What are Recreational drugs?
Is Codeine a Recreational Drug? Recreational drugs are chemical substances, prescription medications, or substances sold on the streets that users abuse for pleasure. When someone is using drugs for recreational purposes they are not drugs that they personally need, but rather that they choose to abuse them. Alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine can be classed as recreational drugs. Recreational drugs are usually started to provide pleasure or improve life in some way. However, they can lead to addiction, to health and social problems and to crime. Most are illegal, so their use comes with all the consequences of breaking the law.
The ten most popular recreational drugs are a variety of substances that produce specific feelings and symptoms. They originate from different sources and are unique in their design, purpose, and abuse.
Ten Most Popular Recreational Drugs:
- Psychedelic Mushrooms
What is Codeine?
Codeine is an opioid pain medication. Opioids are known for being narcotics. Codeine is used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. Codeine and opioids have a high dependence rate. Even using as prescribed users can become dependent to it and an addiction can be formed. Misuse of a narcotic medication can also result in an overdose or death, especially in a child or a person using it who is not prescribed.
Is Codeine a Recreational Drug?
Any substance that is abused outside of a prescription or diagnosis from a doctor and is used for pleasure can be considered a recreational drug. Opioid pain medication is a high-risk substance for recreational use and abuse. Although any prescription medication that is abused isn’t meant for recreational use, that is what can unfortunately happen. Depending on how a substance is used or abused can determine if it is recreational or not. If a person is not prescribed by a doctor and using the substance, even if it’s for pain or being used as it is created for if it is not prescribed it is being used recreationally.
Opioids like codeine and morphine are most commonly prescribed for mild to moderate pain relief, but can also be used to induce feelings of intense pleasure and relaxation, as you have may have experienced. Higher doses can lower heart rate and blood pressure, cause disorientation, convulsions, hallucinations, coma, and even death. It’s important to keep in mind that opioids like codeine have the potential to be highly addictive, pose certain short-term and long-term health effects, and may also be illegal if taken without a prescription.
Dangers and Effects of Codeine Abuse
The dangers involved in codeine’s recreational use are its high potential for addiction and the effects of abuse. Some users attempt to extract codeine from medications to get a more concentrated form of the drug, which is more likely to lead to a fatal overdose. Codeine can slow down and stop breathing at higher dosages.
In the short-term, codeine use may result in positive and negative effects, including:
- Pain relief
- Feelings of relaxation
- Mood changes
- Blurred and poor night vision
- Impaired coordination
- Difficulty urinating
Long term effects of codeine use can include:
- Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
- Severe constipation
- Addiction to codeine
Other more serious side effects could include tremors, seizures, low blood pressure/slow heartbeat, rash, hives and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these, it would be best to contact your health care provider immediately. Another factor to consider when evaluating long-term risk is that long-term use of codeine with acetaminophen can cause kidney and liver damage. There are also possible interactions with antidepressants, cold medications, medications used to treat certain mental illnesses, sedatives, and others.
Because codeine can be habit-forming, use is not recommended in large doses, over long periods of time, or without speaking with a health care professional first. People who do become addicted to codeine could experience withdrawal symptoms when no longer using the substance. Some withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, irritability, sweating, chills, stomach cramps, muscle aches, and/or difficulty falling asleep or staying awake. Are you experiencing any of these symptoms when you are not using codeine? If so, it may be a sign that you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Though there are certainly risks associated with the regular use of codeine, even if only once a week, have you noticed any need to increase the amount of codeine needed to reach the desired effect? If that’s the case, it may be an indication of tolerance (needing more of a substance to produce the sought-after feelings, a development that leads to addiction for some).
If you or someone you love is using codeine for recreational use, please be aware of the dangers that can come along with it. It is okay to be curious and learn information about the abuse. Don’t not be afraid to call for more information and help today!