Codeine is a commonly prescribed opiate used for pain and severe cough. While considered by some to be a less risky opiate, codeine is still dangerous and highly addictive. More than half of all opiate prescriptions are written for patients who also have a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety.
People with mental health conditions like anxiety are also at a higher risk of misusing or abusing medications prescribed and becoming addicted. The connection between opiates, like codeine, and anxiety is known by medical and mental health professionals but not always understood.
For those people who use codeine as prescribed, anxiety side effects are not uncommon. When codeine use becomes chronic, anxiety is likely to be experienced when codeine is not being used. Not only is anxiety a withdrawal symptom of codeine but it is also associated with the craving to use codeine.
If you think you may be addicted to codeine, take this self-assessment.
- Whether anxiety or codeine use comes first, treating an anxiety disorder and co-occurring substance use disorder requires a skilled professional.
- People with mental health conditions like anxiety are also at a higher risk of misusing or abusing medications prescribed and becoming addicted.
- More than half of all opiate prescriptions are written for patients who also have a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety.
- While codeine may initially cause an anti-anxiety effect, it’s often not long lasting.
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction and a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety, help is available at treatment centers across the country. The Recovery Village offers comprehensive treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders. For more information about our care options, reach out to a representative today.
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