from the therapist with their eyes. Stimulating the part of the brain where the memory is stored with eye movements helps to resolve the trauma. Usually, EMDR sessions are a couple of times a week and can last up to 90 minutes each.
  • Holistic therapies offer a range of holistic treatments to help our clients recover from substance use disorder using what we refer to as the whole-person approach. We use art, animal, music, movement therapies, meditation, yoga, fitness, and acupuncture.
  • Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) helps individuals understand unhelpful thoughts that can lead to negative emotions or behaviors. REBT focuses on the moment and what a person is feeling. Our therapists help you form new ways of approaching challenges, thoughts, and circumstances. The root of the adverse emotions is addressed so that self-sabotaging behavior can taper off.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) combines mindfulness and acceptance strategies. The idea behind ACT is to focus on helping individuals develop mental and emotional flexibility and avoid making risky decisions that contribute to tramadol dependence.
  • Recovery coaching is a supportive and personalized approach to helping our clients with alcohol addiction. It can be valuable in navigating the recovery process. Our recovery coaches are trained professionals who provide guidance, encouragement, and accountability to individuals seeking to overcome their addiction and maintain long-term sobriety by providing another level of accountability, addiction education, and life skill development for overcoming cravings and preventing relapse.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

People with tramadol addiction often develop mental health disorders. This leads to a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) that requires a dual diagnosis and proper treatment of the mental condition and SUD. Those who take higher doses of tramadol put themselves at an increased risk.

The most common mental health disorders that lead to drug abuse are:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Personality disorders

Some of the most common substances include the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Prescription drugs

Get the Support You Need

We can tailor a tramadol addiction treatment approach that leads to wellness and recovery through individualized therapy, IOP, PHP, sober living, and other effective treatment options. Even though living with an addiction can be challenging, learning coping skills to make your life or a loved one more meaningful is a step away. Take the first step to long-term recovery by reaching out now. Our providers are standing by.

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