What Causes Gabapentin Abuse?
We understand why you wouldn’t like to admit that you’re struggling with gabapentin abuse. After all, such a thing barely even occurs, as gabapentin – also known under the name of Neurontin – has a very low addictive potential. As a result, there should be next to no risks of abuse occurring.
Unfortunately, there are still people who use gabapentin in a non-medical way without even having a prescription for it. According to a study, up to 22% of the respondents said they abused gabapentin to intensify the “high” effect the drug creates.
Now, we’re not saying you do that too. For all we know, you might be taking gabapentin to deal with epilepsy, restless leg syndrome, or hot flashes. However, just because you’re using the drug according to medical regulations, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. The problem is that gabapentin can create a psychological dependence, just like any other intoxicant.
Thus, even if you don’t suffer from physical dependence – we’ll get to that in a moment – you still have a chance of becoming addicted to the drug.
What’s more, your chances of engaging in gabapentin abuse increase if you mix up the drug with other substances like alcohol, for example. Yes, we realize you could use gabapentin to alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms but, sadly, doing that usually results in you becoming addicted to gabapentin as well.
As you can see, there are various reasons why you might end up struggling with gabapentin dependence if you take the drug.
Still, if you are adamant that you don’t have a gabapentin abuse problem, then we should discuss withdrawal symptoms. Simply put, if you experience any of them, you have an addiction to gabapentin.
Gabapentin Withdrawal – What You Need to Know
First, you should know what kind of side effects you might experience if you take gabapentin. Of course, you probably know them by now if you have a prescription for the drug. But if you don’t have a prescription, here are the side effects you must be aware of:
- Memory Loss
- Double Vision
- Jerky Movements
Now, do keep in mind that just because you experience any of these side effects doesn’t necessarily mean that you are addicted to gabapentin.
However, if you notice any of the following symptoms showing up once you stop taking the drug for a while, that means you are struggling with gabapentin abuse:
- Depression – You might experience intense depression even if you’ve never had to deal with any emotional turmoil in your life. What’s more, if you take the drug recreationally, there’s a high chance you will experience quite severe cases of depression.
- Insomnia – Once you quit gabapentin, it’s extremely likely that you will have to deal with serious insomnia issues for a while. Not only that, but the anxiety you might feel during the withdrawal phase will make it hard to fall asleep as well.
- Itching – Some former victims of gabapentin abuse have said that once they went off of gabapentin, they started feeling extreme itching all over their bodies.
- Muscle Aches – If you were taking gabapentin to relieve muscle pain, it will start coming back in high doses. Actually, even if that wasn’t the case, you could still experience muscle pain during gabapentin withdrawal.
- Muscle Spasms – Spasms might accompany the muscle pain. Unfortunately, even if you only took a small dose, it’s still possible that you will experience severe muscle spasms.
- Stomach Pains and Sweating – Muscle spasms and aches aren’t the only type of physical discomfort you are likely to experience. There is a high chance you will deal with intense stomach pains and a lot of sweating when trying to quit gabapentin.
- Suicidal thoughts – When the depression gabapentin addicts experience during withdrawal gets too intense, they might start having suicidal thoughts. If that happens to you, be sure to get help immediately.
Please remember that you don’t have to experience each and every symptom for it to be true that you’re suffering from gabapentin abuse. It’s enough for some of those ailments to kick into high gear once you stop taking gabapentin for your issue to classify as gabapentin withdrawal.
Moreover, there are a couple of factors that can influence how intense the symptoms will be:
- The Time Span – How long you have been taking gabapentin for can affect the withdrawal symptoms you will experience. The longer the period, the more severe they will be.
- The Dosage – Gabapentin doses are increased over time in a gradual manner, but even that can result in a painful withdrawal. So, you can imagine how bad the situation will be if you took large doses without medical supervision.
- Your Physiology – There’s no way around this, as you might just be unlucky enough to be one of the people who are very sensitive to medical side effects and withdrawal symptoms. If that’s the case, your gabapentin withdrawal process will be quite harsh.
How Long Does Gabapentin Withdrawal Last?
It’s hard to say, as the withdrawal will affect each and every person differently. Essentially, you might experience withdrawal symptoms for only a few weeks or even a couple of months.
Quite unnerving, right?
What’s more, gabapentin only has a half life of around 5-7 hours, which means it doesn’t take too long for your body to eliminate the drug. Normally, that would be good news.
Sadly, the truth is that medications that have a short half life cause very tough, severe withdrawal symptoms and pain.
That’s exactly why you need to rely on inpatient rehab treatments to achieve a full, safe recovery.
How Residential Detox Can Help Gabapentin Abuse Victims
Basically, inpatient treatment can offer you exactly the kind of services you need right now:
- Medical Supervision – During residential rehab, you will get to benefit from round-the-clock medical supervision and assistance. That means you will never have to worry about withdrawal symptoms getting too out of hand and putting your life at risk.
- Emotional Support – Inpatient detox isn’t just about medical help, though. You will also get to attend group therapy sessions and one-on-one counseling where you will interact with people who are facing the same struggles as you. That, and you will receive the motivation and emotional support you need to stick to your treatment during rehab and once you finish your detox as well.
- Quality Education – You’ll surely love the fact that rehab facilities will offer you access to educational courses that will help you truly understand your addiction – what caused it, how it really impacted your life, and how to make sure it never controls your life again.
- A Safe Environment – Inpatient detox is all about offering you a secure, warm environment where you can truly focus on recovery without having to be afraid of facing any judgment. Let’s face it: That’s the last thing you need right now! Essentially, there will not be any negative emotions to distract you from being 100% invested in your detox treatment.
The only thing you must keep in mind is that to enjoy such services and properly overcome your gabapentin abuse issues the right way, you must choose the best residential rehab program there is.
BLVD Treatment Centers – The Best Gabapentin Abuse Recovery You Can Get
We have plenty of experience with helping victims of both drug – particularly gabapentin – and alcohol abuse overcome their addictions and regain control of their lives. Of course, experience isn’t the only thing we can offer, as we also ensure you get to enjoy a stress-free, comfortable, and healthy treatment.
Our residential detox services will offer you just what you need:
- Convenient transport services – Yes, we can offer you assistance with getting to our drug rehab facilities if you need it. Not only that, but we can also handle travel arrangements on your behalf and ensure you get to travel alongside a sober companion if you so desire.
- Medically-assisted detox – We know going through gabapentin abuse can be a scary experience – not to mention life-threatening if you are on the verge of overdosing! That’s why our medical professionals will offer you the assistance you need to overcome your addiction without having to deal with any traumatic withdrawal symptoms.
- A personalized detox treatment – We employ recovery experts who can design a rehab treatment just for you. They will take various details (such as your background, existing health conditions, and family history – just to name a few) into account so that they can come up with a treatment which will definitely address every single one of your needs.
That’s not all, though. You will get to take advantage of all these services at our luxurious, cozy, and very welcoming residential detox centers that are located in Corona and Hollywood. They are located in exclusive, quiet neighborhoods, but that’s not the only highlight.
In fact, during your inpatient recovery, you will enjoy various services and amenities:
- Chef-Prepared Gourmet Meals
- 24/7 Nursing
- HDTV with Cable
- Psychiatric Evaluations
- A Quality Aftercare Program
- Group Therapy and One-on-One Therapy
- Social Events
- Beautiful Sights
- Relaxing Activities
Sounds amazing, right?
Well, there’s more. Once you finish your inpatient rehab, you can continue attending outpatient treatment sessions if you want. We actually recommend you do that, as it will help you prevent any chance that you might relapse, and it will offer you quality emotional support.
Plus, our outpatient programs feature flexible schedules, so you won’t have to drastically alter your day-to-day schedule once you’re done with inpatient recovery. You’ll actually have 2 types of programs to choose from:
- The Day Program – We’re there when you need us Monday through Friday, from 10AM to 4PM. With our help, you will learn what truly caused your gabapentin abuse issues, and how to make sure it never happens again.
- The Night Program – If your day schedule will become more active after you finish your residential rehab, you can rely on us for help every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6PM to 9PM. We will teach you valuable life skills that will aid you in living a normal, sober life.
During outpatient session, you will get to take advantage of activities that include Yoga, acupuncture, drum circles, and much more. That, and we also provide information-rich courses on subjects like family dynamics, sober relationships, and relapse prevention – these are just a few examples, of course.
Our outpatient facilities offer unique amenities, an appealing aesthetic exterior and interior, and wonderful nearby sights. They are located in:
Call 8885376671 to Get the Gabapentin Abuse Treatment You Deserve!
Our recovery experts are available 24/7, so they will answer your calls immediately. What’s more, every single phone call is 100% confidential, so there is absolutely nothing to worry about privacy-wise.
Once our specialists get in touch with you, they will come up with a detox treatment that will address your specific situation.
They will also discuss things with your insurance provider, as it is very likely that your rehab costs will be covered by them. If that isn’t possible, you might be eligible for some of our financial assistance programs instead.
Otherwise, we provide private payment plans as well in case that is something you’re interested in. We don’t keep any credit cards and insurance records on file, so you can see that every payment is confidential too.
Plus, once everything is settled, you can start your gabapentin abuse treatment within 24 hours!
Isn’t that great?
So, just give us a call at 8885376671 or contact us online. No matter what you choose, you will be on your way to regaining full independence as soon as possible.