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What are Muscle Relaxers?

Muscle relaxers, or muscle relaxants, are used to alleviate short-term joint pain and muscle spasms. Muscle spasms are often temporary, involuntary contractions in the muscles that administer an immense amount of pain and discomfort.

There are two main types of prescription muscle relaxers prescribed to ease the aches that result from muscle spasms— antispastic drugs and antispasmodic drugs. Typically, these fast-acting drugs act as a central nervous system depressant, working to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. More specifically, antispasmodic medication helps to regulate muscle spasms found specifically in the gut. Often, medical professionals prescribe antispasmodics for symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The second type, antispastic drugs, is primarily prescribed for muscle spasticity—stiffness or tightness in the muscles that suppress one’s motor skills. 

A common and ideal side effect is the sense of relaxation and relief that circulates through the body to calm spastic muscles. In addition, these medications often result in sedation and sleepiness. For this reason, individuals are recommended to consume their prescription muscle relaxers when it is approaching their bedtime, making it effortless for them to fall asleep.

How Do Muscle Relaxers Make You Feel?

Due to the sedative effects elicited by muscle relaxers, people tend to feel drowsy and sluggish after taking their medication. Most are pleased with the sedative side effect because it puts them to sleep and provides them with a brief reprieve from their discomfort.

With that being said, a potential downside of this effect could be the prolonged drowsiness one feels when they wake up in the morning. The effects quickly take place and shouldn’t last much longer than 4-6 hours, however, the dosage amount, type of medication, and body mass can prolong the side effects. A young female taking the same recommended dosage as an older male will likely feel the effects more intensely than the man. When planning to take your muscle relaxer, make sure that you have an ample amount of time to relax—more than likely, that’s all you’ll be able to or feel like doing. 

Common Side Effects of Muscle Relaxers

The side effects of muscle relaxers aren’t always adverse, however, the dosage can and will impact the extremity of how someone experiences them.

Types of Muscle Relaxers

The most common types of antispasmodics—medications for muscle spasms— are carisoprodol (Soma), tizanidine (Zanaflex), methocarbamol (Robaxin), and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril). Further use of muscle relaxant medications should not be necessary following the initial 2-3 weeks of you taking them. The most prescribed Antispastics— medications for muscle spasticity— are Baclofen (Lioresal), Diazepam (Valium), and Dantrolene (Dantrium). 

Tizanidine is widely-prescribed clonidine that reduces spasticity in doses, resulting in less hypotension than that of clonidine. Diazepam (Valium), for muscle spasticity, produces a rather strong sedative effect, whereas Baclofen is just as effective but generates minimal sedation.

Carisoprodol, the generic form of “Soma”, has become a prevalent alternative for people addicted to opiates such as Fentanyl, Vicodin, and Oxycontin. Substituting alternative medications due to addiction and/or dependency can often open the door to another addiction for most individuals.

Cyclobenzaprine’s most common brand, Flexeril, is a prescription muscle relaxer widely used for physical therapy, relief from short-term skeletal muscle ailments, and rest. Flexeril is commonly associated with misuse and abuse due to its amplified effects compared to other muscle relaxers. This is a cause for concern because adverse effects of Flexeril are also amplified and can often be detrimental to the person abusing the drug. In fact, an overdose of Flexeril can produce severe health complications—cardiac arrest, seizures, depression, heart attacks, and even death.  

How Long Do Muscle Relaxers Stay in Your System?

The side effects associated with muscle relaxers will typically last anywhere from 4-6 hours, whereas some might not fully wear off for up to 24 hours. The question remaining is, does it leave your system once the effects have worn off? No, not entirely. 

Common muscle relaxants can be detectable in urine up to eight days following consumption. The half-life of muscle relaxers can amount anywhere from four to eight days or even weeks, depending on the type of medication. To clarify, the half-life of a drug is the time that it takes for the activity in the body to reduce by half. In general, the lasting effects of muscle relaxers factors into an individual’s body mass index (BMI), age, physical health, medical history, dosage, etc. 

Determining how long muscle relaxers stay in the system (blood, urine, saliva, and hair) depends on the person’s unique system but also on the type of muscle relaxer being prescribed.

For example, these estimates are in reference to the prescription medications Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Carisoprodol (Soma):

Prior to performing a drug test, individuals should inform their provider of any prescriptions, more specifically any prescribed muscle relaxants, as this could interfere with the results. 

Are Muscle Relaxers Addictive?

The sole intention of a muscle relaxer is to provide relief for those that struggle with muscle aches and pains. Many people who regularly experience physical pain due to muscle spasms often become dependent on these medications in order to achieve any sense of normalcy. Unfortunately, needing medication to function can result in the person building a tolerance through repeated use. Once tolerance is built, the individual no longer receives the same level of relief, causing them to seek out a higher dose or abuse their medication.

On top of this, people may view the relief resulting from a muscle relaxant as addicting in nature. Due to the immense toll that pain can take on the mind and body, those suffering from lingering pain may believe that their prescription is their hope of a pain-free life which can lead to abuse and addiction. That being said, a typical prescription for muscle relaxers does not exceed more than 2-3 weeks. 

Addiction to muscle relaxers often begins when people take more than the prescribed dosage, which unfortunately is not uncommon. Most people who depend on muscle relaxers become addicted to the side effects and the feeling it gives them. Concerns and dangers arise when a person is unable to function normally without their medication. One of the most common struggles people face after tapering off of muscle relaxers is being able to fall asleep on their own—which is often where dependency happens. Additionally, muscle aches and spasms can feel heightened in those who have stopped taking medication as they adjust back into their normal routine.

So the question remains, are muscle relaxers addictive? The answer is that muscle relaxers can be addictive depending on the individual. Factors such as the medical condition, severity of pain, BMI, and the symptoms following treatment can all affect the potential for misuse, abuse, and forming of an addiction.

Dangers of Muscle Relaxer Abuse

When a doctor or medical professional prescribes someone with muscle relaxers, it is typically for the short term. With this in mind, muscle relaxers are not intended for regular consumption. In contrast, over-the-counter painkillers like Ibuprofen or Tylenol allow for regular use due to their minimal risk of harm. That being said, nonaddictive pain relievers are limited in their ability to reduce severe, recurring discomfort. Those suffering from consistent or intermittent muscle pain may require muscle relaxers in order to power through the beginning stages of physical therapy to regain strength without debilitating pain. The issue arises after the routine use of muscle relaxers because the euphoric effects can lead to addictive behaviors. Those who take muscle relaxers habitually will often develop a dependency on the substance. As a result, these individuals commonly struggle to successfully taper off of the medication once their treatment plan comes to an end. When tapering off of a drug due to dependence or addiction, withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur. Some people cannot bear the absence of their substance and will indulge in it even more than usual—this can often lead to an overdose. Abusing muscle relaxers can lead to seizures, severe anxiety, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, and possibly death.

Symptoms of Withdrawal 

Withdrawal from a substance might look different for everyone depending on their BMI, drug of choice, and intake. 

The most common symptoms of withdrawal from muscle relaxers can include:

Withdrawal is the uncomfortable experience of suffering a combination of mental and physical side effects following quitting or reducing substance intake. Unfortunately, the discomfort of withdrawal often pushes people back into their old routines of substance abuse. An overdose can occur when tolerance is built, lowering the level of relief provided by the medication. As result, people who consistently consume muscle relaxers often become increasingly dissatisfied with the medication’s results. This dissatisfaction leads them to take more than their prescription dictates in an attempt to alleviate discomfort. Taking more than the doctor-recommended amount of a pain killer can result in harmful side effects, an overdose, or death.

Symptoms of Overdose

Overdose is what happens when a person takes an excessive and lethal amount of a substance. While not all overdoses result in death, it is never a risk that you want to take. It is common knowledge that the symptoms of withdrawal are uncomfortable, however, overdose symptoms are ten times worse. 

Overdose can be prevented altogether when you accept your situation and seek out help for muscle relaxer addiction. In doing so, people who endure the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms can successfully remove their mental and physical dependence on painkillers. 

Moreover, those who are willing to recover from their addiction or dependence on muscle relaxers can find comfort and compassion within a seamless transition into treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, drug rehab for addiction treatment could be the safest, most comfortable place to detox and fully recover in a healthy, reliable environment.

What is Substance Abuse Disorder?

When an individual uses alcohol or drugs consistently, changes occur in the brain, mental abilities, behavior, emotional responses, and more. These changes may occur quickly, depending upon use, or slowly over time. Sadly, these changes may precipitate other mental health conditions or worsen existing ones. “Researchers have found that about half of individuals who experience a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) during their lives will also experience a co-occurring mental disorder and vice versa. Co-occurring disorders can include anxiety disordersdepressionattention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)bipolar disorderpersonality disorders, and schizophrenia, among others.”

“Addiction is more than just compulsive drug taking—it can also produce far-reaching health and social consequences…” Drug and alcohol abuse interferes with a person’s normal functioning in the family, school, work, and the community. Drug abuse and addiction increase a person’s risk for various mental and physical illnesses related to a drug-abusing lifestyle or the toxic effects of the drugs themselves.”


Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include but is not limited to:

Those are some of the symptoms of SAD or SUD. Oftentimes, an individual will seek a detox program to address the ongoing symptoms of addiction. Unfortunately, detox alone does NOTHING to address why a person uses substances, managing co-occurring conditions, what the triggers may be, and how to negotiate SUD after detox.

What is Detox?

Detox is the first “component in the continuum of healthcare services for substance-related disorders.” The purpose of detox is to rid the body of all substances that have been consumed. The process can take 3-10 days, depending upon the individual’s intake of alcohol/drugs. Some drugs may take weeks to leave the body. A detox may occur in a hospital setting or acute care clinics. Detoxification may also occur in one’s home without medical attention. This type of detox, done at home without medical assistance, is often referred to as going “cold turkey.” When a person addicted to drugs and alcohol stops using substances, the body goes into withdrawal. Depending upon the substance(s), withdrawal may be uncomfortable to dangerous. Some withdrawal symptoms may be but are not limited to:

  1. Rapid heart rate
  2. Hallucinations
  3. Seizures
  4. Muscle and bone pain
  5. Insomnia
  6. Vomiting
  7. Depression
  8. Anxiety

Today, the preferred approach to detox is a medical model of detoxification with the help of physicians and nurses. Physicians may prescribe medication to minimize the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and its impact on the body. Sometimes, because people combine substances, anti-psychotic medication is needed to offset the side effects of withdrawal.

The purpose of detoxification is to clear the toxins caused by ingesting drugs and alcohol from the brain, organs, and body tissues. “A detoxification program is not designed to resolve longstanding psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse.”

According to the National Institute of Health, there are three components of detoxification:

  1. Evaluation: testing for the presence of substances in the bloodstream, screening for co-occurring mental and physical conditions. A comprehensive physical, emotional, mental, and social assessment is advised.
  2. Stabilization: This step requires assistance to help the patient move through acute withdrawal to achieve a stable medical substance-free state.
  3. Fostering patient entry into treatment: This last phase of detox is urgent. Too often, a patient will detox and then return home to fall back into addictive behavior. Helping patients understand that after detox, the work of recovery truly begins as the addict must address a multitude of issues surrounding addiction.

Successful linkage from detox to treatment programs can help reduce “the revolving door.” Too often a person receives assistance to move through detoxification, but does not go into treatment, and soon that same individual reverts back to using substances again. It is considered best practice to move from detox directly into substance abuse treatment without any break or delay in treatment for SUD.

Outpatient Detox

Not all treatment facilities are equipped to handle detoxification. Sometimes a client will need to go to a designated detox facility. However, suppose a person cannot afford to go to a treatment facility that requires time away from daily obligations. In that case, it is possible to go through an outpatient detox program or ambulatory care available. Like the medical model detox briefly discussed earlier, an individual can go through outpatient detox with medical assistance. Most of these cases are for people not suffering from severe addiction. Outpatient detox does not provide the client with 24- hour care by a trained nurse and physician. In an emergency, the client would have to visit an emergency room. A client must attend detoxification sessions at an authorized facility daily (day or evening). This type of detox is best for individuals with mild to moderate addiction problems and manageable withdrawal symptoms outside a 24-hour detox unit.

It should be noted: Treating withdrawal symptoms is not the same as treating addiction.

Do not let fear stop you from taking the first step to taking back control of your life. At Coastal Detox, we can provide you with the latest medical model detoxification possible. We provide our clients with options that suit their financial and familial needs. A client can choose to participate in residential detox or outpatient detox. Unlike many other facilities, Coastal Detox has a continuum of care available to support a seamless transition from detox to treatment.

Call today and make the best choice of your life—break the cycle of addiction, detox and relapse. We are here to help.


In the last couple of years, more people, old and young, have suffered from symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders due to the pandemic. Many of these individuals will have used and abused alcohol or drugs to handle the onslaught of a host of mental health disorders. Professional substance abuse treatment is required to address these underlying conditions. Without addressing the mental health disorders, relapse is likely to happen again and again. Many people do not understand that stopping the use of drugs and alcohol can be dangerous unless supervised and that mental health disorders combined with substance abuse has a profound impact upon the brain and the body.

To develop a strong foundation for recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions, professionally supervised detox and treatments are advised. Detox without treatment will not address the underlying causes of addiction and abuse. Treatment, to be successful, requires that an individual be substance-free and ready to engage in self-reflection and behavior modification. Together detox and treatment create a secure chance at ongoing recovery. 

Detoxification means allowing the body to rid itself of the substances while controlling the physical and emotional responses to the withdrawal. Medical professionals should monitor detoxing from substances to minimize the dangers of a particular drug or alcohol withdrawal. Once an individual has gone through the detoxification process, he, she, or they are now ready to enter a substance abuse treatment program. Several levels of treatment may be available at a credible facility. But treatment options need to be determined by an individual’s circumstances. Most common are Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Programs

Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Programs (IOP)

Recovery takes a serious commitment to stop using substances and to address the issues underlying the abuse, including mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, and a range of other conditions that can lead to self-medicating. How does one determine which treatment program is most suited to his, her, or their needs? If an individual seeking treatment has many family obligations and must continue working or attending school, an IOP option may work best for the individual. Any quality treatment program will use State and Federal best practices, which pertain to the number of hours of treatment, types of counseling offered supportive workshops such as Life Skills, Relapse prevention, etc.

New research shows that when best practices are employed in IOPs these programs are as effective as inpatient treatment. Issues related to insurance coverage also determine an individual’s choice of treatment. If this is the client’s first time in treatment, and the substance abuse/mental health disorder is not severe, IOP may be a good option.

The basic structure of the IOP program, along with the quality of the treating staff, may have a profound impact on an individual’s ability to grasp the meaning of recovery and to pursue it after he, she, they have left treatment.

An IOT [IOP] program is most effective at helping its clients if it is part of a continuum of care. The American Society of Addiction Medicine has established five levels of care: medically managed intensive inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and early intervention. In addition, continuing community care (e.g., 12-Step support groups), which a client participates in after the conclusion of formal treatment, is another important level of service. A continuum of care ensures that clients can enter substance abuse treatment at a level appropriate to their needs and step up or down to a different intensity of treatment based on their responses.

Elements that define IOP are:

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

If a client needs to attend to home, work, or school obligations and has relapsed after treatment, then he, she, or they may require an intensive program– PHP is a viable choice. PHP usually requires a minimum of five days a week for five hours a day for treatment. The program length can last 6-12 months. PHP is a more intensive form of treatment than outpatient programs as the client is closely monitored. As with IOP, PHP will provide clients with a structured day, alternating between individual and group counseling, education workshops, life skills and goal setting, relapse prevention, stress reduction behaviors, case management, medication education and management, and more. PHPs offer more contact with clinicians and medical professionals.

Clinical professionals such as physicians, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and a range of other professionals will carefully monitor the progress of all clients. However, if a client has been through PHP before and has relapsed, the PHP treatment program may call for more intense care- up to 7 days a week, 7 hours a day. Additionally, there is the ability to treat more severe co-occurring disorders without checking into a hospital setting in partial hospitalization programs.

The goal of quality inpatient and outpatient is to ensure that a solid recovery foundation is established, new techniques for handling triggers and stressors are in place, a plan for a new support system is carefully designed, and a workable after-care program. Both IOP and PHP are a better option for those who have tried outpatient programs that usually meet once a week.

The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem. At Coastal Detox, physicians, psychiatrists, clinicians, and nurses are experienced in substance abuse treatment with co-occurring mental health conditions. If you are looking for help and are scared, you should understand that everyone in our facility is treated with kindness, empathy, and concern. Coastal Detox will provide you with the tools to live a vibrant, productive, substance-free life. Call now and step out of your despair…


When the body gets used to a substance such as drugs or alcohol, ceasing use of the substance produces an effect called withdrawal. Depending on how long you’ve been abusing a substance, how much you use, and the substance itself, withdrawal can produce effects that are uncomfortable enough to disrupt everyday life. One example of this is alcohol withdrawal insomnia.

Alcohol withdrawal can produce a range of effects that are mild or serious in nature. One of these effects that is on the serious side is insomnia. Insomnia after quitting drinking can be so serious that it pushes people to relapse just so they can get the relief of a good night’s rest.

If you are currently going through a medical detox program for alcohol, you may be currently experiencing alcohol withdrawal insomnia. 

Luckily, there are ways to ensure that you get the sleep you need without undoing the hard work and progress you have made in your recovery from alcohol addiction. In this blog, we will provide tips on how to get sleep during alcohol withdrawal, so you can get the rest you need.

What is Insomnia?

First, insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by a lack of sleep and disturbed sleeping patterns. Many people think insomnia means you cannot sleep at all. However, insomnia can affect sleep patterns in a few different ways. Insomnia can cause poor sleep quality, make it hard to fall asleep, or prevent you from staying asleep throughout the night. Overall, the symptoms of insomnia include the following:

The disturbance to restful sleep due to insomnia can result in you feeling fatigued during the day. Concerningly, fatigue caused by insomnia can contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability. This can cause you to have a hard time paying attention, remembering things, or performing daily tasks.

Insomnia may not sound like a serious side effect, but the consequences of insomnia can be. Insomnia is dangerous for several reasons. For example, being excessively tired can make it dangerous to operate a vehicle like a car. Further, alcohol withdrawal insomnia can cause a person to relapse just to get a good night’s rest.

What is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal is the body’s response to alcohol cessation. This means that the alcohol is no longer entering the system, but rather leaving it. Alcohol has a short half-life, meaning alcohol leaves the body very quickly—on average after 1/2 to 2 hours. For this reason, alcohol withdrawal can start soon after someone quits drinking.

While going through alcohol withdrawal, insomnia is very common. However, it is not the only symptom that people experience. When withdrawing from alcohol, individuals may experience the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Jumpiness or shakiness
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Memory problems
  • Sweating, clammy skin
  • Enlarged (dilated) pupils
  • Headache
  • Insomnia (sleeping difficulty)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pallor
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating, clammy skin
  • Tremor of the hands or other parts of the body

When going through alcohol withdrawal, there is also the risk of developing a condition called delirium tremens. This condition can cause serious effects such as seizures, hallucinations, or severe confusion. This is why you mustn’t go through alcohol withdrawal alone. Medical detox allows individuals to stop abusing substances in a controlled environment where dangerous symptoms can be controlled with medication and careful monitoring.

The Connection Between Alcohol Withdrawal and Insomnia

Alcohol withdrawal insomnia is a common occurrence during alcohol detox. In fact, it’s a symptom of a larger syndrome called alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The alcohol withdrawal syndrome is caused by the body trying to adjust to alcohol no longer being in your system. This process causes you to have flu-like symptoms, anxiety, and other issues that make it difficult to sleep.

While some people experience insomnia after quitting drinking, others experience it before picking up the bottle. Some cases of alcohol use disorder (AUD) begin due to an individual’s desire to sleep. For example, someone might start drinking occasionally to fall asleep.

How to Deal with Alcohol Withdrawal Insomnia

In the early stages of recovery, alcohol withdrawal insomnia is common. As the mind and body begin to adjust to life without substance abuse, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. To prevent relapse, it is important to find ways to cope with possibly persistent alcohol withdrawal insomnia. If you are experiencing insomnia during detox, the following strategies can help you get the sleep you need to give recovery your all.

Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene is a term that describes behaviors that can help with sleep. These behaviors may be incorporated into daily life or only when struggling to fall asleep at night. Examples of sleep hygiene include: limiting caffeine and alcohol before bed, avoiding bright lights, or avoiding phone and television screens.

Certain activities can cause your brain to stay active around bedtime. This is why it is important to create a “wind-down” time that includes relaxing activities. A structured bedtime routine to help you wind down can include reading a book, having a cup of herbal tea, or taking a warm bath before bed. The idea is to do things that relax you before bed.

Stick to a Regular Sleep Schedule

When you go to sleep at the same time every night, your body will grow accustomed to that sleep schedule. This makes it easier to fall asleep at night. Your body’s internal clock, called the circadian rhythm, can be set over time by going to bed at the same time regularly.

Watch What you Eat and Drink

If you have alcohol withdrawal insomnia, what you eat and drink can be contributing to your insomnia. It is important to avoid drinking too many beverages before bed. Having to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night is not conducive to a good night’s rest. This goes for food as well. Eating too much or too little before bed can also negatively impact your sleep.

Associate Your Bed with Sleep

The brain will build associations through repetitive behaviors. If you are always using your computer or phone in bed, your brain will associate wakefulness with you being in bed. Instead, you can associate your bed with sleep by only sleeping in your bed. Other activities, such as watching tv, should be done in other areas of the house.

Get Some Exercise

There are many benefits to exercise. One of these benefits is improved sleep. Exercise can help regulate your circadian rhythm, promote restful sleep, and help you wake up refreshed in the morning. When we tire out our bodies during the day, it’s often easier to sleep at night.

Exercise can also be a great way to stay healthy, active, and sober. Going for a jog or to the gym instead of drinking can promote healthy habits that replace your old habits. Overall, there are many reasons to get and stay active.

Avoid Caffeine and Other Stimulants

By avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants around bedtime, you are setting yourself up for sleep success. These products are all known stimulants that will make falling asleep more difficult. This is especially true when it comes to coffee and caffeinated teas, which are commonly consumed in the US.

After the morning, it is not recommended to drink coffee or other beverages with caffeine. If you usually have soda that contains caffeine at dinner or around lunchtime, flavored sparkling water or a beverage without caffeine is a much better option.

Don’t Watch the Clock

You may be tempted to watch the time tick away while you lay awake in bed due to alcohol withdrawal insomnia. This is not a great way to get to sleep. Watching the clock is associated with feelings of anxiety and dread. As time passes, you become aware of the sleep you are losing and the hours between the present and when you have to wake up.

Instead, try to read a book, listen to music, relax and get your mind on something else. Don’t focus on not being able to sleep because this will only make insomnia worse. Once you have begun to feel drowsy, you will be able to get to sleep more easily.

Avoid Napping

If you are experiencing alcohol withdrawal insomnia, avoiding naps can help you feel tired enough to sleep at night. Insomnia at night may cause daytime drowsiness that pushes you to want to nap. However, napping during the day can cause it to be harder for you to fall asleep at night.

If you have to take a nap, it is best to keep naps short. The longest amount of time you should nap is for 30 minutes. Napping for 15 to 20 minutes is ideal to not disturb nighttime sleep or confuse your body’s internal clock.

Managing Alcohol withdrawal Insomnia with Coastal Detox

The withdrawal process comes with pain and discomfort that can disrupt your life and push you to turn to your substance of choice for relief. To help you stick to your commitment to sobriety, medical detox is available. Here at Coastal Detox, we offer soothing and holistic therapies combined with medication-assisted treatment to provide you with a safe and comfortable detox process. 

If you are ready to take the first step to recovery, contact us today. We can walk you through the detox process and create a plan that works best with your needs. Don’t wait another day, when you can start detoxing as soon as possible.  


Lyrica typically treats convulsions and seizures. It causes people to feel calm, relaxed, and euphoric. But is Lyrica addictive? Unfortunately, Lyrica abuse often turns into an addiction requiring medical detox and treatment. 

What is Lyrica?

Lyrica is the brand name of the generic pregabalin. While the drug was first used in the 1990s, it didn’t receive FDA approval until 2004. Over the years, it has been used to treat disorders such as epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and anxiety. 

In addition, Lyrica can help with nerve pain from diabetes and spinal cord injuries. It may also help treat hot flashes from menopause. 

How Does Lyrica Work?

Lyrica is a treatment and not a cure. It works by binding to receptors in the central nervous system (CNS). It causes the impulses in the brain to slow down, which calms the nerves and stops seizures. Lyrica also stops pain signals sent by damaged nerves. 

While Lyrica is helpful for many people, the side effects can lead to Lyrica abuse and addiction. Even when taken as directed, people can become physically dependent on Lyrica. This leads to withdrawal symptoms when they stop their medication. 

What are the Side Effects of Lyrica?

Lyrica is known to cause euphoria similar to benzodiazepines. This is what generally leads to Lyrica abuse. However, It also has some unpleasant side effects.

Side effects of Lyrica include:

Severe side effects of Lyrica include:

Some people who take Lyrica may struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, or attempts. Notify your doctor if you notice changes in your mood, behavior, or have thoughts of self-harm.

Besides the side effects of Lyrica, there are risks involved when taking the drug. These include:

Taking Lyrica, even as prescribed, for an extended length of time can lead to dependence and addiction. If you struggle with addiction or mental health disorders, discuss the risks of taking Lyrica with your doctor. 

Can You Get High From Lyrica? Is Lyrica Addictive?

In comparison to other drugs that produce a high, is Lyrica addictive? Yes, it is. Even though it has a low risk of addiction, taken in high doses can cause euphoria. 

Unlike the high from drugs like opioids, Lyrica produces mild relaxation easing pain and anxiety. This feeling can lead to Lyrica abuse and addiction. Other people may develop a psychological or chemical dependence.

In addition, people often build a tolerance to this drug. For example, a person may start their dose of Lyrica at 600 mg. However, over time this dose no longer works. As a result, their dose increases to 900 mg. 

Using Lyrica to get high comes with serious side effects, including:

People typically abuse Lyrica by mixing it with alcohol or opioids. Mixing Lyrica with central nervous system depressants intensifies euphoria. However, it also increases the risk of overdose. 

Signs and Symptoms of Lyrica Abuse and Addiction

The effects of Lyrica abuse are often compared to Valium. Like Valium, Lyrica is addictive, meaning you can’t function properly without the drug. 

The signs and symptoms you have a Lyrica addiction include:

Lyrica has a low risk of abuse and addiction. But, if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, your risk of Lyrica abuse increases. 

Lyrica Overdose Signs and Symptoms

People who abuse Lyrica risk overdosing especially when combining Lyrica with other drugs. Knowing the signs of Lyrica overdose is crucial to saving a life. Even if you don’t abuse Lyrica, it is possible to forget you took a dose and retake it leading to a possible overdose. 

Signs and symptoms of Lyrica overdose include:

If you or someone you are with is experiencing an overdose, call 911 or immediately go to the closest emergency room. 

Lyrica Withdrawal

While experts have answered the question, is Lyrica addictive, they are still learning about its effects on withdrawal and detox. Besides going through withdrawal when you stop the drug, it can cause seizures to return and increase in frequency. 

Symptoms of Lyrica withdrawal include:

Many of Lyrica’s withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. If you take Lyrica and develop a dependence on the drug, you should establish a taper-down schedule with your doctor. But, if you have an addiction to Lyrica, then a medical detox program is the safest way to withdraw. 

Why is Lyrica Detox Important?

Medical detox programs provide around-the-clock supervision and monitoring of withdrawal symptoms. Because withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and even severe, medication is often used to ease the effects. 

During detox, individuals start working with a therapist to develop the next step in treatment. Many people believe once they complete detox, they can remain sober. However, addiction generally has underlying causes such as trauma or mental health disorders. So, inpatient or outpatient rehab is highly recommended. 

Lyrica Detox: Medications to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

A variety of medications are used to ease Lyrica withdrawal symptoms. The medicines used are based on the person’s history of addiction, tolerance to drugs, and medical issues. 


Benzodiazepines or benzos are commonly used in medical detox programs. Because Lyrica detox can increase anxiety, benzos help calm the nerves and ease other symptoms. 

Pain Relievers

Withdrawing from Lyrica can be very uncomfortable. Medical detox programs typically use over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen to ease the discomfort. 


Clonidine is a blood pressure medication. It is also helpful when withdrawing from alcohol and other drugs. Clonidine is a sedative that can combat insomnia and other Lyrica withdrawal symptoms. 

Anti-Seizure Drugs

Lyrica is generally prescribed to treat seizures. A different anti-seizure medication must be prescribed when a person starts the detox process. Furthermore, Lyrica withdrawal can cause seizures. So an anti-seizure drug may be used. 

While medications help ease the withdrawal symptoms of Lyrica, it is only one method in treating addiction. Addiction is rarely just a problem with drugs or alcohol. 

Many times there are co-occurring mental health disorders and past traumas that influence the addiction. For this reason, the most important aspect of addiction treatment is therapy. 

Lyrica is Addictive, and Therapy Can Help

Comprehensive addiction treatment addresses addictive behaviors, root causes of addiction, and any co-occurring mental health disorders. In order to do so, treatment may involve a variety of therapies. 


Psychotherapy or individual therapy is essential in treating Lyrica addiction. During psychotherapy, you work one-on-one with a therapist. The confidential and private setting allows you to take an honest hard look at yourself and what led to Lyrica abuse and addiction. 

With help from your therapist, you will discover your triggers. From there, you learn healthy coping skills to prevent relapse. Although psychotherapy allows you to address deep-rooted traumas in private sessions, it is important to include other therapies. 

Group Therapy

Talking about your issues in front of other people can be scary. But, group therapy is crucial in recovery. You will learn so much from others who have experienced the same struggles as you. 

People struggling with addiction often feel lonely, isolated, depressed, and ashamed. For instance, addiction may stem from childhood physical or sexual abuse that has been hidden. Others may feel extreme shame for what they have done because of their addiction. 

Group therapy helps you feel less alone. Additionally, it enables you to feel loved and supported. Group therapy is excellent for practicing healthy coping skills and improving communication skills.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT focuses on people’s thoughts, beliefs, and views and how it affects their behaviors. By recognizing these unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, patients can take steps to change their behavior. 

Is Lyrica Addictive and What Treatments are Available?

Lyrica addiction treatment programs are customized to the patient’s needs. While inpatient treatment is considered the most effective treatment, not everyone can step away from their life for 30 plus days. 

However, successful recovery depends on the patient. If a person is determined to get sober, they will do so even in outpatient treatment. Most treatment centers offer the same therapies, whether it is inpatient or outpatient. 

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient or residential treatment offers various lengths of stay. The average stay is 30 days but, people can stay 90 days or longer. Patients maintain a strict schedule and have around-the-clock care and support. 

Inpatient treatment is highly beneficial for those with chronic addiction and those with co-occurring mental and behavioral disorders.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment programs allow people to work, go to school, and care for their families while attending Lyrica addiction treatment. People attend treatment during the day while living at home. 

While outpatient treatments are effective in treating addiction, it doesn’t remove the triggers that can lead to relapse. Outpatient programs are also the next “step-down” after inpatient treatment.

Get Help for Lyrica Abuse at Coastal Detox

If you or someone you love is struggling with Lyrica abuse, it is time to get help. Are you questioning, is Lyrica addictive, then you may already be addicted. 

Don’t go through detox alone. Our Lyrica detox program will ease the discomfort of withdrawal and provide the support to encourage lasting recovery. Give us a cal today to start your recovery journey. 

The main difference between physical and psychological dependences is that physical dependence means the body needs a substance for normal function to occur. Whereas psychological dependence means a person thinks or believes they need the drug to function normally. 

Your emotional processing plays a significant role in the development of a substance use disorder. A substance use disorder can be described as uncontrolled cravings for a substance or behavior, despite the negative consequences and attempts to quit.

Addiction can be a draining force on a person’s life, leading to financial, social, and personal strain. 22% of males and 17% of females used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year. Over 70,000 drug overdose deaths occur in the US annually. Consequently, the number of overdose deaths increases at an annual rate of 4.0%.

What Is a Dependence on Substances?

When physical dependence happens, the body adapts to chronic substance use. This is when regular doses of certain substances are required just to function. Physical withdrawal symptoms can occur if a person has stopped using these substances. Psychologically we become reliant on something that we know isn’t good for us, and it can be hard to stop.

These physical and psychological changes happen without regard to the choices you make as an individual because chemicals in your brain dictate these physical effects and feelings of dependency. 

For some people, substance use disorders spark from physical discomfort or physical pain. PTSD conditions such as those who have been victims of physical abuse might resort to recreational substance use as a coping mechanism. 

A substance use disorder can be developed from dependence, but dependence on a substance is not a physical disorder. When physical dependency has been reached, withdrawal symptoms often begin if use is discontinued abruptly. 

What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?

To understand physical vs. psychological dependence, it’s important to know what withdrawal symptoms are. 

For example, common physical withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include:

In contrast, physical dependence on a drug or substance comes the risk of abuse. Someone might use a substance on a more frequent basis than they intend. This is to avoid going through withdrawals while not realizing that physical dependency has formed over time.

What Is A Physical Dependence On Substances? 

Some signs that someone might be psychologically dependent on substances include using substances in larger amounts or for longer. The physical dependence on substances can be described as physical discomfort or physical need. 

It is more common for physical dependence to be associated with substance use disorders than it is for psychological dependence. Still, both physical and psychological factors are closely related to the development and extension of a substance use disorder. 

Physical dependence on substances can lead to withdrawal symptoms if the substances are stopped suddenly without any premeditation. Some people might even experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

What Is A Psychological Dependence On Substances? 

Psychological dependence on substances is a reliance on a drug or substance to provide a physical and psychological escape from reality. One of the most common examples of psychological addiction is people who suffer from anxiety disorders; They are more likely to become psychologically addicted to drugs that produce physical side effects.

Additionally, it is important to note that physical dependence does not always lead to psychological addiction and vice versa. Many people who are physically dependent on a substance do not suffer from any sort of psychological addiction. 

Likewise, many people who suffer from psychological addiction do not display any physical dependence on a substance. However, the two are often linked because it is much more difficult to break free from a psychological addiction if there is no physical dependence present. 

How Are They Similar and How Are They Different?

Psychological and physical dependence are similar in that they are both types of addictions. However, physical dependence is typically more physical, while psychological dependence is typically more psychological.

Some signs that someone might be physically dependent on substances include tolerance (the need to use more and more of the substance to get the desired effect), withdrawal symptoms (physical or emotional symptoms that occur when someone stops using a substance after using it for a period of time), and unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using the substance.

Which Substances Are Associated in the Physical vs Psychological Dependence Debate?

The substances associated with both physical and psychological dependence are nicotine, opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. These substances have been found to cause physical and psychological dependence in some people who use them.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. This slows down the responses in the body but increases the euphoric feelings from a drink. Alcohol can be highly addictive, especially through binge drinking. Alcohol reacts to the GABA receptors in the brain, which are responsible for pleasurable sensations. With the absence of alcohol, a person may begin to experience side effects such as depression and anxiety. 

Nicotine is a popular substance that constricts the blood vessels and causes changes in a person’s heartbeat. The nicotine can be fixed for some, working as a stimulant drug. Nicotine speeds up the messages in the brain. Withdrawals from nicotine can occur if you’ve been using it for extended periods.

Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety, serving as a way to calm the central nervous system. Despite popular belief, benzodiazepines can be addictive, especially when paired with other substances. A person can experience withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines if they begin to abuse the amounts.

Physical dependence is a state that can develop as a result of the regular use of certain substances. When someone is physically dependent on a substance, their body has adapted to the presence of the substance and needs it to function normally. 

This can lead to withdrawal symptoms if the person stops using the substance abruptly. Physical dependence is not the same thing as addiction, although physical dependence can be a sign that someone is addicted to a substance. 

The Stigmas Related to Substance Abuse

The stigmas related to substance abuse can cause a person to refuse treatment. Addiction is a complex disease that can manipulate the brain’s reward centers. When confronting the deepest parts of yourself to change, sobriety might seem like a distant reality. The price paid for not receiving treatment can be devastating. An overwhelming portion of recovering individuals suffers from mental health issues. 

Addiction is still recognized as a moral failure, but the perception has changed steadily. Sure, a person might have chosen to use a substance for the first time, but the addictive qualities can be suffocating. Many people use substances to self-medicate. Those who are diagnosed with substance use disorders don’t receive treatment.

Your support system can be the make or break of your recovery process. If your loved ones are shaming you for your substance use disorder, you might fall deeper into these uncomfortable feelings. It’s vital to embrace healthier coping mechanisms because psychological dependence can drive these compulsive behaviors.

What Treatments Are Available For Dependence On Substances?

The continuum of care was designed to provide quality care to patients at each stage of the recovery process. The continuum of care includes detoxification, medical management, and psychological treatment. Concerning physical dependence on substances, the medical model focuses primarily on physical symptoms of withdrawal.


Detoxification can be described as a process by which a person may remove physical symptoms experienced due to physical dependence on an addictive substance. Depending on the case, detox lasts between 7-10 days. The body accumulates the toxins from substance use and can prevent the person from attaining their recovery goals. 

Detoxification serves as the first response towards addiction treatment. This model of treatment is not for everyone and may be more beneficial to those with severe physical symptoms of withdrawal if they abruptly stop using their substance.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

If a patient does not require detox, medication-assisted treatment may be a solution for them. 

Medication-assisted treatment consists of prescribing a patient medication to help them with their physical dependence on the substance. Medication-assisted treatment is not for everyone and should be tailored to each patient. 

Treatment for psychological dependence may include therapy and/or medication. It is important to note that physical dependence and psychological dependence are not mutually exclusive. A person can be physically dependent on a substance and psychologically dependent on it, or vice versa. 


Psychotherapy is used to treat the behavioral elements of substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Through psychotherapy, individuals can identify the underlying causes of substance use to develop healthier coping mechanisms. Psychotherapy can include individual, group, and family therapy.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) have been effective treatment methods for addiction. CBT has been practiced to rewire the compulsive behaviors a person relies on to cope by observing the relationships between thoughts and actions. DBT is a modified approach that highlights the motivation to change and encourages change through precise action. 

Sober Living

Sober living homes are residences where people in recovery can live while they work on their sobriety. These homes provide a supportive environment where residents are encouraged to stay sober and participate in group therapy and other activities that promote physical and mental well-being. 

After Care

Aftercare is a critical part of addiction treatment and refers to the services and support that individuals receive after they complete a treatment program. Aftercare may include continuing therapy, attending 12-step meetings, and receiving sober living support.

Addiction is a complex disease that can be physical as well as psychological in nature. Physical dependence occurs when the body becomes reliant on a substance to function normally. This can happen after prolonged use of a drug or alcohol, or after withdrawal from the substance. 

Medication may be prescribed to help individuals with psychological dependence abstain from using substances. Medications used for this purpose include, but are not limited to, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. 

It is important to seek professional help if you are struggling with psychological dependence. Treatment options are available and can be tailored to meet your individual needs. With the help of a qualified therapist or doctor, you can overcome your addiction and live a healthier life.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment is one of the most effective forms of treatment for psychological dependence. This type of treatment centers around physical and mental health, which both play an important role in addiction. Consequently, this is classified as a co-occurring disorder. This can be a valuable resource against chronic relapse. Relapse affects roughly 40-60% of people on the path of recovery.

Physical well-being is promoted through treatment because it helps individuals avoid physical withdrawal symptoms that would otherwise make them feel like they need to use addictive substances.

Individuals with physical dependence will require medically supervised detoxification before starting psychological dependence treatment. Detoxification should take place under the care of a medical professional who can monitor physical changes that occur during this process. 

As physical dependency is addressed, total focus is directed toward healing emotionally and mentally. This addresses psychological concerns such as anxiety or depression. If you are struggling with both and psychological dependencies, seek a dual diagnosis treatment.

Coastal Detox Awaits With Support

Psychological dependence on a substance can leave you in uncomfortable states. Physical dependence is a physical adaptation to repeated use of a substance that results in tolerance and physical symptoms if someone stops using the substance. 

The road to recovery demands that you embrace this change and find a solution for a healthier lifestyle. There are many resources available to you. There is no single cure for addiction, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for you. Coastal Detox aims to be the support you need. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, contact our facility today.


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