Colorado is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and it’s not just due to illicit drugs like heroin. Prescription opioids like codeine also play a major role in the ongoing crisis, claiming the lives of hundreds of Coloradoans each year. Many people believe that prescription drugs are safe, but many of these medications can easily lead to abuse, dependence and addiction. 

It can be difficult to stop the cycle of addiction on your own, but professional rehab treatment can support you in your recovery journey. If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription opioids like codeine, The Recovery Village at Palmer is here to help.

When Is Treatment Necessary for Codeine Addiction?

When opioid use starts negatively impacting your life, you should consider seeking treatment. Signs that codeine use has become a concern and is negatively impacting your life can include:

  • Loss of employment 
  • Financial distress
  • Inability to maintain personal relationships
  • Medical complications
  • Inability to complete day-to-day tasks
  • Legal trouble
  • Doctor shopping 
  • Depression or other mental health concerns
  • Inability to stop using codeine 

Signs of Codeine Abuse

Common signs of codeine abuse include:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Mood swings
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Nodding off
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Clammy hands or feet
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Slowed breathing
  • Changes in vision

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Codeine Addiction Treatment Options

At a professional rehab facility, the codeine addiction treatment process typically begins with a medical detox program. Medical detox is helpful because uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms often emerge when someone with codeine addiction stops taking the drug. In medical detox, a clinical team monitors your health and treats withdrawal symptoms as your body naturally eliminates codeine from its system.

When detox is complete, you’ll begin an inpatient or outpatient treatment program to start learning how to live a codeine-free life. The length of each program can vary widely, depending on the severity of your addiction and your needs in recovery. For example, short-term treatment may conclude in less than 30 days, while long-term treatment can last for six months or more. However, experts believe that treatment is most effective when it lasts at least 90 days.

Inpatient Codeine Addiction Treatment

For more severe cases of addiction where codeine misuse is long-term, inpatient rehab is typically needed. Inpatient rehab can help you recover from your addiction mentally, physically, emotionally, and sometimes spiritually. Inpatient treatment can last for periods of 30, 60 or 90 days, or even longer depending on the program and severity of codeine abuse.

Clients live on-site at the rehab facility during inpatient treatment. At most rehab centers, clients will receive treatment through:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Peer support meetings
  • Medication management
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Case management
  • Holistic therapies
  • Recreational activities

Other treatment approaches, such as nutritional support and fitness programs, may also be offered in an inpatient setting.

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Outpatient Codeine Addiction Treatment

Outpatient care offers many of the same treatments as inpatient care but is less restrictive. Often, clients will begin outpatient treatment after completing their inpatient stay. Those with less severe addictions may be able to immediately begin outpatient treatment following detox.

During an outpatient program, clients live off-site in a supportive environment, such as at home or in a sober living community, and routinely visit the rehab facility for treatment. Outpatient care typically lasts for 90 days and includes treatment approaches like:

  • Medical support
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • 12-step programs
  • Support group meetings
  • Mental health treatment and support

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Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are a good option for clients who need additional support as they transition back to their day-to-day lives. IOPs provide a more intensive schedule of treatment while still allowing clients to return home each day.

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After outpatient treatment is complete, clients begin the long-term aftercare phase. Aftercare programs provide ongoing support in recovery through alumni events, routine check-ins, support group meetings, relapse prevention plans and more.

Does Insurance Cover Rehab for Codeine Addiction?

In general, insurance covers some or all of the costs of codeine rehab. However, coverage can vary widely depending on the rehab facility and your insurance provider, so it’s important to verify what is covered. You can call your insurance carrier or contact one of our helpful representatives to learn more about your insurance coverage.

Factors that can impact the cost of codeine addiction treatment include:

  • Length of the treatment program
  • The type of treatment (inpatient vs. outpatient)
  • The amenities of the facility
  • Whether the program includes medical detox
  • The location of the program

If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to choose a professional facility with qualities that include:

  • Accreditation from a nationally recognized organization, such as The Joint Commission 
  • A multidisciplinary team of licensed, experienced professionals
  • A full continuum of care, ranging from detox to aftercare
  • Evidence-based approaches to treatment
  • Dual diagnosis care for co-occurring mental health disorders
  • A comfortable, supportive environment that fosters healing
  • Amenities that support the recovery process

Get Treatment For Codeine Addiction in Colorado

 The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a licensed and accredited facility that uses evidence-based treatment to help those struggling with codeine abuse and addiction. We offer a full continuum of care, including medical detox, inpatient care, outpatient treatment and long-term aftercare services. All forms of treatment are provided by a multidisciplinary staff of doctors, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, nurses and trained addiction experts.

Codeine addiction is a serious condition, but professional treatment can help make recovery possible. If you or someone you love is ready to find treatment for codeine abuse and addiction, The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is here to help.

Depending on the level of care needed, amenities at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake include:

  • Chef-prepared meals
  • A heated swimming pool
  • Two fully equipped exercise gyms
  • Basketball, squash, pickleball and sand volleyball courts
  • Yoga and drama therapy
  • Walking trails
  • Scenic mountain views

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