Codeine will turn into morphine after ingested, so detoxification of codeine is similar to that of other opiates.
In addition to that, codeine itself treats physical pain, creating a very unpleasant physical and mental recovery process. Medically-assisted detox is often the method of choice for those with a codeine addiction. Supervision and prescription medication are very important for this process. The body will have to get used to other prescription medications in order to help suppress the physical effects of codeine withdrawal.
Since symptoms of opiate addiction are present with codeine, behavioral therapy is an important part of codeine addiction recovery. The brain depends on codeine for pleasure, so the act of changing one’s outlook and stigma towards the substance is a major step in breaking the addiction.
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