1. Physical dependence.
While physical dependence alone does not necessarily point to an addiction, if you’re addicted to Tramadol, chances are you are also physically dependent. You’ll be able to tell if dependence has occurred if you stop using the drug and experience any of the following withdrawal symptoms .
– Uncontrollable shaking
– Runny nose
– Cold chills
– Hair standing on end
– Difficulty sleeping
– Hallucinations (rare)
2-Compulsive use of Tramadol despite negative consequences.
What ultimately separates addiction from dependence is compulsively using the drug despite any harm it may be causing in your life. Harmful consequences may include :
– Health issues.
– Relationship problems.
– Missing work.
– Failure to uphold personal or professional responsibilities.
– Financial issues.
– Neglecting personal hygiene.
3-Taking the drug to get high.
Do you find yourself taking Tramadol for its euphoric effects, release of inhibitions, and feelings of peace and well-being? If your answer to this question is “YES” and you aren’t taking the drug purely for pain relief, you may have an addiction.
Because the drug can become habit forming, abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into a serious addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more of the drug to “get high”.
Using the drug without a prescription, taking higher doses, or otherwise using the drug in a way other than prescribed.
You may be addicted to Tramadol if you find yourself taking the drug without a prescription and obtaining it illegally.
Another sign of addiction is if you take the drug in a way other than prescribed (crushing pills, snorting, injecting, mixing with other medications, etc.) or taking the drug in higher doses. As the brain and body become accustomed to the drug, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. For this reason, addicts will often start increasing their dosage as a means of chasing the initial high.
If you’re addicted to Tramadol, you may experience psychological dependence. If you’ve been abusing the drug for long periods of time, you may start to have compulsive cravings for the drug and feel like you need it to cope with ordinary life and its ups and downs.
5-Drug seeking behavior.
Drug seeking behavior is a classic sign of addiction. Common drug seeking tactics include:
– Doctor shopping (visiting multiple doctors in order to obtain prescriptions).
– Emergency room visits.
– Physician visits near the end of office hours.
– Repeated “loss” of prescriptions.
– Refusal to undergo examination, testing, or referral.
– Reluctance to provide medical records.
– Tampering with medications.
6- Physical symptoms.
Using Tramadol even as prescribed can result in side effects. Abusing the drug can cause many health problems and adverse effects such as [1,4]:
– Muscle aches.
– Persistent drowsiness.
– Nausea and vomiting.
– Loss of appetite.
– Dry mouth.
– Trouble concentrating.
– Sleep problems.
– Mood swings.
If you regularly experience any of the above physical symptoms, you may be addicted to Tramadol.