Butorphanol Addiction Treatment

Individuals who are addicted to the prescription drug butorphanol may need butorphanol addiction treatment to recover from physical or mental dependence on the drug. Butorphanol is a type of narcotic painkiller used to relieve headaches. It is similar in structure to heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, and methadone.

If you have concerns about your use of butorphanol, call 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? to talk to a treatment adviser about recognizing the signs of addiction and how to enroll in a butorphanol addiction treatment program if necessary.

Uses of Butorphanol

Butorphanol is sold as a nasal spray and used in small doses to treat headache pain. In most cases, the drug should be used in only one nostril at a time. Long-term use of butorphanol can cause physical or psychological dependence. In some cases, dependence develops after only a couple of weeks of use. Some people begin to enjoy the feelings of mild euphoria or drowsiness that accompany the use of butorphanol. They may begin to use this drug recreationally in order to get the pleasant effect.

Butorphanol is a synthetic opiate, so it is related to oxycodone, methadone, codeine, and heroin. Unlike those drugs, however, butorphanol is entirely lab created.

Butorphanol Abuse

All recreational use of butorphanol is considered drug abuse and may indicate a need for butorphanol addiction treatment. When butorphanol is used for pain relief, abuse can be more difficult to define. Because the specific dose of butorphanol you take depends on the strength of the specific formulation you are using and the degree of pain you are experiencing, there is no set amount that is considered too much. However, any use beyond that prescribed by your doctor can be considered abuse. This includes taking multiple doses at a time, taking a dose in each nostril instead of just one, or taking doses more frequently than recommended. If you find yourself needing more butorphanol than your doctor has prescribed, ask about having your dose changed.  


p class=”speciallink big”>If you have adjusted your dose yourself and are concerned about butorphanol abuse or addiction, call 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? to learn more about overuse of this drug and butorphanol addiction treatment options.

Dangers of Butorphanol

When you take butorphanol, there is always the possibility of side effects. Common side effects people experience when on butorphanol include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Constipation

Butorphanol use can also put you in danger of accidents, including car accidents and home accidents, because it affects your ability to concentrate and react quickly when necessary. Like all opiates, there is a risk of respiratory distress when using butorphanol. If you overdose on this medication, it could be fatal. Anyone who experiences severe side effects when using butorphanol and who cannot stop using this drug should consider enrolling in a butorphanol addiction treatment program.

People who have previously been addicted to any narcotic, including heroin, morphine, or narcotic pain relievers, are more susceptible to becoming addicted to butorphanol than people who have not experienced previous addictions.

Physical Addiction to Butorphanol

A physical addiction to butorphanol can develop when a person uses this drug for long periods of time. It is more likely in people who use excessive doses of butorphanol than in people who use the drug for its intended medical purpose. One major sign of a physical dependency on butorphanol is the occurrence of cravings for the drug when you go without it for a short period of time. Cravings may begin within a few hours after taking the last dose, or they may take up to 24 hours to develop after you enter a butorphanol addiction treatment program. The time before onset and the severity of the cravings both depend on the degree of addiction, the amount of butorphanol normally taken, and the individual physiology of the addict. Another sign of physical addiction is the development of tolerance. When a user becomes tolerant to butorphanol, he or she requires more of the drug over time because it’s effects become less pronounced as the brain gets used to it.

If you think you or someone you know may have a physical dependency on butorphanol, call 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? to discuss the signs of physical addiction and to learn more about how butorphanol addiction treatment can help.

Psychological Addiction to Butorphanol

Psychological addiction develops when a user thinks that he or she needs butorphanol to cope with pain or otherwise live a normal life. It can also develop when the user gets into the habit of using butorphanol and has trouble breaking the habit of using it on a regular basis. A psychological addiction can be just as debilitating as a physical addiction and just as difficult to overcome. Someone who has a mental addiction to butorphanol may become preoccupied with the drug, abandoning hobbies and activities in favor of spending time high on butorphanol.

In some cases, a user develops both a mental and physical addiction. An effective butorphanol addiction treatment program helps treat both forms of addiction. If only one form of addiction is treated and the other is left untreated, a relapse is likely.

Some people take butorphanol or other opiates to relieve symptoms of depression, and these drugs are being actively investigated as treatments for this mental illness.

When to Seek Butorphanol Addiction Treatment

Any person who abuses butorphanol can benefit from butorphanol addiction treatment, but there are a few sure signs that treatment is necessary.

If you or someone you know experiences the following signs, contact us at 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? to find out how to get effective treatment as soon as possible:

  • A feeling of loss of control over your drug use
  • An inability to quit using butorphanol, even after multiple attempts
  • Daily preoccupation with butorphanol to the point of abandoning work, school, or family responsibilities
  • Deteriorating relationships due to your butorphanol use
  • Financial or legal problems resulting from your use of butorphanol
  • Hiding your butorphanol use from concerned friends or family members

Butorphanol Rehab

Butorphanol rehab usually involves entering a butorphanol addiction treatment program at an inpatient facility. Most inpatient centers treat patients with a wide variety of addictions, including addictions to other opiates. A good rehab center should have staff members trained in treating all types of opiate addiction. Before you start your course of treatment, a doctor or therapist should assess you and tailor the treatment program to your individual needs. A personalized course of treatment ensures that you have the best chance for a full recovery.

Rehab centers can be public or private. Private centers provide more personalized care. Some are intended for a specific group, such as teens, women, or executives. Others espouse a specific philosophy, such as holistic rehab or rehabilitation with a spiritual component. The vast array of different programs can make it difficult to choose the right one for you. Contact a treatment advisor at 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? for help finding the butorphanol addiction treatment facility that best suits your needs.

Rehab may also be done on an outpatient basis for people who are unable or unwilling to commit to a stay in a residential facility. People participating in outpatient programs may be at a higher risk of relapse because they remain exposed to the temptation of drug use at home or in social situations. Some people combine the two methods and begin treatment at a residential facility and later transition to outpatient care after detoxification is complete and the course of treatment is well established.

Butorphanol Detox

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Someone who is physically addicted to butorphanol must go through butorphanol detox before he or she can progress into long-term recovery from the addiction. During the detoxification phase of butorphanol addiction treatment, withdrawal symptoms are likely. In most butorphanol addiction treatment programs, the detoxification phase is handled by gradually reducing the amount of butorphanol a person takes, essentially weaning the individual off the drug instead of forcing him or her to stop taking it suddenly. A doctor typically manages this process by carefully controlling each butorphanol dose. By gradually tapering off the level of butorphanol that enters the body, withdrawal symptoms are minimized.

Withdrawal Symptoms During Butorphanol Detox

During detoxification from butorphanol, withdrawal symptoms may occur. People who have been using the drug regularly for a long period of time and those who quit suddenly without tapering off the dose are more likely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms are usually most severe within the first 24 hours after quitting. Withdrawal symptoms after halting butorphanol use may include:

  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Muscle Aches
  • Cramps
  • Twitching limbs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • High fever
  • Convulsions

Withdrawal symptoms are not actually dangerous, but they can make you extremely uncomfortable. In some cases, these symptoms are so overwhelming that the patient relapses and takes butorphanol or another opiate in order to stop the discomfort. However, participation in a butorphanol addiction treatment program can help ease symptoms during withdrawal and make them more bearable. In some cases, medication is available to help ease the symptoms. For example, the medication clonidine is sometimes used during opiate withdrawal to relieve muscle pain, cramps, sweating, anxiety, agitation, and a runny nose.

If you have stopped using butorphanol and are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, contact a treatment counselor at 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? for a referral to a facility that can help you get through butorphanol detox as comfortably as possible.

Therapy in a Butorphanol Addiction Treatment Program

Therapy is an important component of a butorphanol addiction treatment program. During your stay at a rehab facility, you may participate in individual or group counseling sessions that help you recognize your drug-seeking behaviors and develop ways to combat them and break the habit of drug use. If your family is willing to participate, family counseling can be an effective way to help you get the support you need to stay clean and sober after release from butorphanol rehab. Motivational therapy and motivational incentives are another form of counseling available during butorphanol addiction treatment. In this type of program, the recovering drug user is rewarded for achieving specific recovery goals, such as remaining clean for a specific number of days.

Other Considerations During Butorphanol Addiction Treatment

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Addiction treatment may include treating other concurrent conditions as well as your addiction to butorphanol. Any underlying mental illness or physical ailment that could slow or halt your recovery should be addressed during treatment. If you are addicted to any other substance, including other drugs or alcohol, you should receive treatment for these addictions at the same time as your butorphanol addiction treatment.

If you initially started taking butorphanol to ease headache pain, you will need to find another method of pain relief during your course of treatment. This may mean working with a doctor to find an effective type of pain medication that does not carry a risk of addiction. You might also find relief using alternative methods, such as acupuncture or meditation. A holistic treatment facility can help you find a method that works for you if you are reluctant to rely on medication in the future. For a free referral to a holistic residential treatment facility, call 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? or fill out our short contact form.

After Care and Butorphanol Addiction Treatment

After care is necessary for a full recovery from butorphanol abuse and addiction. After care involves ongoing trips to a doctor or therapist to ensure that you do not start using butorphanol or other opiates again. Some people join a support group, such as Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, or LifeRing Recovery, as part of their follow-up care. These programs help you stay clean by providing a peer group of other people who are also recovering from drug abuse or addiction. Part of long-term recovery is learning ways to face temptation. Peer groups and counseling can both help you learn specific techniques to use when faced with the prospect of using butorphanol again.  

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