Trazodone Addiction and Abuse
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. The Recovery Village has numerous facilities and programs located across the country that are designed to help individuals wean off of trazodone safely and comfortably.
What Is Trazodone?
Trazodone is a prescription medication used primarily as an antidepressant. It is classified as a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor. Trazodone works by blocking the serotonin receptors in the brain, preventing serotonin from being reabsorbed by neurons. This effectively increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates various neurological effects, particularly mood. Additionally, trazodone can work as a sleep aid for people struggling with sleep disorders. Although the drug is mostly used for depression, trazodone is sometimes used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Trazodone is sold under brand names like Oleptro and Desyrel.
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 potentially life-threatening situations. For individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, these dangers to physical and mental health can be increasingly difficult to overcome.
- Overall health
- Dosage taken
- How long the drug was taken
- Consumption of other substances while taking trazodone
A sure sign of trazodone addiction is when a person is reluctant to stop taking the drug even when continued use proves detrimental to their physical and mental health. This shows that the momentary relief trazodone gives is more important to them than their health.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Digestive issues
- Dry mouth
- Sexual dysfunction
- Confusion or memory issues
- Muscle pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Chest pain
- Fainting, unconsciousness or coma
- Shortness of breath
- Increased or irregular heartbeat
- Bruising or bleeding
In addition, when trazodone is taken in excess there can be health risks, such as:
- Accelerated or irregular heartbeat
- Breathing difficulty
When a person ignores these side effects, they are ignoring clear warning signs that an addiction may be forming. At this point, professional treatment should be sought out immediately.
Treatment at an accredited facility is often recommended for drug detoxification to be the most effective. The Recovery Village has several locations across the country to assist individuals with detoxification from trazodone. When patients begin the treatment process, they are evaluated on the severity of their addiction as well as any other co-occurring disorders they may be dealing with. From there, a team of medical professionals and clinical therapists determine the best route of action to ensure that the detox is planned in the most efficient way possible. Once detox is completed, patients can go through programs determined by the treatment team to help them learn proper coping skills for life post-treatment. Depending on the severity of the addiction, the following treatment options may be recommended:
- Inpatient Treatment
- Outpatient Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment
- Intensive Inpatient Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization
Once one of these programs is completed patients may continue with another program, with regular therapy sessions or they can start attending a 12-step program. This is to ensure that they continue using the tools and skills acquired in treatment.
Seeking professional treatment is beneficial for individuals as doctors can help with providing medication to manage the withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced. Some of these symptoms can include feelings of agitation, depression, anxiety, confusion, dizziness, headaches and extreme irritability. A doctor at the treatment facility will have the ability to prescribe medications to soothe the withdrawal symptoms and make withdrawal more comfortable for the patient.
The Recovery Village has treatment facilities in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Maryland and Washington. Along with various treatment plans, the facilities also include numerous recreational activities to make a patient’s stay more enjoyable. The Recovery Village has various locations, including:
- The Recovery Village Palmer Lake: This Colorado center offers inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment options. This location includes recreational opportunities like basketball, tennis and volleyball.
- The Recovery Village Columbus: The Ohio facility has a swimming pool, shuffleboard and a rec room for patients to relax in. The Recovery Village Columbus offers outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient programs.
- The Recovery Village: Based in Umatilla, Florida, this location has art, music and massage therapy, and some patients may have the opportunity to work with trained therapy dogs. Outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient treatment create a full continuum of care
- IAFF Center of Excellence: This one-of-a-kind facility assists firefighters and paramedics in managing addictions and mental health disorders. Outdoor activities to help patients prepare for their return to their careers at this location in Marylan. Inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs are all offered to patients at the IAFF Center of Excellence.
- The Recovery Village Ridgefield: This Washington facility features a miniature golf course, horseshoes and badminton for patients to partake in during treatment. This location focuses mainly on outpatient and aftercare programs.
If you or a loved one struggle with trazodone addiction, help is closer than you may think. The Recovery Village representatives are eager to help you take the first step toward recovery. Each call is free and confidential, so call today to learn more about long-term recovery.
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