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Tramadol Abuse

How Is Tramadol Abused?

Tramadol can be abused in a few different ways. It can be taken as intended (by mouth), injected, or even snorted. Injecting or snorting tramadol (or other medications intended for oral use) is never recommended, as it can be dangerous.

Abuse Versus Inadequate Pain Control

People whose pain is not adequately controlled often display signs that mimic drug abuse. For instance, if your prescription for tramadol is not strong enough for your pain, you may display unusual changes in behavior due to the pain, or you may take the drug more frequently or at higher doses than prescribed. If you feel your pain is not adequately controlled, please discuss this with your healthcare provider. However, many people start down the slippery slope of tramadol abuse by using inadequate pain control as an excuse.

Where to Get Help

Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for abuse of tramadol. He or she will be able to help you deal with this problem or may suggest other resources for you.
The first step in treating tramadol abuse may be to slowly decrease the dose and attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms (see Tramadol Withdrawal). This process of detoxification could then be followed with one of many behavioral therapies. Contingency management, for example, improves treatment outcomes by enabling people to earn vouchers for drug-free urine tests; the vouchers can be exchanged for items that promote healthy living. Cognitive behavioral therapies, which teach people skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems, are proving beneficial. Recovery support groups may also be effective in conjunction with behavioral therapy.
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