Many people believe that because Ultram is a relatively low-risk, painkiller drug, it is non-addictive. However, they are very mistaken! Although the risk of addiction is much lower in comparison to some other pain medications, the truth is that Ultram can be habit-forming. Ultram has a chemical makeup that is similar to other opioids such as codeine and morphine and may lead to psychological and physical dependence.
Ultram addiction is different mainly in that dependence comes from a psychological need for the drug. Addiction is considered a primary, chronic, neurobiological disease. Addiction is characterized by the compulsive need for a drug; it occurs over time with continued use, and may or may not be accompanied by physical dependence. On the other hand, physical dependence is an expected and natural adaptation mechanism.
In short, addiction is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following:
Obsessive, compulsive use of Ultram
Habitual use of Ultram despite harm
Cravings for the drug
Lack of control over Ultram use
Increase in Ultram dosage without a doctor’s permission
Utilizing multiple sources (often illegal) to get Ultram
Physical signs of abusing Ultram
The false idea that Ultram is unable to cause addiction may lead some people to become addicted without even realizing it. Recognizing the signs of Ultram abuse on time can prevent an addiction from developing. So, watch out for the following physical signs of Ultram abuse:
-Changes in appetite
-Dizziness or lightheadedness
-Nausea or vomiting
You can also identify someone who is addicted to Ultram by the changes in their behavior, which may include:
-Frequent involvement in arguments, quarrels, accidents, or illegal activities
-Loss of interest in extracurricular activities (sports, hobbies, exercise, etc.)
-Spending increased amounts of time alone
-Sudden changes in relationships, circle of friends, usual hangout spots, and hobbies
-Abrupt mood swings
-Unexplained change in attitude or personality
-Unexplained or unusual need for money
At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break the dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addiction and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction. The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.