Neurontin Treatment & Rehab
Neurontin is a brand-name prescription drug, also known in its generic form as gabapentin. This drug is prescribed to treat multiple conditions, including neuropathic pain and epilepsy. There are other uses of Neurontin as well, including the off-label use for treating anxiety. Neurontin has common side effects like dizziness and sleepiness. More serious Neurontin side effects can include changes in mood and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
There has been an increase in the number of cases of Neurontin abuse and addiction in recent years. This has occurred for a few different reasons. First, Neurontin has the potential to create feelings of euphoria and relaxation, which people may find to be desirable. Neurontin can enhance these effects when people combine it with other substances, such as narcotics. Neurontin isn’t a controlled substance, so it can be easier for people to obtain compared to other drugs.
Initial signs of Neurontin abuse can include taking higher doses of the medication than prescribed or taking it more frequently than instructed by a doctor. Mixing Neurontin with another substance to increase its effects is also considered to indicate abuse. Any time Neurontin is used without a prescription, this also counts as abuse. While abuse doesn’t necessarily indicate addiction, prescription drug abuse does increase the potential for an addiction to develop. Neurontin dependence may occur as well. Neurontin dependence means that someone will experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using the drug.
Neurontin is often abused along with other substances. This is the case with nearly all central nervous system depressants and similar drugs. For example, people who abuse Neurontin may also abuse narcotics or alcohol. This heightens the effects of these substances. Another example of polysubstance abuse is using something like Neurontin as a way to come down from a stimulant drug. Rehab for Neurontin abuse needs to address polysubstance abuse and addiction problems. This means that the detox and withdrawal process will have to take multiple substances into consideration in the course of addiction treatment.
Successful Neurontin treatment for addiction usually incorporates a combination of medical detox, counseling and, if necessary, medications. When someone participates in behavioral addiction treatment, they learn how to change destructive ways of thinking and behaving. Participants can also learn strategies to help them manage stress and triggers. There are not any specific medications used to treat Neurontin addiction like there are for opioids; however, patients may benefit from psychiatric medications that treat underlying mental health conditions like anxiety. Mental health disorders are often part of addiction.
When people are searching for a Neurontin rehab center, they have many different options. No two Neurontin treatment programs are going to be the same and the right choice often comes down to the individual. For example, some people feel that an outpatient Neurontin rehab program is right for them. During outpatient Neurontin treatment, people participate in intensive therapy sessions but they continue living and working as usual. An outpatient Neurontin treatment program is best suited for someone who doesn’t have complicating factors or who does not use large amounts of the drug. For example, if Neurontin is the only drug someone is abusing and they have only been using it for a relatively short time, outpatient treatment may work.
Inpatient Neurontin treatment programs are also available. Inpatient residential Neurontin treatment allows the patient to live in a facility and focus on getting well without distraction. Inpatient Neurontin treatment will usually start with a medically-supervised detox. Following detox, the patient moves directly into treatment. Once someone completes the addiction treatment program, they usually work with their treatment team on aftercare planning to ensure that they are able to maintain sobriety after leaving the facility.
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