Trazodone Addiction Treatment
Trazodone Addiction and Abuse Unlike most of the drugs we discuss under addiction treatments, there are many that are very easy to form an addiction, where as some drugs it is not as easy but also very possible. Every single person has their various chemical makeups so some drugs are more addictive to certain people based on their genetic makeup.
Drugs that are antidepressants and sleep aids have addictive tendencies but it is not as common as say an opioid addiction would be. While developing an addiction to trazodone may not be common, it is still possible. Usually used to treat depression and sometimes as a sleep aid, trazodone has the capability to be misused due to the calming effects it provides.
What Is Trazodone?
As we just mentioned, Trazodone is a prescription medication used as an antidepressant and also sometimes as a sleep aid. The technical categorization of the medication is a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor. It works by blocking the serotonin receptors in the brain. This prevents serotonin from being reabsorbed by neurons and increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. For those who do not understand, Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates various neurological effects and especially when it comes to mood.
It is also used for those who have sleep disorders. Even though it is mainly used for depression, trazodone is sometimes used to treat anxiety and insomnia. It is also sold under the brand names Oleptro and Desyrel.
What Is Trazodone Addiction?
While trazodone is not a commonly misused drug, some people use the drug recreationally. Trazodone does not produce a euphoric high, but it can have sedative effects and produce cognitive impairment. Trazodone can help individuals quickly recover from an anxiety attack. As people become accustomed to the medication, their tolerance level builds up, meaning a person needs to consume higher doses to achieve the original level of relaxation.
As with other medications, there is the potential for misuse with antidepressants like trazodone. Risks of antidepressants become more dangerous when they are taken in tandem with alcohol or other drugs. Mixing these substances can increase side effect severity, elevate existing health risks, and create a potentially life-threatening situations.
For individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, these dangers to physical and mental health can be increasingly difficult to overcome.
It is easy for people who are prescribed trazodone to treat depression and sleep disorder, to become dependant on the drug when it is misused, and this is how abuse and addiction can be formed. Trazodone is most commonly misused by those who are receiving the prescription through physicians. It is misused because of the calming feeling that the medication brings to the user. As any other addiction, eventually their tolerance builds up, making the need for a higher dosage, in order to maintain the original high, more prevalent.
Trazodone Addiction Signs, Symptoms and Effects
Every single person has a different reaction when there is a chance that addiction to trazodone is happening. There are many different aspects that go into how severe the addiction can/will be.
Factors affecting the severity of the addiction include: overall health, dosage, how long it has been prescribed and also if there are other substances being used simultaneously.
The most obvious sign of trazodone addiction is when the person cannot or is reluctant to stop taking the drug even when continued use proves detrimental to their mental and physical health or when it starts to affect their social and home life. This alone can show that the partial relief trazodone gives is more important to them than their health.
Common Side Effects of Trazodone Addiction
Every single person reacts differently to different kinds of drugs due to different brain chemistries ect. Due to each person’s unique chemical makeup, the kind of side effects that can be experienced will vary.
Some side effects include:
Numbness or tingling
Nausea or vomiting
Confusion or memory issues
Severe Side Effects of Trazodone Addiction
There are common side effects of Trazodone, but when certain side effects arise, they are showing the severity if there is an addiction or abuse issue. It’s important to see a medical professional immediately if any of the below symptoms arise:
Fainting, unconsciousness or comaIncreased or irregular heartbeat
Shortness of breath
Bruising or bleeding
In addition, when trazodone is taken in excess or abused, there are a chance for the following health risks:
Accelerated or irregular heartbeat
It is most common to see how an addiction is formed when a person ignores the above side effects. When this happens, treatment is needed. If you or someone you know is experiencing any abuse or addiction to Trazodone, professional treatment should be sought out immediately.
Treatment Options for Trazodone Addiction
When it comes to any instances of dealing with addiction, it is important to have a proper addiction treatment plan when managing a drug addiction. At The Beaches Treatment Center, we specialize in customized treatment plans for each individual and their unique needs. We have the best options for Trazodone Addiction Treatment. We offer our clients the highest standards of quality care. When it comes to any prescription medication addiction, withdrawal symptoms could last up to a month, but by this time in the rehab process, people know their level of Trazodone addiction and should have a treatment plan in place. Tramadol addiction treatment varies in length of time. In many ways, the length of treatment is dependent on the severity of the person’s addiction. After the initial detox process the next levels of care would be a partial hospitalization or an intensive outpatient treatment program for Trazodone addiction.
The PHP and IOP levels of care provided by The Beaches is important because in order to prevent relapse it is suggested a 60-90 day rehabilitation process is completed. We offer an individualized treatment program because it is essential to begin treating the root causes of drug use and addiction, so everyone’s treatment care program is unique.
Our goal here at The Beaches Treatment Center is to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth. We know that the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against Trazodone addiction.