Tramadol Addiction Treatment

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 19th December 2023 | All Sources


Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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Last Reviewed: 15th December 2023

Tramadol is a painkiller that was developed in Germany in the 1970s. As it is a powerful drug, it is only available as a prescription – mostly via the NHS.

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller); it acts similarly to morphine. Even in medical settings, tramadol can increase the risk of post-operative delirium. Mixed with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants can lead to respiratory depression and fatal poisonings.[2]

This prescription drug suppresses parts of the brain that trigger the sensation of pain. This is not just limited to physical pain; this also applies to emotional pain. Tramadol is most taken in the form of a tablet and is usually used to treat short-term pain. However, slow-release tablets are more specific to long-term health problems.

Tramadol addiction happens as the brain builds up a tolerance, and a greater amount of tramadol is required to numb the pain. People who abuse tramadol often crush tablets and snort it.


Tramadol Rehab at Cassiobury Court

Here at Cassiobury Court, we have developed a comprehensive Tramadol addiction rehab programme which is altered accordingly to suit the needs of individuals. This private drug and alcohol rehab programme takes up to 28 days.

We offer a comfortable, residential setting allowing you to take four weeks out of your life and hit the reset button. We understand that 28 days may be a daunting commitment, but it is an enormous opportunity to appraise your life and recover safely.

Initially, we deep dive into your tramadol addiction and discuss why and how you’ve developed a prescription drug addiction. We strongly believe that treating you as an individual will allow us to provide you with the most effective treatment possible.

The best way to treat tramadol addiction is to spend concentrated time within a residential setting. These rehab facilities have the highest success rates, and we, too, want that to be your experience when overcoming your prescription drug addiction.


How Does Tramadol Detox Work?

The detoxification will flush all traces of tramadol from your body. Depending on the severity of your addiction, we may recommend you have a tapered withdrawal instead of an abrupt halt to tramadol consumption.

Your body will experience a number of uncomfortable and potentially unpleasant withdrawal symptoms within the first week after your final dose of tramadol.

Whilst everyone is different, common withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Increased levels of anxiety and depression
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vivid hallucinations and nightmares

There is no average time for drug detox to last, but generally, it will take between two days and two weeks. This depends on the severity of your drug addiction and the advice of our medical team.

Many of our patients talk about their attempts to recover from a tramadol addiction in their homes but cannot deal with the withdrawal symptoms, so instead seek medical treatment.

We do not recommend that you attempt a tramadol detox by yourself. It is in your best interest to seek professional help if you intend to try detoxing at home it may be fatal.


Why is Residential Rehab Beneficial

Being in a controlled environment allows you to focus on your recovery. The intensity of private drug and alcohol rehab prevents re-admissions and can heighten the probability of long-term recovery.

A medical team will be able to monitor any withdrawal symptoms that you experience when your treatment, and you will have key workers who will support and guide you throughout your time with us.

Additionally, all your treatments will take place within our facility, decreasing stress and anxiety that could trigger a relapse.

During these sessions, you can discuss and analyse the psychological reasons that may have caused you to reach for tramadol. Cassiobury Court is proud to offer a wide range of modern techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness.

We also provide group therapy which is beneficial for our patients. You can hear and learn about the experiences of other patients; you can also share your own story. Moreover, building connections with people who have similar goals is vital. You can continue to build these relationships once you leave the facility too.


Relapse Prevention

When your treatment and time at the drug rehab are over, we will continue to support you and your journey back into society. We provide you with a bespoke aftercare plan for the first 12 months after you leave our care.

There’s no extra cost to you as we include our aftercare in the price you pay for your overall. Meetings are usually every fortnight, but we encourage our clients to attend local Narcotics Anonymous sessions. Recovery is a long-term disease with no cure, and we want to ensure you receive all the help required to overcome drug addiction.


Contact Cassiobury Court Today

If you want to learn more about how Cassiobury Court can help you or a loved one with tramadol addiction, please contact us at 0800 001 4070 or text HELP to 83222.

We can begin to help you immediately. We are available 24 hours a day, so why not call us today?

You can also enquire via our online form.



John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 19th December 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 15th December 2023

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.