Tramadol Treatment and Rehab

Modified: 22nd Jul 2019

Tramadol is a synthetic opiate that has similar effects to other opiates, such as Vicodin or oxycodone. Tramadol is legal when you have a prescription, but like any opiate drug, there is still the potential for abuse. 

If you’ve developed an addiction to this drug, the best way to treat it is to get Tramadol treatment. 

Tramadol Inpatient 

What Is Inpatient Treatment?

When you get Tramadol treatment as an inpatient, you will live in a 24/7 care facility. Here, you will receive all the psychiatric and physical health care that you will need.

Withdrawing from Tramadol can cause you to experience some unpleasant side effects. When you’re treated on an inpatient basis, you’ll get help to minimize these symptoms.

Inpatient treatment is ideal for those who want to fully commit to their Tramadol treatment. You’ll work on your recovery all day, so it’s not suitable for someone who needs to keep up with responsibilities, like work or school.

If you choose to go with inpatient rehab, you’ll need to make some preparations. You may need to talk to your employer and make sure you can get time off to go to treatment.

You might also need to make arrangements for all of your other responsibilities. For example, you many need to send your children to live with other family for a while. 

Tramadol addiction can be a serious condition, so it’s recommended that you commit to an inpatient program if you can. 

Standard Length of Tramadol Inpatient Treatment

The length of your Tramadol treatment depends on a few factors. A small percentage of Tramadol abusers may experience significantly worse withdrawal symptoms than others.

In extreme cases, you may experience severe confusion. You may also experience hallucinations, panic attacks, extreme paranoia, and numbness in your extremities. If you experience these symptoms, your recovery may take longer than average.

In most cases, withdrawal won’t be so extreme, but you’ll still experience unpleasant symptoms. You can expect to feel more anxious and irritable and you’re likely to have a loss of appetite.

Many people compare the experience of withdrawing from Tramadol to recovering from the flu. You can expect these physical symptoms to last for a few days before they start to taper off.

The psychological impact will last a bit longer. It’s important to note that everyone will experience withdrawal from Tramadol differently. You don’t know exactly how withdrawal will affect you until you try.

This is why it’s always a good idea to withdraw from Tramadol with medical assistance. There are a lot of factors at play when it comes to Tramadol recovery. If you haven’t used the drug for long, you can expect to recover quicker than if you’ve been using Tramadol long-term. 

Expect the Tramadol to fully leave your system within 3 to 5 days. At this time, the physical symptoms should’ve subsided.

In some cases, you might be discharged at this point. But in most situations, we’d recommend you spend a minimum of 28 days in inpatient treatment.

If you leave too soon, the chances of you going home and relapsing are much higher. It’s recommended that you continue outpatient treatment after you complete your rehab program. This will help to ensure you don’t relapse.  

Tramadol Outpatient

What Is Outpatient Treatment?

When you receive Tramadol treatment as an outpatient, you don’t live in a medical facility. Instead, you frequently visit the medical center.

It’s always recommended that you get Tramadol treatment as an inpatient, as this is the most effective method of withdrawing from Tramadol. In the real world, however, this isn’t always possible. If you have responsibilities, such as work, school, or looking after your family, sometimes it just makes sense to be treated at an outpatient addiction treatment center. 

Outpatient treatment is only suitable for those who do not experience any excessive side effects from Tramadol withdrawal. If you experience any symptoms such as extreme confusion, severe panic attacks, or psychosis, you may need to switch to inpatient treatment.

If you have a long history of relapse and addiction, it’s not recommended that you get treated by an outpatient rehab. Inpatient treatment is much more effective in this situation, as you will not have any way to get ahold of Tramadol and relapse.

Outpatient treatment is also only recommended for those who have a healthy home environment. If there are a lot of negative triggers at home, your Tramadol treatment is much less likely to succeed.

Standard Length of Tramadol Outpatient Treatment

It’s difficult to say exactly how long you’ll be in outpatient treatment for Tramadol. You can expect the physical withdrawal symptoms to wind down after around 5 days. After that, expect to feel psychological symptoms.

When you’re treated as an outpatient, it’s possible these psychological symptoms will be more severe. This is because you still have to deal with your everyday life, as well as your recovery. 

In order for outpatient treatment to be the most effective, expect to spend around 10 weeks in a treatment program. Of course, this is just a guideline and your treatment timeline will always be tailored towards your own situation. 

It’s important you stick with the program even after your physical withdrawal symptoms have subsided. Beating Tramadol withdrawal symptoms tends to give people a “boost” and they might mistakenly believe they are “out of the woods.” This feeling is often temporary and you may be tempted to start using Tramadol again after it subsides. 

Tramadol Sober Living

What Is Tramadol Sober Living?

Sober living environments are group homes where you’ll have the opportunity to live in a drug and alcohol-free environment. These homes are ideal if you’re at risk of relapse. 

Sober living facilities help you to avoid any negative triggers. As an addict, your social network is probably full of other addicts. A sober living facility allows you to mix with the right kind of people. 

What to Expect

You can expect to live among a supportive community that knows exactly what you’re going through. In a sober living home, you’ll have constant access to recovery resources.

There will also be a home leader who has training in rehab treatment. If you ever feel tempted to start using Tramadol again, you’ll have an extensive support network.

Ongoing Recovery

Getting sober is just the first step in your recovery.

After you’ve completed your Tramadol treatment, it’s highly recommended you get involved in an ongoing recovery program. In general, that’ll involve you attending weekly meetings. These meetings will include former addicts like yourself, as well as individuals who’ve been sober for many years. 

You’ll probably continue to feel cravings for Tramadol, so these meetings will help you maintain your new sober life.

Want to get started on recovery today? Contact our addiction intervention specialists for more information.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.