Codeine is a relatively common opiate used to treat pain and suppress coughs. Because of the risk of codeine addiction, it is a controlled substance in the United States, available only with a prescription. In some countries, over-the-counter, or OTC Codeine, is available without a prescription, and even in countries where a prescription is required, codeine is widely available on the street from illicit drug dealers.

Codeine is provided in several preparations, including a codeine cough syrup or tablets of Tylenol with codeine 3. When used recreationally, codeine provides a feeling of euphoria. Although drinking alcohol is not recommended, many users with a codeine addiction will drink while taking a pill, increasing the euphoric effects of codeine. Mixing codeine alcohol or any other drug together may dramatically increase the risk of complications, including death.

In the beginning, someone starting down the path of pain killer addiction feels like he doesn't have a care or problem in the world. This can quickly change as euphoria gives way to confusion, lack of motor skills, restlessness, and dizziness. Death is real possibility when using any prescription drug, especially when that drug is used in a way contrary to a doctor's prescription. Irreparable liver and kidney damage are very possible for the codeine addict, and long-term codeine addiction can lead to respiratory system depression and respiratory failure due to overdose.

Because of codeine's widespread availability and prescription to relieve common pains and illnesses, many normal people may find that they are flirting with codeine addiction at some point in their lives. Pain pill addiction is almost impossible to overcome alone - to avoid a life-long or life-destroying substance abuse addiction, get professional help. There are many high quality, specialized opiate addiction treatment programs in existence to help you overcome your problem forever.