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Gabapentin Abuse


At first glance, gabapentin seems like a harmless prescription. It has anticonvulsant benefits that help patients who struggle with seizures, and it can even help some patients deal with things like neuropathy and nerve pain. But like many other prescription medications, there is a real potential for abuse. Continued and ill-advised use can result in gabapentin withdrawal that, in some cases, requires medical attention. Despite its ability to help others, the medication, also known under the brand name Neurontin, tends to draw in addicts who are already abusing opioids.

If you’ve developed a gabapentin addiction, it’s time to get help. WhiteSands Treatment Center is an accredited facility in Fort Myers, Florida, with a board-certified medical staff that can help you get through the process of breaking free from this prescription medication in a safe environment. Call 24/7 to get started.

When it was first introduced, gabapentin didn’t have high rates of abuse; for the most part, it was being used for its intended and prescribed purpose. But more recently, this non-narcotic prescription drug has become a growing concern. Many of these users are already addicted to opiates and are attempting to find something that can tide them over as they wait for their next fix. The pills can be crushed up and snorted in order to achieve the desired result.

While gabapentin abuse may not be as well-known as some of the other more common drug addictions, this doesn’t mean that the effects are any less devastating. While different users experience different effects including euphoria or a relaxing and calming sensation, there are negative side effects that can also be cause for alarm. These include things like the slurring of words or loss of coordination. There is some risk of overdosing, which increases as other substances are added to the mix.

Because the medication is often abused while individuals are taking other types of drugs, gabapentin withdrawal can be a real problem. Pain, nausea, and severe anxiety are common, often making it difficult for an addict to get any sleep. This, coupled with the withdrawal effects from other drugs, makes it’s easy to see why clients feel physically and mentally drained.

This is just one reason why it is so important to participate in medically-assisted detox, allowing a professional medical staff to oversee the entire process. Removing more than one drug from the system isn’t easy. If alcohol has also been abused in conjunction with gabapentin or other narcotics, withdrawal can be incredibly challenging without assistance from other medications to help ease the burden of the experience.

Choosing the right rehab is one of the most important decisions that you are going to make. You need a place that understands what it takes to deal with the effects of gabapentin and the impact that it has had on your life as well as the lives of others that you care about. Our center will set the stage for your fight against gabapentin abuse.

This is your chance to get customized treatment and a personalized detox recommendation. Private counseling and family therapy is also available. Fill out the form below to get started. WhiteSands offers free clinical assessments and will work to find the best solution for your addiction recovery.

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