Ultram is believed to be a less addictive alternative medication to other pain killers such as vicodin and oxycotin, the truth is it is just as addictive. Many ignore the dangers of developing an addiction to Ultram, prescribing the drug to patients or a patient ignoring the prescription label and not realizing there is a problem until it is to late. For those addicted to Ultram they often do not realize the problem until they stop using the drug and experience the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that often send the user back for another dose for comfort. Others begin taking Ultram for recreational purposes, to experience the great moods and pleasant sensations produced when taking large doses. Which ever way the misuse of Ultram occurs, a physical dependence and addiction is often the outcome.
What is Ultram?
Ultram often is referred to by the names of tramal and tramadol. The drugs full chemical name is tramadol hydrochloride which is where the name Tramal and Tramadol come from. Ultram is medically prescribed to prevent and reduce both moderate and severe pain. It has also been used to treat anxiety and depression. Ultram is an opioid analgesic that triggers the brain to release serotonin; the neurotransmitter that is responsible for sensory and perceptive control in the body, in return it reduces and eliminates pain. Ultram was often prescribed to those with a history of drug abuse because the drug was considered to be mildly addictive. Recent studies have shown that Ultram is highly addictive.
- dry mouth
- profuse sweating
- breathing difficulties
- rash and/or hives
- Swelling of the face, eyelids and the lips
Ultram Addiction Treatment
Ultram was once believed to be mildly addictive, studies today show Ultram to be highly addictive. Most do not realize they have a problem with Ultram until they discontinue its use and experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that often return them to the drug to relieve their discomfort.
The Ultram Addiction Treatment process varies by person, the severity of the addiction as well as the period of time over which he / she has been addicted to the drug. Some can enter into an outpatient program and gradually be weened off the drug. Others require the inpatient program and medical detoxification to cleanse their body of Ultram. Group and individual counseling will help the addict control their addiction and begin living life sober. Regular visits to a support group will help maintain their sobriety without a risk of relapse. Addiction does not go away, when leaving the treatment facility there are many temptations to being using Ultram again, but with the help of a treatment facility and support group sobriety is possible.