In a recent WebMD article, Dr. Anton C. Bizzell discusses the fact that having an addiction to codeine is a severe disorder that can have adverse health and interpersonal problems. Codeine, often prescribed by doctors to ease symptoms such as pain and cough, has a similar effect on the body as other opioids. Many individuals who misuse or abuse codeine become tolerant to the mild effects of the opiate and begin to abuse stronger opiates to achieve greater highs, Dr. Bizzell says. A dual approach of medical intervention and behavioral counseling is recommended to treat a codeine addiction.
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