Knoxville, TN (PressExposure) June 24, 2009 -- Codeine is considered as one of the most widely used forms of opiate in the world and is probably the most commonly used drug overall according to numerous reports over the years by organizations such as the World Health Organization and its League of Nations predecessor agency and others. As with other opiate-based pain killers, chronic use of codeine can cause physical dependence. Though not as strong as other opiates and opioids, Codeine can also be turned directly into stronger derivatives of the dihydrocodeine and hydrocodone families and a few others with various chemicals and equipment.
Several adult and adolescent drug rehab centers across the country usually treat codeine dependence through different methods. A support group called CodeineFree exists to help people who have found themselves dependent on codeine.
Aside from adult and adolescent drug rehab or centers, there are support groups that can help drug addicts. CodeineFree is a support group aimed at providing information and support to people who have found themselves dependant on Over The Counter (OTC) medicines - primarily like the ones which contain Codeine. It was first formed n 14 September 2005 by Mark Edwards. The primary aim of CodeineFree is to bring help to people who have found themselves dependent on OTC painkillers containing Codeine.
Primary objectives of CodeineFree
Much like the specialists residing in different adolescent drug rehab and centerts, Codeinefree is run by a group of people who understand the effects of Codeine dependency (or addiction) first hand whether it be from the perspective of the recovered dependent, family of a recovered dependent or a medical professional who understands this area. The group also provides information on the various methods of withdrawing from Codeine and offers help and support while visitors becomes "Codeine Free".
There are three main ways of becoming Codeine Free. Each one has benefits and drawbacks. For instance, a taper plan offers few withdrawals but may mean taking more than the recommended amount of OTCs for an extended period of time. Stopping C/T (or [Cold Turkey] is the fastest way to become Codeine Free but can be harshest in terms of withdrawal effects. Substitute therapy gets you off harmful Paracetamol or Ibuprofen by replacing your usual dose with Subutex (Buprenorphine) or Methadone but requires the intervention of a GP or drug treatment center.