The Reality of Tramadol Addiction

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“It is always by way of pain, that one arrives at pleasure”- Marquis de Sade. Addiction could be said to be both our pain and pleasure wrapped up into one. However, we will unfortunately be focusing on the pain today. There are two primary examples of pain generally; physical and mental.

The first example of pain we will discuss is when you’ve been dating somebody for quite some time and the person up and exits from your life. No sign or warning, just packs up and you are left to pick up the pieces and wonder “why”. To some this would be called heartbreak. This example is mental/emotional pain. Then we have the example of somebody you’ve been seeing for quite some time and the person gets angry one day and stabs you in the heart. This is another form of heartbreak. This example is what we call physical pain.

When physical pain like this occurs, the person is sometimes prescribed some form of opiates for pain relief of the open wound in their chest cavity. THEN you have people like addicts and alcoholics. We enter recovery, getting clean and sober, and have unfortunate physical pain delivering accidents happen to us. Life is unpredictable. In some extreme cases, opiates would be acceptable under medical supervision or something. My scenario was extreme for the record. For the addicts and alcoholics around the world, there were certain alternatives to pain that were viewed at as acceptable for a while. Tramadol was one of these until Tramadol addiction became a very real thing.

 

Tramadol Addiction Actuality

For starters, Tramadol is a synthetic opioid with very weak to little mu-opioid activity occurring in the brain. So although very little, still enough to cause problems for any bit of alcoholic thinking working overtime. Tramadol is to painkillers as O’Douls is to regular beer. Even non alcoholic beer has that small fraction of a percentage of alcohol in it.

So it’s not a real opiate pain killer and has been viewed upon as the safer alternative for years. This fact may still very well still stand, but it doesn’t devalidate the fact that there are individuals all around the world having to detoxify from having abused the drug for years. Many think it’s a safe alternative like Ibuprofen and begin to pop the little painkillers like Skittles. That is until dependence occurs. Then the realization of the drug’s addictive tendencies comes to the surface.

Everyone’s body handles the withdrawals a little differently, but most experience similar side effects as the time passes on. Some of the symptoms that pair along with detoxing from Tramadol mirror that of opiates and can include but are not limited to: hot and cold flashes, nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite, loss of ability to use the bathroom, insomnia, headaches and migraines, and other body aches.

 

Not a Figment of Imagination

Tramadol addiction has been reported as increasing over the last 15-20 years and the numbers are skyrocketing from the number of individuals turning to it for relief from whatever causing them to hurt. This seems harmless at first but we can’t forget the fact that it’s alcoholic thinking that tends to get involved in such matters. However, it can usually be spotted from a distance. Some of the inevitable characteristics of an individual becoming addicted to something so “harmless” includes:

  • Physical Dependence
  • Psychological Dependence
  • Compulsive Use Despite Consequences
  • Taking to Get High
  • Drug Seeking Behavior
  • Using Without a Prescription

It looks a lot like any other narcotic/alcohol abuse does. For many, our addiction starts picking up on the fact that we are constantly taking this little white pill to numb away the physical pain that we are enduring. Believe it or not, subconsciously our addictions pick up on that and start looking for other things to numb.

We start associating this pain with emotional pain and other stressors going on in our lives. It sounds silly, but incidences like this happen every day to unsuspecting addicts and alcoholics. We tend to become addicted to anything that makes us feel good. Anything that can mask all the troubles and difficulties that are continually putting up walls for us, we’ll reach for it.

 

Addiction is Addiction is Addiction  

The thing is that Tramadol also affects the same serotonin neurotransmitters that a lot of antidepressants trigger. So with that being the case, this pain killing agent is also a mood elevator in some instances. This right here is a prime case in point of how quick Tramadol addiction can slink out of the gutter and snag you into its grips. The mind starts playing tricks on us again and telling us that we “need” something to make us feel better.

With the chemical addiction numbers rising, it’s important to realize that human beings are very adaptive creatures. When you live in hot temperatures year round, your body learns to adapt differently than to that of somebody who lives in cold temperatures all year. This goes for dieting, weather conditions, and more. So when we consistently deliver the same thing to the body every day, it begins to expect it. Even if you’re not killing yourself, the body goes into something called survival mode and learns to adapt to this foreign object its eating daily. Once the body starts adapting, so does our tolerance. This is where the downward spiral of addiction really begins to decline quickly.

Knowing how to call yourself out and catch relapse in this state of mind is always important. Even if you’re not in recovery, it is still recommended to be careful when testing the waters with this non narcotic pain killer. There are still other alternatives out there if you ask your doctor. There are also many natural remedies to ease the aches. Look into your options; don’t feed your alcoholism what it’s craving.

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