Soma is a muscle relaxer that contains an active ingredient capable of blocking the transmission of pain between the nerves and the brain. It is a round, white tablet that has ?SOMA? printed on one side (next to the dosage, which may be 250mg or 350mg). This muscle relaxer is sometimes prescribed alone, and sometimes prescribed in a form that combines it with another painkiller (usually aspirin or codeine). Recreationally, it can be used to produce a buzz that increases enjoyment at clubs and parties at first, but often leads to a degree of dependence that requires addiction treatment. Alternative names for Soma include Carisoprodol, Carisoma, DANCE, DS, Soma Coma, Wallace 200 or a Las Vegas Cocktail.
Since Soma has a pain-killing influence on the central nervous system, it is effective at reducing the discomfort caused by problems like chronic back pain and other muscular injuries.
The majority of Soma users simply swallow the tablets, but some may crush Soma and then snort the powder. It is also relatively common for people to be admitted to drug rehab centers after regularly combining Soma with alcohol.
Due to its analgesic properties, Soma is highly effective at relieving pain. In addition, it can reduce feelings of anxiety and problems with insomnia. However, there are many other side effects, including detachment from reality, weakness of the limbs, dizziness, fainting, seizures, confusion, mood disturbances, nausea and vision loss. While some users experience complete euphoria, others find that the drug makes them feel deeply miserable.
Drug treatment centers are extremely familiar with Soma, as it is highly addictive (especially for users who suffer from chronic pain or experience intense euphoria upon taking the drug). In addition, people typically have to increase their dosage on a regular basis in order to continue experiencing the same effects, and the body metabolizes Soma to an even more addictive substance (meprobamate). The addictive nature of Soma has promoted several countries (e.g. Sweden and Norway) to remove it from the market. In the United States, it is classified by as a Schedule IV substance, which means that although it is still an accepted prescription drug, it is recognized as having the potential for both physical and psychological dependence. As a result, people with Soma prescriptions can legally refill them no more than five times in six months.
Some of the side effects of Soma are physically dangerous, especially to the elderly and to people with preexisting health problems. For example, Soma can cause seizures (which may lead to serious injury), paralysis, and an increased heart rate that poses a risk to people with cardiovascular problems. In addition, the potential for vision loss makes Soma a highly dangerous drug for drivers or for those in charge of heavy machinery. Finally, the fact that users must increase their dosage in order to continue feeling the same effects means that there is a huge potential for overdose. In cases of overdose, coma and death are not uncommon.
Soma withdrawal can cause extreme discomfort in those who have abused the drug for longer than a few weeks, and so deliberate withdrawal must be a gradual process. It is vital that physical and psychological care be administered during this difficult transition, and White Sands detox programs will facilitate your recovery by helping to prevent you from relapsing. Our soma rehab center is fully equipped to deal with the side effects of withdrawal, including dissociative behaviors, fluctuating moods, cravings, increased stress, coordination problems, tremors and exhaustion.