Tramadol is a synthetic opioid painkiller, a narcotic pain reliever for moderate to moderately severe pain.
Although it is one of the least potent painkillers available and can only be used under doctor’s directions for legitimate conditions, frequent and prolonged tramadol use can lead to increasingly-high tolerance and addiction.
Tramadol is marketed under different brand names: ConZip, Ryzolt, Tramal, Ultram, Zamadol, Zydol, Tramacet. Common street names for tramadol include trammies, chill pills and ultras.
What is Tramadol (ConZip, Ultram) prescribed for?
Tramadol-based medication is used in the treatment of various conditions such as back pain, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and restless legs syndrome.
Symptoms of tramadol abuse include nausea, dizziness, appetite loss, constipation, slurred speech, sweating, trouble concentrating, even seizures. Combining tramadol with other substances is very dangerous. A life-threatening symptom of tramadol abuse is serotonin syndrome, which occurs when tramadol and antidepressants are taken at the same time.
Tramadol Rehab Treatment
Tramadol (ConZip, Ultram) Detox
Common tramadol withdrawal symptoms include agitation, depression, cravings, nausea and vomiting, cravings, appetite loss, muscle pain, mood swings, insomnia, abdominal cramps, tremors.
Tramadol affects the same brain areas as antidepressants. That is why those experiencing tramadol withdrawal may have both opioid and antidepressant withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal phase can last from several days to a week.
Tramadol addiction treatment begins with a personalised tramadol detox programme. The detox goal at Castle Craig is to get the patient clean in a safe environment. Our Consultant Psychiatrist thoroughly assesses each patient’s medical condition to determine their individual tramadol (ConZip, Ultram) detox regime.
During tramadol detox, the nursing staff medically monitor each patient 24/7. They check tramadol withdrawal symptoms regularly so that the medication dose can be adjusted accordingly.
The preferred method of tramadol detox involves scheduling a gradually decreased dosing protocol while supervising the patient’s withdrawal symptoms. This is the most comfortable method as it makes detox more comfortable for the patient and minimises negative withdrawal symptoms while the user’s system slowly adjusts.
Depending on individual patient needs, other medication may be prescribed to help ease the tramadol (ConZip, Ultram) withdrawal process.
Rehab Treatment for Tramadol Addiction
Castle Craig rehab clinic provides a structured, integrated, addiction recovery treatment programme for tramadol addiction. Each patient has their own individual treatment plan – starting from the detox stage of treatment into the therapy programme. A wide range of psychotherapies in an individual or group settings, as well as complementary therapies are available to all patients.
As we offer a residential rehab programme, this requires patients to live at our clinic. This type of treatment program is considered the best environment for achieving long-lasting recovery. Patients spend their days focusing on their recovery in individual and group therapy sessions, attending educational lectures and relapse prevention seminars, while recovering physically through healthy, regular meals and exercise.
People that were previously addicted to ConZip, Ultram or struggling with addiction to other tramadol-based drugs can address the psychological aspects of their addiction. During rehab, they work with a personal therapist to learn how to stay sober and deal with the emotional issues brought on by their addiction.
At discharge, each patient receives a two-year personalised aftercare plan that includes referral to 12-step NA-type support groups and other ongoing resources that Castle Craig rehab clinic organises for ex-patients.
Get Help for Tramadol Addiction and other Opioids
If you or someone you care about is abusing tramadol (ConZip, Ultram) or seeking recovery from addiction to Tramadol or other prescription painkillers, contact us to get help. Castle Craig Rehab has over 30 years experience in treating opioid addiction.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 10, 2021